After reading TripAdvisor reviews, I knew this was a place our family had to check out. A super easy subway trip, landed us at the edge of Olympic Park where we were greeted my Mickey and Minnie (for reasons unknown) and a gorgeous hutong that had been relocated here for us all to enjoy. Up the stairs and we found ourselves on a giant plaza (plazas are down to a science in this country).
The Bird's Nest stadium is everything we hoped and a great photo op. We bought tickets to get in and, after entrance, found the guys renting Segways (150 RMB each) who took us down to the field. OMG! It is really cool down there. A giant screen plays the Beijing Opening Ceremonies which add to the excitement. It was our first time on Segways so that was fun and exciting too. They were working on part of the field getting it ready for a big soccer tournament, so we weren't able to go all the way around the track which I think might be the norm. Instead they had a route for us set out at one end which was just fine. We all had fun. My kids (ages 10 and 13) did a great job.
We then headed over to the Water Cube where the kids got tickets to the water park. I watched them through the glass from the upstairs dining area. They had a great time. The water slides look super steep and the kids said they were some of the few who would go down the red one. They said other guests would laugh at them like they were crazy so they made the most of it by screaming a lot and yelling "Boo yao" as they descended. Little do those people know but my kids are waterpark and rollercoaster enthusiasts and no little Beijing waterslide is gonna get them down. The kids loved the big wave pool which came on the intermittently in the giant family swimming area and the crazy entertainment and activities they had going on. They said it may not have been the best waterpark ever (in a technical sense), but it was a great time.
Ice cream sundaes (8 RMB each) rounded out the day, then back on the subway to Chaoyang.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.