Splashing Spring 2 Fall

For the southern most parts of California, we have a few school cycles.

Relax mode on

One being “Traditional” in which back to school is September and others are “Average” where students go back in August. Then there are the “Year-Round” schools that have them heading back after barely 6 weeks of summer break mid-July.

Yes, my kids went back to school 23 July.

Dropping them off 1st day of school before heading to work

I understand all the pros and cons, but one part really gets to me is that they truly do not get a summer break. June is “June Gloom” and July starts the warmer months, then August is hot normally. I say normally because this summer has not been hot; only reached 90’s a handful of times.

Open House Night for youngest

(they look thrilled)

While my kids are going back to school, other kids their age are finally heading to the beach. When they start Fall Break, the “Traditional” schools are heading back to school after a very long summer break.

Shhhh, my twins actually shared a tube!

One positive effect of this are the local attractions have cycles as well which keeps them moderately packed vice full-on, can’t support any more and shut down entry.

The local waterpark, Aquatica, supports all aspects of the school season.

Up until several years ago, Knott’s Berry Farm owned Aquatica. When Seaworld bought it out in 2013, they cleaned up the park immensely, and have added one more ride.

The season starts in May and lasts until October; our falls tend to be in the 90’s still.

Veteran Tip #1:

Get there early, grab some recliners, and head immediately to the rides.

Easy entrance to several rides

With bag searches in full-effect, I give my kids their passes so they can by-pass this area and head straight to the ticket entrance. 

Once inside, they find four recliners in the beach area next to the wave pool, put their towels down and start heading out for all the rides.

They are able to get through all the rides quite a few times before an hour has passed.  By then I have already set up our area, grabbed a nice cold relaxing refreshment, and am in full sunbathing mode.

Bring back your own cup for cheaper refills


There are several spots to order food:

Come up for quick window service and a variety of culinary offerings that will appeal to the young and young at heart.

Menus can include:

• Snacks & Meals: Chicken Tenders, Pretzels, Hot Dogs Corn Dog Bites, Jalapeño Cheese Poppers, Tater Tots, French Fries, Poppers, Tater Tots, French Fries, Chicken Quesadilla, Open Face Burrito, Salad, Stir Fry Noodles with Chicken or Tofu, Hot Dogs, Turkey Legs, Roasted Corn, Baked Chicken Alfredo, Three Cheese Penne-roni, Tomato Basil Baked Pasta

Quesadilla con pollo

Salads: Italian Caesar Salad, Tomato Mozzarella Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap, Fresh Fruit Pineapple, Asian Chicken Salad

• Pizzas & Burgers: Cheese, Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, Gluten Free Pizza, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger

• Fry Cones: Chile Verde Pulled Pork with French Fries, Chicken Nacho Cone, Chicken Tender French Fry Cone, Cali Cheesesteak French Fry Cone

Fry Cones ~ my favorite!

• Sweets: Dippin’ Dots, Italian Ice, and a wide variety of funnel cakes and sundaes

Dippin’ Dots

• Drinks: Assorted Coca-Cola products, DASANI bottled water, ICEE frosted drinks, wine, and coffee

• Draft Beer: Karl Strauss Red Trolley, Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis, Sky Tower Ale, Shock Top, Stella, Tecate, Ballast Point Bonito Blonde, Mike Hess Grapefruit Solis, Stone IPA, New Belgiuim Citradelic ~ Ask for your beer to be made into a tasty michelada

• Beer Bottles: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Ultra, Corona, Dos Equis

• Beer Cans: Shock Top, Pizza Port, New Belgium, Angry Orchard

• Tropical Drinks: Lemon Lime Margarita, Piña Colada, Mimosas


Cashless Wristbands are an easy way to make purchases all day, so you can swim, slide, splash, eat and ride without worrying about misplacing your cash or credit cards. Visit any ticket window at the park to get started.

Working up an appetite

If you don’t feel like waiting up to an hour for food:

The following food and beverage items are NOT permitted:

• Picnic lunches or other family portion servings (such as large bags of chips greater than 3.5 oz., sandwiches, hot dogs, slices of pizza, subs, fried chicken, etc.)

• Any outside beverages except bottled water (this includes teas, sodas, alcohol, etc. in any size containers)

• Glass containers of any kind are not permitted.

Soft Coolers may contain:

• Snacks in individual serving sizes (cracker packs, bags of chips, fruit snacks, etc. that are under 3.5 oz.)

• Bottled water

• Baby food in plastic containers

• One unopened bottle of water 20 oz. or less per guest may be taken into the park

Veteran Tip #2:

Follow the snack rule! You are allowed to break up bigger bags of food into smaller ones using Ziploc/Glad snack bags. People that don’t do this really hang up the bag inspection lines!

Bring a cooler and you can always, always, always go back out to your vehicle to eat. There are picnic tables surrounding the parking area; I put a picnic blanket in the bed of the truck and we eat there.

Re-entry stamp and pass / ticket is needed to get back in of course.

Want to pamper yourself though?

Upgrade to a cabana! While I have never done this, I have plenty of friends who have and continue to do so. Cabana and specific recliner area rentals give you a few added benefits to make you day full on enjoyment with a bit more relaxment:

Cabana only:

• Free Wi-Fi

• Pool access (this is the first year they have not allowed everyone access)

• Personal food/beverage service (food and beverage extra)

• Water bottle for each member of your party (any more is extra)

• Mini-fridge (for your personal use)

• Welcome basket (fresh fruit)

• Locker inside the cabana

• Private access to Loggerhead Lane

Looking for an interesting upgrade?

Want to mingle with flamingos? Come face-to-feather with these beautiful birds as you step inside their habitat located next to Loggerhead Lane (the lazy river).


If you love flamingos as much as we do, sign up for this exclusive keeper-led animal encounter.

• Opportunity to spend up-close time with the flamingos inside their habitat

• Opportunity to spend up-close time with the flamingos inside their habitat

• A personal session with an Aviculturist as they share unique facts and personal stories about the lives of our flamingos

Due to the health and welfare of the animals, strollers, electric wheelchairs, and service animals are not permitted inside the Flamingo exhibit during the program

Safety first! You can find these throughout the park!

Finish your summer off by experiencing thrilling water rides and attractions for the whole family.

Great family memories Spring 2 Fall

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