11 July 2016
Water play is a wonderful activity for young children, not only to stay cool in hot summer weather but also as a learning activity. Through water play, children learn about buoyancy, gravity, absorbency, evaporation, reflection, surface tension, paths of least resistance, wave motion, temperature and many other concepts. We are fortunate to have our own water play facilities in our outdoor classroom and at Church Park to enable the children to stay cool and learn from water play on a daily basis.
Other local water play options, which you can explore with your child on the weekends, include the splash zones at Dean Park, Soule Recreation Center and Billy Ward Park; fountains at Rose Garden Park, Cypress Street Playground, Emerson Park, Lawton Playground and Longwood Playground at Lawrence School; the water volcano at Coolidge Park; and a smaller water play area at Murphy Park.
Outdoor public swimming is available at the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) sites at Cleveland Circle and on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Indoor swimming opportunities, including formal swim classes, are available at the Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center near Brookline High School, at Charles River Aquatics at Boston University’s Case Center Pool (charlesriveraquatics.com), and at the YMCA at Oak Square in Brighton (ymcaboston.org/oaksquare).
Parent-child swim classes are available for children as young as six months old and are highly recommended. The younger children are when they learn to swim, the less fearful they are. For more information about swimming, please see www.usaswimming.org. For DCR pools, see www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr. For Brookline splash pads, pools, and swim classes, see rec.brooklinema.gov.