Meeting Together & Trying to Escape!

Christmas has rolled up on me like a freight train. Wasn’t it August like last week? I still have cute little Trick or Treat ghosts hanging on my front door and the little family of elves that made a grand festive entrance before Thanksgiving last year are currently hiding out in a tub in my garage, maybe permanently. Making time for anything ‘extra’ these past few weeks has been next to impossible, so I’m extra grateful we’d pre-planned a Saturday away with some of our friends!

First stop, Moore Escape Rooms. I’d heard about these kinds of places. They sounded fun, but I had no idea what to expect. I was honestly pretty nervous it was gonna be scary (because I’m a big chicken like that). When we arrived we had to sign a waiver, which I did not read. Come to think of it, I may have signed away my inheritance or something crazy. Guess we’ll find out soon enough… We were assigned to the Codebreaker Room, which – as it would turn out – was not scary at all. We were guided into a little office, read a back story about our Code-Breaking grandfather, and locked in. I won’t give away any of the details in case you decide to do this yourself, but, basically, you have to scavenge around the room looking for clues, solving puzzles, and unlocking locks. It might be helpful if you know your presidents and how to read a decoder ring, but that’s the only hints you’re getting out of me!

There are leaderboards, and we were sure we’d be record-breakers! We unlocked the last lock 2 minutes under the leaders’ time, but it only led us to another room of puzzles and clues. (Womp. Womp.) We did, however, escape the second room (after using all 5 of the available clues and a lot of teamwork) with only ONE SECOND to spare! (Or TWO according to Stephen’s sign; we may need to check the replay clock.)

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and family during the holiday break, I can’t recommend this place enough. All 6 of us had so much fun, and I can’t wait to go back and try another room!

Here’s some information you’ll want to know if you’d like to try this out:

  • All rooms cost $20 per person. (Use code FHFG81 to get 20% off your online booking)
  • There are 3 rooms to choose from. Two of them accommodate 4-10 players and if you don’t book a ‘private room’ or have a full deck of players, you may play with a few strangers. The third room accommodates only 2 people, making it perfect for a date!
  • You can book your Moore Escape Room right now by visiting https://www.MooreEscapeRooms.com

Becoming escape artists makes a crew hungry, so we went to Cheevers Cafe to celebrate our Escape Room victory. If you’ve never been, it’s another great place to check out in the city. Quaint, hole in the wall atmosphere… and pretty great food. Prices are on the high side, don’t skip the queso!

Special thanks to Micah at Moore Escape Rooms for providing us with our Codebreaker private room reservations! Be sure to tell him we sent you when you visit!

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20 percent off Moore Escape Room!

Have you guys heard of the Moore Escape Room? Oh my goodness, it sounds so fun! We’ll be visiting soon and posting a full review! In the meantime, I have a coupon code to share with you!

Are you ready for the challenge of conquering mind-bending puzzles, clues and mysteries? Will you be able to make it through, as locks, riddles, and codes are thrown your way? Can you unlock your true potential and escape?

The variety of room scenarios provides the perfect challenge for groups of 2-10 players. Gather your family, friends, teams, and book your adventure today!
Enjoy 20% off your booking of individual tickets or a private escape room rental by entering code FHFG81 when making a reservation at www.MooreEscapeRooms.com. Not valid with any other offers. Must call to reserve a “special event” outside of normal hours.

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Special thanks to Moore Escape Room for working with us and providing this coupon code!

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A Family Guide to White Water Bay!

We had the chance to visit White Water Bay in Oklahoma City last week! We were lucky enough to have Mom, Granny and Uncle B here visiting… can never have enough help when we decide to leave the house with all 5 little ones! The park is a very easy one-hour drive from our house. It’s close enough for a day trip, but far enough away that you really want to be prepared to stay the whole day. Don’t worry, we have some tips for you to get the most out of your time (and money)!

Before you go

Buy your tickets online! They’re $28.99 for adults (anyone over 48″), $24.99 for children (anyone under 48″) and toddlers 2 and under are free. Adult tickets will cost you an extra $8 if you wait to purchase at the gate, and children’s tickets will be $4 more! That savings can really add up, especially if you have a crew the size of ours! (*Note: We were super bummed that we had to pay full price for my 86-year old Granny, who obviously was there only as a spectator. She did get the senior discount, but still.)

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Load up an ice chest full of drinks and snacks. You aren’t allowed to bring your cooler through the main gate, BUT you can pay $5 for cooler storage in a little picnic area. It’s easily accessible once you’re inside the park. Bottles of water were around $3 inside the park, so it’s well worth the $5 to bring in your own drinks at least!

Pack your sunscreen and pool floats. We weren’t sure if we should pack up all the baby floats or not, so we didn’t. Big mistake. There is a nice, long lazy river and a wave pool. You can rent tubes to float around in, but they’ll cost you $10 each for the day… OR just bring your own! Only downside is you’ll have to keep up with them all day, which could mean renting a locker if you don’t have a granny holding down the fort like we did. I will say, I noticed lots of people staking claim on a couple of chairs and leaving their stuff. It seemed pretty safe, but no guarantees. There are a limited number of life vests available to use for free.

Plan to come on a weekday. The parking attendant (parking costs $6 per car by the way) told us the best days to come are Mondays and Tuesdays. We went on a Thursday. It wasn’t terribly crowded. The longest we waited in line for a slide was 30 minutes. Many of the slides had zero wait, and the kiddie area had plenty of room.

The fun stuff

White Water Bay has completely revamped their kiddie area, complete with a new name – Barefootin’ Bay! Our kids LOVED it! The water around all the slides and play things was pretty shallow, and there were lifeguards and parents everywhere. Be aware, moms at this place are on high alert. One lady swooped up Roman because he was crying and she thought he was lost. She took off to report him as a lost child, and my mom (who was standing 2 feet away from him) had to chase her down to get him back!

The lifeguards were all super helpful and friendly, and one, named Dylan, let Jaylin wear his hat… She wasn’t sure what to think, but he was super nice and it made for a pretty cute pic! (Sorry moms in the background for including your booties in my blog post, but you’re lookin’ good!)

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Micah, Zander, and Uncle B are braver than the rest of us! They went down nearly every slide in the park, including that straight down green one! They all agreed that the blue one on the right was the most fun… you can ride it in a double tube with a friend!

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We also spent a lot of time floating around the lazy river (in our rented tube), tried to jump across the lily pads, did belly flops off the cliff jump, and chowed down on some pricey dip-n-dots ice cream! We ended up staying about 6 hours… way longer than we expected the kids and Granny to last. We had a great time, and survived the day with only a slight burn and mild exhaustion. We can’t wait to go back! If you’d like to learn more about White Water Bay, you can find loads of information on their website.

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A special thanks to White Water Bay and US Family Guide for providing us with tickets to the park. This compensation in no way influences the opinions expressed in this post.

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