Keeping the Kiddos Cool around Boston

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Posted August 31, 2013 by Sarah Stanley in Downtown Boston
Keeping cool at the Mirabella Pool.

This Labor Day weekend promises to be a scorcher. Looking for a way to help the kids (and yourself) beat the heat? If you’re living in downtown Boston, you’re in luck. The city boasts plenty of nearby public water features primed for keeping the little ones busy (not to mention comfortably cool).

Because kids need skills before they can hit the water, let’s start with swim lessons. Boston’s state-of-the-art fitness clubs SportsClub/LA (4 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111) and Boston Athletic Club (653 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210) offer lessons for children. Best part? While the little ones are perfecting their backstroke in the pool, you can squeeze in a workout for yourself.

Now, for putting those swim skills to use. Tucked away in the North End is the Mirabella Pool (475 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109). In my opinion, this spot is one of the city’s greatest summer offerings for kids and grownups alike. Along with two larger pools (both of which are entirely kid-friendly), Mirabella boasts a kiddie pool, sprinklers no kid on the planet could resist running through, and a full snack shack. As for getting in to these public water features, a city resident can buy season passes for adults, young adults and kids (children under six get in free). Guest day passes are also available for visitors (anyone with an address outside the city of Boston zip codes) who are accompanied by a resident.

If you’re looking for something close by and the kids are less into doggie paddling and more into running around, be sure to visit the Boston Common Spray Pool (Boston Common, Boston, MA 02108). It’s how the Frog Pond does summer: Picture a giant wading pool with a 70-foot spray plume in the center. What’s especially convenient about this public water feature is that a playground sits right across the path. And don’t worry about your beach bag getting soaked; lockers are available, too.

Fountains at Rose Fitzgerald Greenway

Families need look no farther than the fountains of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Photo credit: Meg Lessard

And, last but certainly not least, is Rings Fountain on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (Milk St. and Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02109), where streams of water shoot up from the ground, delighting kids—and adults—to no end. From what I’ve gathered as a mere passerby, there’s no rule against running through it fully clothed (translation: great for impromptu cool-downs). Also worth noting: Emack & Bolio’s is just across the street. Sometimes ice cream makes for the best pacifier, especially when that mercury tops 90.

Summer may be going out like a lion, but rest assured that your beloved city’s got your family’s splish-splashing needs covered.

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