Monday, February 7, 2011

Tyson Big Game Party and a splashing good time

This weekend, the family made their way to Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. It seemed odd to not be at home for the Super Bowl, but we got a really good rate and decided that we could always have a little party at the Waterpark. We were going with another family, who also had some neighbors going to the water park.

Evidently, we were not the only ones that decided to take advantage of the rate and watch the Super Bowl at the water park. I was a little surprised at how long the wait was to check in and then, once inside, there was no question that there were a lot of football fans in the house. The cabanas, that you can rent daily, were full of people with football paraphernalia. Mostly, I saw Terrible Towels and other Steelers' gear, which would suggest that there were likely a number of very disappointed fans at the water park last night.

After checking in, we played in the water park for the balance of the afternoon. we learned that my daughter was just a smidge too short to ride on most of the "big" slides. Even for the family tube slide, you had to be 42" and accompanied by an adult. That was okay by her. She had a great time riding the same slides over and over. Her favorite was definitely riding the raft in the wave pool. My son was able to go on everything and came close to doing that. I didn't ride with him on Sunday, but I did on Monday. Around 6 pm on Sunday, when we were all feeling a little worn out and a bit hungry, we headed back to our room to change. After everyone was ready, we gathered in our friends' room to watch the big game and enjoy a multitude of snacks and dinner.

I had been invited by Tyson to enjoy a Tyson Big Game Party, with Tyson Any'tizers, and that is exactly what we did. The Tyson Any'tizers were actually a perfect solution for enjoying a party in a hotel room that was equipped with an in-room refrigerator and a microwave. We took along some plates and bowls to warm our Any'tizers in the microwave them and serve them. In the past, I have always prepared them using the oven, but was presently surprised at how easy it was to prepare them in the microwave (and they still tasted super yummy!). With the variety of Tyson Any'tizers available, we were able to meet the tastes of everyone, from the adults to the toddlers. We had Buffalo Style Popcorn Chicken Bites, Dippin' Twists with Kickin' Honey Mustard, Homestyle Chicken Fries and Popcorn Chicken.

The kids enjoyed their dinner/snacks picnic style on a blanket that had been placed on the floor. The rest of us used the table and chairs (just two) and the beds. We ate and watched the game on the reasonably sized, flat screen TV at the hotel. It was a lot of fun and a very unique Super Bowl experience. It was a lot like a regular party though, with hot wings, popcorn chicken, chicken dippers, nachos and cheese, veggies and dip, cheese balls (the puffed snack), and more. It was a little difficult to set out the food - we lined some of it up on the dresser in front of the TV, but it worked for us. A good time was had by all.

No compensation was received for this post. We received coupons for free Tyson Any'tizers, as well as a gift card, to help us host a Tyson Big Game Party.