Grace had a faraway look on her face.
The din of children playing in the nearby arcade and families
walking by on their way to the water park next door didn't faze my
As her feet were lathered with scrub and her legs massaged, she
seemed oblivious to the noise outside The Enchanted Lagoon kids spa
at KeyLime Cove Water Park in Gurnee.
Unlike the adult spa-far from the water park, arcade and kids'
play area-The Enchanted Lagoon is right in the middle of the
action. And that's by design.
"This is where the kids mostly are," says Assistant Spa Manager
Deanna Dostalek. "Adults like the quiet and peace. But kids want to
have fun and get dolled up."
KeyLime Cove officially unveiled the kids spa earlier this year
to give 3- to 13-year-olds a place of their own to get their hair,
nails and makeup done.
"We got a lot of inquiries at our big spa. We really wanted to
create something for the kids and keep it separate," Dostalek
The most popular service is the $25 20-minute pedicure Grace was
getting. Young customers also like the make-your-own lotions,
scrubs and lip gloss at $9.95 each.
Grace enjoyed the rest of the water park, too, as did her
7-year-old brother Jack. One of their favorite spots? The kids'
play area, where every few minutes water would rain down from a
We stayed courtesy of KeyLime Cove to sample the spa, restaurant
and water park.
The kids both loved the suite, though the standard rooms will do
for many families as they'll spend most time in the park
You won't want to spend a lot of time in the restaurant, based
on our experience; the service was indifferent and the food
unforgivably bland for a place with tropical aspirations.
On balance, though, it's a convenient substitute for a trip all
the way to the Dells, and the spa gives the kids one more thing to
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