Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Cool Off When it Gets Hot

You don't need to drive to Wisconsin Dells to cool off this summer. I know that the Dells are a blast, but there are plenty of places you can go that are oodles of wet fun and only a short drive from home.

Many Twin cities Community centers offer excellent pools that are open year round! Maple Grove opens an additional outdoor section during the summer and offer discounts on Wednesday evenings.

Mora is North of the Twin cities, but is inexpensive with diving boards, water slides, and a toddler area.

Anoka Aquatic Center is a ton of fun. We gave a shout out on Facebook and were able to meet up with friends for an impromptu gathering. The rock wall, slides, and diving boards are great for older kids, while the splash pad is geared towards toddlers.

Shoreview Community Center is indoors, but they periodically offer a "swim in" movie that is a fun change of pace. The coolest thing is the water slide. You get to choose a theme before heading down with the music and light show of your choosing! For mom and dad there is an adult only hot tub to relax in. For toddlers there is a shallow splash area.

There are ton's of Community Centers in the Metro area that we haven't checked out yet. Monticello, Crystal, Edina, Como Park, and Bunker Beach in Coon Rapids are all on our list to get to.

Do not read the list of water parks my kids haven't been to yet and feel bad for them. There are many others they've visited that didn't make this list. We've even taken time during a road trip to stop for a few hours at this random, awesome, public outdoor swimming pool in Brookings, SD.

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