Thursday, May 28, 2015

Family Day Out Under the Sun @ Adventure Cove Waterpark

Wow how time flies! The last time Daddy brought the girls out to Adventure Cove Waterpark (Click HERE) was in 2013. Since then, they have been raving about it and looking forward to the day we get to go back with Mummy. However, we never seemed to have time for that day, until.....

A year and a half later, the opportunity presented itself as part of the MOE Family Day promotion. Daddy took leave so we could visit on a weekday school holiday to avoid the crowds. The girls had grown since our last visit and we hoped that they would be able to try more slides and have different experiences.

We got there right after it opened at 10.00 am, quickly changed out and got ourselves a locker before heading into the Adventure River for a lazy float around. The girls found it difficult to lie in the tube as they were small and fell through it easily. To mitigate this, they sat on Daddy's and Mummy's lap as we floated lazily around the park. The ride provides a good summary of all the attractions at a leisurely pace. However, for those who are familiar with the park, the Adventure River also allows you to disembark at the attraction of your choice without returning to your start point.

The Adventure River takes us through a tunnel with marine fish and sharks swimming all around us.

We float by the Ray Bay, part of the park's Immersive Experiences where you can interact with the rays for a fee.

We let the currents send us through caves and grottos complete with lighting, sound and props to create a number of different environments and scenarios. Now and then we'd glide under waterfalls and there are sections of the river where the current is stronger.

We allowed the river to take us a complete round and got off near our start point at the locker area. The giant wave pool, Bluwater Bay, caught our attention as the loud music and crashing sounds signalled that the large waves were activated. Mummy accompanied the older girl who was overwhelmed with excitement, while Daddy played the role of photographer with the younger girl who was intimidated by the large swells.

Very happy campers getting tossed around. This was significant as the last time we were here, the girl did not dare to try this. How quickly they change as they grow up! 

We were glad to have arrived early on a weekday. All the rides had no queues and we could try each slide as many times as we wished. The last time we were here on a weekend, each ride cost us 15 minutes in the queue.

Riptide Rocket: a roller-coasting experience in a tube. Mummy was simply 'washed-out' by our first slide and we could hear her screams long before they splashed down at the exit. The kid however, simply wanted to go again.

The Pipeline Plunge was up next, and it was Daddy's turn to take the all excited girl.

Splashing down after an exciting ride in the Pipeline Plunge with Daddy. So enjoyable we get to do it again.

Mummy's turn to accompany the kid on the Tidal Twister.

It was a pity that the younger girl did not meet the height requirement for the Pipeline Plunge and the Tidal Twister. Mummy and Daddy felt these were milder than the Riptide Rocket and something she could enjoy, but the height requirements were stricter.

The weather alternated between baking hot and occasional clouds. To cool off, the girls picked out ice-creams. One tip when visiting the park is to carry some cash with you, either in a small purse or as in Daddy's case, a pocket with a zipper. There are many snack kiosks selling food and drinks and you don't want to have to return to your locker to get your cash. In addition, opening the locker ends the rental.

Ice-cream for the kids.

Popcorn chicken for the adults.

Don't fill up those tummies just yet though. There are still lots of rides to try and many of them are too exhilarating for a full stomach. This next ride is one such example: the Duel Racer!

Weeee! Water sliding at it's purest. And as if the steep plunge was not enough, how about a mat to reduce friction and make it faster? The older girls had a few tries. Here, she races a total stranger.

"Can I have another go?"

Sirens, music and the wave pool calls once more

This time, she dons a life jacket and is able to enjoy being tossed around on the surface even in the deep end.

Seahorse Hideaway: a shallow wading pool to relax. The girls had fun splashing around in between the other rides.

During our last visit, the Big Bucket Treehouse was quite a hit as it was a safe climbing and sliding environment complete with spontaneous splashing buckets and water-cannons. The water slides were mild enough for younger kids to enjoy.

Sister bonding time!

Mother-daughter bonding time!

All the splashing action at the Big Bucket Treehouse.

Bring along a waterproof camera to capture all the fun and action if you have access to one. Alternatively, if you find holding on to a camera too troublesome, there are many photographers that will help you take photos along the way. Retrieve your photos at the exit in the gift shop using a serial number the photographers will issue to you on a wrist band. Do be warned, however, that should you fall in love with any of the photographs, you can take home a print out for $35 per piece.

We left the park in time for a late lunch after about three and a half hours play. Although not very long for a visit to the park, we managed to pack a lot in in as there were no queues.

A 'Build Your Own' salad and add a soup for a light hearted set meal.

The girls were tired and napped in the cab on the way home after a healthy salad lunch at the Cedele's at Resorts World Sentosa, and we were all slightly sun-baked. It was good quality time together, and with schedules getting more and more packed as the girls get older and more involved with school and other commitments, it was a nice chance to get together under the sun and grow closer.

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