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5 winter water parks to cure cabin fever

Whizzing down a water slide, drifting on a lazy river and getting splashed under tipping buckets of water may not sound like an option in Maryland in the middle of winter, but it is. If your family is suffering from cabin fever, one of these five swim centers just might have the cure.

 Watch our video to see some of the featured indoor pools with water parks, slides and more ways to splash and enjoy the water indoors.

 Find out what each has to offer, age or height restrictions, location and more below.

Pools North Arundel W North Arundel Aquatics Center

Bypass the eight-lane competition pool and take the kids straight to the leisure pool and water park. Kids love sliding down the 134-foot water slide, floating with the current in the vortex area and standing under buckets that periodically dump water. A smaller slide is just right for preschoolers, and a zero-depth entry leads to a three-lane, 20-yard lap pool for those who want to swim in a more traditional pool.
Children must be at least 3 years old to swim and completely toilet trained.
Hours: Two hour sessions Monday-Friday starting at 5 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m, 1:15, 3:30 and 5:45 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6 for Anne Arundel County residents and $9 non-residents; ages 17 and younger, $4 residents and $7 non-residents.
7888 Crain Highway, Glen Burnie
410-222-0090, aacounty.org/RecParks/swimcenters/aquaticcenter/

Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool

The Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool in Prince George’s County has something for all ages. An area for tots has just 6 to 8 inches of water in a playground with five different slides and a giant mushroom that gently sprays water. A second family pool has an additional spray area in deeper water and a large, winding slide that starts in the upper part of the building, winds around outside and deposits swimmers into the pool. For serious swimmers there are three 25-yard lap lanes.
Hours: Saturday-Sunday, noon-4:45 p.m.; Monday, noon-5:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 4-5:45 p.m.; and Friday, noon-8:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6 county residents, $8 non-resident; ages 3-17, $5 county residents, $7 non-residents; and ages 2 and younger are free.
6122 Sargent Road, Hyattsville
301-853-9115, pgparks.com and click on Things to Do, Aqautics, Rollingcrest

Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center

A tropical beach getaway may not be in the cards this winter, but the beach-themed children’s pools at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick come Pools EdwardTHall2 WThe splash pool at Edward T. Hall Aquatic Centerclose. Three sets of small slides empty into balmy waters kept between 82 and 84 degrees. Water buckets hang near the tops of artificial palm trees, and a friendly gator and snake are waiting in the water for kids to climb on.
For stronger swimmers ages 6 and older, “Wibit Weekends” offer the fun of an inflatable water obstacle course every weekend. Imagine the television show “Wipeout” meets a bouncy castle all inflated on top of the water.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. (closed for swim lessons Tuesday and Thursday, 4-7 p.m.); Friday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wibit sessions Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6 Calvert County residents, $8 non-residents; ages 3-17, $4 county residents, $6 non-residents; ages 1-2, free for county residents, $3 non-residents.
130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick
410-414-8350, co.cal.md.us and click on Services, Park and Recreation and Aquatic Facilities.

Prince George’s Aquatic Center

The aquatic center’s leisure pool offers fun activities in water kept at a balmy 84-86 degrees. A winding slide is perfect for older kids who can swim with tumble buckets and water blasters in shallower water for younger children to enjoy. A lazy river allows swimmers to float along with a constant current in water 3 to 4 feet deep. Parents can warm up in the 18-person spa with temperatures between 102 and 104 degrees.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m; Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6 Prince George’s County residents, $8 non-residents; ages 17 and younger, $5 residents and $7 non-residents.
The Aquatic Center is part of The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.
301-583-2400, pgsportsandlearn.com click on Our Facility, Aquatic Center

cabin feaver SplashDown WColumbia Swim Center

SplashDown at the Columbia Swim Center was recently renovated and is now open for sliding, twisting, wet and wild fun. Tubes are no longer necessary and the slide is smoother and faster than ever. A rope swing, diving board and recreational swimming in the program pool complete the experience. Kids must be at least 4 feet tall to slide.
SplashDown hours: Saturday, 1:30-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Members, $5; Columbia Cardholder, $10; non-member/non-resident, $15.
10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
410-730-7000, columbiaassociation.org/facilities/pools/splashdown

 Originally posted Jan. 4, 2016 and updated January 2017

By Regina Verow

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