“Here comes the sun!” the DJ yelled as we all waited for the slide to open so we could have our first run down a 1,000 foot slip-and-slide in North Vancouver; that is over three football fields long! Getting up early that morning to a cloudy sky, we were all hopeful that the sun would break though and we would have some nice warm weather to slide to. And, just before it started, the sun came though for the party.
Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event, though I saw an awful lot of kids getting taken out by others since it is near impossible to actually control your tube when you’re flying down at such fast speeds. It would be great if they worked out a way to have a lane for kids and their parents below a certain age so the little kids could enjoy it just as much. After all, you only have to be five years old (over 46 inches tall) to slide. I sure wouldn’t take Madison next year when she turns five, unless there’s another option introduced for young kids.
I loved the adrenaline rush of flying down the slick vinyl head-first, even if I bailed hard once and was accidentally kicked in the head. At least the slide was padded, keeping collisions a little more soft.
We rode the slide twice. By the time we had finished the second turn, the wait line was farther than the eye could see. We weren’t willing to stand for at least an hour, if not more, to go for one more ride to complete our three ride pass. Our only real frustration with the event was the lineup; there has to be a better way to keep the lines moving smoother. Did they oversell tickets?
Check out the slippery highlights:
- Arrive early to pick up the bag they give you with a tube and your mouth guard inside. If you arrive early enough you’ll be able to exchange your tube for one that is blown up.
- There is a mouth guard in your bag. Use it. I was kicked in the head and found it worth it to have it in.
- Realize that the heavier you are, the faster you will go. This means that it is impossible to space people out to perfection, so there will be collisions. You could be accidentally kicked in the face, or elsewhere.
- Be aware that even if you’re in Canada, you will be charged in US dollars. Sneaky, Slide the City. Sneaky.
It was great to relive my days as a child through this giant slip-and-slide. Despite the lineup, we had a great time at Slide The City in Vancouver and loved this fun event.
Have you ever joined in the Slide The City fun? What did you think?