Cultivating the family tree

It's so nice to see the many families who are happily employed at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

Most of the time, it's siblings and maybe some cousins, Sometimes there's a mom or dad, too.

And once in a while, we see three generations.

For example:

Three generations

From left, this is Ray, his daughter Kylee, and Ray's dad, Loren (who is Kylee's grandpa, of course).

Usually, you'll catch Kylee in Entertainment, but sometimes she joins her dad and grandfather in the Grounds department.

Kylee's sister (who is, of course, Ray's daughter and Loren's granddaughter) Kelsey works here, too.

Happily, they don't run into each other all that much, though – since Kelsey's an EMT here in our First Aid department.


Kelsey knows you can't get blood out of a turnip …

… or a heartbeat out of a bronze rhinoceros. But it was fun trying.

Kelsey and the rhino

Thanks to all of our Hosts & Hostesses who've made this summer special for so many visiting families. We’re not done yet!

Glowing in the park

Are you planning a visit for this Saturday or next?

They're our last two extended-hours Saturdays, when we are open from 9am to 9:30pm CDT.

And on these Saturdays, we have a special treat – a princess for all seasons.

Princess Parade at Holiday World

From left, that's Autumn, Summer, Spring and Winter. Oh, and Kitty Claws … just because.

Around 8pm on these Saturdays, as the sun goes down, the princesses appears first in 4th of July, then Thanksgiving, Halloween and then Christmas.

They visit with children and are happy to pose for photos.

Pretty princesses

We hope you can join us for this parade of princesses, glowing in the park.

A simple survey

Would you be so kind as to take a few minutes to complete this online survey by this Friday, August 9?

Holiday World & Splashin' SafariAt the end of the survey, you're welcome to enter a sweep- stakes for your chance to win two one-day tickets (for either 2013 or 2014 – your choice!).

Thank you – and good luck!

Simple pleasures

… really are the best.

Happy birthday to us!

Sixty-seven years ago today, Louis J. Koch opened a little park he called Santa Claus Land.

Santa Claus Land logo

All these years later and his idea for a place for families to enjoy time together continues to thrive.

In fact, this week USA Today named our Splashin’ Safari the Best Water Park in the Nation. How about that!

Let’s take a look back for now, though, at our early days as Santa Claus Land:

Santa Claus Land was renamed in 1984, and we’ve been Holiday World ever since (adding Splashin’ Safari in 1993).

It’s been a wonderful ride these 67 years – hang on tight for more fun in the next 67!

Queues for the love-lorn

Just had to share this humorous tweet:

It’ll be off the hook!

We don't need to check out the Riptionary to know she's excited!


The perfect end …

… to a perfect day:

She makes a good point …

Definitely something for Congress to consider.