Who wants to be responsible for the safety of a dozen kids at a busy pool for a birthday party? Not this mom! When Jacqueline turned seven, she begged for a pool party for her birthday. Our local pool is a large recreational centre facility, and I had concerns about being able to watch all the kids at the same time. The solution? Booking Waves Water Park at the Best Western Plus Port O’ Call Hotel.
Waves Water Park is an 8,000-square-foot aquatic adventureland with a pair of giant water slides, a wading pool and two hot tubs. It’s big, but not too big. We could easily keep an eye on all of the kids at the same time, and they had the run of the place.
The wading pool is set behind the larger pool, and has a mini slide and looks like a little lagoon. We had brought our own aquatic mermaid tails and the girls loved posing in them down in the toddler pool.
The pool was just the right temperature for the adults who chose to swim and the ambient air temperature was fine for sitting in your swimsuit, but you could also sit on the pool deck in one of the many chairs in street clothes and enjoy watching the kids too.
The kids at our party ranged in age from 5 to 12, and they all had a great time. Keep in mind that there is no lifeguard on duty, so they recommend at least one adult per every five kids. There were plenty of towels and kid-sized life jackets available. The kids were permitted to go down the slide in the life jackets, which was great (some pools we've visited don't allow this). If there are a lot of weak or non-swimmers in the group, you might want to increase the number of adults in the pool with the kids.
The cost is $24.95 + 17% gratuity + 5% GST per child, with a minimum of ten kids. The fee includes an hour and a half in the pool, a fully equpipped fitness facility for changing into dry clothing, and then an hour in a private party room for food, cake and presents.
What You Get
Party packages include: one and a half hours in the water park, one full hour in our private party room overlooking the water park, a meal and beverage, and a gift for the birthday boy or girl.
There are four options for the kids meals – chicken fingers, personal pizzas, cheeseburgers or hot dogs. We chose chicken fingers and curly fries for the kids' meals, and could have added adult meals to our order at an additional charge. I was glad we hadn't though – the kids meals were generously sized, and we just snuck food off of their plates. The party also included two pitchers of pop and jugs of water.
The room also had plates, napkins and cutlery, and cake cutting and serving supplies. We brought our own mermaid cake from Avenue Cakery and Bakeshoppe in Airdrie, our go-to spot for decadently delicious, but affordable, birthday cakes.
Tell Me More About This Place
Waves Water Park is available for use by hotel guests, who also have access to a second, heated indoor pool not accessible to party guests. We held our party on a Saturday afternoon from 2pm – 4:30pm, and it wasn't busy at all.
When we booked our package we were encouraged to come early, and our party host Ann gave us access to the party room 15 minutes prior to our party so the kids could drop off presents and say their hellos and be ready in their swimwear for the party's official start time. You will have access to the party room a full hour before the party so that you can drop off presents and decorate (no holes in the walls, please).
I do suggest that the party family should bring music for the party room. It would have been fun to have had Disney music or other popular music playing while the kids ate
Also, I should mention that the Waves Water Park offers a sports team wind-up party that features similar time in the pool and party room, with a pizza buffet feature. I can see how that would be a huge hit with families at the end of a season!
Full Disclosure: Best Western Plus Port O' Call Hotel offered the party complimentary for review, but Sarah would have said it was awesome even if she had paid for it. Because, it was seriously awesome.