It's new, it's shiny and it's oh so pretty! You are in for a super fun assignment for your next task in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series. Grab your sunscreen and your shades because it's time to head to the brand new Rogers Aquatics Center when it opens May 25!
Aquatics Center Highlights:
- Five different water slides
- Lazy River
- Lap pool with diving board and basketball goals
- Splash pad for little tikes
- Intermediate Play area with slides, water cannons and rope bridge
- State-of-the-art surveillance
- 30+ lifeguards on duty to keep you safe
- It's in ROGERS!
You are going to be wowed when you step foot in the new Rogers Aquatics Center. My boys, ages 4 and 6, walked in, surveyed the park, and were a bit overwhelmed with where to start. If they could have walked at a very fast pace (can't run in the park!) in 5 different directions to cover everything at once, they would have. We ended up starting at the intermediate play area where the water cannons can be found. If you have boys, you know that they are drawn to those things like a moth to a flame. We could have played just in this one area all day. There is a slide, rope bridge and lots of shallow water for just sitting and playing, but watch out...there is a huge bucket of water that will "cool you off" when you aren't expecting it. This momma learned that the hard way to the delight of her children. While there is a lot to do for the younger kids here, there is also a lot to do for the older kids, starting with the rope bridge or lily pad walk and floating animals you can climb on. There are also basketball goals and a volleyball net for some friendly competition where the water is deeper. Just remember to bring a life jacket from home if your little one isn't ready to swim on their own in the deeper water. Arm rings and other flotation devices aren't allowed, so leave those at home. There is also a splash pad area with sprinklers, very shallow pool and a smaller slide perfect for toddlers. It is also shaded to keep your little one's skin safe from the sun! By the way, admission is free for kids under 36". Hooray!
This was the family favorite by far. I can always spend a good amount of time cruising the lazy river, but was actually surprised that this ended up being the kids' favorite too. I think it had a lot to do with the waterfall that you floated under at the bridge as well as the "whirlpool" we got stuck in for a good 15 minutes until we were rescued by a do-gooder. The whirlpool is a fun side feature that sucks you in to a small pool area and keeps you going in circles until you decide it's time to get back to being lazy on the river. My boys loved this part. Just when you think you are about to get out of this swirling pool, you get sucked right back in. They thought it was hilarious and so much fun. There are inner tubes along the river and several entrance points with lifeguards to make sure you get on and off your tube safely. You can also free float and swim in the current if you're up for the challenge!
Slides, Slides, Slides!
For the bigger kids and kids at heart, there are super awesome (they really are!) slides at the park. A covered tube, half-covered tube, the "toilet bowl" that swirls you around until you are "flushed" out the bottom and two race slides. You have to be 48" to use the slides. My kids aren't quite there yet, so I decided to take it upon myself and try the slides so I could report back to you. Let me just say, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. I felt like a kid going down the toilet bowl and tube slides. I'm sure the lifeguards thought I was nuts because I couldn't stop laughing. Serious adult and kid fun to be had here folks. This could even be a fun date night. There is a discounted twilight admission if you go between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Plus, each slide and water feature lights up at night for a really cool show.
Lap Pool and Open Swim
Away from the hustle and bustle of the park is the lap pool and open swim area, complete with diving boards and more basketball goals for water basketball games. For all of you fitness and lap swimmers, you can get a monthly membership card for $35. Lap hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. only. Small swim meets will also be held here throughout the summer. You can get all the details about the park's summer league swim team for various age groups here.
Food and Party Rentals
All this activity definitely works up an appetite. You can't bring in outside food, which is ok because you will find everything you need at Wet Willy's Kitchen. Ice cream, pizza, hot dogs and much more...everything the kids love to eat! Check out the menu and prices here. Have a summer birthday you are planning for or maybe a corporate retreat? No problem! The park has four pavillions that can be rented for parties and other gatherings. I might just have to celebrate my half birthday here since my real birthday falls in January. Who says adults can't have fun too?
Park Information and FAQs
The Rogers Aquatics Park is open Monday—Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It is located at 1707 S. 26th Street, Rogers, Arkansas 72756. Admission prices vary for Rogers residents and non-residents and for over and under 48". Check out the prices and pass options here. Be sure to "like" the aquatics center on Facebook because they will be offering various discounts and specials throughout the summer. Kids 12 and older can visit the park without an adult. If I were a teen, I would be here everyday. Thankfully I'm not a teenager any more, but I do hope to bring my kids as often as possible this summer. It's just a short drive, so no wasting money on gas and it ranks high on the nap meter. If you are a mom of young kids (or older kids for that matter), activities can be ranked on the likelihood of your child taking a good nap. Let me just say that the water park ranks high on that list. That is a successful day in my book!
What are you looking forward to most about the park? Comment below and let us know! Jenn