Swimming pools provide the aerobic workout of sunbeam-hunting and the cooling power of an AC necklace without the concomitant fireproof gloves and back pain. Practice holding your breath with today's Groupon: for $12, you get two all-day admissions for one to Hidden Creek AquaPark in Highland Park (up to a $24 value). Rates vary throughout the week.
Hidden Creek AquaPark's water garden of delights fosters two water slides, a sand area ripe for beachy architecture, and abundant opportunities for entire afternoons of aquatic activity. A huge six-lane pool graduates gently from a toe-tickling zero-depth embankment to the deep-water swim zone, where cetaceans in training practice their whalesong. Set the diving board abuzz with a graceful cannonball or watch wee ones make mischievous use of the playground's dump-bucket from a dry, deck-side lounge chair, munching tasty treats from the concession stand. Admission also nets visitors access to occasional family-friendly events, such as this month's Guitar Hero BBQ, the buoyant big-screen attractions of the Flick 'n Float film series, and annual pool-noodle spaghetti dinners.
1220 Fredrickson Place
Highland Park, Illinois 60035