Swim Parks & Summer Memories
When I was growing up, it was the beach. We were always there every weekend and even on the weekdays during the hottest weeks. But here in Sioux Falls, we don’t have Lake Michigan…we have water parks.
Sometimes I still miss the beach. I miss picking out our spot, laying out a picnic on the hot sand and setting up our umbrella and playing “tent” will mija. But, swim parks like the ones here in Sioux Falls also have something great to offer. I’m definitely thankful for them, since there’s no real “beach” here. It gives our family a place to swim. It also comes without the mess of sand in your shorts…and a chance to meet up with lots of other families like ours. ;)
We live in a great area too because we can walk to the zoo and to our favorite water parks from our house. Britax recently provided us with one of their latest model strollers, the new 2012 B-READY® stroller, for our family walks and trips to the swim parks. It also doubles as a great spot for mija’s breaks in the shade, away from the summer heat.
Swimming in Sioux Falls
Another great thing about the local swim parks is that they also sell season passes at a great rate, they’re open nearly all day, every day during summer and they offer reduced-income passes and free passes to families on state assistance. Love this! That way, nobody misses out on the fun!
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Mija loves being a little acrobat in the water and in the images below, you can see her practicing her waterbending and performing the crane…lol. In the image above, you can also see her harassing her favorite lifeguard who she asks about a million different questions whenever we go to the local pool. They rotate the lifeguards often, so mija is always looking out for her, ready to swim over and strike up a conversation. I personally think part of her obsession with lifeguards comes from her love of the character Lani in Surf’s Up.
Summer time at the pools also means meeting up with friends. Mija and her friend Lala had a great time swimming together while hubby and I visited with Lala’s grandma. It was awesome to find another bicultural Latino family out here…especially one with a little girl mija’s age. It has been so much fun watching them play together, not to mention the other little ones she has befriended at the community pools. :)
Regardless of where you go, or even if it’s your own backyard, water play is definitely a big part of summer fun and family time…and it’s great for bonding with new friends too!
I would love to hear your stories. Where do you swim? Do you BBQ, picnic or do any other special activities along side swim time?
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