These are a few (not so good) pictures from my phone of the water park we visited on Saturday. This is actually one of the Spokane County Parks and Rec pools, but it was AMAZING! It is a little pricier than some of the other rec pools ($2 for kids under 6 and under 2 are free). Kids over 6 and adults are $4 each. Not too bad. We made it in for $10 (until Piper turns 2 at the end of August).
Some friends saw a picture of this "aquatic center" on a local kids' activities booklet and we decided to check it out. We cannot believe this has been here for THREE years and we just heard of it. It is about a half an hour from our house on the South Hill. We decided we will be going back every weekend for the rest of the summer. It was THAT GOOD!
I know it's hard to make out from my quick pictures (kids were running around). There is a zero entry area right in front which was great for getting acoustumed to the water and later in the day we just lounged there while the kiddos climbed all over us and the play structures. In the far back, you can see a HUGE green water slide. David went on this MANY times with Morgan who just loved it! They rode on an inner tube and she exclaimed things like "we're on the green slide!" and "This...is...so...fun!" on the ride down. There is also a "lazy river" with "rapids" and water shooting over you. The big "bucket" contraption you see in the front of the picture is CRAZY! It dumps SO much water on you! The first time Piper and I ventured onto it, we got totally blasted with water! So much so that it completely busted her ponytail holder. I'm glad she was still able to stay upright. Piper kept pushing me away from her because she realized she could walk in the water by herself all the way up to her chin. She's now perfected her bubble blowing. Her swim teacher would be proud!
There is also a concession area. They don't technically allow outside food in there, but we observed many people with there own snacks and lunches. We had brought some food for the girls and it worked out great. I don't think they police the food too much. We had such a fantastic time! Next Saturday we're planning on staying all day. Piper threw an absolute FIT when we told her we were leaving to go home for naps. She kept trying to run off into the water again. I'm sure she'll still throw a fit next week, but jut maybe she'll be too tired to care. This was the place to be on a hot sunny day in Spokane!
I'll try to get some better pictures next time, including the girls!