Splash Valley {Review}

Thrift Schooling

If you're looking for a way to beat the heat this summer AND keep your kids occupied, then you need to be sure to head over to Splash Valley! The heat has been quite a challenge this summer. Even though we have central air, I do NOT want to be cooped up inside having the kids playing video games all day and driving each other bananas! We do have a creek on our property but the ticks have been crazy this year so we haven't been able to enjoy it as much as I had hoped!

So this week, our family of five packed up our car and met up with some Roanoke friends at Splash Valley! That day in particular was calling for a chance of thunderstorms, which made me nervous! But, they do offer rain checks or let you swim in their indoor pool if it isn't too crowded! Earlier in the day, I was sure to call their Automated Phone Line (540) 387-6455 ext. 5.  This way, I was able to find out if they were open that day before beginning our hour long drive out there!

My Four Year Old, Taking It All In!

My kids were not strangers to the place, but it HAD been over a year since we had visited Splash Valley! When we arrived, they felt right at home! We arrived, already wearing our suits so the kids could jump right in on the fun! They do have changing rooms available equipped with showers if needed! One thing to note is that food or drinks are NOT permitted into Splash Valley. Even before we entered, we were asked that if we had any food or drinks that we had to leave them at the gate or go back and put it in the car.

Be sure to check the website for pricing information. Also, if you are a Roanoke County Resident then you always receive $2 off your admission AND you can enter an hour earlier than regular opening time!

Taking a Plunge on the Kiddie Slide!

Fortunately, for the little ones who can't swim, there is a kiddie area with slides, spraying dragons and more! It is plenty to keep little ones occupied. It's only ankle deep and parents are required to stay with their little ones, although their are plenty of lifeguards throughout the place.
Speaking of lifeguards. One had to rescue my seven year old. Don't get me wrong, he's a great swimmer, it's just the red slide can be intense! You see, there are two large slides for anyone over 48 inches tall. The red one is a crazy spiral that drops you into a pool of 8 feet of water, with water rushing down! Now, my son can swim, and when you enter the pool you obviously can't touch and need to swim to the edge of the pool. He got caught in a bad place with the water rushing down and couldn't figure out where to go! Lifeguard to the rescue. Fortunately, he was never scared or traumatized, but he did avoid that slide for the rest of the day! So, I would suggest for reluctant swimmers (or parents) to start your kids off on the green slide and see how they do!

Dad, having a blast!
In addition to the kiddie area and the two large slides, is a deeper pool that turns into a lazy river. In this pool is a medium sized slide that my six year old enjoyed! The kiddie area was too little kiddish for him, but he wasn't big enough for the larger slides, so this area was perfect for him! He loved just swimming around in this area with his friends!

For a separate price, you can head to the Green Ridge Recreation Center (where Splash Valley is located) on a rainy day and enjoy an INDOOR waterpark experience! Included, is one large water slide, a hot tub, lazy river and kiddie area!

To stay up to date on the happenings of Splash Valley or Green Ridge Recreation Center be sure to follow on Facebook!

Disclaimer: My family received free admission for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

  Thanks for visiting! Feel free to comment below!
~ Heather @ Thrift Schooling ~

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