Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PHOTO FEATURE: ChiIL Mama's July Adventures at Raging Waves #EndlessSummer #Spon #OriginalPhotos #Videos

It's all the rage for outrageous 
endless summer adventures!

It's been an exciting ride, being 1 of 5 Raging Waves Waterpark Ambassadors this summer. The kids are thrilled to be able to invite their friends and enjoy endless days of sun and fun. ChiIL Mama's Co-Hosting a Twitter Party 8/4 at 8PM CT. Be sure to RSVP and join us with the hashtag #EndlessSummer, for great prizes and info. All the details are below.

Disclosure: Once again, we're happy to partner up with Raging Waves Waterpark and have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers monthly, throughout the summer. As always, all opinions are our own.

Our July visit was especially great because we got to bring our friend, Meenakshe, who had NEVER been to a waterpark, and who happily rode EVERY high, scary slide in the place. She's been living abroad since 4th grade with her IB theatre arts & music teacher parents. This 16 year old world traveler has lived in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and now Beijing China, but we got to introduce her to her first waterpark experience!

My son brought his BFF, Mateo, back again, since our last adventure was cold and rainy. This time the good news was our day was hot and sunny. Bad news was that meant muuuuuuuch longer slide lines and crowds. Still, we had a wet and wonderful day. 

Check out our full slideshow here:
(Our fav photos from the day are embedded below.)

ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Tips List:
  • SHORTER SLIDE LINES: We went from 1pm to close and lines dropped steadily from about 4 to 7pm closing time, as the 10am crowd that opened the park got tired and headed out. Of course weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends and if you chance it on a cooler or rainy day, as long as there's not lightning you'll have the shortest slide lines of all! (Extra Bonus: If the park closes early due to relentless rain, tornados, or thunder storms you'll get tickets to come back another day!)
  • LUCK OF THE LOUNGER: If you don't mind a bit of sand, plenty of lounge chairs were available on the little sand bar across the bridge from the biggest water slides, when everything near the wave pool was full.
  • HELP OUT: It pays to donate! 

Donate a new or gently-used backpack at Raging Waves, and receive $5 off a full-priced over 48" general admission ticket (regularly priced at $29.99).

Backpacks will be donated to Project Just Start. In the 10 communities that Project Just Start assists, there are over 23,000 people living below poverty. 

Find out more about Project Just Start, donating a backpack, and your discount by clicking here.

  • Get a locker. Sure it's $10 or $15 depending on the size but that's a small price to pay for piece of mind, knowing your wallet, cell phone, and valuables aren't going missing while you're in the slide line. You can get up to 4 wristbands for no extra charge so your family can access the stash without tracking one key holder down.
  • CHECK COSTCO for a sweet package deal (and you don't have to buy in bulk!): 

Raging Waves is Illinois’ Largest Waterpark, featuring 19 water slides, giant kiddie areas, quarter-mile lazy river, humungous wave pool, beach areas and more.

$39.99 Includes:
  • 2 full day passes & 2 tube rentals wristbands
  • Ages 3+, guests 2 and under are free
  • Full-day passes are valid for 2015 operating season
  • Expire 9/7/2015
  • 19 water slides
  • Quarter mile lazy river
  • Giant kiddie areas to delight children of all ages
  • Humungous Wave Pool
  • Pedal tractor course
  • Brock's Giant Sandbox - sandy beach area

We'll see you out there! Check back with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often. We have the scoop on what's hot, great nationwide giveaways, and loads of original content including photo & video filled features on Chi, IL and beyond.

Click here for the Raging Waves park schedule, special guests, and more.

How are you enjoying your endless summer? Join us at 8 PM CT on Tuesday, August 4th, as we discuss fun summer activities and how to enjoy the rest of your summer! RSVP and participate for your chance to win many prizes!

Here are the details:

Follow the hosts: @RagingWaves, @blm03, @more4momsbuck, @craftymomof3, @ChiILMama, and @SanitySuburbia.

When: Tuesday, August 4th at 8 pm CT.

Where: On Twitter in the #EndlessSummer hashtag or on tchat.

What: There are several questions they will tweet and discuss. Be sure to use the hash tag #EndlessSummer to be eligible for the prizes.

Prizes: They’ll be giving away $20 in Jimmy Johns gift certificates, 1 “Wing Party” at the Buffalo Wild Wings (Oswego, IL) (x-large boneless or traditional wings, must have 6 people in the party), 4 tickets to NCG Theaters (Yorkville, IL), 4 tickets to Star Cinema Grill (Arlington Heights, IL), 4 tickets to Hollywood Palms (Naperville IL), and 4 tickets to Raging Waves (Yorkville, IL)

RSVP: Submit your Twitter handle here:

Eligibility: RSVP by adding your Twitter account to the link above, and actively participate during the Twitter party with the hashtag #EndlessSummer on August 4th, 2015, from 8 PM CT until 9 PM CT. Winners will be chosen from the RSVP list using Winners must be actively tweeting with the hashtag at the time they are randomly selected. Winners will be notified with an @ mention, and must respond via DM within 24 hours of being notified. If another winner must be chosen after the party is over, winner will be randomly selected from active participants during the party. There is a limit of one prize per household during the party. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your prize. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to official rules and open to United States residents.

Raging Waves is still buckets of fun for the littles, while they wait to grow to the magic 48" that opens up as many slides as they're brave enough to ride.

ChiIL Mama's thrilled to be chosen as 1 of 5 Raging Waves Blog Ambassadors for 2015!

More of ChiIL Mama's Photo Favs From Raging Waves (June 2015):

Big fun with Big Squirts!

Even when it's crowded, Raging Waves feels spacious.

Fun on dry land too!

This was the unanimous favorite, even if the kids always call it "the toilet bowl" instead of it's official title, The Boomerang. 

Disclosure: Once again, we're happy to partner up with Raging Waves Waterpark and have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers monthly, throughout the summer. As always, all opinions are our own.

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