12 Weeks of Summer: Week 1

wading_poolsMost school districts around the Twin Cities wrapped up the 2015-16 school year last week and the week before, and summer break is officially a go. While Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” might have been the song of choice for your kids on that last day, they are now quite possibly singing Iggy Pop’s “I’m Bored” at the top of their lungs.

To help alleviate some of the boredom that is inevitable with summer, we are introducing a new, seasonal column called, 12 Weeks of Summer. Each week on Monday, we will highlight an activity or event to help give you some inspiration and help you cure those summertime blues.

For week one, we recommend you hit the pool.

Minneapolis Parks, which have again been named number one in the country, are known for their 63 popular wading pools spread around the city.

The pools range in style as some are simply a circular or rectangular pool while others include spray features and waterfalls.

The pools opened on May 28 (of June 7, if adjacent to a school) and are open from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm every day. They will remain open until September 5, 2016.

While the wading pools are great for kids and adults alike, the younger kids really enjoy them. If you or your older kids are looking for something with more depth, we suggest you go to an outdoor water park.

The Jim Lupient Water Park, located at 1520 Johnson St., NE, features three water slides, including a tube slide, a log water walk, water volleyball, lap pool and  a spray pool for the younger set. There is an entry fee and summer passes are available.

The North Commons Water Park, located at 1701 Golden Valley Rd., is another option which features water slides and a shallow playground pool, ideal for younger children. This pool is managed and life guarded by the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

For more information about any of the wading pools or water parks within the Minneapolis Parks system, please click here. And enjoy Week 1 of summer!

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