Athena is the perfect age for water parks. She exudes happiness when she goes down a water slide and she spends so much time in the water I think she is part fish, which is why we saved Magic Mountain for the last day of our trip to New Brunswick. We wanted to go out with a splash.
We arrived at 10:30 on a Sunday and the park wasn’t too packed. We took advantage of the short lines and rode the biggest water slides first. One of my favorites is the Kamikaze. Obviously it’s a little too big for Athena, but that didn’t stop us from taking turns and getting a run in each.
While we took turns on the larger slides, Athena swam and splashed in the wave pool. I can’t believe how comfortable she is becoming in the water. In less than three weeks, she went from being too nervous to put her face in the water to jumping from the edge of the pool and swimming to me under water. I always dreamed she’d be a water baby, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I still smile every time she puts her face in the water.
The splash pad was a huge hit as well. She waited under the bucket for the water to spill on her and I was shocked when she wanted it to pour directly on her head. I was grateful that the water wasn’t too cold and I happily ran through the sprinklers and water spouts with her.
The best part of the day was watching her come down the Little Squirt water slide. She was grinning from ear to ear every time I saw her at the bottom of the slide. As soon as she reached the bottom, she’d race back to the top to go again.
We spent the entire day at the park. Athena was so exhausted when we were leaving that she fell asleep in the car before we left the parking lot.
We spent a month in New Brunswick exploring some of the best places and experiences that the province has to offer. When I asked Athena about her favorite adventure in Canada, she replied without hesitation that it was Magic Mountain.
Finding the best water parks for kids is going to be a huge part of my 2016 bucket list. I can’t get enough of that smiling face at the bottom of the slide.