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When my boys were young, we opted to take short family getaways throughout the year. Most times these were long weekend excursions that proved more beneficial than traditional one or two week vacation. By doing as such, the family had several opportunities to relax and refresh throughout the year.
As the family financial planner and frugal shopper, I found family getaway packages were always the most economical and enjoyable getaways. The hotel location, accommodations, and amenities were the deciding factor. Fun inclusions such as hotel pools and game rooms, and free meals or snacks were vital to the success. My boys particularly enjoyed hotels with breakfast buffets. While hubby and I prepared the daily itinerary, the boys would enjoy the freedom and variety of numerous breakfast foods.
Sandusky, Ohio houses one such family getaway attraction. A family getaway at Kalahari – America’s Largest Indoor Water Park is a family getaway winner in my opinion.
The Fantastic Family Getaway offered by Kalahari Resorts includes:
- Two Night stay in a beautifully-appointed Hut or Desert Room for up to 4 guests or an African Queen Suite for up to 6 guests.
- Admission to America’s largest indoor water park and Kalahari’s outdoor water park (seasonal, weather permitting) is included for each registered hotel guest.
- 2 Adult and 2 Children (ages 12 & under) Breakfasts both mornings
- One 14″ Pizza and 4 Fountain Sodas
- $40 Great Karoo dinner certificate
- 50-token card for the Big Game Room
- One Free in-room movie
The rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, free high speed internet access, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, ironing board and iron, in-room safe, and 32″ flat screen television with pay-per-view movies. All guests also receive complimentary access to the Fitness Center.
Other onsite activities included in the package are coloring contests, cookie decorating and eating, poolside games, story time, and arts & crafts. Activities vary from month to month, and include special holiday events too. Easy access to all activity information, including fee based activities, is available on the activity calendar at the resort website.
The Tree Top Play area is awesome. This jungle themed indoor playground is a brightly colored menagerie of climbing apparatus, crawl-through tubes, webs, and bazooka ball fun. Kids can twist, turn, and explore in an interactive, safe, and visible area.
For a small fee, the family can play a round of indoor miniature golf or bowling. Offering plenty of built-in activities make budgeting for this family getaway a fun and easy task. Of course, there are plenty of eateries and shopping opportunities in and around the resort. Allowing extra when possible simply adds to the getaway experience.
The rates for The Fantastic Family Getaway begin at just $399.98 for a family of four, and varying by date. I am sure taxes and hotel fees will apply as well. Nevertheless, two days in a resort decorated with authentic imported artifacts and lots activities for about $50.00 a day per person is a real deal in and of itself, never mind the amazing thrills of the water park. Of course, there are plenty of eateries and shopping opportunities in and around the resort. Budgeting extra when possible to include a special dinner or purchase simply adds to the getaway experience.
The water park features aim to please nearly ever type of vacationer. Thrill seekers with be more than satisfied with the thrill of the Swahili Swirl 60′ diameter bowl raft ride, Zip Coaster uphill water rollercoaster waterslide, Cheetah Race 4 lane mat slides, Rippling Rhino and Victoria Falls raft rides. For the relaxation crowd, the Texlon transparent roof will allow those sunny rays while enjoying the 12,000 sq. ft. wave pool, indoor spas, or lazy river rafting. Party seekers will definitely enjoy the indoor swim up bar.
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Does your family take traditional vacations or short family getaways?