7 Tips for Summer Fun at Wet ‘N Wild Phoenix

Summer is here!  And in Arizona that means staying cool.  Though the sun is harsh (and I mean HARSH) one of our favorite places to cool off and have some fun is Wet ‘N Wild in Phoenix.  The water park is situated on approximately 35 acres and we can easily spend a whole day here.  Here are 7 tips to ensure a great time, some are no brainers, while others took me a while to figure out.

Water Park Tips in Phoenix

1. HYDRATE.  I know this one is obvious.  But a reminder doesn’t hurt.  Drink water, bring water, buy water…whatever you need to do to stay safe and hydrated.  The temperatures reach insane numbers here (today was 106) and it’s no joke.  They have refillable cups you can purchase in the park, which is nice, convenient and budget minded! Make sure you are drinking water, too, though.

2. PICK A SPOT.  Put some towels down and grab some pool chairs.  Make this your command center and meeting spot.  There are tons of areas in the park and lots of chairs but I suggest picking your spot as soon as you arrive.  Make sure your kids stop and look around for a moment to really recognize where it is. The excitement can take over but they need to really pay attention.

3.  BARE MINIMUM.  Wet ‘N Wild has lockers for rent so if you must bring stuff in, I highly recommend a locker rental.  I prefer to go empty handed into the park, though.  We bring the bare minimum.  I bring a backpack but anything I bring in isn’t anything we’d miss if it gets lost or stolen.

4. WATER SHOES.  The ground is hot.  Again, the temps here get high.  Flip flops or sandals are a great option but leaving them at the bottom of each ride or next to the ride is a pain.  There’s cubbies for shoes all around the park but if you wear water shoes it’s one less thing to worry about.  Invest in some water shoes, especially for your kids.

5. GET STAMPED. Wet ‘N Wild stays open late over the summer, especially on the weekends! Young kids might get tired but you don’t have stay all day.  You can leave the park and get a stamp to return the same day.  This is great if your kiddos nap or need a break.  You can return later in the day without over doing it.

6. SAFETY.  Make sure you and your family follow the rules of the park.  They are there to ensure everyone is safe and has a great time.  Be careful and don’t run!

7.  SUN BLOCK.  Bring it with you and if you forget it bite the bullet and purchase in the park. Apply often throughout the day.  I know I have already mentioned it above…multiple times,  the sun is cruel here.  Even if you think you’re protected, reapply!

Check out the rides, attractions and food.  Falling Mammoth is one of my kids’ favorites and Constrictor is a close second.  I am partial to the new Barefootin’ Bay (which is perfect for younger kids) and the  Cactus Cooler Roaring River aka The Lazy River.  There’s not one attraction or ride the kids don’t like.  Truly, the park is full of fun and has something for everyone from the dare devil adventurous type to the more reserved looking for relaxation.  Have fun!

Arizona Renaissance Festival Tips

I was provided with complementary tickets to the festival.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Every year, around my son’s birthday, the Renaissance Festival comes to Arizona.  I was never able to go when I was younger but since having my own kids, I make a point to go each year.  The kids always have a blast but this place is great for adults, too!  This year I was lucky enough to go twice! Once on a date with my husband and another trip included the kids.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

The Arizona Renaissance Festival never disappoints and it’s one of the highlights of our year.  There’s only two weeks left for this year and I highly recommend you check it out.  Here’s a few tips from my family to yours, to ensure the best time possible!

 

1. Bring cash.  Sure there are ATMs but it makes the trip smoother if you prepare ahead and bring cash.  Don’t worry, if you need to grab cash, ATMs are pretty easy to locate both inside and outside the entrance.

2. Dress Up.  My kids love any chance to dress up and why not?  We have a box of dress up gear and helped them pick themed appropriate pieces but the certainly don’t have to be historically accurate!  My older boy wanted to wear Pokemon pieces that resembled a dragon. The employees are always extra fun when you are dressed up.

Arizona Festival

3.Timing.  I know my kids won’t last the whole day at the festival so I’ve learned the best time for us to go is in the afternoon.  That way we are there at the end for the Joust to the Death.  It’s one of our favorite things to see, the show is such fun and higher energy than the others throughout the day. This timing works for us, but take a look online to see what might work for you.

4. Wear sunscreen and comfy shoes.  The festival is 30 acres packed full with rides, food, stages/shows, crafts, jousting, mermaids and more!  Make sure you are wearing comfy shoes so you can enjoy your time exploring.  The festival is outdoors (though you can certainly find relief form the sun in one of the shaded areas) so sunscreen is another must.