Romper spoke with Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York. She explains that going to a waterpark (think: Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach, or the Great Wolf Lodge chain of indoor water resorts) provides a different developmental experience from the one you get at the county fair or your average dry-land theme park.
“Water provides a different sensory experience than other forms of play, such as playing with blocks,” says Dr. Phillips. “It stimulates kids in an auditory, tactile, visual, olfactory, and even gustatory way — and provides a new experience for them.”