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The advantage of a spring break with your kids at a indoor waterpark is obvious – no snow snow gear is needed for the wave pool, tunnel slides or lazy river. Where else is splashing is allowed and uncontrolled laughter encouraged?
Here's the scoop. An indoor waterpark getaway is not for everyone. One has to have the right mind set to become immersed in the tropical cocoon of a waterpark; the right mindset to enter the madness unless of course you are 10 years old. In that case it is a no brainer. The cacophony of sounds, thickness of the air (almost 90 % humidity and no chance of rain) and a balmy 84 degrees sustains the surreal atmosphere. What better way to spend a spring break with your kids when wintery gray days prevail?
I have shared indoor waterpark family time in Alberta and it was crazy fun in an almost surreal greenhouse space complete with the sound of waves and the squeals of laughter. I can only imagine what it must be like when the snow is flying outside. Where else in Canada can kids trade their boots for flip-flops and fun?
When it comes to waterparks it isn’t always size that matters but the quality of the space which allows children of different ages to happily interact with one another. The obvious advantage for parents or grandparents is one location with self-contained family fun with no snow boots needed. That said with feedback from readers and my own research I have identified several locations that make the grade in Canada.
World Waterpark in Alberta.
At Edmonton Mall it is possible to ride the ride the waves all year long. It is home to the largest indoor wave pool on the planet. The five-acre waterpark complex maintains more than 20 waterslides and super-fast free fall body slides. One of the most thrilling is called the Cyclone. It features water thrills experienced from inside a sealed capsule. For less intense water experiences there’s Caribbean Cove a 6,000 sq. ft. family-friendly space populated with bridges, slides, tipping bucket, and interactive water features. Bonus Points:
Also at the Mall you will find miniature golf, ropes course, climbing wall, and zip lining. To add any waterpark beach escape there is also the Sea Life and underground aquarium featuring a remarkable collection of tropical fish and marine life, demonstrations and interactive experiences. Wait for it!
If you have high energy teens or tweens, challenge them to a game at Galaxy Quest – a 7D interactive gaming experience. (Edmonton Mall 8882-170 Street, Edmonton, AB. (780) 444- 5300 or www.wem.ca
Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Ontario.
Want a family vacation under one roof? Great Wolf in Niagara provides it 365 days of the year and it always includes the waterpark where temperatures under the 100,000-square-foot dome remain a comfy 84-degrees. The tropical oasis is home to treetop slides, suspension bridges, waterfalls, rolling waves, floating lily pads, and swinging nets, plus a giant tipping bucket. Most popular with teens is the Canada Vortex – a tube slide with a thrilling 40-foot drop. On the dry side there’s a video arcade and MagiQuest interactive adventure game. Bonus Points:
The sweetest retreat of all can be found at Scooops Kid Spa, a themed spa experience for children. (3950 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls Ontario (905) 354-4888 or www.greatwolf.com
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Ontario.
Niagara Falls delivers water thrills both inside and out. Fallsview spans three acres and features a large wave pool plus 16 water slides including several high-speed body water slides, side by side slides, mat slides, and tube slides along with a tipping bucket, swimming pool and sundeck, tropical-style beach and restaurant. For tykes there’s a special space complete with shallow water, splash pool, easy slides, raining mushrooms, and a separate jungle themed play area. Bonus Points:
Fallsview in partnership with Sky Line Inn offers educational packages designed to offer elementary to intermediate students the chance to use math, science, and media literacy principles. (Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is part of Niagara Falls Hotels 5685 Falls Avenue Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7 Canada (905) 374-4444 or www.fallsviewwaterpark.com
Waves Waterpark in Ontario.
Americana Resort in Niagara Falls offers families indoor water adventures. The Waves complex at the resort spans 25,000 sq. ft. and maintains a balmy 84 degrees all year long. It includes a beach entry wave pool, tube slides, body slides, kiddie pool with interactive water play structure, mega-tipping water bucket, and hot spa plus glow-in-the-dark gaming arcade. It’s also the only Waterpark in Niagara with a retractable roof. Bonus Points:
What better addition to a waterpark than a spa. Senses Spa at the Americana offers full spa services including services customized for teens - massage, facial, waxing and/or spa services and princess services for ages two to 11. (8444 Lundy's Lane Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada L2H 1H4. Toll-free-866-707-0030 FREE, (905) 356-8444 or www.americananiagara.com
Content researched and posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff at the Family Travel Files. Images provided by Great Wolf Lodge, and Senses Spa at Americana Resort, Niagara Falls Ontario. Copyright updated 2017.