Monday, September 3, 2012
Coco Key Water Resort at Cherry Valley Lodge
We just spent the weekend at Coco Key Water Resort at Cherry Valley Lodge. We had an absolute blast!!! I really look forward to planning another weekend there sometime in the near future.
There were several great things about the weekend. First, we stayed overnight at the lodge and the rooms were fantastic for our family - probably one of the best hotel rooms we have ever stayed in. That alone made the trip fun instead of a chore. Second, while I had never been to Coco Key before, I was nervous about how the kids would do there. It turns out the park is absolutely perfect for kids ages 4 and up. The big kids couldn't get enough of the slides, and even though Liam didn't enjoy sliding he loved all the cool water squirters and fountains. Happiness for all!! There were a few adult/ older kid slides and Scotte and I each took some time to sneak away and enjoy these.
We spent some time at the zero-entry kiddie pool that had a few simple slides and a basketball hoop. Liam loved the giant pirate ship motif so he really loved this area and it was made for kids his age. The big boys enjoyed it as well.
We spent most of our time at the Parrot's Perch, which had several larger twisty water slides that the big boys couldn't get enough of. There were some water fountains there that kept Liam's attention for hours, as well.
Our only major problem at the park was that we were outnumbered by children. For the most part one of us followed Liam like a hawk while the other kept track of the other two. On one occasion when I was alone with all three for a few minutes, Aidan decided to leave one slide and go to another area while I was distracted by the other two kids. We quickly found him, but not before he gave me a small panic attack. Another time I took Brendan to the lazy river and Scotte had the other two. Aidan decided to leave and go to the bathroom without telling Scotte. We weren't as freaked out that time, and I quickly found him standing with his shorts down at the entrance of the bathroom (he couldn't get his wet bathing suit pulled up), but I can't say that it doesn't scare the *hit out of me. It all comes down to him being very independent, which is a good thing, but we are trying hard to get him to remember to tell us that he wants to go somewhere other than where we are. Both incidents happened when we were minus one adult. He could handle the whole water park himself (he could touch in the water and there were lifeguards everywhere, plus he was following the rules very well and usually staying right where we were), but we need someone to keep an eye on him always until his speech catches up with his brain or he remembers to find us when he is ready to move on. If one of us is near him he always tells us. He just wouldn't bother to search for us when it is just quicker to go. :)
Brendan did an excellent job following all the rules and always making sure he knew where we were and always asking us before we all moved together to another area. It is great to have one kid at places who is mostly independent. Aidan is almost there if he would just find us when he is done! Liam still is a little crazy, but he is three, after all.
There were only a couple of negatives to our water park experience. One, we noticed a few times where they closed a few areas and we determined that it was because they didn't have enough lifeguards available to have someone on duty at each area. That was a little disappointing, but not enough to impact our fun. Also, they don't provide any towels. They say it's because they have "gone green" but that doesn't make much sense to me. Either I am washing my towels, or you are washing yours, but either way towels are getting washed by someone. They save themselves some money by not paying for it, which saves them some"green" but not me. Also, that means that we needed to find room to hang 5 wet bathing suits, 5 wet beach towels and 5 damp bath towels in our hotel room. We probably could have used an extra towel rack or two for that! Still, this was not a big enough problem to detract from our fun. We had a blast!! The only other negative was that every single clock in the entire water park was not working or set at the wrong time. That was slightly annoying since we didn't bring watches or cell phones in due to the water factor. How hard is it to change a few clock batteries? So weird....Time doesn't matter much except to remind us to feed our children on occasion. We were easily having so much fun that 3-4 hours would pass before we noticed. We had really starving kids a few times!!
We had an absolutely fabulous weekend and I hope to repeat it sometime this winter to cheer us up!!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!!!