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Swimming with Kids at the New Beatty Park

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published November 12th 2013
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There is no disputing that summer is well and truly on its way, and Perth summers tend to be quite unforgiving.

Now, I'm not a swimmer. I don't cut a dashing figure in a swimsuit and I look a bit silly when I get water drops all over my glasses, but I had to make an exception last weekend when my husband said he was taking the three girls to Beatty Park.

Beatty Park
The new indoor pools at Beatty Park

The indoor kids' pools (along with the gym, reception and café) have all recently been refurbished and renovated and it feels brand new. It's also powered by geothermal technology and 150 solar modules on the roof, making it not only a cool place to hang out, but sustainable too.

What do you need to know?

The indoor pools are heated comfortably, meaning that on a hot day they still feel lovely and cool. Depths range from mere millimetres on the 'beaches' with gentle sprays and fountains up to about 0.9m in the middle of the pool.

Areas are roped off with floating lane ropes so you can (somewhat) keep your kids contained.

The really litle kids can paddle up to their ankles and try and catch the water sprays

For the tiny ones, there are shallow areas which have bubbles like a gentle spa, two small slides (really small, they're about 50cm high) and a colourful snake to climb and get sprayed by.

water slides
The water slides for the smallest kids...

For the little kids there is a larger frog water slide, an island to climb plus an assortment of hand-wound waterfalls that unleash a torrent of water on unsuspecting people floating by. Awesome.

... and the bigger kids

And for the big kids: a big water slide that is about one storey high. Fast and furious, I'm told.

The entire space at Beatty Park is bright and open. Sure, it's a pool and it will smell like a pool but it doesn't give you a headache the minute you walk in like the indoor pools of my youth.

There are plenty of benches for bags and towels, and they have built children's toilets really close to the pool for those desperate last minute dashes when too much fun is being had.

Beatty Park is open every day of the year except Christmas and Good Friday. Check the website for opening times but on weekends you're looking at about 6.30am to 6pm: plenty of time to beat the summer heat.

Beatty Park cafe
Beatty Park poolside cafe

There is a poolside café (they serve breakfast and genuinely healthy options as well as burgers etc) plus all the other services you'd expect from a large leisure centre such as a sauna and spa. Not for the little ones though.

You can even arrange birthday parties for $25 per guest (which actually includes one adult and one child entry) plus a selection of food options (sausage rolls, frittata, pizza, pies, sandwiches) and other goodies like drinks, icecream and chips. If you're feeling generous, you can order extra platters for the adults.

Casual entry for adults is $6, kids under two are free and children aged between 3 and 4 years are $1.50 and between 5 and 15 are $4.50. If you think you're going to make a habit of it, you can buy 10 or 20 multi-use cards for a small discount, but really they're just convenient because you can save your money for the café.

There are always lifeguards on duty but they have a policy of kids under four wearing identifiable bracelets and parents must always remain within arms reach. There are family change rooms available and parking is free.

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Why? Nice, simple indoor pools that cater for all ages
When: Generally open between 6.30am and 6pm on weekends, later on weeknights
Phone: (08) 9273 6080
Where: 220 Vincent Street, North Perth
Cost: Casual entry $6 adults, 5-15 years $4.50, 3-4 years $1.50, kids under 2 are free
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