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A haven of fun for kids at Wet ‘n’ Wild Junior

As Gold Coasters we are spoiled for choice when it comes to theme parks but when you’ve got young kids you can’t go past Wet ‘n’ Wild.

My daughter chose this park over all others as the place she wanted to spend her seventh birthday. It’s been a few years since we’ve been and I was incredibly impressed at the revamped children’s area - Wet ‘n’ Wild Junior.

It has eight brightly coloured and patrolled slides for kids of all ages, lots of open space and a multi-level interactive play structure with a giant tipping bucket. Of course what really won my daughter over were the two miniature versions of the larger thrill slides, the Tornado and the Aqua Races. Why? Because you get to ride on tubes and you know it’s all about tubes when you’re a kid.

After a float around the river rapids we headed to the adrenalin zone where my adventurous birthday girl chose to be flung down the Tornado with me screaming in her ear because I was hurtling backwards down the chute! This isn’t one I’d suggest for younger kids unless they have no fear!

We then had a fast trip down the Sidewinder, on a tube of course, before filling our bellies with obligatory hot chips and cold drinks and heading up to the Mammoth Falls River Ride. This is one kids of all ages will love because it’s slower and their whole body sits in the tube so it feels safer.

It’s worth paying $10 for a locker because it means you can chuck sunblock, towels and valuables in there and you don’t need to worry about losing anything. You’ll need all your wits to keep an eye on your ridiculously excited kids!

Emily Toxward - Have A Laugh On Me
When she’s not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 7, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and often humorous way is her way of staying sane!

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