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Greater Grand Rapids Pools Offering Open Swim for Kids and Families

Swimming is a rite of passage for kids in the Great Lakes state, so it’s only sensible that we have dozens of public swimming pools around West Michigan! While some are for summer use only, several are indoor pools allowing for year-round splishy, splashy fun.

When you want an easy getaway to make you feel like you’re perhaps in a warmer, sunnier place, pack up the kids and visit one of these indoor pools around Grand Rapids.

Please note that all hours, prices and schedules may change without notice and it is your responsibility to call ahead.

Many pools require diapered children to wear a swim diaper with an additional plastic cover over top.


12 Places your Little Fish can Splish Splash the Day Away

1 – Byron Center Community Pool

  • Location: 8500 Burlingame Avenue Southwest, Byron Center, MI 49315
  • Phone: 616.878.6651 (press 5)

2 – GR Kroc Center – Aquatic Center

  • Location: 2500 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • Notes: Multiple day passes and memberships available. Children 6 and under must have an adult (18+) in the water with them at arm’s length at all times. Children 7–11 years old must be accompanied in the water by a responsible individual 18+. Once the child can pass a swim test, supervision can be pool side.
  • Phone: 616.588.7200

3 – Gold Fish Swim School

  • Location: 2845 Thornhills Ave, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Notes: Birthday party packages available. Please use reusable swim diapers for those children still in diapers.
  • Phone: 616.259.0725

4 – Forest Hills Aquatic Center

  • Location: 660 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Notes: To attend Open Swim without adult supervision, children must be at least 52″ tall. Flotation devices must remain in the shallow end. Children wearing flotation devices need an adult in the water with them at all times. Shoes and shirts are required everywhere in the building except on pool deck and in the locker rooms. Children in diapers must wear cloth diapers or swim diapers with tight rubber or plastic pants over the diaper
  • Phone: 616.493.8950

5 – Holland Aquatic Center

  • Location: 550 Maple Ave, Holland, MI 49423
  • Notes: Children who are not toilet trained are required to wear a swim diaper.
  • Phone: 616.393.7595

6 – Hudsonville Aquatics

  • Location: 5037 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426
  • Notes: Rule 66–Any swimmer 6 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older in the pool. Swimmers 6th grade or younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older on the pool deck.
  • Phone: 616.669.1740

7 – Jenison Aquatics

  • Location: 2140 Bauer Road, Jenison, MI 49428
  • Notes: Babies are free and must wear a swim diaper. Children 12 years old or younger MUST have an adult present at the pool at all times. Children 8 years or younger MUST have an adult in the pool and within arm’s reach at all times unless they pass a swim test given by a lifeguard. If the lifeguards are too busy to administer a swim test, the child must stay with an adult.
  • Phone: 616.457.6110

8 – Kentwood Aquatics Center

  • Location: 6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
  • Notes: Infants and young children who require diapers must wear swim diapers and tight rubber swim diaper covers. Standard diapers leak and are not permitted. Month and year passes available.  Family passes available.
  • Phone: 616.698.6700 Ext. 42336

9 – Montcalm Community College

  • Location: 2800 College Dr. Sidney MI 48885
  • Phone: 989.328.1259

10 – North Rockford Middle School

  • Location: 397 East Division St, Rockford, MI 49341
  • Notes: Babies must have tight fitting swim diaper. Child must be within arm’s length of parents/guardians. Children aged 8 and under must have adult in water.
  • Phone: 616.863.6316

11 – Spring Lake Aquatic Center

  • Location: 16140 148th Ave, Spring Lake, MI 49456
  • Notes: Daily rate gives access to entire fitness facility. Daily rates for pool only are not available. Swim diapers are required.
  • Phone: 616.847.5858

12 – Wealthy Street Pool

  • Location: Wealthy Pool – 1961 Lake Dr, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Notes: Facility rental available for parties. Wealthy Pool will be set up without any lane lines.  Play toys, noodles, life jackets, and adult exercise tools are available for public use.
  • Phone: 616.940.4800 ext. 302

If you know of a pool that we missed or if you have recommendations for other parents, please leave us a comment.  Thanks!

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By |2018-11-05T22:18:01+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Learning Opp|4 Comments

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  1. Sawyer November 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

    Indoor swim lessons available. Information at

    Location: City High Pool
    Note: Classes available for a variety of ages and skill levels.
    Contact: 616-456-3696, [email protected]
    Price: $38 resident, $48 nonresident

  2. Erika Wood March 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    The GR Kroc Center has a shallow splash area (it goes from 2 inches and gradually climbs. In the more shallow section they have fountains and water play things, as well as a shallow water slide and play spray climb on jungle playset. In the 3-4foot areas, they have more sayers and dumpers, as well as a lazy river and in the 4-5 foot area they have a big water slide for kids and adults 48″ and taller. Lastly they gave a lap pool section that also houses in-pool basketball nets and pool-safe basket balls. They have a hot tub for adults, and in the lazy river they have tubes you can ride or hang onto, if you like! It’s a VERY FUN pool!

  3. Willow Cramer November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I am wondering if anyone has anymore info on the pools that were mentioned above such as if they have kid areas with slides and shallow water or if they are just big pools to swim in? I know about a few of them but not all of them. Any info would be much appreciated!!

  4. christine stander November 1, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Montcalm Community College
    2800 College Dr. Sidney MI – 13 mile Northeast of Greenville for all those Montcalm County residents and people who don’t mind a drive in the country we welcome everyone.
    Rates: Ages 10-Adult $4 – Ages 4-9 $3
    Group rates 7-10 people $20, 4-6 people $16, 3 people $9 (anybody qualifies as a group)
    We also have pass options and all fees include pool, gym and fitness center(age appropriate)
    Hours of open swim: Mon 7:30-9:30pm, Tues &Thurs. 4-6pm & 7-9pm, Sat & Sun 1-4pm (More daytime swim available check our website).
    Rental of pool, gym and commons are available look online at
    Phone: 989-328-1259 or toll free 877-328-2111
    We have a beautiful large underused facility. We are the best kept secret in Montcalm County.

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