Orchard Supply Hardware Stores are hosting a free pumpkin decorating event for kids 12 and under.
Saturday, October 1
There are OSH stores in South Pasadena, Monrovia, Lakewood, Cerritos, & Pasadena.
|Photo Credit: Gary Leonard, CicLAvia.|
|Jedi Training Academy|
|2013 Disneyland Resort Annual Passes at Ralphs.|
|L.A. County Employee Discount Program|
|Step 1: Fill bottle. Step 2: Question cloudiness. Step 3: Wait for water to clear & drink!|
|Free ice cold water from Cast Members at counter restaurants!|
|Make a pit stop at Costco to fill up before or after a trip to Disney.|
|Splash! A pirate guards the entrance.|
|Line #1 Outside the facility: This line is for anyone that does not have a ticket. If the line is very long you can go online and buy tickets with your smart phone.|
|Line #2 Splash! Lobby: Regular water park guests can ignore this area and walk right through.|
|Line #3 Buccaneer Bay: For everyone with tickets in hand or reserved via phone, this is the line you want. Once out of the lobby, turn left. The entrance is past the food lines and on the right.|
|At the Buccaneer Bay entrance your bag will be checked (no outside food allowed), and staff members will check kids for the slide height requirements.|
LOCKERS: The facility has lockers available for a daily $5 rental fee. Pay for the lockers in the Gift Shop, which is adjacent to the lobby.
The locker "key" is a micro-chipped wristband. You put it on and wave it in front of a control panel on the set of lockers you want. An available locker will pop open.
There are three sets of lockers by Line #3, and more inside the locker rooms. The lockers are pretty big and held my family's three drawstring bags, 5 beach towels, sunscreen and water bottles.
|Splash! GIFT SHOP: Besides being the place where you can rent a locker, the gift shop also stocks sunscreen, goggles, swimsuits, swim diapers, and water shoes.|
|LOCKER ROOMS: I arrived at Splash! around 11:30, and the locker rooms were totally empty. The locker room has private curtained showers, private curtained dressing rooms, stalled toilets, a bench by the lockers, and a diaper changing station. The women's locker room is right across from Line #3, the men's locker room is on the other side of the lobby.|
|LIFEVESTS: Mandatory for kids under 48". Three sizes are available. Free to use with admission.|
MAIN WATER PLAY AREA: There are two water slides for little kids with access via a rope-net course, and the other is stairs. The net side gets the splash from the giant bucket overhead about every minute-and-a-half, so kids have to time their climb correctly, or test their bravery if they chose to enter from that side.
There are valves that kids can spin to control some of the water flow, and I saw many little kids gathering their courage and jumping off the edge into the foot-deep water, or practicing their swimming skills in the deeper sections.
The depth of this water play area ranges from zero to just about 3 feet over by the lazy river, but on average it's 1foot deep. The zero-depth means that there is one side where the entrance is a gentle slope. A lot of parents are camped out on the free Splash! beach chairs surrounding the main water play area and watched their kids play.
LAZY RIVER: Has four entrances; the main entrance is connected to the main water play area, while the other three are stairwells. The depth is 3'6" throughout and there are some fun water features to pass through. There are single & double tubes available to use at no cost. We visited on a weekday and had no trouble getting a tube.
WATER SLIDES: There are three water slides at Buccaneer Bay all of which are accessed by one set of stairs. Riders can chose from the yellow slide which offers the longest ride, the green slide which is all enclosed and not very fast, or the steep blue slide that shoots riders out in a few seconds. My kids rode all three slides, and each time the lines were about 10 minutes long.
TODDLER WATER PLAY AREA: Specifically designed for little ones, this splash pad has a tiny slide, and water play tables with toys.
PLAY POOL: This area is right outside of Line #2, and separated by a gate from Buccaneer Bay, but is included with Splash! admission. The pool is divided into two sections: the shallow end at 4 feet deep, and the deep end at 6 feet 7 inches. Kids are required to take a swim test to access the deep end.
|This shaded area surrounds the play pool.|
ADULT SPA: A fenced in area open to adults 18 years old and older only. There are a few loungers and beach chairs inside. The spa was the least crowded area in all of Splash!
SPLASH! FOOD: There are two places to buy food at Splash! Above is Captain Jack's Grille where meals are served, and below is Pirate's Treasure for quick snack items. A full Splash! menu is available here.
Only food purchased at Splash! is allowed. Families that want to bring their own food can store it in a locker, and eat outside of the Splash! facility near their cars, or in La Mirada Regional Park just south of the main entrance.