Soon the air will be cooling down and you’ll reach for jackets and long pants. Suddenly you’ll remember last year’s long winter—the fights over mittens and hats, the bunting that swallowed your baby whole, the restlessness that set in when your children didn’t get quite enough exercise. Don’t put away the swimsuits yet! There is plenty of water play left, but it’s moving indoors. Check out these Brooklyn community pools where you can find nine months of summer, all winter long.
Metropolitan Recreation Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
There is General Swim seven days a week at this New York City Parks Recreation Center. Anyone can become a member—there is no residency requirement. The annual membership fee for adults is $150, but all children swim free. Bring the kids for a daily dip and you have an easy afternoon of fun.
Camp Olympia Family Swim at John Jay High School, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
You don’t have to be enrolled in swim classes with Camp Olympia to take advantage of their Family Swim. For $5 per person, including babies, just show up on Sundays from 3:30 – 4:30 and let your kids play with flotation devices and pool toys in the shallow end of the indoor pool at John Jay High School. It’s commitment-free fun for the entire family! Capacity is limited. Call ahead to confirm the schedule.
Dodge YMCA, Downtown Brooklyn.
This branch of the YMCA sells community passes for $20 per day. Bring your kiddos and your bathing suits because the Dodge has Open Swim hours every day.
Berkeley Carroll Community Swim, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
You don’t have to be affiliated with the Berkeley Carroll School, in Park Slope, to use the Bongsoon Zubay Athletic Center. A one-time fee of $250 for the year allows a family of four to access to the swimming pool on Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00 (September – May) and weekdays from 4:00 – 6:00 (June and July). That’s more than a hundred hours of floating, splashing, kicking, and blowing bubbles to get you through to next summer.
Coney Island Beach, Coney Island.
No, this isn’t an indoor swimming pool, but in the fall the crowds clear out and this beach becomes a giant sandbox for your children. Dip your baby’s toes in the surf while your toddler builds sandcastles and enjoy the last warm days of autumn!