If an Australian vacation is out of the question
this year, you can still have down under fun, down under Chicago
and under an hour away.
Raging Waves, the Aussie themed water park, opened
for their 4th season this month. Now that the rainy
season is over, and it's hot and muggy in Chi town, we plan to head
down under for a day of splashing in the 6' waves at The Great
Barrier Reef, without all those pesky great white sharks.
Waves spans over 40 acres, making it Illinois'
largest outdoor water park. The park features 18 slides, a
wave pool, and kiddie area. The waterpark's main attractions
include: Crocodile Mile Family Raft Ride, Boomerang Tornado Ride,
and the Three Sisters Tube Rides. USA
Today named Raging Waves as Illinois' Top Summer
Brock the Crocodile and Izzy the Platypus are the
mascots of the Australian-themed waterpark.
Ninety percent of the rides are multi-person rides-some
carry up to four people-allowing full families to participate in
water rides together.
Discount passes and packages are available including:
season passes, family day passes, group passes, birthday packages,
corporate event packages, and more.
Twenty private cabanas are available for rent, offering a
shaded, private patio, a server, lounge chairs, picnic table,
preferred parking, and more.
Free parking is available, and the entire waterpark is a
Of course, at ChiIL Mama we cover all
the area kindie rock....and well, rock of all ages. So we're
particularly interested in Raging
Waves rockin' special
Kindie King, Justin
Roberts, just kicked
off their kids'
Wee Widdle Wednesdays season of theatre, animal
shows and stories.
They also have a Raging
Band Contest coming up every Friday in July,
for the big kids or rockin' adults.
You can sign your band up on the KISS FM
10 lucky bands will be chosen to perform one of the 5 Fridays in
July on the Harris Bank Stage at Raging
Two bands will perform each Friday night from 6-8pm. One winner
will be selected each night based on a text vote from the audience,
so participants are encouraged to bring family and friends. The
winning band from each night will receive a $100 prize.
The band with the most overall votes will receive the Grand Prize
of $1,000 and their song will be produced and aired in a minute
commercial on KISS FM!
At ChiIL Mama, we also go for the
green, and love to feature businesses who are taking eco-friendly
steps. Here's the green scoop on Raging
The trans-fat free cooking oil is recycled and sent to a
biofuel company for use as alternative fuel
Pools are solar-heated; Water is recycled to irrigate the
Raging Waves participates in a recycling
The waterpark's landscaping includes 798 trees, 1,156
bushes, and 273 containers of ornamental grasses.
*The total water used during the season is the same amount
as that used by 35 single-family homes in a year!
Experience 6' waves at The Great Barrier Reef wave
Meander down the lazy crocodile (free) mile in inner tubes
and dangle your feet in the water all you want.
More than 400 people are hired as seasonal employees early
June through early September.
Lifeguards are licensed through the Jeff Ellis &
Associates International Lifeguard Training Program.
Full Day, Individual Admission
General Admission Over 48" tall: $28.99
General Admission Under 48" tall: $18.99
Senior (62 years old and older): $18.99
Child 2 years old or younger: FREE
Full-day and seasonal passes are available. Check
site and follow them on
Facebook for special
events, deals, and more.
Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a writer-photographer-potter-painter-actress-animal wrangler-general creatrix and Mama to two amazing kiddos.
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