Even if you’re lucky enough to have access to a private pool – the local pool is a great place to hang out with little children.
Why? Well, it’s usually much more interesting than a backyard pool because the kids can interact with others, grown-ups can do a spot of people-watching, there’s the possibility we might bump into a friend (or plan to meet some) and there is more than one pool to swim in.
When: Summer Season: Christmas – Easter holidays. Lap Swimming: 8am – 10am & 5pm – 6pm, Recreation Swimming: 10am – 5pm, Trampolines & Minigolf: 9am – 6pm
Where: Lorne’s foreshore, 81 Mountjoy Parade Lorne 3232
What: 33m pool, hydro bath, hot shower, sprinklers, toddlers pool, bumper boats, aqua orbs, mini golf, trampolines, salt therapy room, gymnasium. For more information visit website.
Cost: All Day Entry $8.50, includes Hydrobaths & Steam room.
When: Summer Season (1 Oct – 31 May) Monday – Friday: 5.45am – 7.30pm, Saturday: 6am – 6pm, Sunday: 7am – 6pm. Winter Season, click here to check website.
Where: Essex Street, Prahran 3181
What: Heated outdoor 50m pool, outdoor toddlers pool (only open during summer), spacious lawns, sail shades, playground, cafe, sun-deck, indoor spa, sauna & steam room, lockers and change facilities, bike racks and swimwear shop.
Cost: adult $5.20, child $2.90, click here for full details
We love Prahran Pool – it’s a bit like a beach holiday… populated and festive when the sun shines and left to the serious swimmers the rest of the time. Its on-site cafe is a definite plus.. nothing beats a hot day at the pool with an icy pole. If the Klims come here with their kids for a dip, then you know you’re onto something good!
Harold Holt Swim Centre
When: Monday – Thursday: 5.45am – 9pm, Friday: 5.45am – 8pm, Saturday: 6am – 7pm, Sunday: 7am – 7pm. Closed Christmas day and Good Friday.
Where: Corner High Street and Edgar Street, Glen Iris 3146
What: heated pools including outdoor 50m pool, indoor 25m pool, family and toddler indoor and outdoor pools including water features, hydrotherapy pool, indoor & outdoor spas, children’s parties, swimming classes, health club and classes, childcare, lockers and change facilities, shaded lawns, swimwear shop
Cost: same as Prahran Pool, see above