Though guests to Island Waterpark might meet humans on their way to the water, they might also encounter Pelican Pete?a giant blue pelican in a floral-print shirt and bermuda shorts. He and an athletic lifeguard staff oversee guests as they wander among fountains and roaring water in attractions designed for everyone from toddlers to adults. Bright-blue tube slides spiral down into splash pools, a giant bucket tips gallons of water onto passersby, and a three-story open slide sends riders on a straight shot into a landing zone that pads their descent with a foot of water and a coral reef packaged in bubble wrap. Aquatic revelers can also float down an endless lazy river and children can frolic under arching fountains and waterfalls in the kids key largo lagoon.
At the Break Room, players grab a cue and maneuver past a foosball table and boxing machine to face off at one of 16 9-foot pool tables. Tunes pump from jukeboxes and LCD televisions readily show the sporting event du jour in a space permeated by free WiFi.
Hidden beneath the guise of games and fun activities, hearty doses of musical education lurk within each piano lesson Donna McGlasson teaches. At her studio, Tickle the Ivories, she guides students aged 5 and older through a comprehensive understanding of traditional piano theory, including note reading and proper technique. For adults, she?s also glad to build a course of instruction around learning to play by ear. A carefully selected syllabus of handouts, books, and other learning materials enhances her instruction and help students continue learning on their own after heading home or sneaking on stage at an Elton John concert. In addition to her weekly lessons, McGlasson organizes a recital to showcase the progress of her prot?g?s.
Over the past two decades, Melody Hues has worn many educational hats, hosting piano, violin, band, and choir lessons and teaching in both Spanish and English at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels. At Melody Hues Studios, she and her staff help pass creative and communication skills along to a new generation with piano, violin, and voice lessons for children and Spanish lessons for students of all ages. Kids learn to read musical notation and play songs by ear using provided keyboards in piano lessons. During voice classes, students develop breath control and confidence that help improve tone, whether they're singing in front of a crowd or directly into a big bowl of pudding.
Hundreds of reenactors from several western states descend on Kearney Park for a living-history lesson that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the civil war. Wander through a civilian town and military encampments housing battle-weary soldiers as live music from the period drifts through the air and artisans craft non-anachronistic wares. Time-traveling visitors may stumble upon Abraham Lincoln for a chat about emancipation or about how he plans to decorate his beard for Halloween as a collection of stagecoaches gleams in the sun nearby.
Thrill-seeking families can choose two of the six available attractions. Settle traffic arguments by challenging an opposing driver to a duel on the go-karts. Or just cruise solo, banking curves and outdriving total strangers in a wild day of rubber-burning and dust-eating. For crashtastic thrills, climb aboard a bumper boat and drift on the waterscape, floating amok and gleefully broadsiding fellow captains. A bit of the briny seeps into the mini-golf range, where it creates a sparkling blue hazard to complement the verdant greens. Channel your inner warrior on the laser tag arena's black-light battleground, or finish the day with a feeling of accomplishment that comes only from climbing the big, giant rock wall, with a 32-foot climbing surface and a variety of handholds and different climbing options. Be sure to check Boomers! Fresno's hours before heading out.