Coco Key Indoor Water Park

March 30, 2012 in Reviews, Vacations

So the review is a little old, and almost outdated as we are approaching the warmer weather.  However, with the way the temperatures have been the past few weeks here in NY, I thought we could all still benefit from this.  Plus, I’m sure it would be equally as useful during a rainy summer day.

Coco Key is a chain of indoor water parks.  There were two about the same distance from us — one in CT and one in NJ.  For whatever reason we went with the on in Mt. Laurel, NJ — Coco Key Mt. Laurel.  Turns out we drive past it on our way to Philly for the Adventure Aquarium and the Please Touch Museum (see my previous post).

A quick hour and a half from NYC, the water park is connected to a hotel if you choose to stay the night.  Truthfully, if the drive isn’t far, there isn’t much need to stay.  The park consists of an area for smaller children, a water basketball area, a lazy river, an aquatic jungle gym, an activity pool that uses balance and strength, two tube water slides and a hot tub area for adults.  There is also a place to get food and a full service bar.

The area for small children has a wading pool, a small slide, a couple of fountains and some infant bouncers.  The water basketball area is a pool that has four baskets in the middle and a bunch of balls.  The lazy river is a loop along the back wall of the building with some fountains.  The tube slides are just that.  The activity pool is a series of floating lily pads with a cargo net over head where kids can walk across the pads using the net for leverage.  The biggest attraction is the jungle gym.

For anyone who has ever been to Sesame Place in PA, the aquatic jungle gym is essentially The Counts Splash Castle.  Well, not essentially, I’m pretty sure it IS the Splash Castle just painted differently.  it has all the climbing areas with the water spraying from all directions.  It has three slides with varying height requirements and the giant bucket on top that fills with water and pours over everyone at regular intervals.

We got there early, which I would recommend for ANY activity.  We were able to check in, get a locker, get changed and get situated before the crowds showed up… and the crowds did, eventually, show up.  The first thing we noticed was the heat.  All the reviews we read talked about how hot and humid it is inside.  And it is.  And it should be.  What we did not read was that as hot as it was in there, the second you get wet you are freezing.  My son spent most of the day shivering with blue lips (not that it slowed him down any).

The second we noticed was the staff.  There were so many life guards and staff members walking around, watching the different areas and overall just helping out and providing a nice experience.  We felt very safe.  And each one was more pleasant than the next.  We were immediately impressed.

We had gotten there early, so the place was very clean.  But even at the height of the crowds I only ever saw one piece of garbage on the floor, and it was immediately picked up.  The staff kept this place immaculate throughout the day.  I almost could not believe it.

The dining area is your standard theme park fare — hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, pizza.  It was expensive, but not more than any other place where they have a captive audience.  And, truthfully, in terms of theme park food, it wasn’t bad.  The lines do get long for the food, so next time I might try eating a little early, or holding off the hunger with snacks and doing something a little later.

The hotel/water park also has a game room, which was nice.  I had read in one review that it worked like a charm to get your kids dried and dressed.  Just tell them you will take them to the game room.  From there it just becomes a matter of getting them out the door.

All in all it was a great experience.  I think next time we might try the CT one, just to see the difference.  But I would highly recommend Coco Key for a cold or rainy day adventure.

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LittleReadFatherhood.com on the Bleeding Edge?

February 21, 2012 in Being a Dad, Site News, Spread the Word

Turns out its true!

I found an interesting article the other day about the rise of interest-based social networks.  Sure, Facebook will always be the go to, but more and more people are looking towards smaller communities of people that all share a common interest (or role).

Beyond Facebook: The Rise of Interest Based Social Networks

So, tell your friends! Get in on the ground floor! Sign up now, so you can say you were a part of Little Read Fatherhood when it first started!

But mostly, tell your friends and sign up.

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Wow… I don’t call, I don’t write…

January 17, 2012 in Being a Dad, Site News

Hello Little Read Fathers! I know. I know. It’s been a while since I have posted. And let’s be honest, we’re not really at a point where I can take some time off and let the membership take care of itself. We’re still small. But growing! And that’s what leads me to this post.

First, and foremost, the main reason I have been gone is above. On October 4, 2011, we welcomed our new daughter, Chloe Christina, to the family. It has been a whirlwind the past 3+ months. But Chloe is finally sleeping, and so are we, and so here I am.

The second reason I have decided I should post is that we have actually gotten a few Twitter followers lately, and just last night got a new, unsolicited, un-friend-of-mine, member!  Woo Hoo!  Welcome!  Welcome to all!

So, I don’t have much to say right now.  There are other things going on right now that are still sucking up a large part of my time, but I did want to let everyone know we are still here and will be doing my best to keep up the posting on a more frequent manner.

Thanks for your continued support!

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Ch ch ch ch changes!

September 29, 2011 in Site News

They went and updated BuddyPress and I foolishly upgraded without thinking.  It has been a day of trying to figure out a way around things and updated my other setting and making things work.  We were down a little today… but I doubt anyone was affected, as no one visits this site.

Anyway, I am trying out some of the new features.  I have temporarily disable the Groups function in favor of a more traditional message board.  I don’t know how I feel about it yet.  Through the next few days I will be recreating the Groups as Forums.  Then we’ll give it a whirl and see what happens.

There are a few other changes, but many of them are rather small.  The only noticeable one is the menu tabs have changed, but that was more an aesthetic change on my part than a BuddyPress upgrade.

I hope you will take a look around and feel free to sign up using your Facebook credentials!

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Weekend in Philly (and Camden)

August 15, 2011 in Being a Dad, Reviews, Vacations

In a rarely seen phenomenon, we had an entire weekend with no plans. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zero. It was shocking. Rather than sit around and stare at each other, we decided to do an overnight in Philadelphia.

We had two things in mind that we wanted to do (three if you include me getting a cheesesteak from Pat’s, which, incidentally didn’t happen, and four if you include seeing the Liberty Bell, which you will read about shortly); go to the Please Touch Museum and the Adventure Aquarium (which is not in Philly as we had originally thought, but across the river in Camden, hence the title of this post).

The Please Touch Museum is AMAZING. I have been to a few children’s museums. We are actually members at a museum in CT. And for those of you who have never been to one, but “museum” I mean area where kids can run around and play with stuff in themed settings. So, one area might be a supermarket theme and kids can shop, or work a register, or stock shelves or whatever. Another area might be all water activities. One might be animals. The Please Touch Museum is like a children’s museum on steroids. It is HUGE. My wife and I were very impressed.

That night I mentioned that I wanted to see the Liberty Bell. I mean, I’m in Philly, I should see the Liberty Bell. My wife was tired from walking around and from being 7 months pregnant. So, I asked my son if he wanted to take a walk. We set off to find the Bell. It is not outside, as I thought, and the building that houses it closes at 7pm. I got there at 7:09. So, I was able to peer through a dirty window, from about 25 feet away and see the Bell.

Our next stop was the Adventure Aquarium. Again, a home run. Great aquarium. Lots to see. A couple of interactive areas for kids. Just a great day overall. We missed the Hippo feedings, but other than that we saw everything we wanted to see.

I would definitely recommend either of these places to anyone looking for a good day trip (or weekend) who is within comfortable driving distance to the Philadelphia area. I also hear the Zoo is nice. And I still need to get back for my cheesesteak!

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