Jul 10

Summertime Adventures & Deals: California Water Parks

Now’s the time for some cool summertime fun and splashing for kids big and small. You might just love a day at the water park as much as your kids. Our round-up of California water parks:

Thrills and Splashes at Raging Waters in San Jose

Recently on Father’s Day, I treated myself and two children to an afternoon at the Raging Waters water park in San Jose.  Raging Waters is a large water park located in Lake Cunningham Regional Park.  The park has many rides and amusements, all of which are a great way to cool down during hot summer days. The park has several water slides of varying heights and thrills, as well as a wave pool for older kids and water-based playgrounds and wading pools for younger kids.

My 3-year old daughter’s favorite activities were playing in the little dipper bubble pool and floating down the endless river with me on an inner tube.  My 6-year old son enjoyed Slide Creek Falls and the activity pools.   The park is easy to visit, offering convenient parking, changing rooms and lockers to store your valuables, as well as several on site food and concession stands.

– by Michael Coleman, San Francisco Bay Area dad

Deals from Southern California Water Parks

Wild Rivers, Irvine (8770 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine CA 92618-4200)

Get a discount of $5 dollars on general admission tickets. Click here for a coupon: www.wildriversfun.com/fun2 or enter the promo code: FUN2 when you purchase the ticket online.

Raging Waters, San Dimas (111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas CA 91773)

Get a discount of $7 on general admission tickets purchased online purchase, or $5 off a general admission ticket purchase at the park. Click here for a coupon http://myragingwaters.com/rw1067. Enter coupon code 1067 for online purchase.

Top 10 Water Parks in SF Bay Area

* Raging Waters, San Jose

* Aqua Adventure, Fremont

* San Ramon Water Park, San Ramon

* Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area/The Rapids Waterslides at Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton

* Antioch Water Park, Antioch

Top Water Parks Southern California

* Wild Rivers, Irvine

* Raging Waters, San Dimas

* Knott’s Soak City – 3 locations: Palm Springs, Bueno Park & San Diego

* Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Valencia

* Splash Canyon, Temecula

Have tips, advice and recommendations? We invite you to share your favorite water parks and summer adventure spots with other parents, by adding a kid spot, review or picture on www.kidsplayguide.com. Download the Free Mom Maps iPhone app and bring 20,000 kid-friendly places and parent reviews with you on the go!

Jun 10

Father’s Day Tribute – Some of our favorite dad bloggers.

Cheers and fist bumps! In honor of father’s day, here are some of our favorite stops in the world of dad bloggers.

Geek Dad
Geek Dad You can count on the “Geek Dad” blog form Wired magazine to bring you some of the coolest gadgets, how-tos and product reviews around. Lot’s of good stuff from hooking up your guitar to your iPhone, to fun with dry ice, and classic games for simple outdoor play.



The Poop
The Poop BlogThere’s a team of moms and dads who contribute to this parenting blog for sfgate.com, but you can be assured that The Poop has plenty of humor and sage advice from a dad’s point of view. Some of the funniest and most entertaining reads about parenthood that I’ve come across.



Buzz Bishop’s Dad Camp
Dad campA place for creative parents based in Canada. Buzz created an online community for dads that I found out about during a visit to Canada for the Olympics. An online forum geared towards dads and their gadgets.



Jim’s Pancakes
Jim's Pancake - iPhoneThis dad’s dedication to making amazing pancake creations for his daughter is nothing short of impressive. You’ve got to see these pancakes to believe them.