Have a great time with the grandkids near your Encanterra community

Summer is finally upon us. What better way to have fun in the sun than to take your grandkids to the water park? You’ll find several of them close to the Encanterra community, with plenty of aquatic adventures—and the admission rates won’t drown your budget!

Chandler Aquatics maintains a number of water park facilities in the San Tan Valley / Chandler area, with full amenities and fun water activities. Admission to these parks are just $1 for children ages 2 to 17, $2.25 for adults 18 to 54, and $1.25 for seniors 55 and over.

Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

Just a 15-minute drive from Encanterra, this park features two water slides, a Lazy River, and a swirling Water Vortex. You’ll also find toddler slides, an interactive family play pool with zero-depth entry, and a Big Blue Bucket that dumps 752 gallons of water every few minutes.

The center has a competition and lap pool with diving boards for older kids and grownups alike. Additional amenities include artificial grass areas and shaded areas, pool furniture, and family dressing rooms.

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Hamilton Aquatic Center

Located 20 minutes from Encanterra, the Hamilton Aquatic Center has two large pools—a central swimming area and an 8-lane competition pool with diving boards. There are also two big water slides and several smaller ones, a Water Vortex, a Current River, a zero-depth play pool and interactive water play features. Pool furniture and a family dressing room round out the amenities.

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Desert Oasis Aquatic Center

Although this facility is a 30- to 60-minute drive, depending on traffic, it offers a bit more to make up for the distance. In addition to the 25-meter, 8-lane pool, you’ll find a 112-foot water slide, a drop slide, and a figure-8 slide, as well as kiddie slides for the zero-depth entry pool. The play area features a spray whale and rain drop tree.

There’s also a sand playground and volleyball court, shade Ramadas, turf areas, and pool furniture. The Desert Oasis Aquatic Center has a concession stand, as well.

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Preparing for a smooth day at the water park

Ready to hit the slides? Here are some tips to help you get ready for a fun time with the grandkids—and prevent stumbles and snags that could suck the enjoyment out of your trip.

  • Dress for success. Make sure everyone wears their bathing suits under their clothes. That way, you won’t have to spend a lot of time in the dressing rooms before you hit the water. Also, apply sunscreen to everyone before heading out.
  • Pack snacks. Even if the facility has food, it’s a good idea to bring small items to munch on—and plenty of water to drink. Also, bring some plastic bags to tote wet clothing home.
  • Arrive early. If you get there when the water park first opens, you’ll have more time and space to enjoy the rides and slides before things get busy.
  • Locate locker rooms and restrooms. Store your gear securely before you get started, and have everyone hit the bathroom. You’ll also want to know where they are for the inevitable restroom emergencies.
  • Grab lunch during peak park time. Water parks are usually most crowded at noon. This is a good time to get your group settled with some lunch and a few minutes of rest. It’s also a good time to reapply sunscreen all around.
  • Change right before you leave. A car full of wet kids is an unhappy vehicle. Have everyone change into dry clothing (and put the wet items in those plastic bags you brought) for a smooth drive home.

With a little planning, you can make sure your family trip to the water park is a great one. Enjoy your summer!