Swimming lets kids experience the buoyancy formerly known only to bobbing apples and inflatable witches. Let your fledglings float with this Groupon.
$25 for Junior Lifeguard Training (Up to $50 Value)
In order to become junior lifeguards, kids ages 11–14 attend eight 45-minute lessons on topics including endurance swimming, water rescues, and basic first aid and CPR instruction. After they complete the course, participants can shadow a working lifeguard for eight hours. Lessons take place Monday–Thursday at 10 a.m. on either June 17–27 or July 8–18. Only kids who can swim a complete 50-yard lap should apply.
The Bay Water Park
Recreational splashers and serious swimmers can find aquatic common ground at Bay Water Park, owned by the City of Kansas City Parks and Recreation. A six-lane lap pool facilitates low-impact workouts and a water playground and family slide let kids splash to their hearts' content. Guests can grab a tube or absurdly large piece of penne pasta and ride down two different tube slides or twist and twirl along the swirl-bowl ride.
The cardio-centric River Walking program takes advantage of the gentle tide of the park's lazy river, as participants stroll leisurely to sharpen balance and become strong enough to water ski without a boat. Both kids and adults can also take swim lessons at the park, while programs such as the Water Safety Awareness Clinic teach proper use of life jackets, rescue equipment, and general water safety.