We got to spend Gradie’s 4th birthday at Valleyfair and we had the best day possible!! Gradie was on her best behavior, which can be challenging for a 4 year old, but she did it. That mixed with the absolute blast we had all through Valleyfair made it a birthday that will be hard to top next year.
We’ve been blessed with a few trips to Valleyfair in the past and I am excited to tell you all about our latest adventures.
I’ve had numerous friends ask why we go to Valleyfair with a 3 or 4 year old and I am always ready to tell them all that Valleyfair has to offer for our smallest family members. To be honest, prior to our visit last year, with Gradie, both Jeanna and I were in the same mindset. We didn’t know just how much Valleyfair offers for little kids.
Once we arrive we head directly towards Planet Snoopy. It seems every time we visit there is a new exciting experience waiting for us. This time we got to Planet Snoopy just as Snoopy and Schroeder were coming out. As you can tell, Gradie’s day was made and it was only just beginning!
We headed for rides on Snoopy’s Junction and Rocket Express and before heading to Soak City to cool down.
Soak City Water Park is jam packed full of activities for young and old. With extreme water rides it will thrill the extreme enthusiast in your family. However, with a 4 year old in tow we are obviously looking for a little less extreme and I am glad to report we found it, and then some.
With a life jacket (provided if you don’t have your own) on your little one can enjoy Breakers Bay Wave Pool. Those under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult, and under 48 inches have to wear a life jacket. Gradie was well under 42 inches last year when we visited but that didn’t stop her from having a blast in the wave pool, and she did again this year too.
This years favorite attraction for Gradie was Barefoot Beach – an acre sized splash pool. What’s not to love – right?
There are so many fun interactive components to Barefoot Beach, such as slides, gushing water, and a giant tipping bucket. As you can see we all had a blast getting wet and trying to run away from the water.
Her second favorite attraction this summer is the Splash Station. A kiddy sized pool including fountains and a ‘small kid lazy river’ as Gradie called it. There is a bunch for you and the kids to do here and I love sitting with my feet in the water and still able to keep a very close eye on Gradie.
I realized recently that I am not as young as I used to be and with that comes my inability to deal with heat and humidity, haha. This is why I love getting to spend a day at Valleyfair, we go from ‘dry rides’ as Gradie called them, to ‘water rides’ throughout the day. As you can see below we spent a lot of time making memories we’ll remember for ever and soaking in the fact that Gradie is getting big enough to ride some rides without us (cue the tears from her moms!)
Of course we also took time to enjoy a couple meals during our visit and we happened to be there for the 4th of July BBQ event. This is just one of the numerous events that Valleyfair hosts during the summer. Be sure to check them all out and plan your trip to enjoy one of them – head to their website to learn more.
Be sure to visit the Valleyfair website for all the park information you need, prices, hours, events, etc. And be sure to follow their social media outlets – that way you won’t miss out on any fun memory making opportunities;