Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aquatic Centers for kids, dogs, yoga, and swimmers

Most summer camps ended this week, and that means parents will be looking for fun things to do in the last couple of weeks left before school starts.  We were at Schulz Aquatic Center at Lincoln Park earlier this month and it was busy, but not overcrowded.  If you don't get there early, chairs and umbrellas are difficult to find though.  There seem to be fewer inflatable tubes than in previous years, so you may wait a few more minutes to go down the lazy river or slide.  If you haven't been there before, it has a zero depth pool with splash areas, diving boards, water slides and a lazy river.  You can't bring in your own food or beverages but there is a snack bar with everything you'd probably want. My son loves the french fries.  Admission is $7.25 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 12.
Waterslides can accommodate double or single tubes

Milwaukee County maintains four family friendly water parks.  Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park has a variety of programs run through their own city parks department, including a yoga class run by Edie Starrett.  I was there early last week while lap swimming and yoga were happening before the pool opened for general swimming.  They also have a beer garden which serves food and a variety of beverages- not just beer.
Yoga is through the Tosa Community Rec program

Pelican Cove is the name for the pool at Kosciuszko Park.  Though it has some fun water features, this pool is priced at a lower rate- the same as other county pools- $3 for adults and $2 for children.  You can find more information about schedules and prices at the outdoor pools link.

Cool Waters is the pool at Greenfield Park which hosts a popular event for water loving dogs- Doggie Dip.  This year it's scheduled for Monday, Sep 7, but you can pre purchase tickets on the Sunday before.  Lines can be long if you wait until the day of the dip. I've included a few photos taken from the Milwaukee County Parks website so you can see how happy these dogs are to be swimming.  Of course, until that date, the pool is open for human guests and is lots of fun for hot days.  There are balancing features, slides, and laps for swimming.

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