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!

Vegan Pudding Recipe

In truth, when our teenage daughter told us nearly 3 years ago she was vegan, I thought it was a phase.  I was wrong. We fully support her decision, she’s happy and healthy.  This recipe is great for breakfast or, if you add the option sweetness, a nice treat.


Vegan Chia Pudding with Fruit Topping

½ cup almond, soy or coconut milk

3 Tablespoon Chia seeds

¼ cup fresh fruit chopped

optional topping- agave nectar or honey


Makes 1 serving.

Mix chia seeds and milk alternative in a mason jar or cup.  Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The chia seeds will plump and create a pudding like texture.  Top the pudding with cut fruit and serve cold.  For extra sweetness, drizzle agave nectar or honey on top of the fruit.



Holiday Drink: Cranberry Tequila Fizz

The holidays means time with family and friends and I love experimenting with spirits.  A delicious and unique signature cocktail recipe can really elevate a casual holiday gathering and make for a fun conversation topic.

This cocktail uses classic holiday flavors like ginger and cranberries with a tequila twist.  It’s a simple process (a shaker or mason jar will do) with a big wow factor.

Easy Holiday Drink

Cranberry Tequila Fizz

1 Tbsp Cranberry Sauce

1.5 oz Tequila

4 oz Ginger Ale

Shake cranberry sauce and tequila together (in a shaker or mason jar).  Pour mixture over ice and top with ginger ale.


You can prepare these in advance but these are easy enough to make as needed, too.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

DIY Ocean Themed Under the Sea Party Decorations

Party themes are so much fun, plus they help me focus while planning.  I’ve seen many variations of Ocean themed parties, like:

Mermaid Party

Under The Sea (or One-der the Sea for those first birthdays)

Beach or Pool Party

Sea Creature Party Decorations

These easy DIY decorations are not only inexpensive, they are fun, too!  I used these decorations in the entryway, so guests would see them as soon as you walk in and on an empty wall in the dining room.  It helped tie the theme together and use budget-friendly decorations.

You Will Need:


Construction Paper

Green Crepe Paper

I looked up some sea creatures online and did a rough sketch on construction paper.  You can always trace the outlines to make it even easier!  I did a few kinds of creatures in a couple different sizes and cut them out of construction paper in all different colors.  Once I was satisfied with the number of animals, I started taping them up to the areas I planned to decorate.

Next I ripped (you can cut if you prefer a neater look) strands of crepe paper.  I measured by eye decided approximately where I wanted the ‘seaweed’ to go.  I placed each strand by taping the bottom down near the floor board and loosely twisting.  I secure the top with another piece of tape.

Sea Party Decorations

Make sure to take a step back to admire your work.  You may want to move some creatures to get the desired look.  You may, like me, decide you want more sea creatures and add them after. Either way, it’s a nice addition to any ocean/sea themed party.  One of our little guests exclaimed “It’s like the inside of an aquarium!” when she arrived.  Precisely.



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