Wet’n’Wild Toronto with Young Kids

wetnwild young kidsIf you’re looking to visit Wet’n’Wild with young kids or babies we’ve got a review for you! This was our first visit to Wet’n’Wild and we visited with a friend of mine which meant that we were 4 adults and 4 kids aged 2 to 6 years. If you didn’t know, Wet’n’Wild Toronto is Canada’s newest water park and it opened last summer. It is built on the site of the former Wild Water Kingdom and the new park features new rides and attractions promising 45 acres of water adventure. Couple weekends ago we decided to UBER from downtown Toronto to the Toronto water park (cost about $50 each way) and enjoyed a fun Saturday with the kids.

 

Disclosure : We were guests of Wet’n’Wild but, as always, opinions are TOTALLY ours! 

 

The 7 hours we spent at Wet’n’Wild was immensely fun thanks to the fun tunes blasted at the park, the company of friends (who randomly decided to join us at the very last minute), the friendly staff and the fact that the kids were in a happy mood. It’s hard not to be happy at Wet’n’Wild as it offers enough rides to keep everyone content but at the same time, it’s not a massive park and so small kids and those with babies can easily navigate the park without any inconvenience. I did quite a few instastories during our visit and I received a bunch of questions so I thought I’d answer them in detail here!

 

Update : It’s a year later and we spent 5 hours one August week day at the park with a friend and her daughter. Wet’n’Wild wasn’t overly crowded in the afternoon as the buses with kids at camp were all leaving by the time we arrived at 1 p.m. and we had such an amazing time we’re already thinking about a return visit. This Toronto waterpark is fabulous and the DJ was cranking out the BEST tunes that saw us dancing the afternoon away.

 

When to Visit Wet’n’Wild Toronto

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The park is only open for a few months in the summer and during our June weekend visit the park was not overly busy, which was great! The water in the lazy river and the splash pool were warm during our August visit and on a hot day the cold slides are definitely a nice welcome. We arrived around noon and were there until the park closed at 7! I will mention that the water was very cold during our June visit but it was much better during our August visit. The wave pool (Big Surf) and lazy river (Muskoka Soakah) had warm water but the other spots were freezing last year in June, not that the kids minded all that much! 2019 summer trip saw a few slides and splash pools with warmer water.

Definitely buy your tickets on line as you can save up to $11 and snoop around their social media channels as you might spot some special discount codes. These codes usually make the tickets cheaper than the Junior/Senior pricing. I spotted one and my friends bought their tickets for $25 each vs. $45 at the gate! Same goes for parking – it’s cheaper if you buy it online!

 

What to Bring to Wet’n’Wild Toronto?

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Definitely bring towels, sunscreen and non-glass water bottles with you (there are water stations/fountains and restaurants will fill you up with water at no cost too). My kids ran around without shoes but water shoes would work well, especially for younger kids and if you’re in the wave pool. They have plenty of life jackets on site (but it is first come first served) so you don’t need to carry your own but it’s always safe to have your own. As always, bathing suits (without any zips or metal attachments) and  a change of clothes will be needed. I also had our travelling first aid kit so when Baby Boy bruised his knee, I was all set!

 

Can I Bring Food into Wet’n’Wild Toronto?

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The answer is no. However, if you have an allergy they won’t question you twice. My friend brought in a tray of fried rice and the security checkpoint at the entrance let her through. I had some granola bars, gummies and raisins in my bag and they let me through as well. There are no scanners a la Blue Jays style here but they do go through your bag and are quite understanding. If you have young kids who need milk PLEASE bring it with you. My friend visited every single food outlet and couldn’t find milk at any of them. You can definitely purchase alcohol on site and Chris was happy to have a beer on that hot day. You can expect to find the regular burgers, pizza and hot dogs at the park (meal deals only come with pop and not juice sadly) but we also spotted fried chicken and ribs on the menu. The kids also enjoyed a Beavertail and some Dippin’ Dots (they were each under $10) at the end of the day. There are food options on site for the main meals (as long as you don’t have any allergies) but I would recommend bringing some snacks if you can for the younger kids. You have in and out privileges and I heard that many families bring food and go out to eat it in their cars, so you could do that if that’s your beat as well.

 

Tips for Navigating Wet’n’Wild with Young Kids

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All in all, there are 15 sections here and over 33 slides. Most rides require kids to be 42 inches and 4 year old Baby Boy was quite disappointed when 6 year old Little Monkey and I went on quite a few rides in 5 sections without him. On our return trip he was 5 years old an much taller than last year so he was able to go on quite a few slides much to his delight. Like wise 6 sections required kids be taller than 48 inches so even Little Monkey couldn’t go on those. That said, there are two dedicated areas for young kids that allow them to splash around and go down slides to their hearts content. Parents aren’t allowed on many rides which makes it hard to take really young ones. The 2 year old was happy to stand and splash around but wasn’t too fond of going down slides by himself. Luckily he had older friends to guide him on a few slides. Our kids preferred the Wet’n’Wild Jr section over Bear Footin’ Bay which was surprising as it was the smaller of the two in terms of number of slides. Just watch out for those large buckets which tend to drop cold water at random times. It definitely would not be fun for babies or toddlers to be caught under one of those.

You can bring a stroller or wagon if you have a lot of stuff or if you think your kid will need an afternoon nap. There were plenty of lounge chairs during our visits (yes even the week day in August) and we had no issues finding a spot to keep our stuff at when we rotated between the various areas. There are lockers on site if you want to put your valuables in there and they cost between $15 and 25.

The change rooms are quite clean and the family ones will allow you to do everything in one room, which is great with young kids in tow. We also found the staff to be very helpful and the entire park was filled with attentive lifeguards who were always on the look out and watching over the kids.

 

Is Wet’n’Wild Worth it for Toddlers and Babies?

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I was asked this question a couple times and the answer is a tough one. It depends on if you scored a deal on your ticket pricing and it depends on your travel time getting there. I don’t think I would visit if I ONLY had a baby or toddler but if I had a 2 year old and a 5 year old, then I’d say it’s worth it because the 5 year old has plenty to do. It really depends on what you want out of your day. If it’s to relax and pretend that you’re at an all-inclusive spot, then YES! If it’s to get on every ride possible, then probably not.

 

Will Adults Have Fun at Wet’n’Wild?

wet n wild toronto small kids

Yes! Moms and Dads will love the adult rides for sure. My friend and I went on quite a few without any kids and we chickened out of some of them as they looked too scary! The park is also geared for teenagers so there’s definitely fun to be had by the adults. If you bring grandparents who don’t plan on going on any rides they could always watch the kids (but they do have to pay senior or adult price).

 

Is the Cabana Worth It?

There are 12 cabanas on site and they cost $175+HST during the week day and $225+HST on weekends. You can fit up to 8 people and so you could divide the cost up if you’re in a bigger group. The perks of the Cabana is that you have 2 personal lounger chairs, 2 towels, shade at all times and a seating area with chairs. In addition you get a bucket of water and a fairly large trunk to store your valuables in. Given that lockers cost between $15-25 that’s some added savings. If you’re not one who likes to line up for food, you also have two attentive wait staff who will come by every so often and bring you any food and drink you want ordered. That’s how we got our lunch delivered to the Cabana and how Chris ordered his beer. Keep in mind that it might take them a couple trips to bring back all the food if you’re in a large group or place a large order. I also liked the fact that we were able to close up (but not fully zip up) the “tent” so that we could change there at the end of the day. It’s definitely more of a convenience factor at the end of the day and if the park is busy, you at least have enough seating for 6-8 people. During our 2019 August visit we encountered a huge 15 minute rainstorm and having a Cabana was very helpful as we were able to stay relatively dry and took the opportunity to have some lunch while the rain blew over. One thing I will highlight is that you don’t want to leave any bags or items on the floor of the cabana as the water did slide into our tent in certain sections, luckily we were there and able to grab the bags off the floor easily.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the temperature of the water is really all we could whine about during our 2018 June visit and that wasn’t even really an issue in August 2019. The staff were friendly, there were good tunes blasting and we honestly felt like we were at an all-inclusive resort minus the all you can drink and eat option! We’d totally go back, even with the $100 transportation costs. I signed up for their Wild Reward$ newsletter and have been receiving information and special discounts so it’s definitely something to do if you plan to visit!

Wet n Wild Toronto with small kids .

  • melissa
    June 27, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    WOW this looks incredible! My son loves wave pools but he is not yet 3 and I doubt he could ride the slides yet but it might be worth the trip next summer when he is closer to 4! Did you notice if children can wear puddle jumpers?

    • Yashy
      June 28, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      They had some there actually! I also think my friend brought one from home for her little guy.

  • kathy downey
    June 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

    OMG,this looks so much fun and a great price for such a large group,I wished |I lived closer to take this fun place in !

  • kristen visser
    June 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I so want to take my kids there!! it looks like a blast. I have a 6 and 4 year old and my oldest daughter has recently become obsessed with water slides. This would be amazing. only thing is she doesnt like waiting in long lines for rides. she is autistic and doesn’t handle that well. not sure how the lines were? I know it depends on how busy it is that day and with summer now here i guess that means everyday lol

    • Yashy
      June 28, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      We had zero lines in the main kid areas and the only one we waited 13 minutes in was the one for adults. As you mentioned, it’s a bit hard to predict the line ups but perhaps one could entertain kids in a nearby seating area while another stands in line?

  • Valerie
    June 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Your post about WetNWild was SO valuable! After reading your post, I went ahead and purchased my tickets online and reserved a Cabana as well. I am so very excited about our upcoming visit to WetNWild, the kids are going to have a blast, and I’m sure that with having the Cabana, it’ll be a GREAT overall experience for all of us! Thanks for all your tips and suggestions

    • Yashy
      June 28, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      How exciting! I’m so glad you found it helpful. Please do tag us on any social media stories you may share, I’d love to hear about your experience and if you have other tips to mention after your visit, do let me know!

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