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Splash! We’re deep into the Pacific Northwest’s rainy, cold, dark season, when it’s sometimes hard to muster enthusiasm for outdoor exercise. That’s when it’s time to head to an indoor community pool to get your heart rate up while playing.>

PLAY = EXERCISE! Why not have fun while moving your body? While playing, you’re still exercising your heart, lungs, muscles and mind. And who doesn’t love playing in a water slide, lazy river or other pool?

Keep reading for a list of cool indoor pools in and around Seattle.

playground200A New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury climbing tall trees and improvising their own games from construction debris.

A U.S. nonprofit revived recess in low-income communities by involving kids in active, cooperative games using inexpensive balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and coaches to help orchestrate safe, organized play.

Each of these decidedly different approaches appears to have resulted in more active students, better focus during class and less bullying. Learn more about the two strategies and share your thoughts about recess, play and risk.

Happy Winter from Wellbody Academy!

waterslideHere’s hoping your holidays are filled with the joy of play! Doesn’t play sound more fun than exercise? If you’re having fun while moving your body, you’re still exercising your heart, lungs, muscles and mind—and you’ll probably do it longer and more frequently.

But sometimes it’s hard to muster enthusiasm for playing outdoors on dark, chilly, rainy winter days in the Pacific Northwest. That’s when it’s time to head to an indoor community pool to get your heart rate up while splashing.

For kids, nothing beats a pool with a water slide, lazy river or other fancy features.  There are several in the Seattle area; most of them are located in recreation centers that also offer lap swimming, water aerobics and other fun exercise options. Please let us know if you have a favorite indoor aquatic oasis (open to the public) that’s not listed below. 

Click on the links to find each pool's website with hours, locations and rates.