I had heard the ads on the radio. I knew that there was a waterpark not far from Ottawa, but I had definitely never been, until about a month ago when I got the opportunity to take my family to Calypso for the day.
If you’ve been, you know this already, but I have to say that the park is HUGE! Big gates at the entrance open to a promenade area with lockers on one side and life jacket rental on the other. (Rentals are free by the way.) Then there is the gift shop and restaurants leading the way to the attractions. Attractions.. rides.. I’m not quite sure what to call them. Some were just big slides, but others were truly amazing.
Calypso has 35 slides and more than 100 games. There’s a lazy river suitable for kids, and a huge wave pool. The biggest draw, according to the people at Calypso, is the lazy river, the Kongo Expedition. It takes 15-20 minutes to meander along the river, past elephants and alligators, through water features that spray and soak, with animal sounds the entire way.
The pools are all heated which is great because Calypso is open in all weather during the summer months, though the slides are closed during thunderstorms. There is one area suitable for even the youngest kids, with a gentle walk-in pool and small slides, and a spot for bigger kids right next to it.
There are grassy, shaded areas near all the rides with lots of picnic tables. You can bring your lunch or eat at one of the many restaurants in the park.
Now that I’ve been and experienced Calypso with my kids, I’d love to go back with just my husband and go on all the big rides. Or go with a group so that we could trade off and do some rides while the kids play. Either way, Calypso was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back!
We have so many great parks in Ottawa and we love to hear about what YOUR favourite parks are. Over the years we’ve written about all kinds of parks around the city. If you’d like to write a post about yours, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to share it!
We live in Orleans where we have access to a lot of great splash pads, but there’s something so special about the old wading pools that I try to make at least a few visits to them each year. Balena is a park that is generally quiet and not over crowded, with a great pool and great structures.
There are three different structures plus swing sets for the kids to play on. It keeps them entertained for hours on end.
The wading pool is the highlight for the kids. There is a shallow area for babies (which comes to about mid-shin on me) and the deeper area is probably only about 2-2.5 feet deep. It’s great because the kids all feel comfortable in the water (this is the first summer, at 5, I’ve let them in without a life jacket on though) and there are lifeguards on duty. Unfortunately the wading pools are only open for a couple more weeks, but if you have a chance, check them out (and the special events they often hold) before then! They also aren’t generally ready for swimmers until about 11 since the pools are emptied every night and have to be re-filled in the morning.
Another feature of all the wading pools is that the lifeguards are all equipped with craft supplies! When the kids are ready for a break in the shade they can head over and they’ll have an activity to keep them busy!
Here are a few other Park posts from over the years:
Carp splash pad
A few other favourites
What’s your favourite Ottawa area park?
My post from last week was all about Back to School on a budget. Well, I recognize that many of you probably enjoy spending money on new products, and thought it was time to share some of the stuff I would love to buy from my favourite stores!
This backpack from Bixbee is adorable! I love that it’s a horizontal design for little ones, and with every backpack purchase, Bixbee will donate a schoolbag with supplies for a child in need!
We love our Bento Box! This stack of colourful containers provides a fun, practical way to pack on-the-go meals . Stack them directly into your lunch bag or use them inside your bento box. The extra large container is perfect for salads, sandwiches, and leftovers.
Me to We: Staples
This year Me to We is partnering with Staples and ACCO Brands to launch its first line of eco-friendly school supplies. Each purchase gives back by helping a child in a developing community with things like healthy school lunches, notebooks and pencils. I love this portfolio design with “hello” in several different languages!
I do have to say that Well.ca is one of my favourite places to shop online! I love that shipping is free over $25, and they carry all of my favourite eco-friendly brands. And with weekly sales, I always manage to save on household and beauty products (pssst….Green Beaver products are 20% off this week!)
I’m loving this tote from Keep Leaf!
Kids in the Capital really appreciates Terra20′s focus on a healthy environment and community. I recently read their blog post on Sling Sisters - we own some of their snack bags, and I love them! They’re super easy to clean out, and are great for anything from fruit/veggies, to crackers and cheese.
Where are you shopping for back to school?