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 To borrow on the beloved bedtime tale, The Three Bears, we bring you this story of finding the Wisconsin Dells waterpark that is “just right” for your kids.

Let’s begin with the baby bears, and by that we mean wee toddlers and tykes, and the waterpark choices sized right for them.  There is Meadowbrook Resort, where the indoor water playland has a shallow depth pool with bubbling geysers themed to Timber Camp.  Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites is credited with starting the indoor waterpark phenomenon and its Aloha Pavilion and Water Factory interactive play areas are perfect for toddlers.  The polar décor at Wintergreen Resort is fun for little ones, knowing the water is warm and welcoming.  The waterparks at Alakai Hotel & Suites replete with rainmakers, slides and water basketball were designed specifically for children under age eight.  Same thing goes for Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites, with kids play areas like the triple chute blue dolphin slide set up in clear view so parents can keep an eye on their little ones.  Even the big waterparks have play areas for little ones, so make sure to explore those too. For example, at Great Wolf Lodge there are zero-depth entry pools and kiddie slides for “little ones still getting their sea legs.”  And at Chula Vista Resort, Mount Montezuma’s Mayan Temple is full of kiddie surprises, like a giant tipping bucket that spills 500 gallons of water.

Now let’s move on to the middle schoolers.  This group is going to straddle the waterparks mentioned above while dipping their big toes in bigger offerings, like some of the wave pools, lazy rivers, water roller coasters and racing slides at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Chula Vista Resort and the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center. At Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks, the Mystical Tower Tube Slide is a great twisty-turn tube ride for two. 

Finally, the high schoolers.  The sky’s the limit for them, with extreme plunge slides, surfing and funnel rides all added to the mix.  The large waterpark resorts in Wisconsin really shine with this crowd. At Kalahari, it’s double dare time with the Screaming Hyena trap-door vertical plunge slide. At the Wilderness, teens can tan indoors in the Wild WaterDome before heading over to Klondike Kavern for a spin on The Hurricane funnel ride.

So, the morale of the story is this: As your kids grow, Wisconsin Dells will grow on you as a Wisconsin vacation destination that’s always “just right.”