Every Sunday at 10:45AM I am ready for my swimming lesson and I cannot wait to get inside the pool. Imagine my disappointment after we drove to the pool just to figure out that my swimming class was cancelled. Apparently the pumps stopped during the night and there was too much chlorine in the pools for safe swimming. I saw the water in one of the pools and nothing seemed wrong, so I started to cry and demand my right to get into the water. Even my parents’ promise that we would go to the water park instead were not enough to calm me down. Anyway, once I started playing at the water park, I completely forgot about the pool and my swimming lesson. The pictures below show one of my favorite devices in the water park (I can play with it for hours): a hole in the ground that throws water jets up in the air. You may ask: what’s so fun about water coming out from the ground in a jet? Well, it’s unpredictable. Sometimes it stops for minutes at a time and makes me wonder when it’s going to flow again. Sometimes it starts flowing slowly just to throw a big jet up in the air; this can hit you right in the face when you least expect it.
One of the gadgets in the water park is composed of consecutive holes in the ground, which throw water at an angle in opposite directions (see the first picture). Two water tunnels form when the water pressure is large enough (one to the left, one to the right). You can teoretically go through the tunnels without getting wet, which is exactly what I demonstrate in the second picture. You can also see daddy cheating his way around the water tunnel. In a different gadget, the water comes out of the ground through several holes distributed in a circle. The third picture shows me and daddy inside the circle (daddy convinced me that this would be fun). But as soon as I got inside the circle daddy got out leaving me there by myself (fourth picture). I found that course of action completely unacceptable, so I also decided to get out of the circle (fifth picture).
Besides a play area and a few sport fields, the Badger Mountain Community Park has a Splash and Play area. We’ve visited this area several times when I was too little to play (I could not even walk), then when the water was not running. Now that the weather outside got really warm, my mommy agreed to let me play with water. I was a little reluctant until daddy took me through a gate spraying very fine water droplets. After I got comfortable going through that gate myself, daddy pushed it even further: he ran with me through several gates (see the first picture below). After a little while, I was running there holding daddy’s hand, then all by myself (see the second picture). Moreover, I wanted mommy to experience the joy of running through fine water droplets, so I insisted that she comes with me (see the third picture). There were quite a few other devices splashing water, some of which were really scary. But I stayed within my comfort level and I had a lot of fun.