We all know how hot Kansas City can get in the summer, and I don’t know about everyone else, but this makes me want to be poolside very badly. This week I am sharing tips for not only finding cheap pool deals across the city, but also how to stay cool in your own backyard. From using the sprinkler to keeping the kids cool to poolside etiquette at your friend’s home, I’ve got you covered like sunscreen.
Join The Fun
A family membership at your community pool could be a great addition to your summer. If you think you and your little ones would frequent the pool, a family plan is definitely worth considering. Rates vary throughout Kansas City, but you can expect to pay approximately $120 to $250 for the whole family. Of course, you don’t have to spring for a full membership. http://www.kckidsfun.com/outdoor-activities/outdoor-pools. If that isn’t doable with your schedule or budget, rest assured that almost every public pool in the area has a daily rate that’s typically between $3 and $10, depending on age. Some pools even have special rates for the babysitter, too.
Backyard Splash Zone
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If a community pool isn’t an option, you need not look any further than your own backyard for some summertime fun. If you have younger children who haven’t taken swim lessons or aren’t the strongest swimmers yet, the hose is your best friend. Aside from inflatable pools or the attachments available online or at the local Dollar Store, you might think about making a backyard waterbed. http://www.utahcountymom.com/2012/05/giant-water-bed-outside-sensory-bag.html. Or, make a quick run to the home improvement store for some piping and a plastic tarp for a DIY slip ‘n’ slide. http://princesspinkygirl.com/backyard-water-park/2/
Rules For the Pool
Since we have a backyard pool, we’re that friend you want to have this summer. We have lots of get-togethers and if dinner is in the game plan, we usually ask friends to bring a side dish to share. Pool owners always appreciate when guests offer to help out. Whether it’s bringing snacks for the kiddos or even something as simple as packing their own beach towels (and reducing my laundry load), small gestures are appreciated.
Even more important than popsicles or potato salad? Poolside safety. Ask your host about their rules, as every pool owner has them, and make sure your kids understand that these directions must be followed. Doing so will bring peace of mind for everyone and guarantee that heads stay as cool as the splash zone.
Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, click http://twitter.com/savinmavens.