Kalahari- Year 5!

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This week we escaped the dreary rain of Western Pennsylvania and headed to the warmth of the Kalahari…

Not the African Kalahari, mind you, but the Ohio Kalahari,

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Kalahari Indoor Water Park, located in Sandusky, Ohio.

For the last five years we have been blessed to be invited to join a previous co-op family’s church that reserves a block of room at a great discount. By joining with this church group, families in our co-op are able to enjoy one night and two days at one of the coolest places around for a fraction of what it would normally cost.

This is our fifth year going with our co-op friends.

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We always go the first week of May, following the end of co-op. As a result it has the feel of an end of year celebration and always gets us excited about the quickly approaching summer break.

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We arrived at Kalahari on Tuesday around lunch time. Grace was not with us. She had to babysit for the last MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting for the year so she would be following us a few hours later with the Hudaks.

There is always great excitement when we pull in the parking lot and begin lugging our gear across the bridge that leads to the resort.

The resort is aptly themed after its name and the theme carries throughout the resort in a way that makes you feel as though you have entered another world. It truly feels like a resort vacation.

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We checked in and carried our luggage down to our hotel room. This year we decided to book a suite rather than two separate, smaller rooms. And I must say I don’t know that we will ever go back. It was so nice to stay as a family and I know Toby appreciated not having to be in charge of managing the two little boys as a single Dad. 🙂

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Our suite had two bathrooms, a master bedroom with a king size bed, a separate bedroom with two queen size beds, and a fold out couch- perfect for sleeping 5 kids.

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Our suite even boasted a fireplace and a patio.

After everyone changed we headed over to the water park. We settled in near the wave pool, our usual spot and excellent “home base.” The kids then began exploring and enjoying all that Kalahari Water Park has to offer.

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The water playground. A popular spot with my boys!

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The best part is when the bucket dumps.

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Toby and Rusty racing on Rusty’s favorite water slide: The Cheetah Racers.

 Here is the water slide from the point of view of the rider, compliments of Rusty’s GoPro video camera:

In the afternoon our co-op friends began to arrive and Grace arrived with the Hudaks.

 

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After hours of fun we all went back to the room to dry off, change, and meet for dinner.

In the evening we enjoyed hanging out in the beautiful lobby. The kids played card games while the parents visited.

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Triplets in their matching coral.

 

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A game of cards…

 

In the morning we met up with our friends at Steak and Shake for a belly-filling breakfast before a full day of swimming and slides.

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This has become an annual tradition that the kids all look forward to.

Then it was back to the waterpark for another full day of wet fun. We stayed until closing, getting our money’s worth from our tickets.

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Sweet Ozzie.

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Floating along in the Lazy River

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Tyler is the only one of my kids that enjoys this more daring body slide…

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He seems downright relaxed! 🙂

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Ozzie tried his hand at body surfing

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Sweet Grace!

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Tyler and Saga playing basketball in the pool.

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Swahili Swirl is the hands-down group favorite. The kids affectionately refer to it as “The Toilet Bowl.”

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The girls “getting flushed.”

 

Here is an insider’s view of this group favorite, compliments of Rusty’s GoPro camera:

It was a wonderful vacation and just what our family needed after a few challenging weeks. Sometimes in the midst of the storms of life you just need to stop and splash in the puddles!

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