The Last Hurrah of Summer at Kalahari
I’ll be honest. It’s been a tough year.
I won’t get into the details here, but suffice it to say we’ve been working long days and long weeks all year long. Because of that, it’s been hard to commit to many things – let alone a family vacation.
Toward the end of summer, the schedule opened up – just a bit – enough for us to plan a getaway to the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Just like last year when I shared our summer vacation, I’m thrilled to share our vacation experience again this year.
After traveling for a business trip all week, I came home and we immediately took off on our road trip. The kids had never been to Kalahari and shrieked with excitement when they saw the resort from the highway driving in. They couldn’t believe we would be staying the night at the “waterslide park.” 🙂
The decorations out front and in the lobby were so fun and exotic. I hadn’t been sure if the hotel stay would allow us to use the parks both at night and in the morning, so they were thrilled to learn that the wristbands were effective right upon checking in.
When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED staying in hotels. Maybe it’s because we did it so rarely, but I just loved seeing how every single room was different.
It was fun watching the kids experience the same thing when we walked into our room. They loved all the little details, from the animal printed soaps and shampoos to the towel folded into an elephant trunk.
Nonetheless, during a short break in the rain we took what we thought would be our only peek at the outdoor park.
We headed inside right when the doors opened and spent the whole morning trying each slide several times.
What we really appreciated was that there was always a ride that our youngest could go on – whether it was by herself, a sibling or parent. We never felt like someone had to sit out to watch her, because at five years old, there was so much she was able to do.
But even if she couldn’t have ridden the slides, there was still so much that kids of all ages could do.
Right after we headed up for a quick lunch, the skies cleared so we raced out to get in as much outdoor time as we could!
They weren’t excited about this at all. 🙂
They were also just content to swim in the swimming pools.
And as always, Evelyn finds a way to nail a pose. That girl.
I was thrilled to get a chance to try out their new halotherapy spa, so when the rain started back up I hopped down to the spa to check it out.
I really didn’t know what to expect, but was thrilled to get the room all to myself for 45 minutes of silence. I don’t even know the last time that has happened!
When I walked in I saw a book about the benefits of salt treatment in various forms. I was totally fascinated by the research…but mostly just rejuvenated from the experience. I can’t say it was the salt talking, but having 45 minutes all to myself to just sit…well, it was great.
It really was the perfect note to end the vacation on.
While ours was just a quick getaway, there would have been plenty to do had we stayed overnight between the waterparks and indoor theme park.
The kids have already asked if we can go again next year.
Me, however…I’m not sure we should wait that long.
What is your favorite family getaway? I’d love to hear your favorite travel memories in the comments below!
A big thanks to Kalahari for sponsoring our Family Friendly Getaway Weekend. As always, all opinions are my own.