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To turn two Y5 boys loose in an indoor water park?

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DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:00:49

Last time we went, DS and friend went on the rides, (life guard top and bottom of each slide, both boys good swimmers and fairly sensible) while I was in the toddler area with DD. A good time had by all.
Today I suggested that I take a friend's son also ten, during half term, explaining that they would be on the rides with me immediately findable in the toddler area. No good, they must be with an adult at all times, she says. There is no way they can fall off a slide, they are tubes. They can't get out of the centre. I can't take DD on the rides, she's too short.
Is it irresponsible to just turn them loose?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 28-Jan-16 19:02:39

What are the rules about unaccompanied kids? At that age I would've unleashed mine in a heartbeat (but they were both competitive swimmers so my opinion might be a bit skewed).

Hiddlesnake Thu 28-Jan-16 19:04:25

Take another friend.

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:05:08

12 and under only admitted with an adult. No rule about direct supervision with kids of ten. You don't really swim there, it's slides into splash pools and so on.

Thethingswedoforlove Thu 28-Jan-16 19:06:24

I would definitely not expect kids of 10 or 11 to need constant supervision. Def take another friend.

FatimaShitbread Thu 28-Jan-16 19:06:55

Usually kids 8 and under need accompanying by an adult.

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:07:05

I know. She's a single parent and saw the water park as a crap day she was prepared to endure for her only son. I thought he could just come and play with my boy while she stayed at home.

SavoyCabbage Thu 28-Jan-16 19:07:41

I would tell the mother you just can't do that, as you can't, and ask another friend for your ds.

It's fair enough that she thinks he wouldn't be able to manage, but there is no way you can supervise like that with a toddler and nobody would have fun, which is the whole point.

Micah Thu 28-Jan-16 19:08:10

If his mum thinks he needs constant supervision id assume hes a very weak swimmer. So no, i wouldnt turn him loose.

Id take a friend tgat doesnt need supervision.

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:09:38

I actually think it's a good place for them to try their wings. Life guards, no real deep water, I and many other adults there if they need them.

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:11:47

And they don't swim, really. No where to swim. Even a non swimmer would be OK on most rides. It just made me question my feeling that it was a good idea.

Madeyemoodysmum Thu 28-Jan-16 19:12:42

Can I be nosy and ask where the water park is. I'm always looking for good water parks as nothing near me that I'm aware of. Btw yanbu

Twowrongsdontmakearight Thu 28-Jan-16 19:12:46

They can go swimming unaccompanied from age 8 at our leisure centre. In fact DD was 10 when her whole year group (Y6) went to Sandcastle in Blackpool for a post-SATS treat. I doubt the teachers accompanied them all down the slides!

pointythings Thu 28-Jan-16 19:12:49

I'd have to be sure the other boy was a strong swimmer and if not it would be no from me too, but if your friend's DS swims well then she is being unreasonable.

poocatcherchampion Thu 28-Jan-16 19:13:21

I'm not answering your question but where is this amazing sounding water park?

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:13:45

North of Newcastle.

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:15:03

KP86 Thu 28-Jan-16 19:21:19

I'm quite sure my siblings and I were running around a big water park (coincidentally Wet n Wild in Aus) around 8 or 9 without supervision. But we were strong swimmers with a backyard pool.

If the mum was not comfortable then that's unfortunate for her son. But I don't think YOU are unreasonable for letting your son go by himself. I would do it.

But then again, I'm a bit more free range than most parents, so I've discovered. My rule of thumb is if it didn't kill me, then it's probably OK for my child/ren as well.

cannotlogin Thu 28-Jan-16 19:22:24

She's a single parent and saw the water park as a crap day she was prepared to endure for her only son


SuperCee7 Thu 28-Jan-16 19:26:32

There's no dangers really, at wet and wild. YANBU OP. I went on a School trip there at 11 and we were all let loose. The other mum is being PFB

DrSeuss Thu 28-Jan-16 19:28:06

I meant that for her adored son, who is a great kid, she would put up with a trip to somewhere she hated. As most would. I don't exactly revel in it!
What did you think I meant?

cannotlogin Thu 28-Jan-16 19:41:06

I meant that for her adored son, who is a great kid, she would put up with a trip to somewhere she hated. As most would. I don't exactly revel in it!

so what has being a single parent got to do with anything? or what has the fact that she has an 'only son' got to do with anything?

Gatehouse77 Thu 28-Jan-16 19:47:48

As long as they are competent swimmers for the pool at the end, no problem.

I would take a different friend.

Salmotrutta Thu 28-Jan-16 19:52:27

cannotlogin - I think DrSeuss was maybe meaning that a single mum doesn't get many breaks from having to endure boring (for adults!) trips so she was happy to take the DS along as a chum for her son.

Anyway DrSeuss if there are lifeguards and it's just slides I don't think it's unreasonable for two 10yr olds to be left to it!

blobbityblob Thu 28-Jan-16 19:52:38

I would have thought so until I went to our local one. There were areas where people couldn't be seen by lifeguards, very overcrowded, sort of fierce fountains pounding down on people. I actually thought it was really dangerous, even if you had a parent with you. At one point I lost sight of one dc who'd dived to swim under water, beneath a sort of waterfall, round an alcove. Somebody could easily have been trapped there underwater.

I'm an experienced, confident swimmer, done life saving, diving and all that. It just looked and felt dangerous to me, the one we went to. I had thought of having a party there but completely put off the idea, having seen it. One or two teenagers standing on the side - no way could they keep the amount of people in that pool safe.

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