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Kid-Friendly Pools in Collin County

The summer months are officially here, and so is the heat. For many Dallasites, taking a dip in the nearest swimming hole is the best respite from the oppressive temperatures. But even if you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, you might be looking for more kid-friendly features for your littles to splash around in this summer. Fortunately, we’re surrounded by a variety of pools and aquatic centers with attractions ranging from spray grounds and water slides to swimming lessons and dive-in movies.

If you’re looking for a place to dip your tot’s toes, Richardson’s Canyon Creek Pool and Terrace Pool each feature a wading pool that’s only 8–12 inches deep, perfect for gentle splashing with babies and toddlers. Glenville Pool doesn’t have a kiddie pool but does offer a splash playground with water cannons, ground spouts, dump buckets and other spray features to keep the little ones cool for hours. If you can pry your kids away from the water, each facility has an adjacent playground, as well as athletic fields, picnic areas and pavilions. And the city offers swimming lessons at all their main pools for infants on up.

Cost: $2 residents; $4 nonresidents; free for ages 3 and younger. Summer passes available.
Season: June 4 (free admission) through August 14
Hours: Vary by location
Richardson, 972/744-7892; cor.net

For high-energy kiddos, Richardson’s Heights Family Aquatic Center offers loads of opportunities for active water play. Within the 8,000 square feet of surface water are a shaded splash pool for toddlers, a beach-entry interactive playground (complete with fountains and sprayers, pint-size slides and a dump bucket), and two water slides. Swimmers can ride the current in the lazy river and vortex pool, while Steph Curry wannabes practice their moves at the lap pool’s basketball hoop.

Cost: $4 residents; $8 nonresidents; free for ages 3 and younger. Summer passes available.
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Monday–Friday 10am–9pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–9pm
Richardson, 972/744-7856; cor.net

Part of the Frisco Athletic Center, the Frisco Water Park offers seven water features for kids to cool off in. Two interactive water playgrounds — complete with slides, multiple spray features and a large water tower — keep the littles busy. Let older kids grab a mat and take a ride head-first down the Preston Plunge, a 45-foot racer slide, or hurtle down the park’s two other fast-moving thrill slides. And visitors of all ages enjoy a little relaxation in the lazy river or lagoon pool. For a family fun night, enjoy Minions and other kid-friendly flicks under the stars while you float in the pool or lazy river during three dive-in movie nights this summer.

Cost: $6 for ages 2–17; $8 adults; free for ages 2 and younger
Season: June 4–Labor Day
Hours: Monday–Thursday 12–7pm, Friday 12–8pm, Saturday 11am–7pm, Sunday 12–5pm
Frisco, 972/292-6600; friscofun.org

McKinney’s two city-run seasonal pools are well attended by families (especially during reserved family swim hours on Friday and Saturday evenings). The Old Settler’s Aquatic Center is great for youngsters, with a shallow water leisure pool featuring an open flume slide, floor bubblers and lemon drop sprayers. A giant floating dragon welcomes swimmers of all ages at Juanita Maxfield Aquatic Center, where experienced swimmers perfect their cannon ball off the diving board while novice tykes practice strokes and water safety during swim lessons for all ages. Bust out the hula skirts for a night of Slip’N Slides, hula hoop and limbo contests, music, snow cones and even locally roasted Hawaiian coffee during Hawaiian Night on July 23.

Cost: $2 (Old Settler’s) or $1.75 (Juanita Maxfield) for ages 10 and up; $1.25 for ages 4–9; free for ages 3 and younger. Multi-visit passes available.
Season: Now through August 21, followed by limited hours through September 7
Hours: Vary by location
McKinney, 972/547-7497; mckinneytexas.org/parks

Kids splash the day away at one of Plano’s several family-friendly pools and aquatic centers. The outdoor pool at Oak Point Recreation Center offers plenty of aquatic recreation for all ages. A shallow water, beach-entry pool with spray features caters to young children, while older kids occupy themselves by speeding down the water slide. For even more interactive water fun, check out the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, an outdoor leisure pool that features three water slides, water spray fountains and a shallow children’s play area with an attached spray pad. Canopies and umbrellas provide plenty of shade for a snack break — concessions are available, or you can bring your own. Mark your calendar for the second annual Family Luau night on July 7.

Cost: $3 ages 3–15; $6 adults; free for ages 2 and younger
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Vary by pool
Plano, 972/941-7000; planoparks.org

The Texas Pool might not offer as many frills as some aquatic centers, but in its 55th season, it’s a summer staple in North Texas. The large saltwater pool shaped like our great state has a diving board, a slide for toddlers and one for older kids, as well as a center island. In the South Texas region, the water is 1-foot deep, allowing parents to recline and relax while their littles splash around. Swim lessons are available as well as a junior lifeguard program for ages 13–14. To promote public literacy and summer reading, a Little Free Library is located out front with books for all age groups; visitors can borrow a book or leave one for others.

Cost: $200 family membership
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–8pm, Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday noon–6pm
Plano, 972/881-8392; texaspool.org

In addition to the year-round indoor pool, The Colony Aquatic Park boasts an outdoor leisure lagoon fitted with a basketball goal, a shaded wading pool with a waterfall and a splash zone park. Land sharks play sand volleyball and relax under shaded pavilions. Summer swim lessons are available as well as swim teams, including a noncompetitive program for more casual swimmers.

Cost: $3 ages 6 and younger; $4 ages 7 and older. Summer passes available.
Season: June 3–August 21
Hours: Monday­–Friday 1–6:30pm, Saturday­–Sunday 1–5pm
The Colony, 972/624-2225; playtc.com