Last Friday, the girlies and I joined the San Diego Momfia for a preview of LEGOLAND California’s DUPLO Splash Zoo attraction.
Let me preface this post with some information that puts my preview into perspective. I was a certified pool lifeguard/swim instructor/swim team coach for about eight years for the city of San Diego. I have had my fair share of telling people not to run on the pool deck, to please stay where they can safely touch the bottom of the pool, administer swim tests to go to the deep end, and my favorite — asking parents not to horse play in the pool with their kids. When I go to a backyard or hotel pool or even a YMCA or a waterpark, I feel like I cannot relax. I’m on duty. And I’m not being paid.
When I received the opportunity to take my girls to DUPLO Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California, I quickly said “Sure.” I mean, who wouldn’t? But having 19-month-old twins, this was a huge commitment and much mental preparation went into taking them out into the wilds of a water park. I enlisted the help of their Nana, who was visiting from out of town to take the girls to DUPLO Splash Zoo.
When we arrived at LEGOLAND’s Water Park it was busy. But not too busy, and I noticed there were lifeguards just about everywhere. Enough to make a presence and who were focused on the task at hand – watching the patrons to keep them safe while having a smile on their face. I immediately began to relax because I knew that we’d be well taken care of.
The new DUPLO Splash Zoo attraction is AMAZING. It is a water play area designed especially for toddlers, with interactive DUPLO characters modeled after the actual pieces found in LEGO sets. My girlies were attracted to the polar bear, the water came out like an oversized tub faucet — something they were very familiar with. There was always a lifeguard in the play area, and she was engaging and alert. Parents certainly need to be within arms reach of their toddlers (children under 42″ must be accompanied by an adult). The water can certainly shoot out unexpectedly from some of the features, so wear a bathing suit and plan on getting wet. The attraction is built upon a soft floor and the water quickly drains from the area — which is nice and you don’t need to worry about your toddler falling and inhaling too much water.
We also made our way into the larger play area called the DUPLO Splash Safari, which is in a very shallow pool area. “A” just wanted to sit and kick her legs and watch the world go by. “C” was all about exploring and swimming and kicking with her Nana to climb on the DUPLO shaped objects in the pool. We took both girls over to the Kids Creek where they could sit on oversized inner-tubes and we walked them around. The water was gentle and slow, but they could watch all of the action going on the slides and the larger play area. They loved this and they felt relaxed.
There is a large seating area with oversized umbrellas to the northeast of the DUPLO Splash Zoo that is nice for families with smaller children like ours. One thing I do wish is that they had more trash cans as well as family restrooms over on that side to make it a little more convenient for a diaper change, but we also had no issue going over to the main set of bathrooms, we were able to use a family restroom for a diaper change and to dress before we headed into the park.
BOTTOMLINE: This is a must-attend for your family this summer. You will love it!
COST: LEGOLAND Water Park is a $12 upgrade from the standard LEGOLAND California admission and is included in the price of Water Park Hopper tickets and Resort Hopper tickets. Toddlers are an extra $3 each, as children under 3 receive free admission to LEGOLAND with a paid adult.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com for more details.