Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park http://saharasams.com Enjoy a fantastic birtthday party, day trip with the kids, or attend a special event! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:09:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Sahara Sam’s holds Special Needs Event July 25 http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-holds-special-needs-event-july-25/ http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-holds-special-needs-event-july-25/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:15:14 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=11141   West Berlin, N.J. – Sahara Sam’s Oasis, an indoor and outdoor water park in southern New Jersey, will host an exclusive special needs event, July 25. The event, Special Evenings at Sam’s, or SEAS, will run from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and provides a judgment-free environment for special needs guests and their friends and family. The July 25 SEAS event is the third of four events hosted in 2014 but the first to include Josh the Otter, a national water safety education initiative. According to their website, Josh the Otter’s mission is to, “educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through the utilization of drowning prevention campaigns & early childhood water safety training.” “I really wanted to do something unique and fun for this month’s SEAS event,” said Annie Peters, Executive Director of the SAMBULANCE program. “Utilizing a figure like Josh the Otter helps children to have a personalized experience while learning important safety lessons.” Creating a comfortable environment for special needs guests is a main focus of the SEAS events at Sahara Sam’s and, Josh the Otter’s initiative is just one element of the experience. Other changes are made to the water park for these exclusive events, including: modified music and lighting, limited ticket availability and, the option for guests with dietary restrictions to bring in their own food. SEAS events have been a staple of Sahara Sam’s community program efforts since 2010. To date, the indoor and outdoor water park has hosted 22 SEAS events. “Educating the special needs community on water safety is a critical part of the work done at Sahara Sam’s,” said Peters. “And, ensuring our community is knowledgeable about water safety is the foundation for all of the efforts of our non-profit organization, the SAMBULANCE.” SEAS events are typically hosted quarterly on Friday evenings. To learn more about Special Evenings at Sam’s including the operational modifications made to accommodate special needs guests visit www.saharasams.com/specialneeds/ Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park of West Berlin, New Jersey was founded in March of 2009. The facility offers families of the greater Tri-State community affordable, high value entertainment the entire year with 58 of its 68-thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. Park features include arcade systems, surfing simulators, a wave pool, leisure swim areas, numerous water attractions, slides, and more. More information is available on the Sahara Sam’s Press Page. For logo kit, interviews, and multimedia downloads please visit: www.SaharaSams.com/press/  

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What Makes a Great Birthday Party? http://saharasams.com/makes-great-birthday-party/ http://saharasams.com/makes-great-birthday-party/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:00:18 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10926 What makes a great birthday party? We asked, you told us! When it comes to planning a birthday party for someone you love, what’s important to you? Birthday celebrations have been a family tradition throughout the world for thousands of years. As a family-owned business, Sahara Sam’s has made birthday parties a tradition at our indoor and outdoor water park. Meeting the needs and wants of our party goers is an important part of what we do and we continuously evolve our birthday party packages for visiting families celebrating their child’s special day. To make sure our party packages line up with what’s important to our guests, we reached out to the experts …The moms. Moms (and dads!) wipe our tears, clean up after us, sit with us while we watch our favorite movie for the 100th time, make us smile, drive us wherever we need to go, stand up for us and dedicate their lives to making sure we feel happy and loved. Our parents are the experts when it comes to us. All of us former kids here at Sahara Sam’s never lose sight of the importance of our parents. So, we asked mom bloggers to weigh in on what makes a great birthday party. These women have not only planned birthdays for their own kids but, often share their trusted opinions with others. We wanted to know what they care about when they look for a birthday party venue for their children. Moreover, we wanted to know what makes a birthday special. We asked each of them two key questions to see how we line up with their birthday party wants: When looking at a venue for your child’s birthday, what is most important? “Price is definitely a big factor for my family and I would think for most people. If you can’t afford it, it really doesn’t matter how cool it is. After that theme. I’ve let my daughter decide what kind of party to have (usually something art-related). And then it comes down to convenience: where is the venue located? How many people can it accommodate?” – Raven Snook, editor of Mommy Poppins NYC “I really like to see things like pizza (or snacks) and cake (or you can bring your own cake in) included.” – Reesa Lewandowski, Momma Lew’s Blog “Two things stand out to me.  First is the price.  Let’s face it as a Mom I want the party to be something special but I also want to know I’m getting a deal.  While I’m on the subject I love having a party specialist at the venue to help with keeping things running smoothly!  This person is essential to making sure we fit everything in on time. The second thing is providing an experience that my child and their friends will remember.  This might be something special that only the birthday child gets to do or just the uniqueness of the party location.” – Lisa Rupertus, As They Grow Up “What’s included in […]

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Memorial Weekend Party Discount! http://saharasams.com/memorial-weekend-party-discount/ http://saharasams.com/memorial-weekend-party-discount/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 16:50:09 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10874 Promo Code: PINK5OFF – Spend Summer at one of the world’s coolest water parks Write that code down, it’s only for you! School’s almost out and our brand new outdoor Beach Club is opening this weekend for a three-day-long PARTY!! Splash, surf, and slide at Sahara Sam’s, where it is always 84 degrees and Sunny! 60 + thousand square feet of weather proof water park fun under a retractable roof system and a 2-acre outdoor Beach Club! Water slides, arcade systems, indoor surfing… so much fun! Spend Summer with us! Want to save? Use the promo code PINK5OFF on full day tickets THIS WEEKEND ONLY to take $5 off your ticket price! Don’t Miss This Weekend’s Party: Live MUSIC, entertainment and games and a hot dog eating contest on Monday!

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Summer at Sahara Sam’s! http://saharasams.com/summeratsams4kids/ http://saharasams.com/summeratsams4kids/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:52:27 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10798 Promo Code: 4KIDS5 – Spend Summer at one of the world’s coolest water parks Write that code down, it’s only for you! School’s almost out and our brand new outdoor Beach Club is open!  Splash, surf, and slide at Sahara Sam’s, where it is always 84 degrees and Sunny! 60 + thousand square feet of weather proof water park fun under a retractable roof system and a 2-acre outdoor Beach Club! Water slides, arcade systems, indoor surfing… so much fun! Spend Summer with us! Want to save? Use the promo code 4KIDS5 on full day tickets through September 1, 2014 to take $5 off your ticket price!  

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Sahara Sam’s Wins 2 Best of South Jersey awards http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-wins-2-best-south-jersey-awards/ http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-wins-2-best-south-jersey-awards/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 16:07:44 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10703 Courier Post names Sahara Sam’s Best of South Jersey in 2 Categories For the 2014 Best of South Jersey awards, Sahara Sam’s was named “Best Children’s Play Center,” and the “Best Place to Celebrate a Special Occasion.” Thank you to all of the fans who voted in the Courier Post’s Best of Competition for 2014! We’re honored to be the “go-to” place in entertainment in South Jersey. If you haven’t visited us yet, find out what makes us so special! Purchase tickets to visit the park or book your child’s birthday party at our Indoor and Outdoor Water Park!

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Sahara Sam’s CEO wins NJBiz Award http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-ceo-wins-njbiz-award/ http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-ceo-wins-njbiz-award/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 14:02:17 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10696 Sahara Sam’s CEO named one of NJBiz’s 40 under 40 Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA CEO/Owner, Ilya Girlya, was named one of NJBiz’s top 40 under 40 for 2013. The award celebrates 40 of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who “have been making headlines in their field and who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and to the community.” In addition to Girlya’s accomplishments as a CEO/Owner, he is also a Mt. Laurel firefighter and aided in firefighting efforts when a nearby West Berlin business caught fire, May 8. To read more about the firefighters on Sahara Sam’s executive board, visit our fire prevention page.  

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Exciting job opportunities now available! http://saharasams.com/hiringnow/ http://saharasams.com/hiringnow/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 18:41:52 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10674 Sahara Sam’s and Diggerland USA are hiring! To see the opportunities to work at North America’s first-ever construction-themed adventure park, Diggerland USA, visit: Diggerland USA opportunities Want to work in one of the world’s coolest water parks, Sahara Sam’s Oasis? Check out all of our openings!

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The “dirt” on Diggerland USA http://saharasams.com/dirt-on-diggerland/ http://saharasams.com/dirt-on-diggerland/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:30:09 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10429 A Diggerland USA Update West Berlin, NJ – Since the plans for Diggerland USA were officially announced, January 14, the park has been under construction and rapidly receiving equipment deliveries. On Thursday, April 9, Sahara Sam’s employees took a short field trip to the site to get the “dirt” on the park’s progress. Skid-Steers: A group of JCB Robot Skidsteer Loader 135′s were delivered to Sahara Sam’s bright and early Thursday morning. These “little guys” have some big power (47.9hp) and are featured in some Diggerland USA attractions. Ropes Course: The 4-story-high Ropes Course can be seen from the street and still has us in awe of its height. It’s colorful, tall and a little intimidating if you have a fear of heights.  If you’re local and you happen to drive down Cooper Road in West Berlin, you can catch a glimpse of our Ropes Course standing tall. The Diggerland Sign!: It’s up and we couldn’t be happier! The logo is yellow-and-black and screams Construction Theme Park! We can’t wait for our doors to open and for thousands of people to pass it each day! The construction park is under construction and things are progressing quite quickly! Check out our gallery of photos to see Diggerland USA’s progress!   Update from May 6, 2014: Diggerland USA officially announced the grand opening date! Update from April 28, 2014: A lot of equipment came in today! Our rock wall, Turnpike Tractors, Dumper Trucks and Spin Dizzy all arrived! We’re expecting more deliveries and will keep you updated. In the mean time, read more about our attractions on the Diggerland USA website! Update from April 23, 2014: Our camouflage trucks for Operation Battle Truck have arrived! You can see them out front of Sahara Sam’s on Route 73! About Diggerland USA: The new theme park site is centrally located behind the existing indoor and outdoor water park in West Berlin, NJ. The facility footprint covers 14 acres and will feature over 23 attractions, all slated for an early summer 2014 opening. The majority of the attractions are comprised of modified JCB heavy construction equipment pieces. Diggerland incorporates the hands-on operation of machinery for the entire family. Children and parents alike have the opportunity to drive skid-steer loaders, backhoes, tractors, mini dumpers, and small excavators. All the equipment has either been modified for use on a course or made stationary by design for operation in designated excavation areas. Other attractions include rock climbing, multiple train rides, a ropes course, an arcade, and a swamp buggy attraction. Smaller guests will enjoy the playground equipment in the Kid Zone, or may opt to take a ride up on the Sky Shuttle, a JCB 540 Telehandler capable of moving 15 guests at a time 5 stories into the sky. Diggerland USA anticipates a 9 month operation schedule based on seasonality and will run into December with weekend and holiday events. Admission costs are expected to come in-between the twenty to mid-thirty dollar mark for a full day ticket. Diggerland tickets will be capacity […]

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Splash, Surf, Slide… Conserve http://saharasams.com/water-parks-water-conservation-works/ http://saharasams.com/water-parks-water-conservation-works/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:24:50 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10063 World Water Day at an Indoor Water Park Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day, a day the United Nations designated to promote water and energy conservation. Did you know that camels are conservationists? In fact, contrary to popular belief, the humps on a camel are actually reservoirs of fatty issue, not where water is stored. Through conserving body fat in their hump (or humps), camels are able to survive in the desert for up to two weeks without food. It’s no coincidence Sahara Sam’s Oasis has a camel as their mascot (Sam), since the Indoor and Outdoor Water Park also utilizes conservation methods. Each day the park is open, Sahara Sam’s Oasis hosts between 700 and 3,000 guests and uses about 12,000 gallons of water at its 58,000-square-foot indoor park and two-and-a-half acre outdoor park facility. Accommodating nearly half-a-million guests a year while putting energy-efficient measures in place may seem like a tall order but behind the scenes at Sahara Sam’s, there are three key measures being used to help ensure family fun comes at an eco-friendly price. Reclaiming Water Sahara Sam’s reclaims 80% of its water. The park’s water is backwashed to holding tanks where it is filtered and sanitized before it is reintroduced back to the pools. Automated Operations Sahara Sam’s Building Management System automatically adjusts various park systems. The system enables building lights to be automated; turning them on and off depending on when they are needed. Using a Variable Frequency Drive, the park’s filters and pumps are automatically run as needed; ensuring energy is conserved and not wasted. Energy and Heat Sahara Sam’s uses three cogeneration systems that run off of natural gas. Sahara Sam’s recently added expansion building utilizes heat produced as a byproduct of the three systems. The same heat is used to heat the indoor and outdoor pools and provides 20% of the electricity for the building. If you want to help in the conservation efforts at Sahara Sam’s Oasis, all you have to do is indulge in a day of fun, heated pools and 84-degree temperatures during your next visit.

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Indoor Water Park Hosts Special Needs Event Attended By New Jersey Special Olympics Aquatics Team http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-hosts-special-needs-event-attended-new-jersey-special-olympics-aquatics-team/ http://saharasams.com/sahara-sams-hosts-special-needs-event-attended-new-jersey-special-olympics-aquatics-team/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:22:33 +0000 http://saharasams.com/?p=10010   Sahara Sam’s Oasis offers exclusive events to the Special Needs Community WEST BERLIN, NJ – In conjunction with the 501(c)3 nonprofit SAMBULANCE Safety Squad Inc., Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park sponsors and hosts exclusive Special Needs events throughout the year. These special nights for special needs, also known as “S.E.A.S.” (Special Evenings At Sam’s) events, provide judgment-free, exclusive evenings designed for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends. Over the past 4 years, the water park has hosted over 20 special needs events. The growing success of the program attracted the attention of Team New Jersey’s Aquatics Team, a group of 24 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and 7 coaches who will be representing the state at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. The team attended the latest event on Friday March 7th and Head Coach Lauren Kisiel commented: “The evening was incredible and our athletes had a great time! We wanted to do something fun in between training for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Sahara Sam’s was amazing!” Katie Field, Community Programs Manager, added “We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to offer the special needs community a fun resource like Sahara Sam’s Oasis. It’s very exciting to see more and more community organizations attend our outreach programs – especially the athletes who work so hard to train and compete in Special Olympics programming year round.” The SEAS events are hosted throughout the year on Friday evenings. To learn more about Special Evenings at Sam’s, including the operational modifications made to accommodate special needs guests, visit www.saharasams.com/specialneeds/ Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park of West Berlin, New Jersey was founded in March of 2009. The facility offers families of the greater Tri-State community affordable, high value entertainment the entire year with 58 of its 68-thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. Park features include arcade systems, surfing simulators, a wave pool, leisure swim areas, numerous water attractions, slides, and more. More information is available on the Sahara Sam’s Press Page. For logo kit, interviews, and multimedia downloads please visit: www.SaharaSams.com/press/

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