We live in the foothills of Adelaide, which is still only a short drive from the beach.....but....our local outdoor swimming pool has me. It has my heart.
It's actually the same outdoor pool that my lovely grandparents took me to when I was a child. Nothing much has changed. (The kiosk still sells PaddlePops and Bush biscuits, just like they did in the 1970's.)
For the fab five (two adults and three children) to sepnd the day at our local pool, it costs us $18.
The kiosk is not over priced - all of the ice creams & snacks are standard milk bar prices.
And to be honest, we take a picnic anyway.....an array of healthy snacks that are grazed on all day, plucked from the esky.
Our local pool, like so many Aussie outdoor pools, has lots of grassy areas to lay out the rugs and towels - on a hot day, we stay all day, and make the poolside lawn our base camp.
Sunscreen and hats on and the kids happily play, swim, eat, play, swim, snooze, and swim again, all day. They adore it.
Lovely husband and I take our paperback novels and the newspaper, and swap between taking a cooling dip with the kids, reading in the shade, or having a snooze. Bliss.
And the kids? They are hanging out for the summer holidays so that they can hang out and spend lazy fun days at the pool. They cannot wait. They see it as a huge treat.
I love our local pool. It is family value at its absolute best, for me. Close, cheap, easy to organise, it tires the kids out beautifully, and I get to relax.
Have you been to your local outdoor pool recently?