Your 45 minutes in the car will be rewarded with a very appealing kid-friendly cool-off at Prewett Family WaterPark. And during the summer, a foggy Oakland should still mean a HOT HOT HOT Antioch.
What is awesome:
- Water activities for babies and every age on up: 5 slides including a super shallow tadpool, toddler and preschooler waterslide, big kid slides.
- Lots of life guards and life vests. Yes it gets crowded, but I felt very safe with the dozens of red-and-white-clad lifeguards and gajillion life vests.
- Clean and pretty. I thought the park was quite new based on its well-kept appearance, but I heard it's at least a dozen years old.
What else you should know:
- It's pricey, but only compared to free parks. $14 per person over age two adds up quickly. My family of four paid $56. Ouch. If you think you'll go frequently, the membership is worth considering. (Weekdays, afternoons, and group rates are cheaper). That's a lot for a public pool, but only a fraction of the price of Waterworld.
- Wrist bands are handed out based on height to restrict the littlest ones from going on the bigger slides and vice versa. Kids must be taller than 30″ for the toddler-friendly otter slide (and up to 48″); between 42″ and 48″ kids can ride all slides with a life vest except the body slide; taller than 48″ people can ride all slides but the otter slide. Short kids might be frustrated by the life vest rule. We had a 7-year old who was a strong swimmer, but had to wear a life vest and didn't like it one bit. (Hard-earned tip: Go with similar height friends to reduce conflicts.)
- Outside food is allowed. Before entering, we had a small picnic lunch out the exterior lawn. There are shady trees, tables, and even a couple BBQs set up for this purpose. There's also a snack bar inside to supplement, and they sell goggles, sunscreen, and other necessities.
- Shade is limited. There are a few awnings and ample space to bring your own jumbo umbrella to set up. A large grassy field inside the complex was home to several mammoth shade tents (brilliant idea to BYO!).
- Seating gets snapped up quickly. There are several chaise lounge chairs, but you are also welcome to bring your own.
- The concession stand has loads of frozen ice cream and popsicle treats for hot swimmers.
Confirm hours and details on the website hosted by the City of Antioch.
[photo of slide by Richard Wisdom, second one by Heather Flett, all the rest, Whitney Moss. all rights reserved]