A Winter Getaway to Kalahari Indoor Waterpark Resort – Poconos, PA with two Kids 5 and under!

For Brooks’ 5th Birthday this year, we gave him a choice – a few days away with the family or a party. He picked a family getaway and I’m not mad about it.

Literally the cost of our 3 days/2 nights away was cheaper than a party, WAY less stress and WAY more fun! Serious wins all around – it was the best way to celebrate my little man {who’s not so little anymore} turn the BIG 5!

Can’t believe it’s been 5 years – For a visit down memory lane, check out Brooks’ Birth Story Part 1 and Part 2! Spoiler Alert -> 25 hours of labor including 3 hours of pushing – Yay!

We have been to Kalahari once before – when Brooks was 3 and Graham 1.5. That was before my GoPro/YouTube days – but I did heavily document our time there. Because the boys were younger, we spent most of our time in the toddler area and on the little kid slides. You can check out those posts here if you want to see what Kalahari is like for younger kiddos – A Weekend at Kalahari – Day 1 and Day 2!

This time – we were able to step if up a notch in the slide + waterpark arena and it was like a a whole different trip!

For a look at all our fun on the trip + if you want to join us on the slides, check out this video! And be sure to like, comment and subscribe!!

Since we weren’t doing a party for Brooks, and turning 5 is pretty special, I wanted to make sure we were able to start the birthday celebration on his actual birthday. The boys had school on Tuesday morning, January 29th and while they were at school I packed all the bags, got everything ready to go, picked them up and then off to the Poconos we went!

And because we were there Tuesday, Wednesday + Thursday {thanks to an incredible buy one night, get one FREE deal} it was mid-week and we had the place to ourselves. Hallelujah!

Kalahari is amazing because its so big and the waterpark alone has so much to do. The last time we were here we spent our days in a completely different area of the park. This time we upgraded to the Splash Down Safari area which has 5 slides that were super fun for our 3 + 5 year olds to conquer.

And that’s just what they did.

We spent about 75% of our time in the slide area. But if you are thinking these are the only slides Kalahari has- don’t fool yourself – there are TONS more that are great for older kids, teens, adults! Anyone brave enough!

Charles did a few of them while the boys and I were in the lazy river and he had a blast. There was only 1, maybe 2 that the boys were both tall enough to ride, so we figured stay where everyone is already happy and save the big kid slides for our next visit.

Which brings me to where we spent the other large majority of our time aside from the slides – the Lazy River !

The boys loved cruising the lazy river and searching for water falls to go under. There are two separate lazy rivers inside the waterpark that go through two different sides of the park. Both are fun!

And if we weren’t on the slides or in the lazy river – we were most definitely in the Wave Pool. The boys LOVED their time there, as you can see in the video. Who DOESN’T love a good wave pool?

To the left of the Wave Pool was a magical area known as the Grotto – which I don’t think many people knew about because it was tucked away or wanted to be in because it was a non guarded hot tub that was indoor/outdoor. The outdoor section was closed off because it was -9* when we were there, but the gate from the water still let in some of the cold air from outside and it felt incredible. Also the steam was all sorts of beautiful. Each day we did some hot tub time as our end of the day activity before heading out of the waterpark. I highly recommend!

I also recommend a cocktail mid-day to take the waterpark edge off! Can’t go wrong with a margarita poolside – ever!

Another waterpark recommendation for all the mamas out there would be a good, solid {full coverage} swim suit! I’ve worn this one for all our waterpark adventures for years and it’s never let me down {or let anything slip!}

When we weren’t at the waterpark we were found enjoying the amazing food, drink + restaurants at Kalahari. It’s not typical park food – its delicious with great options for any cuisine you are craving – My favorite is Double Cut, the Steakhouse. But the Italian restaurant we went to on this trip was really good too!

Also, if you go make sure you spend some time enjoying the decor + ambiance. Grab a coffee, go for a walk and take in the art – Kalahari does a incredible job sourcing most of their decor from Africa, providing jobs and funding local artists. I talked more about it on our first visit in this post – but its still just as beautiful two years later!

Three days was the perfect amount of time – we got there Tuesday afternoon and left Thursday afternoon – we got 3 days with tons of hours in the waterpark, enjoyed some great meals, spent some time in the arcade – it was basically everything a 5 year old {with a 3 year old little brother in tow} could ask for. Including pizza and ice cream for breakfast!

We had an absolute blast and I must say, I do miss waking up in the morning and coming downstairs to this view!

If you are looking for something fun to do this winter, be sure to check out Kalahari. We’ve been to other waterparks in the area and I can say without any hesitation this one is the BEST! And this isn’t sponsored in any way – we came here last time on a media trip, but this time it was at the request of our birthday boy – we were more than happy to oblige!

Thanks for following along on this looooong post – but we had so much fun and took a ton of photos, I had to include them! But now I’d love to hear from you – are you more into birthday parties or birthday trips/activities? What have you done in the past?! Please share!

And if you’ve been to Kalahari before – I’d love to know what you thought about your trip, and which waterslide was your favorite!!

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