It is so rare to see spouses/partners and the kiddos come out to these shows. That is one of the aspects of the hobby we would like to see grow. Hailey and I do almost everything together and going to shows with her has been unexpectedly rewarding. My husband, on the other hand, still refers to them as "toy horses". Clearly he doesn't get it; but please don't boo him when he comes to say "hi"; we are working on him. Even still there is a twinge of jealousy when we load up the car and head off for one of our many adventures without him.
With that in mind we set out to create an event even the "toy horse" critics will want to come to. Why?? Because there is so many ways to make this a family vacation. The skeptics, or not all invested, crew will have so much they can do while you are basking in show heaven. They can even pop in to see you in all your glory and then sneak out when they realize they are starting to like it. The short ones (my term for the kiddos) will have their own space to hang out in the show hall where they will have toys to play with and pages to color. When it becomes to much for them...or you, they can head off with someone of your choosing for a dip in the pool or much needed nap.
If you've never considered it before, consider it now. Bring the family. Arizona is a different kind of beautiful. And after a winter, for some of you, filled with snow, ice, floods, and cold - bring everyone down or over to thaw out for a minute.
Rockhounding / Hiking
April is a perfect time to go hiking and rockhounding. Our area is rich in Jasper (red and yellow), Desert Agate (including fire agates), Quartz, Quartzite, and Chalcedony (including Desert Rose). The scenery is breathtaking. We are part of the Sonoran Desert which is known for its Saguaros (which only grow here and live to be over 200 years old).
Boating, Floating, Swimming
The Colorado River will be right outside your window. This section of the river is known for its water sports. There are a couple of rental places in Parker that I'm sure can hook you up with some water fun, or the local Walmart will surely have some water toys to keep you all amused.
This area is renowned for its off-roading. Parker is home to the Parker 425 and 250(part of the Best in the Desert series). We have thousands of acres of public land ideal for motorized sports. The famous Peace Trail runs through our land as well. Bring your own toys or rent them in town. So much fun!!
Golf Pro in the family?
We have a beautiful course a couple of miles away. And the weather should be perfect that time of year.
Town of Quartzsite
Known for its Rock and Gem show in January/February this quaint little town will be quiet by April but there are still some year around vendors if you like pretty things. It's about a 35 minute drive from Blue Water. If you happen to be there around lunch or dinner time, Silly Al's pizza has some of the best pizza I have ever eaten. And across the road is a wonderful ice cream shop.
Blue Water Pool
This is not your average hotel pool. This is a kid and kid-at-heart paradise. Complete with slide and waterfall grotto. Anyone staying at the resort has access to this fun.
Also about 40 minutes away. Lake Havasu is the closest "city" to us. It is really more of a resort town though, with the infamous London Bridge. There are plenty of touristy shopping, good restaurants, and water sports. If you are into those things it can make for a fun day trip.