Over the weekend, hundreds of kids and families participated in “Splash-Tacular: Water Safety Day” at Wilderness at the Smokies resort. The event, sponsored by Food City Kid’s Club and Wilderness at the Smokies, was FREE and taught kids about water safety and provided them with a fun-filled day at the water park.
“Not only are we committed to the safety of our guests while they are enjoying our water attractions, but through events like this, we are able to provide them with water safety tips and information that will keep them and their families safe for years to come,” said Steve Cruz, General Manager of Wilderness at the Smokies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these ten, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
“These numbers are staggering and we are hopeful through the Splash-Tacular event, kids and adults alike will be more aware and recognize the dangers associated with water, even in a fun and relaxed setting,” added Cruz.
In addition to water safety classes, other activities and performances were provided throughout the day from other area attractions, including Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks, Titanic Museum Attraction, Dixie Stampede, among many others. Participants were also served breakfast and lunch and enjoyed a variety of games, including complimentary miniature golf.
Wilderness at the Smokies, located minutes from Interstate 40 and situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is one of the area’s only year-round vacation destinations. With a 36-hole championship golf course, two outdoor waterparks, an indoor waterpark with a wave pool and the Southeast’s only Surf Rider, hot tubs, and countless waterslides and attractions, Wilderness at the Smokies has something for all age groups. It is adjacent to a 200,000 square-foot conference, convention and event center known for hosting the areas largest conferences, athletic events and trade shows.
The resort is owned by Patrick Helland, Pete Helland, Jr., Tim Lucke and Tom Lucke (who also own Wilderness Territory Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin). Steve Cruz is the General Manager of Wilderness at the Smokies. For more information about Wilderness at the Smokies, call toll-free 877-325-9453 or visit www.WildernessAtTheSmokies.com <http://www.wildernessatthesmokies.com/>;