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Los Angeles Activities: 6 Awesome (and Cheap!) Community Pools

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this summer? Sometimes the beach just doesn’t cut it (too much sand, wind or saltwater for finicky toddlers) and an orderly pool is just the ticket to keep everyone in the family happy. Fortunately, the city of Los Angeles has a plethora of community pools (59!) that are inexpensive and accessible. Here are our picks for the best places to swim with kids. Feel free to add your favorite in the comments below.

1. Rosebowl Aquatics Pasadena, Ca. Hours: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, weekdays; 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm on Sat & Sun. Why We Like It: Community Programs, Movie Night and Summer Camp make it an intergral part of the Pasadena community. Cost: for Non-Member Day Use: Adult (18 & over) 2$, Children (17 & under) $1.00.

2. Griffith Park Pool Los Angeles, Ca. Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on weekends. Why We Like It: The location (within Griffith Park) offers a slew of kids activities including pony rides and a planetarium. Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

3. Hansen Dam Aquatic Center Lake View Terrace, Ca. Hours: Weekdays and weekends 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, waterslide hours 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Why We Like It: A waterslide and the graduated pool depth makes it accessible for all ages. Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

4. Santa Monica Swim Center Santa Monica, Ca. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Weekends 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Why We Like It: The facility is clean and pleasant, the pools are 80 degrees and the Splash pool (3-4 feet) is good for kids. Cost: Resident Child-$1.00, Adult-$2.50, Non-Resident Child-$2.00, Adult-$5.

5. Hubert H. Humphrey Pool Pacoima, Ca. Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on weekends. Why We Like It: It’s always hot in the valley, and it’s adjacent to the Park with a children’s play area. Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

6. John C. Aruge Expo Center Los Angeles, Ca. Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on weekends. Why We Like It: The shallow wading pool is easy to navigate with toddlers. Cost: FREE for youth under 17, $2.50 for adults, or $2.00 for adults showing a library card.

– Tori Theissen

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