The US TV show ‘Wipeout’ is a game show in which contestants compete in what is billed as the world’s largest obstacle course, and, according to TV Week magazine, is the world’s third most popular game show. Shown on screens throughout the world, including Thailand, it has become a firm favourite with the residents of the Father Ray Children’s Home.
So imagine their excitement when they were told they would be spending National Children’s Day at Splashdown Waterpark, Pattaya’s very own version of Wipeout, complete with the infamous big red balls.
The children were welcomed at Splashdown by the owner, John Ray.
On arrival at Splashdown, which is located on Highway 36, the children were met by John Ray, owner of the park, before listening to a few health and safety rules, and then they were free to go and have fun.
First adventure was climbing the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide, which did not look too high, until you reached the top and then had to slide down before flying into the air and landing in the water; screams could be heard echoing across the park.
Fun for all ages.
Most children were eager to run across the red balls, large inflatables which were not as easy to cross as most thought they would be.
Other rides included the Big Blue slide, the Zorb Racer, an obstacle course consisting of different sized and shaped inflatables, and the favourite of the teenagers, the Big Blob. Imagine sitting on the end of a very large cushion, and without warning someone jumps on the other end and for a short time you will experience what it is like to be a bird, until you come crashing back down into the water.
Half way through the day there was a downpour, but this did not stop the fun; the children were getting wet anyway. After five hours of fun the children were exhausted, but they all agreed that it was one of the best Children’s Days ever.
Even a downpour did not stop the fun.
Not as easy as they look.
There was one boy who ran the red balls, but he worked at the park.
The manager of the Home, Pom, soon discovered the Zorb Racer was not going to be easy.
The Big Blue Slide.
The Big Blob – terrifying.