5 Tips to be Water Safe at a Water Park with Kids

We recently visited Moreys Pier Raging Waters water park. Our entrance to the water park was comped but as always these are my own thoughts and opinions.IMG_0310

I decided to try taking Zoey (almost 2) to a Water Park this summer. She is growing up fast and experiencing fun things, like a water park, is a joy. I figured the best place to take her was Raging Waters at Moreys Pier, a water park that I know pretty well. I pretty much grew up in this area and hadn’t been to the water park in years. I wasn’t sure about taking on the task of taking a toddler to the water park. Zoey seems to be unstoppable. She wants to discover everything. Would I be able to keep up? Would it be worth it? Would she even have fun? I just wasn’t sure. Would there be enough for her to do for the day while the others slide and enjoy the water park? Moms ask me these kinds of questions online all of the time. I am glad I finally have answers.

This video might answer that question!

The issue of water safety comes up a lot too. Zoey doesn’t know how to swim yet. This is something I get asked about a lot from visitors to the wildwood area. “Why do the lifeguards move their head up and down?” “How does staffing work?” “Do they rotate?” These are just some of the top 10 most repeated questions I get asked as a local by a tourist vacationing in the place I call home. Water Safety seems to be a concern for those visiting. The more I was researching Raging Waters in preparation to our day at the water park the less nervous I became. Just last year Moreys won a water safety award. I know they take safety seriously but I know it is more than just water safety on your mind.IMG_1225

I made notes of the measures Morey’s Piers takes on safety. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Morey’s Piers Water Park with any age kids all while staying safe.

  • 1: Moreys Piers Raging Waters lends Life Jackets at no charge to all guests. They have them appropriately spread throughout the park and available in many sizes.
  • 2: You can rent a Cabana in advance. Occasionally, Cabanas are available that day. The dinging of the bell is a good time to remember to check in with your older kids.IMG_0997
  • 3: Moreys piers has rider accurate height with right tube per weight stipulations. I am impressed with life guards enforcing rules of correct tube usage and keeping order on the slides.

IMG_1014Here are a few tips from me:

  • 4: Take a picture of your child in their bathing suit when arriving- Make sure your child knows your real name, and can describe you. Show them how to know the life guard employees. Teach your children to identify life guards if they ever get separated. Raging waters staff has a system in place for wandering children.
  • 5: Identify your children with your name. I have seen this done a couple different ways. Write information on the inside of their arm and cover it with clear nail polish so it doesn’t wash off. I have also seen kids wear water proof hospital ID wrist bands that can be worn in the water. Practice them reciting your cell phone number. A water park is a great opportunity to incentivize your kids to memorize information that they should know. Write YOUR name, with permanent marker, on tag of each child’s swim suit. Kids get flustered too and sometimes mom or dad is all that comes to mind. I have sat at the customer service booth and have watched families get connected. Moreys has a great track record of connecting families. I am thankful for the family time Moreys gives me. A day a Morey’s Piers rarely let’s me down. We find all 3 piers to be a different experience.

By far, Raging Water park is awesome. It has something for everyone. My kids are kind of spread out in ages so keeping our family happy is a true test. A day at Raging Waters on Mariners Landing is a great opportunity to have a great day in the sun!

5 Rules for Being Amazing

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1. Exceed expectations, surprise yourself often and always be on a quest for learning.

2. Learn that love is never wasted, seek feedback, and be ethical.

3. Be real, stay centered, learn from failure and count mistakes as building blocks for a better tomorrow.

4. Inspire those that surround you, help others achieve their dreams, and be an encouragement.

5. Don’t just talk about what will happen, make it happen. Take the leap. Overcome fear and naysayers. Be the change in the world that you want to see.

5 amazing campfire tips for fire safety and a Twitter Party!

As you’re enjoying your campfire, remember these safety tips:

5 campfire tips for enjoying a fire and being safe!

  • Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
  • Keep your fire to a manageable size.
  • Make sure children and pets are supervised when near the fire and never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Extinguishing Your Campfire correctly.
  • 1. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • 2. Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. REMEMBER: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave!
  • 3. Pour until hissing sound stops
    Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
  • 4. Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers.
  • 5. Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
    If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool.

Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 70th Birthday! We are throwing him a twitter party to help raise awareness about fire safety.

When: Wednesday from 2-3pm EST
Where: Twitter
Who: You!!!!! Use #SmokeyBDay hashtag

5 reasons to go to Adventure Pier

We recently had an amazing adventure on Adventure Pier in Wildwood, Nj. Each summer I plan on creating as many memories as I can in the 3 months that Mother Nature gives the Jersey Shore beautiful weather. I believe in awakening all of the senses and giving my children different experiences to make these memories happen. Adventure Pier, titled “the pier that rocks,” is the most southern Morey’s owned Pier in Wildwood. It is an EPIC experience that isn’t just rides but instead culture.
Here are the 5 Amazing musts that my family suggests!

 

Must: THE GREAT WHITE
Want to plunge of 105 feet and reach top speeds of 50 MPH on a wooden roller coaster? The Great White was always one of my favorites and now is for sure my sons ULTIMATE favorite. It isn’t your everyday roller coaster experience but neither is this pier so this coaster fits right in!

Must: SPRINGSHOT
Want to be flung into the air at 75 MPH and see views of Wildwood like no other? I once was shot up in the air and saw a rainbow. It was amazing. It costs a little extra but it is an adventure for sure. Whenever else will you be like a rock in a sling shot? It truly is an adventure!

Must: Tony Luke’s
Call me a traditionalist but when I walk by a Tony Luke’s I cannot resist. Enjoy a Philly Famous Cheesesteak on the Adventure Pier as your tastebuds travel to the city of brotherly love while the ocean breeze is in your hair. Adventure Pier even has an adventure for your mouth.

Must: Visit The Art Box
Right at the beginning of Adventure Pier, recycled shipping units offer visitors a world full of artistic culture. What could be overlooked as simply stacked blocks, this part of the pier offers an experience and class not usually felt on the Wildwood boards. Handpicked regional artists create seaside as you watch for an inspiring look at all types of talent such as surf art, glass blowing, artisanal jewelry and more. I am so glad, as a mom, that my kids enjoyed this moment.

Must: School of Rock
Must: Let your kids dance and jam out to the tunes of the summer. Rock out like never before on the pier with live bands and the radio and make memories with music. You can check out the live music schedule right now here! The new stage is fierce and proves that Adventure Pier is the pier that rocks!

It’s time for an Adventure! Are you ready? Music and art browsing is free! Go on a different kind of boardwalk adventure!