I took the Glitter Glue Princess and her bff to Splash Universe in Shipshewana, IN this weekend. It is a giant indoor water park with 2 water slides, a lazy river, a 500 gallon bucket that drops water on kid’s heads, and my personal favorite, an adults only hot tub. This was her birthday trip – her choice instead of going to American Girl Place this year.
After doing our usual tour in Shipshewana – the cheese factory and quilting fabric store – we checked in and went straight to the water park. The girls loved it. My knees started aching almost immediately, so I was pretty much spent by dinner time. We went to an Amish restaurant, and skipped the christmas tree lighting parade going on to go back to the hotel. Girls continued to play. I continued to soak in the hot tub. Then the girls found the arcade and promptly spent $20 between the two of them.
I tried getting the girls to bed at 10, just to keep some semblance of a schedule so I wouldn’t regret it the next night… The powers that be were simply not going to allow it. There were children RACING and screaming down our hall till 11 pm, despite my best efforts to stop it. Even the manager was out there telling them to get back to their rooms. Yelling didn’t work. Begging was out of the question. I understand that it was a party type of place, but this was ridiculous.
My question was where were these kid’s parents when they were trouping through the halls? There were children as young as 5 out there. Is it common to set your kids loose at the beginning of night? Did they lock their kids out of the room for some “private time” – what the heck was going on with this? I’ve never experienced anything like this. It still sounded like a thunderous herd in our room at 11 pm when I simply gave up from exhaustion.
The next day, we had a breakfast buffet, more arcade time, and then a couple of hours more in the water park before driving home.
The girls enjoyed it, but I think we may have to try some other place if we do a water park again.
On a separate note -
I’m feeling a severe sewing deficiency going on. Must…get….SEWING!!!!!!!
I need to get Glitter Glue Princess some fleece pants made for her snow pants (she didn’t want some to match her coat this year – too old – but she still wants some to wear when we snow blow the drive). Also on the list are some pajama pants, a fleece jacket for me, and some tube tops to wear under our shirts to keep our backs and tummies covered from the cold breezes. For Christmas I need to get a “Slanket” knockoff made for the Glitter Glue Princess as well (*sigh* THIS is why children shouldn’t be allowed to watch infomercials!). I found this link if anyone else is working on the same thing…