Do you feel like you haven’t gotten in enough swimming this summer? Do you want to check out a new pool? Contributor Rebecca Greco tells us about a place that has extended its season until mid-September!
Name and Background:
Turtle Splash Water Park is part of the West Chicago Park District. It’s located at 129 W. National Street in Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago.
Turtle Splash has extended the season through September 13, 2015 as long as the temperature is above 72 degrees. For weather updates, you can call the Turtle Splash hotline at 630-225-7876, ext. 9.
Daily Hours Through Aug. 16, 2015: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hours for Aug. 22-23; Aug. 29-30; Sept. 5-6-7; and Sept. 12-13*: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Only open Sept. 12-13 if temperature is 72 degrees or higher)
Ages 18-54 are $8, 3-17 and 55+ are $6, and 2 and under are free. After 6 p.m. admission is 1/2 price. Turtle Splash does not offer a special resident rate. It has an “end of season” has a end of season weekend pass available for $20, which is good for all the weekends starting Aug. 15, 2015.
There are showers and changing rooms available for both men and women, but there is not a family restroom. Children 6 and over are required to use the gender appropriate locker room. There are free lockers, but you have to leave a $5 deposit or your drive’s license at the admissions counter to get the key.
Outside food is not allowed but you can bring your own drinks. There is a concession stand that offers food and it is pretty reasonably priced and they do take credit cards.
I have spent a lot of the summer avoiding pools and waterparks, the idea of taking two small children was just too overwhelming. We did visit the Harold Hall Quarry in Batavia this summer, but my husband was along to help, I know there’s no way I could have taken the two of them into the water there myself.
A friend of mine insisted that Turtle Splash could totally be done with one adult and two children and she was was completely right. There is a whole section of the pool where the deepest it gets is 3 feet, and it isn’t hard to stay there! There is a play structure here with small slides and a giant bucket that dumps down.
We arrived at opening and staked claim on some chairs right in the front. When my daughters played in the most shallow area, I was even able to sit back for a little bit and watch them play near the zero depth entry area. There are bigger slides — including a body slide and raft slide — but we steered clear of those areas.
Besides the pool, there is a giant sand area and a playground that features swings and a “spider web” rope structure. We planned on going for a couple hours and before we knew it, it was more than five hours later! My daughters had a blast and it was really a great place to take younger kids who can’t swim on their own yet. The zero depth entry area is perfect for bringing a few toys and sitting in the water.
I definitely recommend making a trip to Turtle Splash Water Park before the end of the season!
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