When it was so hot outside that water from the garden hose created a haze of steam when it hit the sidewalk, the Bug and I went with two friends to the Roosevelt Park Pool. We had heard great things about their baby pool — and it didn’t disappoint!

The baby pool had a ramp that went from, well — no water — to 2 ft. The Bug could definitely stand without her “pumpkin suit” on, but I was more comfortable leaving her in it. It gave her a bit of independence and kept her from tiring quickly. Feeding into the water was a giant water works with turning wheels and shower heads. The Bug was in heaven.

Our biggest issue? We had grand plans of going to the pool from 4 PM to 6PM, and then coming home for dinner. Little did we know that the pool closes from 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, so when we arrived at 4:10 PM they suggested we wait until 5:00 PM. Ever have to stand with two toddlers peering through the iron face watching all of the other kids play in the water? Pure torture. Luckily, there was an Italian Ice stand outside of the pool gates that eased the waiting a bit.

Lots of fun! And $3.00 (it cost $1.50 for each of us to be admitted) well spent.

The Roosevelt Park Pool is located at 3500 Poole St, Baltimore MD 21211. The pool operates through September 5th. Hours are Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sundays and holiday hours are 1-6 p.m.

(cool) tip: Have you “liked” Baltimore Recreation and Parks on Facebook yet? It’s a great way to keep up with news about all of the recreational facilities in the city and special events, including the city’s six large park pools, 13 walk-to pools, 20 wading pools and three indoor pools.

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