If you were to mark the calendar with all of the summer activities taking place at Swanson Pool and Otter Cove in St. Charles, there would be very few empty days.
Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, all ages can enjoy a vigorous stroll in Otter Cove’s Turtle Creek Lazy River. Every Monday and Friday evening, bring an inflatable raft for Float Nights at Swanson Pool. Show off your artistic talents at Swanson Pool every Friday in June and at Otter Cove every Wednesday in July.
Then, there’s the Princess & Frog Night for kids as young as 3 years old, Sand Volleyball with a Lifeguard, and the Splashes, Dashes & Spokes Youth Triathlon for ages 5-15.
Traditional favorites like Mermaid & Pirate Night, Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Race, Have a Splash with Moana or Sundae Sundays are joined with wet and wacky new events including a Family Trivia Night, National Watermelon Day, Back to School Bash and Playin’ & Poolin’ Around.
All ages are welcome to help break the Guinness World Record for water safety awareness at the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, a nationwide event geared toward building awareness about swimming lessons and safety skills.
At June’s Party Picnic, the competition heats up with hula hoop races and grass games. The whole family can demonstrate their water skills during the Biggest Splash Contest, and anyone can experience the job of a lifeguard during Lifeguard for a Day activities.
Watch out for more special parties: DJ Nights on Tuesdays in July, Ollie’s Birthday Bash on July 8 and Christmas in July on July 25.
“We’ve really tried to come up with something for everyone,” says Alex Weidner, Otter Cove Aquatics Supervisor. “Summer is all about having a good time, whether that’s relaxing by the pool with a good book or working up a sweat with a game of hoops in Otter’s sport spot.”
For more information about the park district’s summer aquatic fun, visit swansonpool.org or ottercove.org.
Otter Cove is located at 3615 Campton Hills Dr. and Swanson Pool is located at 8 North Ave. Both are in St. Charles.