Labor Day weekend – a wonderful end cap to the summer season. A time for family, friends and campfires. Well, no campfires this summer – with a hot dry summer OKC has been under a burn ban for months. But, there is still plenty of time for a family get-together.
We decided to check out Andy Alligator’s Water Park in Norman, OK this weekend. At 105 degrees, the weather sure cooperated. While small, the park has a lot to offer families. My kids were particularly fond of the lazy river. I think they were just thrilled because they could actually “swim” on their own, all the way around the river. Even my one-year-old (OK, he’s almost two). But, secure on their little puddle jumpers and they are good to go.
There were also three fun slides in the main area that were fairly kid friendly. A little much for preschoolers, but certainly good for the elementary set. On the west side of the park were a few other slides – one that used a tube and one that used a mat. The slide that used a mat was the best thing in the park, according to our group of 9. The wait for a mat did seem a little long, but once you hiked to the top of the slide, you could quickly see that it would be worth the short wait. Four guests at a time could race one another to the bottom – what’s more fun than that?
All-in-all, I would say the day was a big hit. We all came home tired and ready for a nap. OK, maybe I was the only one ready for a nap. But, we did all have fun.
The next day of our extended weekend was spent at the Arts Festival at Oklahoma City Community College. Again, the day was a scorcher, but still a lot of fun. There was live entertainment, festival foods (think Indian Tacos) and lots of fun and interesting art. Of course, with 5 kids in our party, we spent the majority of our time in the kids tent. For $1 per kid, they could play to their heart’s content. Elliott particularly liked the sand pit. Amelia, however, is drawn to arts and crafts like a moth to a flame.
She tried her hand at clay creations, bead work, water colors, coloring and a glue/sequined masterpiece. By the time the kids were done in the tent, we actually had little time left to explore the art. But, we did manage to go through at least 2 or three tents. Next year, perhaps we will go a little earlier in the day. Or, even better, we will go Sunday night and watch the fireworks!
I hope your labor day weekend was as fun as ours!