Dive Into Fun
This month is your last chance to beat the heat with a splash in the pool. Whether it’s a great slide or the chance to ride some waves, 417-land pools have you and your whole family covered.
► Great Pool for Babies
Even the littlest ones in your life can have fun at McGee/McGregor Wading Pool. The pool is only open to kids 6 and younger, and it is a great place to visit for youngsters who haven’t yet spent much time in the water. Even better—it’s free. McGee/McGregor Wading Pool; 1200 E. Bennett St., Springfield; free; Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m.; Sunday 1–4 p.m.; 417-864-2099; parkboard.org/aquatics.
►Great Pool For Teaching Your Kids to Swim
As one of Springfield’s least crowded and most relaxed pools, Meador Pool is a great place when teaching your child to swim. The relaxed feel of the pool is definitely a plus, and the two diving boards are great teaching tools. Have younger children in your family? There’s a wading pool there as well. Meador Pool; 2500 S. Fremont, Springfield; ages 3–17, $2.25; ages 18–59, $2.75; ages 60 and older, $2.25; Tuesday–Sunday, 1–6:30 p.m.; 417-864-2099; parkboard.org/aquatics.
►Great Water Slide
Slides are common in most pools nowadays, but there are far fewer of those slides that are shaped like trains. Willard’s aquatic center, however, is home to one. In addition to the colorful slide, visitors can enjoy the many other features that the nearly 9,500 square feet of water have to offer, such as two flume slides, lap lanes, a diving area, spray features and a basketball goal. Willard Aquatic Center; 220 W. Jackson St., Willard; Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6 p.m.; Sunday, 1–6 p.m.; ages 3–12, $3.50; adults, $4.50; adults over 55, $3.50; 417-742-7665; willardparks.com.
►Great Pool for Adventurous Swimmers
At Westport Pool, you can climb on more than just the stairs. The newly renovated pool contains an in-water rock-climbing wall for kids to enjoy, as well as several floating and spray features, an area for kids to splash in, zero depth entry, a drop slide and a spring board. Westport Pool; 3100 W. Mt. Vernon St., Springfield; ages 3–17, $2.25; ages 18–59, $2.75; ages 60 and older, $2.25; Wednesday–Monday, 1–6:30 p.m.; 417-864-2099, parkboard.org/aquatics.
►Great Pool for Riding the Waves
Yes, you can surf it up right here in southwest Missouri. The Huna Flowrider Surfing Simulator at the Republic Aquatic Center is the perfect opportunity to sample a bit of wave crashing, surfing fun. Think you’ve got what it takes? Do your best to stay upright on your own surfboard as the waves crash up against you. Republic Aquatic Center; 711 E. Miller Rd., Republic; $4 per resident, $5 per non-resident; $2 add-on for the Huna; Monday–Saturday, noon–7 p.m.; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.; 417-732-3500; republicmo.com.
►Great Pool for a Rainy Day
You don’t have to grab the sunscreen this time. Bring the family out to Ozark’s Community Center any day, rain or shine. The indoor pool features a 124-foot water slide; a 25-yard, 4-lap lane; play structures; zero-depth entry and a toddler slide. Memberships available. Ozark Community Center; 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark; Monday–Friday, 5 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; 417-581-7002; ozarkmissouri.com.