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Six Kid Friendly Summer Pools

Emily Crabb

Families need more than a diving board to complete the perfect pool experience. 

Here are six pools where shade, grassy areas, baby friendly change rooms, baby pools and cafes are readily available, just in time for summer.

Big Splash

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Big Splash boasts nine slides, a kiddies pool, large pool inflatables, ‘Splash Island’, a play pool and a 50m pool. This water parks facilities and attractions accommodate for toddlers all the way up to teens and playful adults with pools varying in water depth and slides varying in height requirements.

Parents and careers will love Big Splash’s free parking and grassy areas, which are perfect to set up camp for the day. The grounds offer shaded and non-shaded picnic areas, barbeques and a café / canteen (yes, they do coffee). The various slides and pools encourage aquatic exploration in a safe environment, supervised by qualified lifeguards.

1 Catchpole St, Macquarie |  (02) 6251 1144 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 6pm / Sat – Sun 10am – 6pm | Casual Visits: With slide access – Adults: $27.00 / Children: $12.00

Dickson Aquatic Centre


Dickson Aquatic Centre has been a classic ‘go to’ destination for families since the 60’s. This is attributed to the beautiful, large, grassy grounds and it’s tall trees that create shaded and non-shaded sitting areas and a relaxing environment. The three heated pools with varying water depths accommodate for toddlers, children, teens and adults. Children will especially love the shallow pools, the beach volleyball courts and the water play park.

Parents and carers will love the tranquil environment, the barbeque facilities, the free parking, the Shark Bite Café (yes they serve coffee) and the poolside massage facilities.

152 Cowper St, Dickson | (02) 6247 2972 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 6am – 7pm / Sat – Sun 8am – 7pm | Casual Visits: Adult $6.00/ Concession $4.50/ Family $19

Club Blue @ CISAC

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Club Blue is located on the ground floor of the CISAC Centre. The indoor environment offers covered, supervised swim facilities. Children will especially love the whirlpool designed specifically for children with shallow water depths, the jumping pillow, the indoor waterslide and the AquaCastle. Parents and careers will love the spa and steam room, the café (COFFEE) and the ample seating areas.

100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce | (02) 6163 8010 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 5.30am – 9pm / Sat 6.30am – 7pm / Sun 7am – 7pm | Casual Visits: Adult $6.00/ Concession $4.90/ Child Swim $4.50/ Child Swim with slide $7.50

Manuka Pool


Manuka Pool was Canberra’s first public swimming venue and the décor reflects this. The environment is classy, classic and quiet.

The grounds feature a 30-metre pool and a shaded toddler’s pool. With plenty of grassy, shaded areas, parents and careers can stretch out and relax with a coffee from TAV’s café. Children will especially love the pools, extensive grounds and the ‘SS Red Duck’ pirate playground.

New South Wales Cres & Manuka Cir, Griffith | (02) 6295 1910 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 6am – 7pm / Sat – Sun 8am – 7pm | Casual Visits: Adult $6.00/ Concession $4.50/ Family $20.00

Tuggeranong Lakeside Leisure Centre

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Lakeside Leisure Centre has seen many changes in the 24 years since it’s opening. Managed in partnership with the ACT government and YMCA, the centre facilitates people of all ages.

Parents and carers will enjoy the café while children will love the pools and the inflatable toys in an undercover, supervised environment. A feature of this centre is the Splash Park; this water play area boasts 246 square metres of water spraying fun.

Anketell St & Athlon Drive, Greenway | (02) 6293 3122 | Opening hours: Mon – Fri 5.30am – 9.30pm / Sat – Sun 7am – 7.30pm | Casual Visits: Adult $6.00/ Concession $4.40/ Family $17.00

Weston Park water playground


One of Weston Park’s many playgrounds revolves around water play. Featuring a play boat in the middle, the playground also features taps and streams. Putting water as the centre of the play makes this playground the ideal place to explore and cool down in summer.

Parents and carers can enjoy Station Stop café and the park surroundings which feature shaded, relaxing seating areas, barbeque facilities and public toilets.

Yarralumla | 13 22 81 | Park opening hours: Mon – Sun: 7am – 11pm | Café opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5pm


Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author

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