Monday, September 2, 2013

A Crazy Idea


They said it couldn't be done. A girlfriend said the thought alone gave her an anxiety attack. But I did do it. And it wasn't so bad.

I took my son to Hurricane Harbor and Magic Mountain....on the same day. And we went without my husband. 

It could have been much worse. The morning we planned to go, my other son, 5 year old Kaleb opted out. He said he didn't want to go, that he'd rather go to sports camp or hang out at his friend's, our neighbors, house. He's not really into waterplay, didn't know we'd also be going to Magic Mountain and is definitely a handful. Maybe two. So I didn't argue and let him go play while 3 year old Knox and I sped off to meet our friends at Hurricane Harbor. We didn't hurry because we have season passes.

The water park is divided into sections. The little kids section is called Castaway Cove and there is more than enough to do there to last a whole day if your kids are under 54". A multi-level structure with spouting water coming from all directions, attached water slides, water cannons and even a tire swing, sits in the middle of the shallow water "cove." 

 It is flanked by a few other water slides that can be ranked from "flat - scoot your tushy down by pushing your hands to move" 


 to "yes you're actually moving and can get a decent ride but nothing too scary." 


Knox had fun getting his hair wet with his friend, Haley. 

 He also loved the River Cruise although I felt like we needed a bath in disinfectant after we left that lazy latrine river. It didn't smell or anything but there were just so many people, it creeped me out. He also loved the Forgotten Sea Wave Pool with its programmed waves but you have to either hold on to your kid or put him in a raft or life preserver (which you can rent or are provided) because the waves can get rambunctious.

There are plenty of lounge chairs provided by the park but even though there are so many, they get taken fast. So, either get there early or use the lockers for your stuff. Chances are you'll only be using the chair as a place holder or meeting spot for your group.

For older kids there is another section called Splash Island that is a little more thrilling and has height requirements between 36" to 40" - although when I went on another day with my husband, we took 36" Knox down all the slides his heart desired. He likes water and being splashed and it appeared the ride attendants didn't mind as long as we were watching.

There is a 100 gallon water bucket overhead there....that slowly fills up.....


And then dumps down


Knox loved it. Kaleb, (on the previous trip) not so much.

Eventually Knox complained about being cold (the water is cool which is great on a normal triple digit temp day, but on this day it was only in the low 80s) so we decided to walk across the park to Magic Mountain.

We had bought a season pass last year for both parks because there is this little known section in Magic Mountain called Bugs Bunny World http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/rides/kidsrides.aspx 
that has a couple small roller coasters and a bunch of slow moving, animated rides. There's also a multi-story  "clubhouse" called Looney Tunes Lodge where kids can run around, climb, slide and blast each other with foam balls. And there are usually no lines for any of it. After experiencing the hours long wait times at Disneyland, this was a very appealing selling point for us.

Last year they also featured a live show with all the Looney Tunes characters in which both my boys loved to participate. It makes for great home videos. 

video

It wasn't playing this time but I hope it comes back.

On this day, Haley and Knox got to ride the roller coaster,

Cruise on a practice date in their jeep,

And cuddle in Bugs Bunny's house on his oversized pink sofa chair.


Knox even got to test his strength in the Strong Man hammer game. 


He didn't actually ring the bell but after paying the modest $5 game fee, everyone is a winner. So, he walked away with a Batman cape for his effort.

It was a great day. Knox was a great listener. And we can't wait to go back.

You can read the LA Parent version of this post HERE

5 comments:

Jessica Craven said...

Sounds so fun, Rina! Can't wait to take MJ!

Rina Baraz Nehdar said...

It really is a great place, Jessica. The best part is you could totally moderate how much or little action you want to have.

Anonymous said...


Hi Rina,
It was nice to hear about your day with your boy and to see the pictures of a previous family adventure. Honestly, the parks should be sponsoring this blog as it was a true testament to the fun for the whole family sentiment the parks pay to advertise for!
xoxo

Charlene Ross said...

Fabulous! Thanks for such a great recap. I would have never thought to take a 3 year old to Magic Mountain or Hurricane Harbor. Good to know you can take such young kids and have so much fun!

Laurel Janssen said...

Poor Kaleb - he'll know next time that water parks are always the best!!!