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Pool time at Hidden Creek AquaPark

pool time in the summer
pool time in the summer
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As summer heads into it’s final month we should treasure the warm days especially in the midwest. One great way to enjoy the weather and outdoors is to venture out to water parks in your local suburban areas. One great waterpark is Highland Park’s Hidden Creek Aqua Park.
This water park has been remodeled and is affordable way to enjoy water activities with your entire family.

The water park features two water slides, a pool swimming in zero depth entry, six lane lap pool, and sand area for children to build castles. There is even a section for those who are more advanced swimmers to showcase their skill in a deep water pool. Admission cost varies depending on residency and age those under 3 years of age are free. The fee for nonresidents is $13 and $8 for residents daily and after 6pm the fee drops to $4 for residents and $7 for non residents. The pool is also available for private rentals for birthdays or camps for a fee.

The pool features a relaxing and calm atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy the last bit of summer and catch some time in the pool. This summer has been filled with many festivals for the entire family to enjoy, yet a hidden treasure can be seen in one’s own backyard such as the many park districts that feature pools for all those to enjoy. Remember to gather the entire family to enjoy some fun in the sun and create a memory book for the memories on gathered during this summer.

Objective: The objective of this lesson is to create a memory book for the summer of 2014 for children to look at as the year continues.


1. White drawing paper
2. Photos from this summer
3.Glitter Glue
4. Markers
5. Glue sticks


1. Lay out the white drawing paper, photos from the summer, glitter glue, glue sticks, and markers on the floor.

2. Start discussion on what was one’s favorite activities during the summer and what kind of emotions did they have during these memories. Have the children and adults pick their favorite memory from the photos taken this summer and decorate the page with glitter and markers writing their emotions on the page. Each family member can have a page and at the end of the memory book write a wishlist for next summer.

3. Keep the memory book and revisit for next summer to examine the wishes for the upcoming season.

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