Soaking Up the Last of Summer


It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. It seems like it was just Fourth of July and now kids are going back to school and Halloween candy is making its appearance on store shelves.

We try our best to do everything on our “Summer Bucket List” but inevitability we realize that we can’t get everything done.

This year was especially difficult because our weather was more rainy and cooler on Saturdays, the days that we usually go and do our adventures.

After trying for about a month, we finally made it to the Soak Zone at Idlewild park last weekend.


Included with a ticket to Idlewild park is Soak Zone, a small water park.

While we had been to the rest of the park through this year, we hadn’t been to the water park portion.

When I say it is a smallish water park, it is by no means tiny. There are about five different areas in the water park.

Map courtesy of Idlewild

Soak Zone includes an awesome wave pool (which is where we spent most of our time), I think four water slides (it could be more), a lazy river type attraction, a little kids play area and a bigger kids play area that features a dump bucket with a bunch of kid sized water slides, plus a stand alone dump bucket.

When we first arrived last Saturday it seemed like it was going to be a little cool and very cloudy.

However, luck was on our side and it became pretty sunny and warm and we made it out before a storm hit.

Personally, my favorite place to spend time was at the Wowabunga Wavepool.

Lily could swim around and splash between wave sessions, and when the waves began, we sat on the “beach” and let the waves rush up on us.

Lily seemed to really enjoy the little kids splash area.

The pool is only about one foot deep and features tubes that spray water up and down. Kids even have the option of turning a valve that controls how much water sprays out.

We had such a wonderful day full of lots of family fun and memories.

We sure tired out Lily by spending almost four hours splashing around.


We finished the day off by taking a ride on the carousel and grabbing a quick lunch before leaving. Lily was asleep before we hit the main road to home.


Did you get to do a lot on your “Summer Bucket List?” Leave a comment below.

Return to The ‘Wild

This past weekend we had another wonderful time a Idlewild Park, located in Ligoner, Pennsylvania.

The main reason why we were at the park was to celebrate my husband’s birthday. (And as a true lady, I won’t disclose his age.)

The loves of my life.

We had so much fun. Lily has become a big rider this year and loves going on different rides including a balloon ride that you race around, the carousel and even her very first roller coaster.

Our first roller coaster! Front car and everything!

However, her favorite remains Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood where you ride Trolley into the Neighborhood of Makebelieve. (I don’t have any photos from that attraction because I was enjoying Lily.)

She also loved all the attractions in Raccoon Lagoon, which is the kiddie area of the park.

We didn’t visit Storybook Forest too much this time because we had decided to let Lily go on more rides first and we ran out of time.

However, we wanted to stop back and see the new castle that was build in the area since it was still under construction when we were there last.

This the castle was open and it was very nice. (For those Mousekatot families you will notice some theming that might look familiar.)

Inside of the castle walls there is a small giftshop, of course, an animated family featuring Duke the Dragon, another mascot for the park, a sword in the stone that operates the fountain, a throne and a place for Princess Lily themed tea parties.

For $14.95 your little one can have a tea party with Princess Lily and receive a keepsake lunchbox as part of the deal. There is no charge for parents to just watch.

If we would have known about this earlier we might have signed up Lily, but it is something good to know for the future.


Here is a video of our day. Let me know if you are interested in seeing our adventures in video.

Also, our Mousekatot giveaway is still taking place until this weekend. If you haven’t entered you can go here a Rafflecopter giveaway