I have tried many different activities around Livermore to entertain my 4-year-old daughter this summer. Here is a rundown of some of the best so far.
The May Nissen Swim Center, at 685 Rincon Ave. has been around a long time. My mom, who later went on to swim at UC Berkeley, had her first swimming experience there. It wasn't a good one. She had to be saved by a lifeguard.
My daughter's experience there was much better thanks to a newer kids' pool. They have a pool that is shallow enough for my 4-year-old to stand up in but still deep enough so she is able to jump and swim to me. The shallow pool is 2- to-3-feet deep throughout, and the big kid pool is 3-feet-5 inches to 6-foot-5 inches deep. That is in contrast to the Robert Livermore Community Center Pool, at 4444 East Ave., where it is much too shallow to swim.
My daughter is in swimming lessons, and I like to reinforce the things she learns. It's hard to do this in the low-depth pool at the community center. The community center does have a play structure that shoots water and a slide, but it also costs more. Since my daughter is shorter than 48" she costs $3 at the community center. But the accompanying adults have to pay as well. For me, since I went in the water with my daughter, it cost $5. For my wife, just sitting and watching cost another $4. So the total cost was $12 for the three of us.
My daughter enjoyed swimming at May Nissen just as much or more, and it only cost 25 cents per person. For my daughter and I, admission cost was 50 cents total.
This price is a result of a grant from Kaiser Permanente. The May Nissen bathrooms are under construction, but the temporary ones they set up seem clean and have working showers. Since my daughter enjoyed both locations, I'd rather take full advantage of the lower price and ability to teach actual swimming at May Nissen. During the summer, it is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information on either pool, visit www.larpd.org and click on aquatics.
Whether parents are sick of applying sunscreen on their kids or just want a change of pace there's plenty of indoor options this summer.
For $10, Parti Palooza offers hours of indoor fun and lots of options to keep kids interested. At 6253 Southfront Road, there are lots of jumping and slide inflatables, kids' bowling, rock climbing and games. There's even a karaoke station for kids. My daughter had a great time, and I know a lot of other parents who have purchased yearlong passes when they show up on discount on www.groupon.com. For more information on Parti Palooza, go to http://www.partipalooza.com.
I am also a big fan of Tri-Valley Ice, which is near Parti Palooza off Vasco Road, 6611 Preston Ave. It's a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. My daughter attended a weeklong day camp there and is enrolled in skating lessons. On July 13 she had her 4th birthday party there.
It's an active place that adults and kids can enjoy, and there are stackable buckets to push if you are a beginning skater. Skating during public skate hours costs $9.50. Public skate sessions are Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m., 4:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For details, visit www.trivalleyice.com.
Feel free to write me with any other ideas for fun kid activities around Livermore.
Contact Patrick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.