On hot days the easiest way to get kids to go from grumpy to grinning is to take them to a pool. Swimming and playing around in the water is not only terrific entertainment, it's also great exercise. (Just remember to make sure everyone stays hydrated.) So pile on the waterproof sunscreen, keep the water bottles close at hand, and get ready to make some waves.
Middletown County Pool. 20962 Big Canyon Road. 262-1618. Public Swim: Wednesday-Sunday. Noon-5 p.m. Adults: $2. Kids: $1.25. Go to Hardester's Market and Hardware to get free passes for ages 12 & under. Call for opening date.
Fort Bragg/CV Starr Community Center, Sigrid and Harry Spath Aquatic Facility. 300 S. Lincoln Street. 964-9446. Center features multiple pools, adult swim area, children's play zone with beach entry and a water slide and river. Swim/Slide/Splash! waterpark features turned on everyday 1-4 p.m. during the summer. Adults: $7-$11. Ages 5-17: $5-9. Ages 4 and under: free. See starrcenter.net.
City of Ukiah Municipal Pool. 511 Park Boulevard. 467-2831. Public swim: June 11-August 17. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $5. Swim lessons available. See cityofukiah.com/aquatics.
Willits Municipal Pool. 299 N. Main Street. See facebook.com/willitscitypool or call 459-5778 for public swim hours and fees.