Pool party season offers fun for everyone

Annabelle Hoose, 6, persuades her hesitant dog, Apple, to enter the children's area at Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center's Hot Dippity Dog event Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.

Don't escape the heat -- embrace it at the pool.

Jefferson City Parks and Recreation is kicking off the 2023 summer pool season with a Senior Night Pool Party from 7:30-9 p.m. today at Ellis-Porter Riverside pool. Avoid the rowdiness of the kids and relax at the adults only, 55-and-older "Blue Hawaii" pool party. Registration is required in-person at The LINC, 1299 Lafayette St. Tickets are $2 for LINC members and $5 for non-LINC members.

To get the little ones out for a day in the pool, sign up for the annual "Moana and Mermaids" pool party, which will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ellis-Porter Riverside pool. The evening will include snacks and plenty of swimming. It is strongly encouraged to pre-register for the event. It is open to children ages 2-10. Tickets are $10 per child. Guardians are required to stay for the duration of the event, but get in for free.

If you aren't able to make it to the "Moana and Mermaids" pool party, mark your calendar for the "Minions" pool party from 6-7:30 p.m. on July 14. Open to children ages 2-10, the event will include snacks and swimming. Tickets are $10 per child. Guardians get in for free but are required to stay during the entirety of the event.

The annual Float Your Boat is back from 6:30-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Ellis-Porter Riverside pool, as participants will team up in groups from two to six people to design and build a human-powered boat made solely of cardboard and duct tape. The boats must be capable of completing a 50-meter course. Pre-registration is required for this event. Captains and their boats must check-in at 5 p.m. on race day. The event is $20 per boat; spectators enter for free.

Don't forget the furriest member of the family -- even the dogs need a day out once in a while. Bring your pup to the Hot Dippity Dog Swim on Aug. 14 at the Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center, the last day of their pool season. All dogs are required to be on leash while entering the pool, but can be unleashed once in the water as long as they stay close to you. They ask that you do not bring young children due to the change in water quality once the dogs enter the pool. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. and costs $5 per dog.