I was looking for a short weekend trip that didn’t involve going too far. Also, being in the middle of winter, I know my littles have missed time at the pool- so we wound up taking a trip to indoor waterpark Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. Kalahari PA was under a two hour trip for us.
I was really surprised at how big the park was. The park had a ton of waterslides, a lazy river, and splash zone. I went with my three year old, so I was happy that it was very toddler friendly. There is a section specifically for toddlers that has smaller slides, and a mini-lazy river. He spent a lot of time in the swings that went into water fountains, playing drums and playing basketball in that section too. For older kids there are bigger slides that would keep them entertained. For the adults, there was a swim up bar in the pool (obviously, because parenting). There is also a Spa, which I ideally would have liked to go to if I had a babysitter with us.
When we were ready for a break from the water, we spent some time at the arcade, playing glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and bowling. There were a fair amount of food and restaurant choices- not that it was easy to get a toddler away from fun to go eat, haha (Talk about a tantrum).
For our room, we decided to get a Family Suite that had more space. My son never really sleeps well in hotels, so he got to have his own section in this room. It even had a fireplace our room, which was cute. Luckily, the extra space wound up being a good choice and because he actually slept well. (ok, well, maybe it was the room choice- or maybe because he was exhausted from water-parking). If you don’t have time to stay over, they also sell day passes.
If you can take a day off from work, I would recommend visiting on the weekdays. Less busy then, as it can get kind of hectic on the weekends. Still, it was a lot of fun for kids and hope we can visit again soon!