I am utterly exhausted this evening and with good reason. This afternoon I went to Terwilliger Community Recreation Centre with both of my boys and a friend and her boy. The Recreation Centre is very large with many different facilities, but the one that we chose to use today was the swimming pool and it’s many accompaniments. Here is a link for more information on the Terwilliger facility: http://edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/sport_recreation/terwillegar-community-recreation-centre.aspx
The entry fee for the facility was pricy. Little Boy is under 2 years old, so he was free. Big Boy (5 years old) cost $6.50 and I paid a hefty $10.50 for my admission. We also paid $0.50 for each locker – note this must consist of 2 quarters. Even though I initially was surprised by the expense of the admission, it was worth every penny. Here is a link to the pricing for the facility; the appropriate column to look at is the one titled “All Facility”: http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/sport_recreation/admission-and-memberships.aspx#Membership_Access
The pool change facility was much like any other – not super clean but it had everything we needed. We wrestled the boys into their swim gear, took our pre-swim showers and headed out into the pool area. We fitted each boy with a life jacket and we headed out into the wave pool area.
I was pleasantly surprised by the temperature of the wave pool. It was not cold but slightly warmed – lovely for indoor swimming. The wave pool has splash park elements, lanes for swimming and a lazy river for floating. We found a boat for Little Boy to ride in and took the kids right into the lazy river. The river is a winding track with a current that varies from slight to strong. During the wave cycle, there are small rapids in one part of the river area. In the middle of the river is a circle with benches on all sides and jets that create a whirlpool effect.
Big Boy loved the lazy river, but Little Boy was a bit put off by the crowds plugging up the river area. After the lazy river the kids played with pool toys in the splash park area of the wave pool. My friend took Big Boy and her boy on the waterslide and Big Boy loved it. He was so excited that he was fist pumping into the air when he got off the slide. The slide is an open slide that starts at the ceiling of the facility and loops it’s way down. The end of the slide is a flume so there are no concerns for weak swimmers. I took Big Boy on the slide 2 more times before we left and I was once again pleasantly surprised that the water was slightly warmed on the slide – I remember being greeted by freezing cold water on too many water slides!
We also took the kids into the toddler pool, which has very warm water and loads of toys. The pool is shallow, ranging from about 0.60 m to 0.75 m and one side of the pool has benches to sit on. Little Boy was in his glory in this pool, he could walk around and he was swinging on the safety rails along the ramp into the pool. Little Boy quickly discovered that he could lie back in his life jacket and float on his back. He, for some reason that I could not figure out, thought this was hilarious and would laugh every time he did it.
We moved the kids back and forth between the 2 pools and the lazy river and took Big Boy up the slide. After about 2.5 hours we started giving warnings and we finally left the facility after we had been there for nearly 3 hours. I could not manage to properly shower the kids so it was a quick rinse off and then a bath at home. The pool is a salt-water pool so it was fairly gentle for Big Boy’s sensitive skin.
We had a great trip to the pool and I plan to return as soon as I can. I will probably take another adult because it is difficult to keep track of both of my boys when they want to head off in different directions. There is a rule at the pool that kids under a certain age (both of mine were under so I’m not sure what the age is) have to be within arms length of their parent/guardian. The lifeguards carefully monitored this and it was exhausting keeping both kids close and heading in the same direction!