On hot summer days the easiest way to get kids from grumpy to grinning is a trip to a pool. Swimming and playing around in the water are not only terrific forms of entertainment, they're also great exercise. So pile on the waterproof sunscreen, keep the water bottles close at hand (stay hydrated!), and get ready to make some waves.
Westshore Pool. 250 Lange Street. 263-3077. Summer session: June 7-August 1. Public swim: Wednesday-Friday, 12-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Ages 18 & up $4, ages 3-17 $3, ages 2 & under free. Lifeguard on duty. cityoflakeport.com.
Middletown County Pool. 20962 Big Canyon Road. 262-1618. Public Swim: Wednesday-Sunday. Noon-5 p.m. Opening end of June. Call for start date and fees.
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! water-park features turned on everyday 1-4 p.m. during the summer. Adults: $7 drop-in, $60 for one month ($50 per month ongoing), $60 for a 10-visit pass. Kids: $5 drop-in, $35 for one month ($30 per month ongoing), $45 for a 10-visit pass. Call for non-district drop-in rates. Also see starrcenter.net.
City of Ukiah Municipal Pool. 511 Park Boulevard. 467-2831. Public swim opens June 12. 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. Public swim: June 10-August 18. Monday-Saturday. 1-4 p.m. $5. See thecityofwillits.com/city-departments/city-pool.