Today my daughter and I had a terrific time at Ray’s Splash Planet. We went to the monthly “Mom and Tot” meet and greet, where your child gets in for $3 and the parent gets in for free between 9am and noon. It really is quite a deal- if you are the parent of a toddler I highly recommend you check this it out.
Honestly, I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Ray’s.
On one hand my daughter really seems to love it there. When I told her we were going this morning she literally freaked out with excitement. (I’m not using the term “literally” lightly. I really do mean that she had what I would call a freak out. Spinning around in circles, trying to stand on her head, pulling her clothes off. A literal freak out if I’ve ever seen one.) Seeing my daughter happy and excited makes me happy. Score one for Ray’s.
On the other hand I have to wear a bathing suit in a room full of women also wearing bathing suits. I can’t help but worry that the moms are going to think that I’m checking them out or something. I’m not. Really. Add to that the noise inside the place which makes conversation practically impossible and you’ve got kind of an awkward setting, especially if you’re meeting people for the first time.
Now, some of you familiar with me may think that I would be bothered by the possibility of germs at an indoor pool, but I believe the facility to be very clean and I am not bothered by it at all. There is a hint of chlorine in the air, but it’s not overpowering. I mean, sure…. you get 40 toddlers in a swimming pool and, well, soon there’s going to be some peeing going on. But still, it doesn’t bother me.
Anyway- we had a great time. The water seemed to be a perfect temperature (there were even some warm spots… ewww), and since this is a special toddler time there were no big kids to splash around and be generally crazy. My daughter totally gets a kick out of the lazy river. “MORE LAZY RIVER. I WANT MORE” is what she said every time we got close to getting out of it. We must have gone around in that circle twenty times. I was starting to feel a little seasick and my butt was pruning from hanging out of the middle of the inner tube by the time she finally let me out.
Two hours after our arrival and after a lot of coaxing I was able to get both of us out of the water and dried off and changed. It was warm enough that we were able to eat our lunches outside at the picnic tables and watch the trucks drive past on I-85. A perfect morning to wear your child out before that afternoon nap. Granted, mine still isn’t sleeping, but perhaps you’d have better luck with yours.
If you’re a newer parent and haven’t had the opportunity to check Ray’s Splash Planet out yet I highly recommend you do so. The next Mom and Tot event is Monday, April 13th. I know my daughter and I will be there, so look at the lazy river and wave to us as we pass by and by and by...