Toddler time at St. Louis pools (through the end of summer)

June 29, 2009

It was brought to my attention that I haven’t yet come up with my annual listing of toddler times at local pools. I hereby rectify that omission!

  • Little Splashers at Ballwin’s North Pointe Family Acquatic Center runs Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. until Aug. 11. Ages are 0-5, and admission is $5 per person. Note that many parents who want to stay longer to go back outside the gate around 11 a.m. and line up to pay for for re-admission. It’s not a bad idea to join them, especially on busy days when the wait can be substantial if you’re not in line early.
  • Parent Tot Time at Collinsville’s Splash City happens Fridays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. through Aug. 7. Parents and kids 7 and under receive half-price admission (non-resident fees would be $6.50 for kids, $8 for adults). The sprayers on the slides, including Monsoon Mountain, don’t open until 10 a.m. — this is typical of toddler time, but somehow M. has a hard time wrapping his mind around the fact that his beloved slides are not available to him every minute he’s there. Also note that if morning swimming’s not your thing, the pool has a Tuesday night family deal for half off from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Technically it’s not toddler time, but the Springdale Park and Pool in Fenton costs only $7 and it opens at 10 a.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. weekends — well before the older kids are up and about!  Note that they’re serious about the no-food-no-drink policy around the fabulous 1-acre pool; even babies have to go outside to drink from their bottles. But with the water to distract them, they may not even notice they’re late for a feeding.

Disappointingly, several public pools have ended their toddler and/or family swim times — or, like RiverChase in Fenton, they only offer them indoors during fall and winter. I’m not sure if it’s due to lack of attendance or the assumption that they’ll make more money from older kids. If you like the toddler time option, try to visit these remaining ones this summer and express your support financially!

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