Tropical Island is a wonderful place just outside of Berlin (Germany) which isn’t more than a 3-hour drive for my family. What it offers is a tropical vacation just a hop away. Inside a huge dome you will find a “sea” as well as a lagoon. You will find slides and a children’s huge play area. And you will find a walk through the jungle which includes a butterfly house, too!
Extremely exciting for our family, it is also now the place where our little man Max lost his first tooth!!!!
We chose to camp for two nights which gave us three days of entrance to the park. Here is our fantastic camp site. Our teepee had 5 cots. Outside of it was a table with chairs for our eating and nearby a toilet and shower room, as well as a wash station for pots/pans, and a stovetop for cooking. It was chilly but fun. The kids definitely enjoyed their teepee adventure!
In case you’re curious, the teepee came with bedding as well as had one light and one electrical outlet. We brought a rotating fan since the days were warm—the nights, we definitely did not need it.
And, surprisingly, ants did not invade the teepee as I assumed they would. We did keep all our food in plastic tubs, so that most likely helped.
Tropical Island asks that outside food not be brought in, as they have many cafe eating areas and a small shop (and they state for purposes of sanitation). But here is the allergy part: If you/your child has allergy, you can bring in food.
This was a blessing to read on their site. But after the third day, I went to the kids play area and examined their menu. The tomato pasta only listed tomatoes and wheat as allergens. We told the café worker we don’t even want the tomato sauce, just the pasta with a little oil. I mentioned probably 10 times that my son has very bad allergies and so his order was extremely important. She said, “Yes, yes…” and went to prepare the food.
Now, please understand—we were in Germany, but Tropical Island is a very International place. We heard many languages and the menu itself —including the allergy information—was in 3 languages, so I did put a little trust in this order.
When the bare pasta came, however, it had a small bowl of Parmesan sitting atop the pasta, spilling over onto the noodles.
My eyes went wide and I immediately began removing all pasta in that area. I had no words. What could I say??? Not even milk was listed as an allergen on the menu for pasta and even repeating myself multiple times this server must have thought in her mind, “Bare pasta slightly drizzled with oil? How boring! I’ll just add a little cheese to that!”
Now, she did not say that—but why else when a mom repeats herself like 10 times exactly how she wants the order because her son is deathly allergic to certain foods would she then place a horribly dangerous food on top of his food?
It’s because, unless you are me/or a parent like I am, you just don’t get it and assume that we are overreacting.
Let me tell you. We weren’t. As much as I removed every pasta in the near proximity to the cheese bowl and put what I hoped were a couple clean pasta pieces on a clean plate with a few French fries for Max, it took all of two minutes for him to tell us his head was feeling itchy and fuzzy. Needless to say, he didn’t eat another bite and we did our allergy routine to bring him back to “normalcy”. Then, for the next two hours, the poor kid had to endure twenty five million, “How do you feel now,” questions.
Paranoia comes with parenting no matter what—but when death can come with the wrong bite—paranoia intensifies 25 billion fold…
Even in the most tropical of islands.
So, the moral of the story is, Don’t feed the bears!
I was wrong —yet again— to try and feed my kid food I did not prepare, and my little man suffered the consequences because of it.
Hover hover hover. Take a slight break. Boom! Crash. Bang!
In the end, would I recommend Tropical Island for your allergy family? A deafening “Yes!”
Would I recommend eating off their menu?
A three hundred quad zillion billion maximillian “No,” even if it “lists” its allergens. People just don’t get it. People just don’t truly know.
Let me be the mistake you don’t need to make.
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All in all, we enjoyed our “Tropical Island” getaway…
Crazy drivers and all!
Here’s a photo I took near the lagoon area—our kids were cray cray! We were out in the water until nearly midnight each night.
School starts tomorrow—here’s praying for a very uneventful allergy year to you and yours!