Every now and then you come across a treasure that seems too good to be true.  We found just such a place this morning when we visited the GR Kroc Center on Division Avenue [just north of 28th St.]

Outside of the GR Kroc Center in Grand Rapids on our way to swim

We went on a Wednesday morning at 10:30 am to play in the water with 4 little girls, ages 1, 3 and 4.  Other than a lap swimmer and another toddler, we had the whole place to ourselves.  The spray water features , lazy river and water slide weren’t open during our time there [called modified swim] but that was to our advantage.  The water features would (1) be scary for the little kids and (2) attract an older group of kids.  So if you have toddlers that want to splash around, this is the PERFECT place to get away for the day…right in GR!

If you’re not a member, that’s OK.  You can still go to the Kroc Center.  You’ll buy a day pass [$7 adults, $5 kids over 2, under 2 are free.]  The day pass is good for ALL of the amenities available to members of the club, including the climbing wall, fitness equipment, gymnasium, aquatic center and more.  Childcare is also available at times- call to find out details.

The first time you go, plan for a few minutes at check in.  The Kroc Center values the safety of its guests, so everyone admitted must be photographed and have an information sheet on file.

Checking in to swim at the Grand Rapids Kroc Center

With the paper work done we went to change in one of the family locker rooms.

Family Changing room by the swimming pool at the GR Kroc Center

I know the facility isn’t that old, but I couldn’t get over how CLEAN and well kept everything was.  You can tell the staff at the Kroc Center care about this facility.  It is beautiful, even in the locker rooms.

Locker area at the GR Kroc Center by the pool

If you go to swim you’ll need to bring your own towel, lock and hair dryer.Pack a towel for your swimming trip to the Grand Rapids Kroc Center

And once you’re inside at the zero entry pool, you’ll wish the day would last forever.  We did!

Zero entry pool perfect for little kids.

For more information on the Kroc Center, visit their website or call them at 616.588.7200.  The Kroc Center also participates in the PERKS Program and you can get buy 1 get 1 free admissions with a PERKS Card.  What a deal!

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