Editor's note: All pools are closed because of the coronavirus epidemic.
When the weather is nasty but the kids are restless, there’s no better way to give them a workout than to take them to a public swim. It’s a workout for parents too. There’s the noise, the stack of items to remember and the possibility that your toddler will dash out of the locker room and you will have no choice but to pursue in the nude.
On the other hand, after an hour or so of vigorous, social fun in the pool, your kids will be far less of a threat to the household furniture, and the house that had seemed stuffy before the swim will seem like an oasis of peace afterwards.
The big fancy pools
The Lynnwood rec center's pool offers waterslides, a lazy river, a water play area with sweet tipping water buckets and a family hot tub. Open and recreational swims routinely sell out, so it’s a good idea to arrive early and or call ahead at 425-670-5732 to make sure they have tickets. (You can do this up to two weeks before you go swimming.) Admission: $6 adults, $5.75 youth 13 to 17, $5.50 kids 2 to12. There are sometimes lap swims going on in the much quieter lap pool while open swims are going on.
Beach Swims (shallow areas and playground only, no waterslides): Monday to Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Recreation Swims: Monday to Thursday 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Open Swims: Friday 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m, Saturday 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. (canceled March. 14) Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Look on the schedule for open swims on holiday weekdays.
Here’s the schedule.18900 44th Ave W, Lynnwood
Snohomish Aquatic Center features a ton of great water features for kids of diverse ages: a lap pool, a warm-water pool, a lazy river, a massive enclosed waterslide, a spray-play section and two shallow areas (one that’s a “zero-depth” entry zone for tiny kids or folks with physical limitations) for smaller kids. Coolest of all, there’s a “FlowRider” machine for simulated surfing. Kids over 42 inches can ride boogie boards there and kids over 52 inches can ride the standup board. Fees $6 for adults and $5 for youth Check their schedule for hours and closures.516 Maple Ave, Snohomish
Weyerhauser’s pool features two separate swimming areas: their main pool and a recreational pool with a pirate-cove theme. Public swims and family swims are $3.25. This is a popular venue for swim meets, so check for possible cancelations before setting out.
Public Swim: Monday to Friday 7:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Canceled Feb. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, March 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29. April 3, 4, 5, 11, 18, 19.
Family Swim: Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Canceled Feb. 25, 26, 27, 28, March 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, April 3, April 10
Check their schedule for more information.650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way
The 88-degree pool offers lessons, training, party rentals and family swim times for members (Memberships are available for $16.50 per month per swimmer). Family swim times Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon, Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ($7 per family).2040 Westlake Ave. N. (China Harbor Building), Suite 105, Seattle
Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools
Seattle’s eight public pools all have regular public swim times. Children under 6 or under 48 inches in height have to stay within arms-length of an accompanying adult. Fees are $6 per adult and $4 per youth 1-17.
Types of swims include:
Public Swims, in which all age groups are invited. (All pools)
Family Swims, geared toward kids and caregivers. Kids have to have a caregiver in the water with them. (Ballard, Evans, Meadowbrook, Medgar Evers, Queen Anne, Southwest).
Pool Playland, for kids five and under with accompanying caregivers. (Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach)
Women’s Single Gender Swims. All swimmers and pool staff are female during these swims, and pool windows are covered. (The ages depend on the location at Meadowbrook it’s 10 and up, and at Rainier Beach, it’s 12 and up).
Ballard Pool is closed until sometime in April for maintenance. It features six swimming lanes, a diving board, a rope swing and slide, and a warm-water pool in addition to family changing rooms. Check their schedule for updates.1471 NW 67th St, Seattle
Green Lake’s six-lane Evans Pool has a diving board and sauna, as well as family changing rooms. It is scheduled to close for repairs in early May.
Public Swim: Monday 1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. half pool (lap swim in the other half), Tuesday 1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. half pool (lap swim in the other half) whole pool 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. half pool (lap swim in the other half), Thursday 1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. half pool (lap swim in the other half) whole pool 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday1:30 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. half pool (lap swim in the other half), Saturday whole pool 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
SKWIM: Every Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Evans Pool hosts all-ages pick-up games of teaching SKWIM, a non-contact sport in which teams of fin-wearing swimmers vie to toss a soft Frisbee-like disk at the other’s goal
Check their schedule for more information.7201 E Green Lake Drive N
Madison Pool features six lanes, a “teaching pool” with shallow water for lessons, and two diving boards, one at 1 meter high and the other at 3 meters. One advantage of the “teaching pool” arrangement: there are times when kids can do a public swim in the teaching pool while one of their parents does laps in the main pool.
Public Swim times: Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. is 5 p.m. is Teaching Pool only, and there’s a Lap Swim in the main pool). Monday and Wednesday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Teaching Pool only, and there’s a Lap Swim in the main pool).
Pool Playland (geared for swimmers 5 and under and their caregivers): Teaching pool only. Sunday Noon to 1:15 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Lap swim in the main pool.)
Check their schedule for more information.13401 Meridian Ave N, Seattle
Meadowbrook’s six-lane pool features a 1- and 3-meter diving board, a rope swing, a sauna, and family changing rooms.
Public Swim: Fridays 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Family Swim: Tuesday and Thursday 7 to 8 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Women’s Single Gender Swim for ages 10 and up: 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pool Playland: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Lap swim at the same time)
Check their regular schedule for more information.10515 35th Ave NE
Medgar Evers’ six-lane pool also features a teaching pool for lessons, a one-meter diving board, a rope swing, a sauna, and family changing rooms.
Public Swim: Monday and Wednesday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (coincides with lap swim), Sundays 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Family Swim: Saturday 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Check their schedule for more information.500 23rd Ave
Queen Anne Pool’s six-lane pool features two diving boards at one and three meters, a rope swing, a sauna and two family changing rooms.
Public Swim: Sunday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family Swim: Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pool Playland: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (lap swim available same times)
Check their schedule for more information.1920 1st Ave W
Rainier Beach’s pool has all kinds of features: including a giant slide, lazy river, spray feature, warm pool, spa and sauna.
Public Swim (with lap swim): Friday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 1:25 p.m. to 2:25 p.m., 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Recreation Swim: Monday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Family Swim: Daily 11 a.m. to noon.
Pool Playland (with lap swim):
Women’s Single Gender Swim (12 and older): 4:25 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.
Check their schedule for more information.8825 Rainier Ave S
Southwest Pool recently opened a family changing room, and also features a six-lane pool with two diving boards, a 102-degree therapy pool and a sauna.
Public Swim: Monday through Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Swim: Friday 7 to 8 p.m., Sunday 7 to 8 p.m.
Check their schedule for more information.2801 SW Thistle St
This pool in White Center has public swims every day but Sunday, and gender specific swims for both male and female swimmers twice a week. Public swims are $5 for adults and $4 for youth. Check their schedule for more information.606 SW 116th St
Among the amenities: a diving board and a slide. They have open swims and family swims. Most drop-in swims are $6 for a non-resident adult, $5.50 for a resident adult, and $4 for youth.4414 S 144th St Tukwila
A six-lane pool with a movable bulkhead between the deep and shallow ends. Drop-in programs include open swims and monthly $1 teen nights. Here’s the schedule. Fees for open swims are $4 for adult non-residents and $3.75 for residents, while youth are $3.75 for non-residents and $3 for residents.22722 19th Ave S, Des Moines
No open swims because of coronavirus.16740 128th Ave SE, Renton
No open swims because of coronavirus.1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton
This pool has a diving board, rope swing, slide, and a big red floating octopus thing. There are public swims most days. Cost is $4.50 per individual or $13.50 per family. Here’s the schedule.18230 SE 240th St, Covington
Bellevue Aquatic Center features two pools, one for lap swims and the other a warm-water pool for therapeutic use. The lap pool features a diving tank and a ten-foot slide. There are open swims daily, sometimes coinciding with lap swims. Open swims are $7 for adults and $6 for youth. For a PDF of the schedule, try here.601 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue
Mercer Island’s pool has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead. There are lots of open and family swim hours available in the shallow pool, some of them coinciding with lap swims in the deep pool. Fees are $6 for adults and $4.50 for youth. For a schedule go here.8815 SE 40th St, Mercer Island
This pool in Issaquah has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead. Passes, which include use of the fitness area and open gym as well as the pool are $6 for adults, $5 for youth and $15 for families. Recreation swims are held daily. Here’s the schedule.50 SE Clark St, Issaquah
This pool in Kirkland has open swim times several days per week, but check before you go. The swims can be canceled for swim meets, particularly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Drop in fee is $5. Here’s the schedule.10601 NE 132nd St, Kirkland
Redmond Pool is closed for renovations.17535 NE 104th St, Redmond
Mountlake Terrace’s pool features a lazy river and a leisure pool with an entry that mimics a beach. Fees for adults are $5.75 for non-residents and $5.25 for residents, for youth 1-15 years old $4.75 for non-residents and $4.25 for residents.
Shoreline pool is closed because of the corona virus epidemic.19030 1st Ave NE, Shoreline