Just like last summer I decided to book all kinds of fun things to do with the kids. Spread them out throughout the summer and then have a summer of making family memories. I am not a water person and the sun hates me. I am either white or red, I do not tan. However, I knew the kids would probably love visiting a waterpark so last weekend we headed to Calypso.
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Calypso is Canada’s biggest theme waterpark. There is water fun to be had everywhere on their extensive 100-acre facility. From toddlers to teens, from party dudes to grandparents, everyone will have their share of fun in this gem of a park. With imaginative management, this $65 million investment has been transformed into a hundred different water adventures to keep you cool and busy. Humungous state-of-the-art slides, a river run, Canada’s largest wave pool, thrilling rides—even a whitewater experience! You won’t have time to be bored.
Calypso is open 7 days a week rain or shine from June 4th – September 7th. For more information on specific hours for the day you will be visiting you can check out opening hours on their website at http://www.calypsopark.com/en/waterpark/information/schedule/.
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I am not going to lie. We ended up at Calypso on one of the hottest days so far this summer and a Saturday to boot. The lineups at opening which is when we got there were crazy. Even the staff was telling us it had never been this busy. That should have been my sign to turn around, go home and come back another day. But the kids were ready and we had a friend and her son with us so onward we must go.
As soon as we got through the gates Tobei went to stand in line to rent a locker while Rose and I took the kids to find a place to park our nonvaluable stuff. We ended up walking right past the huge picnic area hiding behind the locker area, but we did find a nice shaded area with picnic benches pretty much in the center of the park. I say we got a good spot. Tobei called me about 20 minutes later to say we had a locker so I went and met him to lock up all our valuable.
The locker rental only cost us $5 plus a $5 deposit that we got back when we returned our keys. I was super impressed with the locker area. There were hundred of lockers in rows so there was no shortage even on this very busy day. The locker area even had change rooms and dryers so you could dry your bathing suits before leaving the park.
After our valuable were locked up Tobei went to rent Little Brother a life jacket. The cost of this rental was $0. Life jackets are free. all you have to do is provide a piece of ID or a $40 deposit. I was so thankful for this as we had forgotten his life jacket at home during our mad dash to get out of the house that morning.
Since Tobei had a torn ligament in his foot he headed off to the kids area with Little Brother while the rest of us headed off to the rest of the park. Little Brother had a blast in the kiddie area. His favourite being the Pirate’s Aquaplay. However, his great time without a care in the world came at a cost….. The giant water bucket dumped on them and while Tobei couldn’t see from the water Little Brother took off. We had a missing 3-year-old in a water park.
Huge shout out to the lifeguards working the structure that day. Tobei ran up to the nearest lifeguard to report our son missing. Very quickly the lifeguard asked him our sons height, what colour shorts he as wearing and what he looked like. Tobei quickly replied then took off looking for our son. The lifeguard then alerted the next lifeguard who alerted the next and the next as they all took off looking for our son. They acted swiftly and in what seemed like an eternity but was only 3 minutes the lifeguards had reunited father and son.
The first stop for us bigger folks was the Jungle Run. It is a great started place for the waterpark as you get to lazily take your time through the river with currents gently pushing you forward. This was also the spot where I got to learn that my $600-ish spent on swimming lessons for Big Brother was worthless as the kid can’t swim. OOPS! So I held onto Big Brothers board while he floated his way through the Jungle Run. Note to self: After lunch grab a life jacket for him as well.
After the Jungle Run we decided to check out the slides. Sadly all the ones Big Brother was tall enough to go on had crazy and insane lineups. We ended up making our way to the other end of the park and went on Kongo Expedition. We all had a great time on this one. Was relaxing but fun all at the same time as water kept spraying us or getting dumped on us from giant buckets.
It was now 1:30 so we had to go meet back up with Tobei so we could all get something to eat. Calypso had provided me with meal vouchers for my family so while Rose watched all the kids and had her picnic Tobei and I went to go grab our lunch from Resto Kongo. This sadly is where my mood got ruined and I was totally over the park. We ordered our meals (4 hots dogs, 2 hamburgers and 4 fries) and then proceeded to wait 20 minutes for our food. There were 3 people working the front and 3 the kitchen. In the front one person ran the cash, another ran the drink machine and the third sat at the window waiting for food. Only 1 person was cooking in the kitchen. The other 2 standing there.
Once we were finished lunch I was ready to go brave the long lineups for the slides but the family had other ideas. Everyone was finished. I was moody, Little Brother was tired, Big Brother was over the crowds and Tobei was in a bunch of pain. We quickly did the Jungle Run once more this time with Little Brother as well then headed home for the day.
Would I go back to Calypso? I think I would. I would make sure though that it was 1) a weekday and 2) not the hottest day of the summer. I don’t know if we will make it back this year due to the budget but we will see, you never know.
Sorry there were not photos of my own. My phone was in the locker. All pics in this post represent the attractions 100%.
*Disclaimer: Calypso provided me with parking, entry and meal vouchers for my family. As always all opinions are 100% my own.*