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aybe you’ve seen the Travel Channel specials featuring the biggest and best Midwest waterparks and rides. The zipping, zoom- ing and record breaking waterslides make for great TV but these destinations aren’t just catching the eye of show producers, they’re also luring meeting planners for the sake of conventions, conferences and events. It’s understandable why holding an event at a waterpark may not be the first choice that comes to mind during planning - taking into account such resorts are a haven for vacationing families. But as these resorts have been proving over recent years, it’s a new era. Similar to hotels catering to groups, many waterpark resorts have set aside professional work space for various sized gatherings while ensuring the properties are as event-friendly as possible and thus far the results are grand. Offerings range from multi-functional meeting space to sports and expo centers. Among the mass of waterpark resorts in the Midwest it is not difficult to find a location that’s just right for your meeting. These themed waterparks are obviously known for their aqua activities, which means guaranteed year-round indoor and outdoor activity options, something at- tendees will appreciate during their off-time. Plus, some locations offer four-season fun complete with rollercoaster-filled theme parks in the summer and ski resorts - think skiing, snow tubing and snow ball fights - in the winter. Another worth-mentioning aspect of waterpark resorts is the team building opportunities which go well beyond races down waterslides or pool chicken fights. Several Mid- west


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waterpark resorts offer team building menus which allow meeting planners to execute an interactive event complete with fun communication and problem solving activities. The multitude of choices can include scavenger hunts, sports challenges, zip lining, basketball, horseback riding, rock climbing, exercise classes, golf or staff-led programs. While waterparks are an obvious choice for family reunions or teen groups, event planning shouldn’t stop there. Considering the growing trend of attendees liking their families to accompany them on work-related getaways, a waterpark choice is an easy choice. It’s no secret that when the clan can come along, event attendance soars and spirits are high. And that’s a win-win for all.


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