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Top Water Parks for Kids

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Top Water Parks for Kids


Take a Break and Find the Top Water Parks for Kids | Throughout the country families can find many places to enjoy water play. There are water parks with amazing rides all over the country.


Water Play

Categories // Water Sports

Water Play

If you’re camping near a lake, pool, or ocean this year, you’re in for a treat.  You and your friends can spend hours at the water (as long as a grown-up is always there, acting as a life guard).  You can swim, float, splash, dive, bob around in boats, and play games.  So be sure to pack your swimsuit—you’re in for a great time!

Some classic water games include water polo, water volleyball, Marco Polo, races, and handstand contests.  All you need for water polo is a ball and something you can use to mark the goals.  For races, all you need are swimmers.  Throwing a Frisbee in the water is also challenging and a lot of fun.

Toys from Home
A few toys from home will make your water experience even more fun.  If you have goggles, a mask or snorkel, floating toys, or balls that float, pack them up and bring them along.  You can also improvise by borrowing old life jackets, kick boards, or canoe paddles.

Tippy Canoe
If you’re staying at a campground that has canoes, ask if you can tip yours over.  Seriously!  Canoes will keep on floating even after they’re full of water, and this is a great way to learn about how boats behave when they’re submerged.  If you’re allowed, wear your life jackets and move away from docks and swimmers.  It might take three of you, rocking in unison, to flip your canoe.  Once you’ve done it, climb back in it and see if you can paddle yourselves along with your hands.  You can also turn your canoe upside down, put your head underneath it, and breath quite comfortably in the air pocket that’s formed by the bottom of the canoe.


Want to swim?  Or would you rather boat?  Either way, you can easily put a race together.  You can pit two paddleboats against each other, have a swimming race, or see what goes faster, a canoe or a rowboat.  

Another great way to enjoy the water is to go fishing.  You can fish from a dock, a pier, a boat, or the shore.  If you aren’t sure what’s best, maybe you can try all four! 


Categories // Water Sports


Going swimming?  Whether you’re in the lake or the ocean, swimming is one of the best camping activities.  You can feel graceful and almost weightless as you bob along in the water.  Here are some fun things to do on your next swimming outing.

Flip and Spin
Can you turn a somersault in the water?  How about a backward somersault?  And if you’ve already mastered both of those, can you arch your back and spin backwards in an o-shape?  There’s a lot to do when you’re swimming.  You can do handstands, practice diving (off diving platforms only), and float on your back.  Don’t forget bobbing like a turtle (with your knees tucked up to your chest) and trying to do water ballet moves.

Ask if there are any extra life jackets or pool toys your can use in the water and float to your heart’s content.  Inner tubes are also a lot of fun.

Try Different Strokes
You probably already know how to do the crawl and the doggy paddle.  But how’s your breast stroke?  How about back stroke and side stroke?  If you don’t know how to do some of these, ask an adult to show you.

Swimming Underwater
If you have a mask or snorkel, it’s fun to swim under water, looking at fish and other sea creatures.  Practice breathing through a snorkel as your float along the top of the water.  A pair of goggles also makes underwater swimming fun.  Use the breast stroke to move quickly underwater—you can even have underwater swimming races!

Splashing Wars
If you have friends who like to splash, why not have a splashing battle!  You can even bring squirt guns from home or use plastic cups for a bigger splash.


Categories // Paddling


You’ve never skimmed across the top of the water until you’ve tried kayaking.  This is the fastest self-propelled water sport you can do—and the speed is totally up to you!  Using your own two arms, you can zip along or take a more leisurely pace, looking at birds and animals.  

How to Do It
Kayaking is easy to learn.  When you start, you’ll be fitted with a life jacket (and a helmet, if you’re on a river).  You’ll see that the paddle has a slightly-cupped blade on either end, and that the blades are offset.  This makes it so that as you stroke on one side, the paddle on the other side will automatically cut through the air.  So, as you paddle, you’ll need to rotate the paddle a little between strokes.

Inside the kayak, your feet will hit two foot rests, one on either side.  You’ll get more power from each stroke if you use these foot rests to brace yourself.

Getting In and Out
One of the hardest parts of kayaking is getting into and out of the kayak.  From the dock, crouch down low to get in.  Put one foot on the centerline of the kayak and stay low.  Ask someone else to hold your kayak for you as you get in.  Swing your behind gently into the seat and then get settled.  Your friend can hand your paddle to you.

Get out the same way, by keeping your weight low and standing on the centerline of the kayak.  Again, have a friend hold your boat for you.  Nothing’s worse than having your kayak start floating away when you’re halfway out of it!

Fun in the Kayak
Because it’s so silent, kayaking is a great way to watch birds and marine creatures without scaring them away.  If you’re looking for noisier fun, you can get friends together for a race or make up your own tricky paddling course to follow.  Practice turning by putting your paddle in the water behind you with the cupped part of the blade facing forward and paddling backward.  You can also turn by paddling harder with one arm than the other.  Try it!