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Sun Splash open daily starting Saturday

By Staff | Jun 5, 2015

Sun Splash Family Waterpark will be open seven days a week starting Saturday to kick off summer.

Wednesday through today, the park has been offering special afternoon hours of 1 to 5 p.m. as the school year winds down with student early release days. The admission rates today are $9.95 for Cape resident children ages 2-12 and seniors age 60 and over, and $11.95 for resident adults, or an extra $2 for non-Cape citizens.

Beginning Saturday, Sun Splash will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. up through Aug. 23.

“We will be open seven days a week until they (students) go back to school,” Sandra Greiner, the manager of the park, said Thursday. “We follow the Lee County Public Schools’ schedule.”

As of Thursday, attendance was not particularly high for the special afternoon hours.

“We didn’t expect it to be very busy,” she said.

Greiner noted, however, the park is having a great year overall in terms of dollars and attendance.

“We’re having one of the best years yet,” she said.

This summer, the park has a host of events planned for all ages.

Summer Splash with 105.5 The Beat and Y100 will take place on June 12 from 6-10 p.m. and it will feature Jordin Sparks. Open to ages 14-19, attendees must provide a valid high school identification.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by calling (239) 574-0557.

On June 13, SpongeBob SquarePants will make an appearance from noon to 3 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with families. The first Family Fun Night of the season will be held later, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Family Fun Nights are held on the second Saturday of the month from June to August.

The year’s first After Hours Event will take place on June 26 from 6-10 p.m., with the showing of the movie “Paddington.” The remaining After Hours Events will move away from a movie theme.

“We kind of mixed it around this time,” Greiner said.

The event Rock Under the Stars will feature a band with live music. A Back-to-School Bash – the third event – will feature deejays and interactive games again aimed at the community’s youth.

New this year is the park’s rain check policy. If a person purchases a general admission ticket and the park is shut down for more than 45 minutes due to lightning, the ticket can be used for a free entry any time later that year. The policy does not apply to speciality admission tickets, like Family Fun Nights.

“We’ve had three days already,” she said.

The park also spruced up its menu for the new year, which now includes sandwiches.

“We bought big bakery bread,” Greiner said. “They’re almost like gourmet sandwiches.”

“We are selling them like hotcakes right now,” she added.

All of the pools were repainted for the new year, and officials are hoping to break ground on the park’s new Tot Spot by October, during the off season. City Council approved $550,000 for the project.

Greiner urged Cape residents and non-residents to give the park a try.

“For the value, for the money – we’re actually cheaper than going to a show,” she said. “And we’re an all-day event.”

For more information, visit the website online at: sunsplashwaterpark.com.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark is at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd.