Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC)
The kids had a ball and loved pulling ropes, turning wheels, setting off fountains and all the other amazing interactive water play activities at GESAC – and then there are the waterslides!
When: Indoor pool Monday to Thursday — 5.45am to 9.30pm, Friday — 5.45am to 8.45pm , Saturday and Sunday — 7am to 6.45pm , Public holidays — 8am to 5.45pm. click here for more details.
Where: 200 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East
What: 25m indoor pool, 50m outdoor pool, indoor water playground, two indoor water slides (which extend outside the building) one is a body slide and the other is for a two-person raft, wellness pool, spa, sauna, steam rooms, gym, stadium facility and childcare… and more.
Cost: Adult swim from $7.95, child $6.90 (non-peak) – memberships and concessions available, click here for more information.
Only an insane person would head off to an indoor water playground on a weekend, a week after opening!! But a very last minute plan/invitation from a friend came about and we had no idea what we were walking into.
But wow – GESAC is impressive. A completely new facility which, evident by the crowd in there today, I am sure every local has been watching being constructed and hanging out for it to hurry up and open already.
We arrived to a full car park – I should have read that as a cue to turn back for home… but we lucked a car spot and having seen those amazing water slides coming out the side of the building it would have taken more than not getting a rock-star parking spot to deter us.
The Pirate Cove water playground was heaps of fun… but I must admit with it being so crowded I was having a mild anxiety attack every 30 seconds as it seemed I would blink and one or both my kids (aged 3 +6) had disappeared.. and the insane noise level (water fountains, 1000 kids screaming, 300 parents yelling, water slide etc) meant that even at the top of my lungs from about 3m distance it was impossible to be heard.. so I did a kind of lunge/water jog work-out racing about in knee-deep water in a zig-zag fashion.. and just when I’d spotted them some (insert expletive) child would squirt me in the eye with a water cannon. So even though I didn’t actually fully immerse myself, my eyes were burning for the rest of the day.
Anyway – when the hype calms down this place will be AMAZING. And while I might not have had the best time ever personally on this occasion, the kids had a ball and loved pulling ropes, turning wheels, setting off fountains and all the other amazing interactive water play activities…
And it was warm – I am a cold fish and so being wet but only knee-deep in warm water would have been torture for me… but the air temp was really warm, warm enough that I lasted the whole visit (1.5hrs in the pool) without feeling cold or chilly. And once I was dressed again I was boiling!
Much to my disappointment, we didn’t have a go on the water slides (this time) Charlie (almost 4) was 2cm too short (minimum is 115cm) and, well Immi was just a bit too chicken to go without me, which I guess is fair enough as you did have to climb three flights of stairs to get to the top… I figure this is a perfect excuse for us to get out of any theme-park holidays for the moment.
Editors note: update, 2019 – GESAC is still one of the kids favourite school holiday treats. Pack lunch and friends = day made.
Pirates Cove Leisure Pool
Monday to Friday — 9am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday — 8.30am to 6.30pm
Public holidays — 8.30am to 5.45pm
Monday to Friday — 4pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday — 10am to 6.30pm
School holidays — 10am to 7pm
Public holidays — 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday — 1pm to 5.30pm
School holidays — 12pm to 2.45pm