"Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding" warns the eagerly waiting children that the giant bucket is about to tilt and dump many gallons of water on them.
How many is anyone's guess, so the Carol Stream Park District is giving water park patrons a chance to guess the number of gallons it takes to fill the dump bucket for a chance to win a prize.
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Patrons can submit a guess on each visit to Coral Cove. Just ask the pool cashier for an entry ticket to fill out and place it in the drop box provided. Pool staff will announce a winner Saturday, July 12, Deck Art Day.
The person with the correct or closest guess will be able to select one of three prizes: a 2015 Coral Cove Water Park family pool membership, a Coral Cove Water park party, or a refund of this year's membership fee.
The new drop bucket interactive spray and splash zone at Coral Cove Water Park is just one of the new features that debuted this season. Tots have a new slide in the tot area, which has a soft surface to cushion little feet. Snackers at the poolside cafe can keep cool under a new canopy.
Coral Cove touts two of the highest water slides in DuPage County, standing at 30 feet tall. The tube slide is a fast, dark and daring ride, while the open slide runs at a more leisurely pace. A deep-water plunge pool is home to a drop slide, diving board, and a 15-foot climbing wall on which kids can ascend and then drop into the pool below. The dry playground is great for those who need a break from the water.
Upcoming special events include Deck Art Day on Saturday, July 12, when patrons can color the deck with the chalk provided. Float on your rafts while watching "Mary Poppins" at the dive-in movie at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. To celebrate the park district's 50th anniversary on Saturday, July 26, daily admission will be 50 cents for residents (cash or coin only).
The water park's hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Passholders can get in 30 minutes earlier. Daily admission is $6 for residents ages 3 and older; $10 for nonresidents.
Birthday and private party rentals are available at Coral Cove. For information about hours, fees, rentals and special events, go to coralcovewaterpark.com or call (630) 784-6100.