In full disclosure we were invited to spend the day at Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos to celebrate National Waterpark Day. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun and our efforts to share fun family getaways with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.
Celebrate National Waterpark Day with Kalahari!
If you’ve been a reader of Jersey Family Fun for the last two years, you know we have had many memorable visits to Kalahari Resorts. From being a mermaid, to dining on some delicious meals to just relaxing as a family, we think Kalahari has it all! When we were invited to spend the day for National Waterpark Day I of course said YES! The ride wasn’t far (2 hours from my southern Monmouth County home) and we were there almost from open to close, so it made the drive worthwhile. Maybe you followed along that day, but if not, here’s the 6 ways we enjoyed National Waterpark Day at Kalahari Resorts!
6 ways we enjoyed National Waterpark Day at Kalahari Resorts!
#1 – Dancing Outside!
We were all so happy to be at Kalahari we couldn’t contain our joy! There are some great outdoor pools and kids play areas and plenty of outdoor seating and concessions as well. It was a beautiful morning for National Waterpark Day and the afternoon rain just meant it was time to bring the fun inside.
#2 – Racing Down the Water Slides
There are 220,000 square feet of waterpark fun at Kalahari and 14 water slides! The Cheetah Race slide accommodates 4 racers and even shows your slide time at the end. This is a favorite of my kids who could ride it for hours to see who’s the fastest. Not competitive and prefer a family ride? Take a ride in the raft on The Smoke That Thunders. Have a little one? 42 inches gets you onto the thrill of the Anaconda slide.
#3 – Reading a Book in the Pool
Well almost “in” the pool! The outdoor pool has a ledge where there are chairs and tables for you to keep your feet in the water while you lounge! Maybe you don’t want to read a book but just want to watch the kids play, or enjoy a drink or catch some sun. Kalahari is the perfect spot to just relax!
#4 – Playing Some Games
Here’s my not so secret secret – I LOVE an arcade! I can spend hours playing the Wizard of Oz coin pusher game and I might not be so willing to share my game card with my kids. Luckily they love the arcade too, and the Kalahari arcade is massive – 30,000 square feet! There are claw games, skill games, video games, rides, bowling, virtual reality, an escape room and mini golf. And the prizes have their own room! It might be tough to get the kids out of the waterpark but the Big Game Room is like no other.
#5 – Shooting Some Hoops
So you’re not into slides? How about basketball? There are three basketball pools at Kalahari and plenty of balls to go around. Want more ways to be active? You can’t miss Flowrider, the indoor bodyboarding experience! For the little ones, Splashdown Safari has net crawls and water guns and lots of fun spots to run around.
#6 – Being Together!
Childhood goes fast. There are only so many weeks in summer vacation and only so many summer vacations before the carefree days end. Some of our favorite family memories are from our times at Kalahari Resort, when everyone is having fun, or relaxing together, or enjoying the resort’s amenities. There’s no long car ride, no pressure to sightsee, and no arguing over where to eat (well except within the resort!). You can stay in your bathing suit and flip flops the whole day and know the kids won’t get bored. It’s a great place to disconnect because who wants a phone around all that water anyway?
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There are of course SO MANY more ways to enjoy Kalahari, like eat some great food, try out the Gorilla Grove adventure park, check out the Adventurer’s Club for kids, and more. If you haven’t been to Kalahari recently, you need to see the expanded waterpark! Find out more through our series of articles about Kalahari Resort.
Day admission to Kalahari Resorts is $79 and park hours vary. Want to spend the night instead? Waterpark admission is included with your room for both day of arrival and departure.