Best Summer Splashes

One of my fondest childhood summer memories was spending Friday afternoons at my Grammie and Pop’s pool. My younger brother and I would spend hours sitting on the pool steps giggling as we splashed each other with water or held competitions to see who could blow the best bubbles (“car washes,” as well called it) with our faces in the water. Back then, and even now, the pool functions as one of those “must-go-to” summer spots. The atmosphere of water, grass, families, and laughter couldn’t be better place for family gatherings. I’ve put together a list of pools where I think you as a family will enjoy spending a day, afternoon, or even just a couple hours.

Banning Pool

1450 N. Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA 90744

Contact: 310-548-7420, [email protected]

Hours: 11am-6pm on weekdays, 1:00pm-5pm on weekends

Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

11798 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Contact: 818-899-3779

Hours: Daily 11am-6pm

Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

Santa Monica Swim Center

2225 16th St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

Contact: 310-458-8700

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30am-8:30pm, Fri. 5:30am-7pm, Sat. 6am-7pm, Sun. 8am-7pm, Weekends 1am-7pm

Cost: Resident Child-$1.00, Adult-$2.50, Non-Resident Child-$2.00, Adult-$5

Other: Outdoor, 2 pools, Pool Temperature 80F

Hubert H. Humphrey Pool

12560 Filmore St. Pacoima, CA 9133

Contact: 818-896-0067

Hours: 11am-6pm on weekdays and 1pm-5pm on weekends

Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

Other: Waterslide at pool

Griffith Park Pool

3401 Riverside Dr. Los Angeles, Ca 90027

Contact: 323-644-6878

Hours: 11am-6pm on weekdays and 1pm-5pm on Weekends

Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

Other: Outdoor pool as well as other activities available within Griffith Park.

Rosebowl Aquatics

360 N Arroyo Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 91103
Contact: (626) 564-0330
Hours for Recreational and Family Swim: Tues-Fri 12-2pm, Mon.-Fri evenings 7:30pm-8:30pm, Weekends 2pm-4:30pm

Cost for Non-Member Day Use: Adult (18 & over) 2$, Children (17 & under) $1.00

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025

Contact: (310) 473-3610

Hours: Mon-Thurs. 9am-10pm, Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. Closed

Cost: Adults-$1.25, Seniors and Kids FREE

Info: Indoor, 1 pool, temperature 81F year-round

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