The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark Review

Our family needed this #hosted trip. After the year we’ve had with Nick’s medical issues (cranial helmet, heart murmur, surgery, croupe, the ‘rona, and RSV), him being a consistently inconsistent sleeper, and juggling working both inside and outside the home with a preschooler with lots of extracurricular activities and a husband in law enforcement with an insane schedule, I’ll repeat myself…

We needed this trip to The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark. The Kartrite is located in the Catskills, which is less than a two-hour drive from our home. (Monticello, New York to be exact). Check-in was a breeze, and the beautiful lobby showcased a very tall Christmas tree and the infamous blue “K” that we made a point to snap some family pictures in front of. Everyone working at the Kartrite seemed genuinely happy; everyone smiled and asked, “Can I help you with anything?” Hospitality at its finest.

We headed to our two-bedroom suite which was huge – one bedroom had a King sized bed and the master bathroom had a stall shower. Em and Nick had their own room with 2 Queen beds (Nick was in the pack-and-play). They shared a bathroom with a tub towards the entrance of the room. The living room was comfortable, and it had a table for 6 people which was great when we had dinner in the room on our last night. The balcony had a great scenic view, too. A mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker provided good creature comforts. One thing about the Kartrite, it is immaculately clean. Jason is the most annoying person in the world when it comes to accommodations, and for him to mention how clean the Kartrite was means a lot. (Trust me, we have left places because it was not up to his standard of living.)

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There are so many food options at the Kartrite. We especially loved Harvey’s Wallbanger, where we had Buffalo Wings, The Cowboy Burger, the Kartrite Club (by far the biggest turkey club Jason has ever eaten in his life), and the Catskill Hot Chicken. Em loved the spaghetti and meatballs, too. We enjoyed our morning coffee and breakfast sandwiches at The Highline. We got a delicious pizza at Surfside Grille inside the waterpark.

Let’s talk about the waterpark. Did you know the Kartrite has the largest indoor waterpark in NY state? This was our family’s first time at an indoor waterpark and it did not disappoint. Lifeguards were everywhere, and floatation vests are available for anyone to use. Em and Nick both loved the “Puddle Ducks” section where little Nicholas splashed away in six inches of water with plenty of water tables. Emilia loved all of the slides. I actually stood there for 2 hours watching her go down the slides over and over and over again. (She slept until 8:30 am the next day, which is why I let her go full boar…virtual high five!) We were very fortunate that the Kartrite gave us our own cabana, loaded with drinks, snacks, oversized towels, a fan, lounge chairs, a table, comfy seating, and a flat-screen television. This was great just to chill, eat our lunch in peace, and take a break. With two little ones, a cabana is an absolute must-have. This was hands down the best part of our trip. The waterpark literally has something for everyone — attractions for littles like Em and Nick, thrill rides, a hot tub pool that goes indoors and outdoors, a lazy river, a bar for adults to indulge in a fruity cocktail or beer, and so much more. There is no greater joy than seeing my babies happy. Em had a smile from ear to ear and Nick’s laughs made me laugh. Good job, Kartrite.

After we showered and had dinner, we had fun at the Playopolis arcade. Bowling at Van Winkle’s Alley was our favorite; followed by skeeball, ring toss, claw games, and carousel rides. The Kartrite has a wall climbing area, a ropes course, virtual reality, an escape cube, etc. After you earn your tickets, you go to The Vault to trade in your tickets for prizes. Em absolutely loved shopping for prizes. She left with an entire brown bag full of toys and candy that she energetically showed family members upon our return home. “I won these at the arcave.” No, it’s not a typo, it’s just how she pronounces arcade which makes J and I chuckle.

While we did as much as we could (let’s be real, we are on the kid’s schedule, not our schedule), we weren’t able to attend any of the listed daily activities. Each day Kartite has several activities for your kids and/or the family to participate in. What I love is that you can choose to do it all, do some, or just do you. The Kartrite also has a really nice gym. No, I didn’t work out, but I was able to see the machines and they looked like they would have given me a good workout. (Insert laughs here.) I would love to visit the Kartrite in the warmer months so we could enjoy the hiking trails that are conveniently located on the property. (We couldn’t do it during our stay since it is hunting season.) There is just so much to do around the Kartrite no matter what season or time of day!

The icing on the cake was when Em said, “Mommy?! Daddy?! I just want to stay here forever.”

Me too, Em. Me too.

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They might even be early, too. (I know, I know, for those of you who know me, this will be a shock.)

I also found the perfect card for Nicholas’ lumberjack-themed 1st birthday party.

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It was really fun to design our family Christmas card and Nick’s birthday card. I really like how I can truly customize everything; and loved how I can import addresses of my family and friends to save myself the trouble of printing labels and/or writing addresses by hand. Basic Invite is simple to navigate, and gives so many options.

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Em has been taking Allschool classes for the past month. We absolutely love online learning and getting ready for kindergarten! What is Allschool, you ask?

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Em joined Ms. Hannah for ๐•ฟ๐–๐–Š ๐•ฒ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ๐–Š๐–—๐–‡๐–—๐–Š๐–†๐–‰ ๐•ธ๐–†๐–“ class where Ms. Hannah read the book and asked relevant questions. Em earned stars for correct answers, and the class was super engaging. Ms. Hannah also played a roll the dice game where Em had to draw body parts on the gingerbread man to match the corresponding die and then colored her own ๐•ฒ๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ๐–Š๐–—๐–‡๐–—๐–Š๐–†๐–‰ ๐•ธ๐–†๐–“!

Ms. Rae taught Em two classes: Prepositions of Place with Piccolo (next to & between, in & on), Ms. Colleen read Em The Pout-Pout Fish for a Kindergarten readiness class, and Ms. Brenda instructed: A Bear Made a Cake in my Kitchen, which asked several critical thinking questions about what does and does not belong in a chocolate cake.

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Em is certainly getting ready for Kindergarten! Allschool is an excellent addition to the academic curriculum as it provides children with one-on-one attention that a traditional classroom does not offer. Moreover, Allschool allows children to explore their favorite interests or discover a new hobby, and they tend to learn better that way. I love how all classes on Allschool are led by certified teachers, making it fun and interactive with the innovative star reward system. The next class we plan on taking is about space! Visit Allschool and sign up to take a free class (up to $20 value)!

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YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike

One day, I’ll have a room dedicated to having a home gym.

One day, I’ll be able to go to the gym without 10,000 phone calls wondering when I’ll be home.

In the meantime, I will enjoy riding my YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike (version L007A) from the comforts of my home.

The YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike is a perfect upright stationary bike with a cushioned seat holding riders up to 330 lbs.

YOSUDA L007A Bike

The LCD display shows all your important stats: distance, speed, calories, time and RPM.

The adjustable seat moves up and down and in and out. The handlebars also adjust up/down to give you a comfortable ride. The cage type non-slip pedals also keep my feet secure and the transportation wheels make moving the bike a breeze.

The belt is super silent, so I can ride while Emilia naps without a problem. At 20 weeks pregnant, exercising is a top priority to hopefully have a shorter labor and delivery. (Cross your fingers and toes for me, friends).

A water bottle holder is on the right lower side of the bike; make sure you stay hydrated!

The adjustable resistance creates an uphill feel; I love riding at a high resistance to really give my legs a great workout.

As a working mom, the YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike gives me a great cardiovascular workout. After I have my son, I hope to get my Group Fitness Certificate in Indoor Cycling. I hope to teach both in-person and virtually, so the YOSUDA Indoor Cycling Bike will get rack up many glorious, sweaty miles.

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YOSUDA bike received complimentary for review purposes. All opinions within are my own.