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! Since this post was first written in 2018, we have visited the park a few more times. Yes, we even recently visited Wet’n’Wild during the pandemic in 2021. As you read our review of Wet’n’Wild you will hear tips for visiting with kids of all ages (babies to adults) and there’s also a section about the safety protocols in place for the 2021 season. 

 

 

On our first visit to Wet’n’Wild Toronto in 2018 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 a Toronto water park built on the site of the former Wild Water Kingdom and the park features new rides and attractions promising 45 acres of water adventure. This water park is in Brampton and so we always take a LYFT or UBER from downtown Toronto to the Toronto water park (costs about $30 to 50 each way).

 

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!

 

2021 COVID Update : I took the kids and spent an entire day at the water park on July 28 2021. If you want to see what the park is like during these times check out my Yes Day highlight on Instagram. The park has significantly reduced their capacity and you should buy tickets online prior to arriving at the gate. There is a self-check in form before proceeding through security. Masks are only worn to enter and exit the park, in the bathrooms and at the food stations. Obviously no masks when on rides and in line waiting for the rides. There are properly distanced markers on the ground when waiting in line and while many weren’t following it, I was quick to ask the people behind us to distance and there were no issues. We had such a great time and as always, I highly recommend booking a Cabana if possible. There are plenty of picnic benches and tables if you can’t get a Cabana. Although tickets have timed entry, you can stay as long as you want once you’re in. I did not notice any hand sanitizing stations but know that the water does have chlorine so things are constantly disinfected. We noticed that lines were busy between 1 and 4 p.m. but even then, the longest line we waited on was for 25 minutes. Keep an eye on the food lines and go before or after the rush lunch hours. We went on each and every ride at least once during our 2021 Wet and Wild visit. Oh and while the tunes weren’t AS great (old school) as previous years, we were still dancing and bopping away to the latest tunes. 

 

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 2018 June visit but it was much better during our  2019 August and 2021 July visits. 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 and 2021 summer trips saw a few slides and splash pools with warmer water. In 2021, the Wet’n’Wild Jr. section had warm water and even though the slides were for young kids, Akira and Apollo wanted to hang in there.

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! Of course in 2021 there aren’t too many discounts to be had but even at full price it’s still one of the best ways to have fun as a family in Toronto and I think it’s quite well priced. 

 

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 Waterpark?

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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. As for us, we tend to purchase Pizza Pizza when we’re at the park and it works out well for us. 

 

Tips for Navigating Wet and 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 and much taller than last year so he was able to go on quite a few slides much to his delight. Likewise 6 sections required kids be taller than 48 inches so even Little Monkey couldn’t go on those back in the day but in 2021 both kids were able to go on EVERY SINGLE RIDe since they’re 7 and 9 years old now. 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 during the week day in August 2019) 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. If you get a Cabana, the benefit is that there’s a safety deposit box in there to store your valuables.

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. Remember that kids under 2 years of age are free and don’t need tickets. 

 

Will Adults Have Fun at Wet’n’Wild?

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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). Also, have I mentioned that there’s a bar on-site?

 

Is the Cabana Worth It?

There are 12 cabanas on site and they cost $200+HST during the week day and $250+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. In 2021 the trunk has been replaced by a smaller safety deposit box. 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. In 2021, when we felt like the lines were getting too long and busy for us, we were able to come and chill in the Cabana and it significantly reduced any anxiety we may have had being near other people. 

 

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. In 2021, we have ZERO complaints. We are so thrilled that the park is open and know that we’ll be returning before the end of the season. 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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