Tips on Taking Kids to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Getting your kids to eat broccoli is difficult. Potty training is difficult. Keeping a clean car even becomes difficult (yep, you know what we’re talking about–those three-month-old fries lodged between the seats aren’t going anywhere any time soon). But taking your kids to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari doesn’t have to be difficult.

We know you’re busy enough as it is, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to map out how to make the most of your next Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari visit so you can focus on what’s most important: having fun!

Tips on Taking Kids to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari:

What to bring:

  • Bring a stroller or rent a wagon. Unless you enjoy packing your kids around on your hip for hours, this is a must; the two parks span over 100 acres and the little ones will be worn out
  • Take a couple of zip lock baggies. You can use them to store wet items like swimsuits after leaving the water park or for keeping things dry, such as cell phones, when on rides such as the Raging Rapids or Frightful Falls. Although these rides aren’t located in the water park, there’s still a pretty good chance you’ll get wet
  • Water shoes. The concrete can get rather warm on a summer day and the water shoes will keep those tender feet from getting too hot
  • Towels! Such a simple thing, but definitely a necessity that you’ll be glad you remembered to bring

What to do:

  • Safari Sam’s Splashland is perfect for the little ones under 54 inches
  • Use cash or a debit card to load HoliCash onto a complimentary wristband so you won’t have to carry a wallet around the park (super convenient!)
  • Order your tickets online in advance to avoid possible lines at the gate
  • Rent a locker so you don’t have to carry all your belongings around
  • View a park map online before going so you know the lay out, it’s easy to get confused and head the wrong way when you’re distracted by all the exciting rides and activities going on around you–time is valuable, though, and lost time makes for extra impatient kids

Things to know:

  • Take note of the time zone – we’re on central time in this area
  • Although this isn’t guaranteed, lines tend to be a bit shorter on cloudier days and rainy days
  • Free admission for ages two and younger

Know of any other useful tips we forgot to mention? Share this post on social media below and add it in the comments!

This blog post has been updated from July 2016.

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