What: Tiny Tot Splash Time
Where: Sholem Aquatic Center
When: June 1 – August 16 Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 11:45 am; Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 – 10:45 am
Ages: 0-5 with a parent/guardian (must be 15 or older)
How much: $3 resident, $4.50 non-resident per person; free for pool pass holders; children ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Swipe card purchase available,.
We discovered Sholem Aquatic Center during our first summer here, when it felt like the sun might burn us right off the face of the planet. No joke — Champaign-Urbana summers are just hotter, folks, am I right?
Anyways, coming from a city that eshews the public pool, I was blown away by the quality and size of Sholem. A water slide! Lazy river! A built-in slide and sprinklers for the little ones! Zero-depth entry!
Fast forward four years (OMG, how did that happen? Four years!) and I planned to take my son for some special mommy time at the pool on a weekday morning. Actually, it was an evil plan to wear him out for a long nap, but he was none the wiser.
Sadly, when I looked up the hours, I saw that they fell squarely during naptime, opening at 12:30 p.m. Then Laura mentioned that Sholem has special hours at their kiddie pool, which is a segregated, smaller area just for tots. Lo and behold, I called, and she was right.
The kiddie pool at Sholem Aquatic Center is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.! Who knew? Not me. We hot-footed it over there, and no one else in town must know about this, either, because the parking lot (and the pool for that matter) were almost empty.
Wait a minute — maybe I shouldn’t have told you. Oh well, too late now. Cat’s out of the bag. I’ll see you there!