Community swimming pools offer a place for families to have fun, for athletes to stay fit, and for synchronized-swimming flash mobs to perform. Soak up some nautical activities with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a 10-visit Splash Pass to Skokie Water Playground and Devonshire Aquatic Center (a $60 value for residents; a $100 value for nonresidents). Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Check the websites for lap-swim and public-swim schedules.
At Skokie Water Playground, amphibious beings wing down five winding slides and get soaked in a plethora of aquatic attractions. Much like Clark Kent, the pool sheds its serious morning persona when adventure calls, switching from a lap-swimming arena to a rowdy public-swim palace. Devonshire Aquatic Center, which is nestled in a nook of Devonshire Park, douses families on a daredevil drop slide and invites people to settle their stone-skipping squabbles at the fully accessible sprayground. Careen into the zero-depth entry lap pool or practice swan dives, cannonballs, and interpretative flailing by launching off the diving board. The schedule features midmorning parent-tot swim times and lap swim Monday through Thursday evenings.
At both water parks, locker rooms and shower facilities keep personal items both clean and safe. A concession stand calms protesting bellies by assuring them that the mandate to wait an hour after eating is an old wives’ tale meant to preserve adult-swim times.
All Groupons must be redeemed at the Oakton Community Center, adjacent to the Skokie Water Playground, to receive each 10-visit pass.