Summer is the perfect time to explore not only what your surroundings have to offer, but also to allow your children to explore theirs. There’s nothing more fun than watching them spend time playing with and in the water. This can help children grow and develop in essential ways.
Today we ventured out to the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center to meet up with some other mommy and kiddie friends. It was quite a drive for us, about 45 minutes. But we were pleasantly surprised by the kiddie pool play features and water slide.
Located at 20850 Center Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, California 91350, the Recreational Swim is open Monday thru Friday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm from 6/12/17 – 8/11/17. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child 3+. If you are paying by card allow an extra 15 minutes to sign in as they are a little behind the times when it comes to an adequate payment system. This information is very hard to find on their website, so it might be better to call them if you’re wanting to get particular details.
The pool is operated by The City of Santa Clarita, which strives to make its pools a fun and safe place for families to relax and cool off in the summer. Active in-water supervision is required for all non-swimmers. Only their approved flotation devices are allowed in the pool. So, if you don’t have the type they approve, then they will provide a life jacket to use while you are there.
Water play in its many forms from water in cups or buckets through to swimming pools help children develop and grow through:
Exploring and Learning
Water offers multiple forms for experiments and discoveries. Without intentionally knowing it, young children, playing with water are experimenting with its many uses; pouring, stomping, splashing, mixing, dropping and so forth. Testing what items float, what sink. I know my two boys used cups to pour their water into many things. They have their cars and plastic balls in there as well as soaking their chalks in the water.
Balance and Strength
Splashing around and swimming in the water can help improve balance and strength. Playing in water provides new sensory experiences for children. In larger bodies of water, children can explore without the gravity they have become used to. Resistance helps to strengthen their bodies as it takes more muscle strength to move their arms and legs through water than it does normally.
Swimming aids in the development of muscles and fine motor skills helping to improve coordination. Swimming strokes, kicking and moving through the water helps to engage the core and develop strength.
Overall children who participate in water related activities can experience the following benefits:
- Increase in confidence
- Positive self-esteem
- Stronger bones and muscle development
- Improved flexibility
- Improved posture
- Improved balance
- Improved sleep
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