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HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #7: Swimming at the City Pool

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So this week’s Summer Challenge is definitely not something creative and is likely an activity that many of you may have enjoyed this weekend as well – swimming at your local city/public pool. The weather in Boise has been HOT so we made plans to join my sister and her family and my mom at a local city pool here in Boise.

As you can see from all the pictures, the kids had an awesome time and kept themselves very busy which allowed all of us adults to chit chat and soak up some sunshine as well. We came prepared with lots of snacks (carrots, trail mix, and pretzels) and water – swimming definitely makes you hungry and thirsty. And we also set aside some extra money for a cool treat from the pool snack bar – most of the kids opted for SourPatch Kids Popsicles.

All in all, it was a great afternoon. After 4 hours of swimming, my kids came home thoroughly exhausted and ready for bed way before dark which is always an added perk! 😉

Cost for 4 Hours of Swimming Fun: $9 for the whole family + $2.50 for 2 popsicles  = only $2.88 per hour (that is some cheap entertainment!).

Hip Tips

* Call or check online for pool hours before you make a special trip. The particular pool that we went to here in Boise was only open from 1:30PM-5:30PM on Sunday.

* If allowed, bring your own lawn chairs, blankets etc. so you are not fighting with other guests to use the limited number of pool chairs/lounge chairs.

* If allowed, bring your own food to avoid hitting up the snack bar

* Check pool rules online before you head out. The pool that we went to does not allow any types of floatation devices, life jackets, water toys etc.

* And of course, do NOT forget the sunscreen!


HIP’s Summer Challenge

Every Monday throughout this summer, I will be publishing a Weekly Post centered around different activities that I have personally done with my 3 kiddos (ages 6, 8, and 11) for around $10 or less. You can check out previous Summer Challenge posts here:

HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #6: Homemade Bubbles
HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #5: Homemade Slip N’ Slide (Inexpensive, Durable and Reusable!)
HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #4: FREE Movie Night at the Local Park
HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #3: Picking Strawberries at Local Idaho Farm
HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #2: Making Monsters University Scarers
HIP’s Summer Challenge Week #1: Bowling for Free[/h2s_box]

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  1. Jodi

    Your pool is really inexpensive. Our city pool (New Hope, MN) is $6 or $8 per person. We bought a seasonal pass for $122 for 4 people. Because it’s pre-paid, we don’t feel the need to spend 4 hours to get our money’s worth out of the day rate. We can go for an hour several days in a week.
    What we really love is running into friends, teachers, coaches, neighbors, etc. While it’s a municipal pool, locals call it “the country club” because it’s where we all gather in the summer. Kids love it!

  2. Karen

    great idea! here in NYC, we have public pools too, not with slides though. But free!!!! check hours are 11am – 7pm everyday. Hey way to go if you don’t want a pool or the kids are bored of being home!

  3. Shannon

    Good gracious that is a nice city pool with slides and stuff. I have never seen one like that.

  4. Emily

    And for those of you without kids, we went to the township pool and it was $6 a person. We are 30 and do not have children yet, so we were happy to see that our pool had adult swim for the first half hour. They don’t even admit children under 18 until 12:30 – so at noon, we headed over – grabbed our lounge chairs, put them where we wanted them and dove in. After 30 minutes the kids started to trickle in and another 15 min later the pool was overflowing with children and by then we were ready to dry off and lay out for a bit. An hour later, it was getting HOT on the chair and just as I wanted to get back in, our pool blew a bunch of whistles and made all the kids go back to the shallow end so the adults could mingle again in the mid range depth and/or swim laps alone for another 30 minutes! It was awesome!! The kids didn’t seem to mind too badly that they had to share the pool b/c the shallow end is pretty big and I know that the adults loved it. So check out the pool’s website to see if they have adult only swim hours and take advantage of it. It was great!! We’re going back again this weekend!

  5. amy

    I agree that is extremely cheap! Our local pool looks exactly like yours basically but it is $34 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

  6. Carmen

    What an awesome city pool!!! Looks like you all had a great time!

  7. Carol

    Looks like fun! I moved from Boise about four years ago, and this makes me miss it a little.

  8. Tina

    Wow our city pool looks nothing like that!!!

  9. Stacy

    Wow that’s a city pool I’m jealous. Ours is such an old small town run down pool. I have to drive 25 min to go to a pool that has that type of stuff.

  10. Betsy

    We get a season pass to our city pool. My kids love it and it doesn’t make me feel bad if we only spend a few hours or get rained out. The admission is way more than yours…$9/person. Yet with a pass it ends up being reasonable/cheap fun for summer days.

  11. Tia

    Reminds me of the county pools here in Florida. Lots of slides & lots of fun!

    • statenislandmom

      I live in NY, but visit Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, very fun

  12. Sarah

    Which pool is that?? I would love to take my kids!

  13. lynnie gandola

    can you tell us the name of the pool? My brother lives in Boise and I know his kids would love it!

  14. christine

    No lifejackets?????????????? Oh my gosh. that pool looks awesome all ours are just plain inground pools no slides or anything and it’s $10/adult and $5/kid. $2.50 for 2 popscicles? Your pool is so cheap I need to move to boise!

    • Kristina

      Some kids know how to swim and don’t need floatation devices.

  15. Cara

    Wow, that’s an amazing pool for that price! Our local pool costs $9 for just my daughter and me to go. A separate splash park is $2 a person.

  16. M

    It looks like it may be ivywild pool in boise but just a guess.

  17. M

    I don’t live in boise s I don’t know but we don’t have city pools near me but we join a country club. 9,000 but we get the pool, tennis, golf a small discount on the proshop and as all discount on banquets and use of the social hall. So I guess that’s expensive but what are you going to do. Plus we pay a small extra fee for the gym membership which also allows the kids to do classes like karate and gymnastics for free or reduced prices.

  18. Diana

    When you go to the pools please be mindful of your belongings and surroundings. My mom took my kids recently to one of our city pools and unfortunately was robbed while sitting in her chair watching the kids play. They wound up nabbing her purse-which was hanging on her chair, the kids bags(towels, clothes)and another womans cell phone. Thankfully noone was harmed. But it just put a huge damper on such a fun day she was having out with the kiddos.
    I hope everyone has a great summer.. but please be careful and safe.

  19. mrspacman

    wow, i need to move my family to Boise! that is a great price for your whole family. where i live a water park just opened a few years ago and since my kids are a little older they no longer care to go to the local community pools which would be way way cheaper.

  20. jhnicole

    Our pool is $2 dollars in baltimore but i took my kids on free day.It was around fathers day this year.The first 50 swimmers got free icecream but we were late.We did bring our own water and snacks.My 2 year old loved the 9 year old was in the kiddie pool.

  21. Janice

    Would you please tell me the name of that pool in Boise – Collin. My friend and her family would like to go there.


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