Whether you’re up for some swimming, or you’re just wondering what to do in Vancouver with the kids this weekend, you should check out Hillcrest Centre. Nestled next to Nat Bailey Stadium on Little Mountain, Hillcrest Centre is the latest addition to Vancouver’s many aquatic centres. If you haven’t been to Hillcrest Pool yet, you’re missing out.
Something for Everyone
Most kids love swimming, but they’ll be thrilled when they see what’s on offer at Hillcrest. This gorgeous new pool has so many kid-friendly features: spray jets, water cannons, a lazy river, beach entry, tons of toy boats, balls and pool noodles, plus several racks of life jackets for babies and small children. For the older kids and adults, Hillcrest’s 70-person hot tub, steam rooms, sauna, one, diving boards and huge lap pool are sure to impress.
Their family change rooms make it easy for moms or dads to get the kids ready for the pool. There are lots of generous-sized private stalls so you can contain your kids while you all get changed and showered. Bring a quarter for your locker and you’re all set.
Affordable Family Fun Anytime
There are Red Cross swimming programs for all ages from four months to adult. Check out the lesson schedule on the Vancouver Parks Board website for more information. If you just want to come to Hillcrest for fun, don’t worry about the schedule: the pool is open for public swimming all day! Though it’s a brand spanking new facility, Hillcrest Pool is still an affordable place for families to go. Monday and Wednesday afternoons you can come during the ‘Discount Dip’, or take advantage of the family rate any day where adults get to pay the child price of $3.25 each.
More than Just Swimming
If swimming isn’t your thing, Hillcrest Centre offers a wide variety of other options. The centre also houses an NHL-sized ice rink, the Terry Salman Vancouver Public Library branch, the Vancouver Curling Club’s eight-sheet curling rink, a dance centre, drop-in sports and a state-of-the art fitness centre overlooking Queen Elizabeth Park. Take advantage of daily child-minding from 9:00-11:00am and get in a kid-free workout! Flip through their program guide to get ideas of what to do in Vancouver. They even have musical theatre camp for preschoolers!
Lisa Corriveau is our East Side Contributor. When not writing, she can often be found at the park chasing her little boy, sewing clothing, cycling, reading just about anything, performing on stilts, eating chocolate or drinking craft beer. (Sometimes several of the above simultaneously.) Lisa lives car-free in East Van, with toddler, husband and a few bikes. You can also find her on her blog, The Sprog.