Beach Pool at Stanley Park - Vancouver
notes from Coleman
Second Beach Pool
Swish. Whee! Plunk. Letís do it again Mom! Yeah!
This is me riding down the slippery turtleís back, and landing on my bum into the warm, blue water. Wanna go there too? All you do is go to Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park.
It really is the bestest. I can sit in the water and splash my feet, or even lie on my tummy and practise swimming. Second Beach Pool has slides for big kids too; one even looks like a seal balancing a striped ball on its nose.
Letís see. What else? Second Beach has a way-neat playground with swings and slides. If you want, you can go to the beach too and look for crabs. If you canít find any crabs, ask my sister Jen to help you sheís the crab-catching queen. Last time she tried to sneak one home for a pet. She named the crab ďHermieĒ. Mom made Jen put Hermie back, because crabs donít like living in a house.
Donít worry if you get hungry, because thereís a concession at Second Beach. You can buy fries, hamburgers and even fish (yuck!). My fries were good, but they forgot to take the tomato out of Nathanís hamburger, so he had to do it himself. Anyway, you get the picture. If youíre a kid like me, you canít go to Second Beach Pool and not have fun.
Age group: I didnít notice too many big people without kids at Second Beach. I guess itís a bit small for them because the water never goes any deeper than 5 feet. Plus the lanes youíre allowed to swim in are only 50 metres long.
Expense rating: Momís and Dadís have to pay the most to get in $4.50. Jan and Nathan were only $2.25, and I was free because Iím not six years old yet. If you have lots of big kids you can save money by getting the family rate.
: Second Beach Pool is perfect for families like ours that have little kids and big kids. The little kids can sit and splash if they want to, while the big ones go down the slide and dive for quarters in the deeper water. Mom like itís round shape because she said she could see everything no matter where she was standing. I guess she didnít have to worry about me getting lost.
: What I didnít like about Second Beach Pool is that itís windy. Dad says itís always windier by the ocean, so I guess you canít do anything about it. Nathe wished the pool was a little deeper, so he could do his big belly flop and splash Jen. Mom couldnít understand why they didnít have bathrooms inside the gate. I donít know what the big deal was. Just because you have to get a stamp and use the big bathroom by the concession stand. Maybe that was the problemóI really wanted one of those big Sponge Bob Popsicles but Mom kept saying ďNo.Ē Even when I cried a lot, Mom still said ďNo.Ē
Details: Second Beach Pool is pretty easy to find. Even Mom can find her way there without getting lost. All you do is go to Stanley Park and follow the big circle around the park, you canít miss it. Itís right across the road from Lost Lagoon. If youíre not sure, call 604-257-8371 and theyíll give better directions.
Season: The pool is only open during the summer. Who would go swimming in the winter anyway?
Educational highlights: Daddy said the ďoldĒ pool was a lot colder when he was a kid. He said it got filled with ocean water when the tide came in. And then when the tide went out they had to put a cork in the pool to stop the water from running out. Iím glad they donít have to do that anymore. I donít like swimming in cold, salty water because sometimes I swallow it.
Fun for the adult?: I always know when Mom and Dad have fun, because they ask us on the way home if us kids had fun. This time Mom asked us on the way back to the car, so they must have had lots of fun.
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