We still have a couple of months to go before the outdoor pools are open and we can swim in the sunshine. But fortunately we have a number of indoor pools options in the area that make for good spots for your kids to start practicing those swimming skills – or just splash around and try a different sort of indoor play!
Do make sure to doublecheck the operating hours for these pools by checking the websites or even better, calling the number provided. Some change their hours if the local school district is off on holiday or when the summer season approaches. Happy Swimming!
2121 W. Indian Trail in Aurora
Features: Located in the Vaughan Athletic Center, the Aquatic Center offers an indoor water park, an eight-lane 25-yard-by-25-yard competition lap pool and warm water therapy pool. The Water Park features a zero-depth entry with a two-story enclosed slide, body slide and interactive water play elements.
Hours: The water park is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The “Mom and Tot” hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for young children and their mothers; the cost is $3 per child and the slides aren’t turned on. Families are welcome in the warm therapy pool on Saturdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. (shared with other programs) and Sundays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Check the website for open diving and lap swim hours.
Admission Price: Daily admission provides guests with access to all three pools (water park, therapy pool and competition pool) during regular hours and a wristband for access to the lower-level locker rooms. Adult residents are $8, student residents are $6, senior residents are $6, and children under 2 are free. Non-residents pay $9 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.
For more information, visit the Vaughan Aquatic Center website.
100 Symphony Way in Elgin
Important Note: Adventure Island will be temporarily closing on June 3, 2017, in order for a construction program to update this complex.
Features: Adventure Island features a 20-foot-high water slide, one-meter and three-meter diving boards, eight 25-yard lap lanes, a warm water therapy pool and a leisure pool with tumbling toucans, floor geysers, a ship wrecked boat slide, spray arches, or spinning vortex.
Hours: The leisure pool is open in the fall/winter/spring from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Check the website for info on the lap pool and therapy pool. There are also extended hours when U46 schools are off school, including March 27-March 30, 2017, when Adventure Island will be open from noon to 6 pm. and on March 31, when it will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Admission Price: The youth/senior rate for residents is $6, and $7 for non-residents. The adult rate is $7 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
For more information, visit the Adventure Island website.
3455 Legacy Boulevard in St. Charles
1688 Quincy Avenue in Naperville
Features: The Goldfish is primarily a spot for swimming classes for young children, it offers several “Family Swim” sessions each week in its 90-degree pool. Goldfish puts into the pool a number of fun toys and flotation devices.
Hours: The Family Swim sessions in St. Charles are currently offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Naperville Family Swim session are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission Price: For family open swims, the price is $5 per person, to a maximum of $15 per family.
696 W. Stearns Road in Bartlett
Features: Splash Central features a 12-foot water slide, diving board, six lap lanes, a children’s slide and activity area.
Hours: It’s offering some special School Day Off open swims from March 27 through March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with 6:30 pm. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 31, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 1 and April 2. Its regular operating hours (through May 31) for the lap and leisure pools are Friday from 6:30 pm. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 pm. to 6 p.m. Check the website for the summertime operating hours for the indoor complex.
Admission Price: Youth (ages 3-7)and seniors are $5.50 for residents, $6.50 for non-residents; adults are $7 for residents, $8 for non-residents; children 2 and under are free.
For more information, visit the Splash Central website or Facebook page.