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Friday, December 26, 2014

Splashing Down the New Waterslide in Busselton!


The Busselton Jetty foreshore is a fantastic destination for a summer holiday, especially with the addition of this enormous waterslide suitable for the entire family!
The slide's footprint is as big as an 8 lane Olymic size swimming pool!

As we drove into the Jetty carpark, the kids noticed the bright colored inflatable waterslide that towered three stories high! It certainly seemed like an excellent way to cool off, so we decided to check it out.

We purchased a family pass that was good for one hour of unlimited sliding for all of us.  

The slide is suitable for ages 3 and up, and kids under 110cm can slide with an adult.  


There were 30 steps to climb up to the top, which was actually part of the fun for the kids. 


We had a blast sliding over and over again!  We raced each other down the two side slides, slid down the big center slide in pairs, and had contests on who could slide the farthest. 


We had grandparents with us, and they enjoyed watching us from the shaded area at the end of the slides.







We had a blast slipping and sliding all hour long.  Everyone in the family gave it a big thumbs up!  It's an activity not to be missed this summer!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discovering Dinosaur Island at Adventure World

A trip to Adventure World always promises a full day of fun and adventure, and now, with the temporary addition of Dinosaur Island, there is even more reason to visit!  Dinosaur Island will be enchanting guests of Adventure World now until March 2015.

My four year old and I spent the day swimming and playing among the prehistoric creatures hidden in the trees surrounding the pools in the Kingdom Falls area.

Just follow the huge dinosaur prints once you enter Dragon's Kingdom, and you will find Dinosaur Island!


At first Hagen was more than a little cautious of the enormous, life like dinosaurs because they looked so real.  He kept his distance and wouldn't keep his eyes off of them.

They moved and made noises, just like real dinosaurs!


He started to feel more comfortable once we came across the adorable baby stegosaurus.



The misty Dinosaur Island tunnel was a huge hit with all the kids, and added a sense of mystery to the atmosphere.

 I imagine the cool mist would be an even bigger hit on a hot, sunny day!




We strolled around the "island" looking for all the dinosaurs hidden within the trees.






Tyrannosaurus Rex was quite easy to spot.  He had a low guttural growl that sent shivers down our spines!


We stopped and read the many different signs along the way with facts about each dinosaur, including their actual size and what they liked to eat.


There were also signs about dinosaurs around the pool area on Dinosaur Island.




There is so much to do and see at Adventure World, so of course we hit a few of our favorite waterslides and rides before leaving for home late in the afternoon.  Hagen went home bursting with stories for his older siblings about the "real" dinosaurs he saw at Adventure World, and now they want to go see them too!