Kid Approved- Oceans of Fun Waterpark (KC)!

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Oceans of Fun was our family’s first time at a waterpark, and all the kids were excited about it! We chose to do this waterpark after about a week on the road. After lots of driving and educational stops, we knew that all of us would need something that was just for fun! 

Jenn and our youngest son on piggyback in front of the Paradise Falls water playground at Oceans of Fun.

Mom’s perspective on Oceans of Fun. Scroll down to read a review from our youngest daughter!

(This is a non-sponsored review, and Oceans of Fun Waterpark was not notified that we would be reviewing their park. As always, all opinions are our own.)

Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun are actually two Cedar Fair parks that right next door to each other (connected). If you live near enough to visit regularly (we don’t), the Gold Pass (season pass) is an excellent deal that also includes free parking!

bridge over highway in Kansas as seen from vehicle.

Our tickets got us into both parks, and our plan was to try both parks over two days. It was additional peace of mind to know that if we didn’t enjoy the waterpark, or if it was too hot to enjoy the roller coasters, we could switch to a better option at no additional cost at the last minute.

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun Handy App

Screenshot of Worlds of Fun app
Screenshot of main page of the Worlds of Fun app

We had a great time on the Oceans of Fun side! We had prepaid for our tickets and our youngest was able to get in free because he was still under age five. We also downloaded the app ahead of time and paid for our parking through the app. 

I cannot recommend the Worlds of Fun app enough! It made both our visits (to Oceans of Fun and later to Worlds of Fun) so easy and pleasant.

Apple Pay is enabled throughout the park, so all you need is a smartphone for most of the day. Less stuff to haul is a major advantage at any big theme park!

Worlds of Fun app screenshot
Ride info for Worlds of Fun. Wait times are not listed in this view.

I could pack all my things into a locker for a small additional charge (including my sizable purse) and just have my phone on me. The Worlds of Fun app gives you ride wait times (great for ADHD kids who struggle to wait), and allows you to show your ticket digitally if you have to leave the park temporarily. It just made the whole visit more carefree. 

Getting ready to play all day

We were glad we had bought sunscreen before going into the park, because of course everything is more expensive inside. We didn’t bring towels, but we also found that they weren’t really necessary. 

One of the things we do anytime we are taking the family to a place with lots of people, is to get a family photo of everyone all together. Part of the reason for that is of course to remember the day. 

Our family photo at Oceans of Fun.

An even more important reason is so that if someone gets lost, we have a photo of what they were wearing that day. We can easily give that information to staff or authorities who are helping us look for our child. I don’t want to be in a panic trying to remember what my kid is wearing. Better safe than sorry!

Into the water!

We had packed the boys’ life jackets, since they are still gaining confidence in the water. That also made our day less stressful. When you are at a waterpark, the last thing you want is to be wondering if your little kids are managing the deep water safely. 

Our second son at Oceans of Fun with his red life jacket

The lifeguarding staff was attentive and watched everyone carefully—another thing that made the day less worrisome. We also observed them checking the chemicals in the water several times throughout the day. As a former pool chemical store employee, that made me feel much better about the safety of the water, particularly during these pandemic times. 

At one point, several of the pools were out of commission for about thirty minutes as the staff made some adjustments to the chemical balance of the water. That was hard for our kids to wait on, because we had just gotten settled into lounge chairs and were about to turn the boys loose!

Our youngest son in swimsuit running across the splash pad area.
Playing in the splash pad area

However there are so many pools and splash pads that we just went to another area to let our boys play. The staff had it sorted out within the hour. 

But how’s the food?

Brian and I really enjoyed the barbecue food that we ordered for lunch. We were surprised because amusement parks aren’t known to have the best restaurants—but our meal was truly enjoyable.

The drink deal in the reusable cups was worth every penny, but my daughter talks about that in her review, so I won’t repeat it here.

Barbecue sandwich with waffle fries at Oceans of Fun.

The kids weren’t too enthused, though. Barbecue isn’t all that big in Oregon, so our kids have not eaten it often. We didn’t really expect the kids to eat much anyway, because they were too busy having fun!

Fun in the sun, no cabana required

The park was busy, but not more than a standard waterpark in the summer. There was an adult swim area with a bar, but since we had the kids with us, we didn’t go there. 

We’d looked seriously into getting a cabana but found that it was actually unnecessary for our family. Cabanas were sold out for the day within the first hour!

Thankfully, there were plenty of places to rest and relax. Our boys were constantly moving and going, so the ability to move to different seating areas was important to us. 

Height requirements

Mom and boys on inner tubes in the Caribbean Cooler lazy river at Oceans of Fun

We only saw the girls occasionally to check in. Oceans of Fun has excellent variety as a waterpark—big thrill rides, wave pools, kid splash pads, adult pools… Many of the big rides have a minimum height requirement, so it worked well for us to watch the boys and let the girls roam.

Both Brian and I have visited several waterparks around the US, and we felt that this waterpark was up there with the best ones. It was just what our entire family needed after a week on the road! 

Our boys spent most of the day playing in the splash pad area and the shallow pools. It was a perfect set up for Mom and Dad to take turns sitting in a lounge chair watching them play. One of us would watch the boys, the other would go on the bigger rides with the girls.

Our boys on inner tubes in the Caribbean Cooler lazy river.

We all did the Caribbean Cooler Lazy River together as a family. It was pretty funny to watch the boys trying to get on and off the inner tubes! There may have been a couple of overturned tubes along the way…

My youngest daughter loved Oceans of Fun, and really wanted to share her thoughts about it. Here’s her review. 

A review from our daughter (middle school)

girl with horse in stable
“Appaloosa” at horse camp

“Hi, Appaloosa here. I get to write about my favorite place on THE WHOLE TRIP! Oceans of Fun was my first waterpark, and I loved every bit of it. 

General information

Something that I really appreciated was that every ten minutes they played an announcement that told you what to do if you got lost. That announcement was very reassuring for young kids in a busy waterpark.  

First of all, we bought four large cups at the front desk. These cups got us free drinks (or cheaper refills) all day! That probably saved us a lot of money.  And they work all year long, in case you want to come back with the Gold Season Pass. 

girl eating dinner at amusement park
The reusable cups (on the left) served us well both days at the parks.

Then we all went to the changing rooms and got into our swimsuits. And of course, we had to put on sunscreen. Yuck. Do you know how hard it is to wait when you can see all the water slides?!  But then… 

Water Slides!

Mom, Dad, and the brothers went to go on the milder stuff ( you know, splash pads, small slides, shallow pools, etc.), while us girls tackled the big rides. 

Splash pad area at Oceans of Fun.

First up, Hurricane Falls. The top of the slide was at least a hundred feet up (lots of stairs), but the actual slide was fun and barely scary. 

After that we did the Surf City wave pool. I really enjoyed the wave pool because the waves were so high that they could lift you off the bottom of the pool! But don’t resist it, otherwise your head goes under (learned from experience). 

Lunch was sometime around there, and the food was horrible! The only people who liked it were the parents. How strange!

Paradise Falls, a gigantic water park slide feature
Paradise Falls, a kids water playground

Afternoon at Oceans of Fun

After lunch we all headed over to Monsoon. I loved Monsoon, because you went higher and higher and then you dropped down into water and it made a huge splash! Also they have a bridge that you can stand on and you get soaked either way! 

After that I think we went to the lazy river, which was fun. They have normal inner tubes and double tubes if you and someone else want to do it together. I think we all enjoyed the lazy river, however getting out was a little tricky. 

Another attraction we did was Coconut Cove, which was just a huge pool with water slides and an aquatic obstacle course. I don’t recommend the obstacle course for anyone younger than eight, as it is in a deep area. 

Constrictor and Aruba Tuba were up next. Constrictor was a lot of fun and not scary, and Aruba Tuba was the same, however you use an inner tube for Aruba Tuba (surprise, surprise). 

We found that the best restaurant was Calypso Cafe.

This was seriously the best place on the whole trip! The website is very informative and will get you very excited.” -Appaloosa

Thanks for reading our Oceans of Fun Review!

Waffle House provided us with the perfect easy dinner! In an upcoming post we’ll share our our second day in Kansas City, MO. We checked out the National World War 1 Museum and Slap’s BBQ across the border in Kansas City, KS.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What should I bring to Oceans of Fun?

You can buy nearly anything you need to enjoy the park inside the Oceans of Fun gift shop; however the markup is high, so I’d advise you to bring whatever you need into the park with you! Here’s a list of suggested items:

  • Swimsuit with rash guards (bright colors make it easier to see kids in the water)
  • Cover-up or clothes to change into (leave them in a locker until you need them)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water socks, water shoes or crocs
  • Life jackets for kids who need them (the park has some to use, but we prefer our own)
  • Towels if you want them: we didn’t need them because it was a warm day with hardly any wind
  • Hat
  • Swim goggles

Does Oceans of Fun have towels?

There are towels available for purchase in the gift shop, but Oceans of Fun doesn’t have towels for rent or for borrowing. I advise you to bring your own if you’ll need them, or buy them at Oceans of Fun’s gift shop.

© Copyright 2021 Jennifer D. Warren, “Appaloosa” and Dinkum Tribe. Updated August 19, 2023.

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About the author

I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.


  1. Oceans of fun look like an amazing place. My son, who is a water child, would absolutely go bananas for this place.

  2. What a fun place! I have not been in such a place for a long time. Oceans of Fun looks like a fun waterpark and there are so many activities! Thanks for sharing.

    1. What I loved is that there is stuff for adults too – most waterparks seem to focus on the kids and teens more.

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