Dive into 10 splashy summer activities

Join a poolside pride party, jump on giant inflatables and dig for icy dinosaurs this summer.

We host lots of fun, water-based activities for the whole family at our pools and parks during the hottest months of the year. Here are 10 of the best for 2020.

1. Inflatable Fridays
3 to 24 January
Bring family and friends to slip and slide on our giant inflatable at North Melbourne pool. This fun activity is included with your pool entry fee. On Fridays from 10am to 12pm.

2. Summer swim intensive
6 to 24 January
Enrol your child in one of three fun, five-day programs of swimming lessons, including survival and rescue skills, to make sure they are safe and confident around water. At North Melbourne pool.

3. Mini Maestros
6 to 27 January
Introduce your child to musical concepts like beat and rhythm in this four-week program at North Melbourne Recreation Centre, before taking a dip in the pool. Join the fun on Mondays from 10.15am to 10.55am (ages two to three) and 11am to 11.45am (ages three to five).

4. Storytime
9 to 30 January
Share the wonder of books with your children aged three to five by the North Melbourne pool. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and activities, then have a swim every Thursday from 10.30am to 11.15am.

5. Live entertainment
11 January to 15 February
Stretch out on the hill to listen to live music at North Melbourne pool on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. There’ll also be barbecues, a giant inflatable and other fun activities.

6. Make a splash fun day
11 January
Enjoy a jumping castle, face-painting and inflatable toys at Kensington Community Recreation Centre from 1pm to 4pm. Free for Swim School members, or casual entry prices apply.

7. Summer splash water-play
6 February and 5 March
Keep the little ones active and cool with fun water-play sessions on the front deck at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre. Expect buckets and spades, sand, icy dinosaur digs and lots more from 10.30am to 12pm.

8. Queer soiree
9 February
Celebrate the end of Midsumma Festival at this drug and alcohol free pool party for people aged 18 and over at Carlton Baths from 5pm to 8pm. There’ll be live music, group fitness and poolside stalls run by queer and transgender support services, plus a basketball match between staff and the Bushrangers, Victoria’s first LGBTQIA+ team.

9. Sunday at the Baths
Until 23 February
Keep cool during the hottest time of the year at the historic Carlton Baths. This event includes live music, giant inflatables and other fun activities every Sunday from 1pm.

10. Water workout
Join a low impact fitness class in the pool at Melbourne City Baths. Then bliss out in the spa or sauna. Visit us online to view the full group fitness timetables for all our recreation centres.

Please note that some of these activities may be weather dependent. Contact the recreation centres directly for updates, or look them up on social media.

For more information, visit Recreation Centres.