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Kid-Friendly Pools in Dallas

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.

The Frog Pond, run by the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center, is a water wonderland. The shallow activity pool, equipped with 29 water features and four slides, is great for the littles. The 30-foot-tall water slides thrill older — and braver — kids, and the lazy river and lagoon pool provide not-too-deep water fun for all ages (though if you want to dodge the big kids, pop in on Mondays from 10am–12pm for a special swim time just for kids 9 and younger).

Cost: $5 residents; $8 nonresidents; free for ages 2 and younger. Summer passes available.
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Monday–Friday 12–8pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–6pm
Farmers Branch, 972/919-8720; fbh2o.com

The city of Carrollton’s Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex pairs two large pools for all ages (plus a diving well and two water slides) with an expansive kiddie area. In the middle of a zero-depth entry pool is a multi-level play structure with slides, sprayers and a new interactive water table for tots. Kids can also ride the current in the lazy river, zoom down a medium-size water slide or stand underneath the dump bucket for a thorough soaking. Fun events this summer include Swim-in Cinema on July 22 featuring Inside Out and a Family Float Night on August 5, complete with games, giveaways and inflatables.

Cost: $5 residents on weekdays; $9 nonresidents on weekdays; $6 residents on weekends; $10 nonresidents on weekends. Summer passes available.
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Monday–Thursday 10am–8pm, Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 1–6pm
Carrollton, 972/466-6399; cityofcarrollton.com/aquatics

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Pool is a popular spot for old-fashioned family fun. Amenities include a shallow kiddie pool and Olympic-size main pool, and for landlubbers, a newly installed pirate ship playground, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Bring your own pool floats and toys, but leave food and drinks at home — concessions are available to keep swimmers energized (and four bars serve adult beverages for Mom and Dad).

Cost: $8 nonmember adults; $3 kids (5 and younger)
Season: Open year-round
Hours: Every day 12pm–midnight; pool closes at 9pm
Dallas, 214/327-9563; facebook.com/DallasFOE3108

For adventurous swimmers looking to catch a wave, visit Garland’s Surf and Swim for a beach-entry wave pool as well as an expansive shallow water play area with fountains and sprayers for children 6 and younger. There are also plenty of lounge chairs, a picnic area, shaded areas for a break from the sun and an on-site cafe, though you’re welcome to bring your own provisions (no glass or alcohol). For discounted entry, stop by after 4pm.

Cost: $8 for kids 48 inches and taller; $6 for kids under 48 inches; free for ages 2 and younger
Season: June 4–August 21; August 27­–28; September 3–5
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10:30am–6pm, Friday 10:30am–8pm, Sunday 12–6pm; holiday hours vary
Garland, 972/205-3993; surfandswim.org

What the city of Dallas lacks in amenities at its 17 community pools, it makes up for in events. Pull up an inner tube and enjoy a Hollywood hit while you float under the stars during the Friday Dive-In Movie series — four kid-friendly flicks will be showing at separate Dallas Aquatics locations this summer, including Inside Out at Tietze Pool on June 10 and The SpongeBob Movie at Walnut Hill Pool on July 8. For creative and competitive kiddos, don’t miss the annual Cardboard Boat Races at Samuell Grand Pool on July 22, where six-person teams construct and race boats, rafts and other floating devices made entirely of cardboard. And to take a dip with your four-legged family members, check out Dog Day Afternoon on August 20 at Samuell Grand, complete with swimsuit and splash competitions. To ensure that your whole family can join the fun, swim lessons are available at most locations.

Cost: $1 for ages 11 and under; $2 for ages 12 and older
Season: June 4–August 14
Hours: Vary by location
Dallas, 214/670-1926; dallasaquatics.org

University Park residents relax at the Holmes Aquatic Center, which offers plenty to keep the whole family busy. In the 50-meter pool, there’s a large water slide and high and low diving boards. For the little ones, there’s a separate pool with an aerated fountain and shaded area along with an adjacent zero-depth spray ground. Swim lessons are offered for children ages 3 and older, and a junior lifeguard program is available for ages 11–15. Special events this summer include dive-in showings of kid-friendly films like Zootopia and a Doggie Splash Day for pool-loving pups.

Cost: Open only to University Park residents and those that reside within the Highland Park Independent School District. $5 for ages 6 and older. Summer passes available.
Season: Now through Labor Day
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 12–8pm
University Park, 214/987-5488; uptexas.org

Let kids splash and play at Mesquite’s three public pools. Vanston Pool and the City Lake Aquatic Center boast the most kid-friendly features, from water slides for big kids to wading pools for littles. Both locations have a water slide for kids 48 inches and taller, while play structures situated in zero-depth entry pools offer pint-size slides and interactive features that spray and sprinkle swimmers, including dump buckets, fountains and waterfalls. Swim lessons are available, as well as a summer swim team for ages 5–18.

Cost: Varies by location
Season: June 4–August 12 (Vanston) or September 5 (City Lake)
Hours: Vary by location
Mesquite, 972/216-6260; cityofmesquite.com