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Swa-Rai Mommy: Five Midwest Water Parks to Take the Kids this Summer

The boychild has become obsessed with going on vacations! I don’t know what exactly he needs a vacation from when I pay and take of everything but I guess. My grandmother told me when I was pregnant that my child was going to be born with a suitcase because I didn’t know how to sit down. I can’t help but laugh because what she said was true. I traveled a lot when I was pregnant, I don’t like the idea of sitting in one place too long and I guess the boychild has now inherited these same traits.  I’ve been researching family friendly places to take the boychild and I came up with these resorts for your next family vacation.

  • Willderness Resort (Wisconsin)- I absolutely love the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin. This family friendly resort offers the option to rent condos, villas or cabins. My personal favorite is the cabin! I’ve stayed in the 3 bedroom cabin and it came complete with a grill, fireplace, fully functioning kitchen and more. I’ve never been with the boychild so this may be our next adventure. They now have the all new Bearfoot Island Sprayground, perfect for the kiddos to have fun and get wet.


  • Magic Waters (Rockford, IL)-I’ve always wanted to go to Magic Waters! I don’t know why I haven’t been yet but now that I have the boychild, what better time than now! They have water rides for kids of all ages including the big kids adults. They also have private cabanas and bungalows to rent if you are looking for something a little more private. 
  • Breaker beach at Magic Waters WaterparkIndiana Beach (Indiana)- Indiana Beach is not only a waterpark but also and amusement park that is another family friendly destination. Indiana Beach not only has rides but they also have a RV Camping Ground, tent camping and cabin rentals. With tons of family rides this park is definitely high on my list.
  • IB-6-16-2007-4Noah’s Ark (Wisconsin)- This is another family friendly park which includes a 4D Dive In Theater which includes flying objects, water splashes, I know the boychild would absolutely love.  If you are looking for something for the kiddies to get into check out the Big Kahuna, Endless River and more.
  • noah_s_ark_water_parknoahu002639s_ark_amusement_park_authority_570x407.jpg-5faae619f85a5d6898bfff5948f89ba9Holiday World Theme Park/ Splashin’ Safari (Indiana)-Voted the #1 Amusement Park by Trip Advisor is another family-friendly water park for the kiddies. Perhaps what I like the most is the park doesn’t nickel and dime you. Admission price includes admission to both parks for one price, free parking, free soft drinks, free sunscreen, free use of inner tubes plus free Wi-Fi. I love this place already! With accolades such as #1 Wooden Roller Coaster on the Planet is in Indiana? And guess what-Indiana is also home to the World’s #1 Cleanest Theme Park, this park is definitely on my to do list.

**Here’s a bonus water park that is currently offering my readers a great discount**


  • Big Splash Adventure (Indiana)- Big Splash Adventure is a 40,000 square foot indoor water park-complete with a rare retractable roof-located in French Lick Indiana, and adventure unlike any other!  Big Splash has many thrilling, twisting, and exciting water slides and a whirling turbo bowl! The interactive Buccaneer Bay thrills and excites children of all ages—especially the 1000 gallon dumping bucket! The Splish Splash pool is perfect for the youngest of adventurers, and the activity center—complete with water basketball and other fun activities—is great for older kids. For adults, there is the adults only Palm Cove hot tub, and don’t forget the Lost River! The river flows lazily throughout the park.
  • Big Splash Coupon offer #1: $4 off day pass admission.  Coupon would be good for 4 people, total of $8 value.  This would be good for day pass admission ONLY. http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?bid=11154&dealid=1227®ionid=75
  • Big Splash Coupon offer #2: $20 off overnight stay.  Coupon would be good for a $20 value off an overnight stay only.  http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?bid=11154&dealid=1227®ionid=75
  • Shotz Coupon offer: $1 off Lazer Tag or Miniature Golf.  Coupon valid for 4 people, total of $4 value.  Only 1 coupon per family.
  • French Lick Ziplines Coupon offer: $10 off Zipline purchase.  Coupon would be good for 4 people, total of $40 value.  This would be good for zipline purchase ONLY.  http://www.usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?bid=11155&dealid=1228®ionid=75
  • All coupons would expire March 16, 2014.  Black out dates may apply.

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of Swa-Rai.com, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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