Thanks to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark for inviting my family out for a complimentary visit so I could tell my Dallas and Fort Worth homeschooling friends firsthand about homeschool day at Epic Waters in Grand Prairie, Texas!
On Mondays through March 2, 2020, homeschool families pay just $14 per person for general admission and can stay all day long. This includes access to all of their slides and attractions (including the Lasso Loop, Yellowjacket Drop, Aquanaut, TexasTwist, E-Racers, and Prairie Plunge), the Flowrider® surfing simulator, Rascal’s Round-Up, a pool with some basketball goals to shoot some hoops, and their amazing lazy river.
The park is located at 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX. Hours vary throughout the year, but this is a year-round attraction that is perfect for the entire family. Be sure to check out their website and calendar for specific times.
As you look through the pictures in this post, I want you to notice something: NO CROWDS! Seriously, even if they didn’t offer discounted admission for homeschoolers, the fact that we pretty much had the place to ourselves made it worth it to go on a Monday morning. I think there were less than 20 people there until about 3 in the afternoon, when I’m assuming kids were coming straight from school with their families. I’m talking about NO LINES and NO WAITING for anything. It was wonderful.
We loved our visit.
Epic Waters was generous and offered us a cabana for the day, so we had a nice place to set our things down, an attendant to help us with our food orders, and even a television. We didn’t spend much time in there, though, because we were too busy having fun in the water! There was truly something for everyone and all of the kids had a great time.
Even if you don’t have a cabana, worry not! Mondays are a very low traffic day, and you will have your pick of seats to place your towel or to enjoy a meal from their restaurant. We liked their nachos, chicken fingers, and chocolate chip cookies when we were there. YUM!
Attached below is a copy of the menu for the cabana, and this will give you an idea of all of the delicious food available to order at their restaurant as well.
There is a pretty good variety, and I found the portions to be about what we expected.
There is a bar serving up drinks if Mom and Dad want an adult beverage. I was a little bummed that they didn’t have any of their frozen “fancy” drinks available in non-alcoholic versions as I do not drink alcohol, but that’s not a deal breaker for me and I just enjoyed water instead.
My 7 year old could not wait to try out the surfing simulator. He loves trying new things to challenge himself. I was surprised to see a small group of adults and a teen hanging out at the Flowrider all morning and early afternoon. It was so cool to watch them practice surfing and cheering each other on. My 10 year old, pictured below, also wanted to try his hand at this a few times.
This experience is not available very many places in our area, and I believe it’s the only one available year-round that is nearby. This attraction alone was well worth admission for our family!
When my 7 year old came out to give it a try boogie boarding, they sort of adopted him into their group and encouraged him and cheered him on! The Epic Waters employees that were working in this area also helped to give instruction to him and even gave him tips while he was having his turn so he could try new tricks and techniques. I loved that they helped him so much, because that’s an area that I have zero experience in and couldn’t even try to offer advice to him.
My 5 year old had a total blast in Rascal’s Round-Up. This area is a playground in the water with a ton of water features to manipulate and even aim at people! There are slides, too, and a giant bucket that periodically dumps water on the kids. Between this and trying to shoot some hoops in the pool, he had an amazing day in the water.
The cabana we were at was right by this pool. I helped my 5 year old practice his swimming in here for a good amount of time because it was shallow enough that he could stand if he needed to. Luckily, he warmed up to practicing his swimming within about 15 minutes and had so much fun showing me his moves! Several families played some basketball in the pool, and there was a nice, deep bench you could sit on to the side, in the pool, as well. I didn’t expect to spend so much time here, but it was really fun.
Speaking of swimming, if your child or any adults need life jackets for your visit, no problem! There are plenty of them located between the pool area and Rascal’s Round-Up. There are various sizes available and they are free to use.
If you prefer to secure your belongings while you are enjoying the waterpark, there are lockers available for a fee to truly be worry-free during your time at Epic Waters.
Another thing I wanted to mention was that there are very nice restrooms and changing rooms available right by the lockers. This made it easy to walk in wearing out street clothes and change into our swimsuits.
Something that does cost extra, but my kids loved, was the Arcade. In the picture below, you can see the large windows above the Arcade, and that is where the party rooms are located for birthdays and special events. More on that in a minute.
The Arcade was a nice thing to do after we were done in the water. You play using cards, which you can load up with whatever amount you’d like. There are many prizes to win and it has a lot of cool games.
When you win tickets on the games, it stores them digitally on the card, and you can redeem them for prizes.
This could be a good option for your stubborn teen that might be having one of those days and refuses to have fun in the water. There’s really something for everyone!
Birthday Parties sound like they would be a blast at Epic Waters. I wanted to mention them, because they are running a special right now. Birthday parties booked and hosted now through January 30, 2020 are HALF OFF! That’s right, half price parties! They have several packages available. Be sure to call them with questions about this promotion at (972)337-3151.
To be in the know about all of their specials throughout the year, I highly recommend signing up for their email list! Just click through to the Epic Waters homepage and you’ll see the spot to fill in your email to get on the list.
You can also be the first to know about special offers and events by texting EPIC FUN to 64600.
There is also a Specials & Promotions page with various deals happening throughout the year.
You’ll find out about offers such as 15% off of Breakfast with Santa December 7, 14, or 21, 2019 with code SANTA19.
They also have a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale with 30% off annual memberships and 2 free VIP passes for every $100 in gift certificates purchased.
Also, if you have littles and want to enjoy a morning with your other toddler and preschool friends (and practically no one else!), Epic Waters has Tiny Tot Time from 8:30AM-10:30AM for access to Rascal’s Round-Up before the park opens to anyone else. It is $10 for the first child and $5 for additional children, and a parent/guardian is free with admission with the child. I wish this had been around when my kids were younger, because this is a great deal and a good way to get out of the house and totally miss the crowds. Wouldn’t that make a fun playdate, especially on days where the weather isn’t cooperating outside?
I highly recommend a visit to Epic Waters for any family, but especially my homeschooling friends on MONDAYS! You will have such a fun time, avoid the crowds, and have the opportunity to swim, zip down the water slides, ride the waves on the Flowrider, and so much more. It is worth the trip out there and we will definitely be back soon.