Loads of fun at wa­ter­parks

Khaleej Times - - PIC ME UP - Text by Sa­man Haziq Pho­tos by Ryan Lim sa­man@khalee­j­times.com

It is quite the task to get chil­dren away from elec­tronic gad­gets like smart­phones, TVs and iPads. The best way to deal with the sit­u­a­tion would be help them get more en­joy­able en­ter­tain­ment — out­doors. With the weather cool­ing off, chil­dren are keen to step out­side and what bet­ter place to take them than to wa­ter­parks?

While out­door sports make them sweat, wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties fill them with en­ergy and re­vi­talise the soul. Tap­ping into the po­ten­tial, and to dou­ble the fun for chil­dren, aquatic clubs of­fer swim­ming coach­ing, ride-races, ex­pert slide tips and learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like com­pact jumps, freeze­tags, div­ing and re­cov­ery, brick re­trieval, item col­lec­tion etc.

Play­ing in wa­ter is fun and when there are other kids around, it gets even bet­ter. Wa­ter­sports re­leases en­ergy, de­vel­ops mo­tor skills in chil­dren, builds their com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ties while stim­u­lat­ing cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion. It in­creases chil­dren’s abil­ity to con­cen­trate and also en­cour­ages crit­i­cal so­cial skills like co­op­er­a­tion and shar­ing. Young ones also learn to work with other chil­dren.

“I have re­alised that kids re­ceive nu­mer­ous health and cog­ni­tive ben­e­fits while they frolic in the wa­ter. In fact, with more chil­dren be­ing drawn to live seden­tary lives at ear­lier ages, such wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties are a great way to counter the un­healthy ef­fects of busy sched­ules and in­ac­tive life­styles, said an ex­cited par­ent at a wa­ter park in Abu Dhabi.

“I have wit­nessed how wa­ter­play can help chil­dren de­velop healthy skills and habits that will ben­e­fit them. In­ter­act­ing with so many kids, un­der­stand­ing the in­struc­tion of train­ers and fol­low­ing them helps to form pos­i­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion abil­i­ties,” he said.

“Chil­dren of­ten play with wood, dirt, sand and rocks, but wa­ter of­fers them end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for phys­i­cal ex­per­i­ments and dis­cov­ery,” said an­other par­ent.

While wa­ter rides of­fers many ben­e­fits for chil­dren, it is also im­por­tant not to leave them unat­tended dur­ing their time there. Most wa­ter theme parks in the UAE have train­ers who al­ways keep an eye out for your kids. They are in safe hands.

THEME PARKS IN­SPIRE... Water­park ac­tiv­i­ties help young ones re­lease en­ergy, de­velop mo­tor skills, im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ties and stim­u­late their cre­ativ­ity and imag­i­na­tion.

MAK­ING A SPLASH... Wa­ter rides are a source of fun and pro­mote an ac­tive life­style among kids.

TIPS AND TRICKS... Chil­dren learn the ba­sics on how to slide and ride safely from a life­guard.

DO­ING IT RIGHT... Play­ing in wa­ter help kids de­velop healthy habits that will ben­e­fit them in fu­ture.

FLOAT SAFELY... A state-of-the-art pool ready for the kids en­joy wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

FOL­LOW THE LEADER... Trainer life­guards help kids through the slide and teach them safety tips.

WET AND WILD... Ac­tiv­i­ties at wa­ter parks in­clude freeze tags, races, com­pact jumps and more.

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