Hawaiian Falls to open early for special needs children

Champions Day is June 22 at all five Hawaiian Falls waterparks

June 18, 2013 – Saturday, June 22, is Champions Day at all five Hawaiian Falls waterparks. Special needs children and their families will have exclusive use of the park from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The parks will open to the public 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but the Champions and their families can stay as long as they want at no additional charge.

“Special needs children deserve their own time at the park where they can splash and play with their families when it’s a little quieter,” said Emily Bennett, marketing director of Hawaiian Falls. “We’ve held Champions Day for the past several seasons now and they are very well received by the families.”

The Champions (special needs children or adults) get in free. Family members can purchase special discount tickets for $5 each (regular admission is $26.99) with a Champions Day coupon, available for download at hfalls.com/championsday.

“We want special needs families to play together at any of our five waterparks before we open to the general public,” explained Bennett. “They are welcome to stay and play all day for no extra charge. We do not require any records or certification. A parent knows if their child (or adult) has special needs, and that is sufficient for us. All they need to do is to go to hfalls.com and print out the Champions Day coupon. We don’t limit family members or ask for any identification, so if a favorite Uncle or Aunt wants to come with them, then he or she is only $5, too. If a guardian is not directly related, but cares for a special needs child, then, of course, they are welcome. We just want to bless these families.”

Champions Day will be 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, June 22, then again Saturday, August 17, at all five Hawaiian Falls waterparks: Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco.

Celebrating 10 years of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls’ regular operating schedule is daily 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday – Thursday and until 8 p.m. on Fridays through Labor Day. More information is available at hfalls.com.

Story and photos by David Alvey.

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