Looking to make a big splash in your playground routine? It can’t get more exciting than dropping by The Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center. This super-cool facility features play structures built over shallow pools, navigable “rivers” that your kid can float down and giant water slides. Bonus? The forecast will never dent your plans to visiting this Newark water park — everything is indoors!
The city of Newark is south of San Francisco, near Fremont and home to The Silliman Activity and Family Aquatic Center. The giant indoor water park is a state-of-the-art facility where your little amphibians are sure to have a blast.
What’s On Tap
A zero-entry wading pool greets you right out of the locker room door. Little ones can wade right in and climb up on the giant play structure. They’ll enjoy aiming the water canons, turning water spouts on and off, and splashing down the slides.
More adventurous swimmers can tackle the giant water slides, which are right in the middle of all the action. Or if floating is more your speed, grab a tube and let the current take you around the lazy river. There’s something for every kind of swimmer: a lap pool for mini-Olympians, a spa for moms and dads, and an area for a game of aqua-basketball. Lifeguards are on duty at all times, supervising each area.
And like many community pools, the Silliman Aquatic Center has fully-equipped locker rooms with showers and family changing rooms. If your little one needs to refuel after a marathon splash-session, there’s the Otter Alley Café in the lobby.
The weekends can get very busy, so your best bet is to get there early. When the pools get crowded, they can have wait times of up to an hour before they’ll allow more guests access. When in doubt, call ahead.
How to Take a Dip
The center is operated by the City of Newark Recreation and Community Services Department. You can get a variety of passes and memberships.
Daily drop-in rates are $8/adults; $7/ kids 12-17; $6/ kids 3-11; and free for children 2 and under. Hours vary on holidays and during the summer, but most weeks they have open recreation swim time from Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 1-7pm and Sun. 12-5pm. Don’t forget to check the website for swim details.
6800 Mowry Ave.
Newark, Ca 94560
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— Melissa Bouse