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Last Saturday my youngest daughters begged to go to the pool.

So I did the sensible thing and suggested a trip to Schluter park and Monona Bait & Ice Cream instead.

Sitting on a bench and gazing at a body of water that isn’t surrounded by concrete and throngs of people worked for me. The kids played happily and worked up an appetite for a treat. Eventually we made our way across the street to Monona Bait & Ice Cream.

Did you know they have Coke there in glass bottles… Coke made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup? Aaaahhh.

I also had the pleasure of introducing my eight-year-old to Pop Rocks candy, which was one of my favorite candies as a kid. My daughter had never heard of it before and found it as delightful as I once did.

We also discovered that Tootsie Pops now come in new flavors, like blueberry, banana and pomegranate in neon colored wrappers. This was news to me. I stuck with the traditional cherry flavor.

I ordered french fries for myself and didn’t mind waiting ten minutes for them because there was a nice breeze on the porch.

And, oh yeah. They serve ice cream there. Just in case you forgot. ūüėČ One daughter had blue moon, another had chocolate.

All in all not a bad way to avoid the pool.


 Reading The Front Porch Times gives us great ideas for enjoying Monona.  Recently we had the pleasure of trying TASTE OF CHINA, a Monona business suggested a few weeks back.  The ideas for summer fun in Monona aside from the pool will be a treat to try this season.  Slip N Slide, Popsicles at Copps , sprinklers and the various parks sound like a blast.  But for us summer in Monona is the pool. 

   For many years we attended the pool but could not swim.  Our youngest two had feeding tubes and trachs that kept them out of the water for several years of their childhood. While the older kids went in the water we watched. 
¬†¬† During that period we were lucky the Monona Pool allowed us to bring in things like paint brushes, to “paint” the deck around the wading pool with water from buckets– when getting into the water or standing under the cascade of the mushroom was not possible.
   For some reason, perhaps because we could not do it at one point, we live at the pool during the summer.  In addition to afternoon swims we also take swim lessons in the mornings and evenings.  Many nice moments are spent seated at the tables by the concessions standРfeeling a breeze from the park across the street after a swim.  The lifeguards and pool staff feel a bit like extended family members at times because we have watched them grow from high school students to young adults over the years.  A day in summer without going to the pool feels a bit incomplete.
¬†¬† Over the years we have graduated from the wading pool to the shallow end of the big pool, then to the deeper section.¬† Now we enjoy being near the slide and boards.¬† On Fridays we get a thrill watching the dive team do fantastic feats–free entertainment.
   A season pass is a great way to go.  Although we spend a good deal of time at the pool it also allows us to stop in for a ten minute dip. 
   For added fun the parks and library are located within walking distance of the pool.
¬†¬† Jake Anderson has brought some new features to our pool the past few seasons.¬† In addition to the various special events during the afternoons the pool now has Flick and Float–movies shown at night.¬†¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†Sunday is a great time to attend the pool.¬† Evenings there after a weekend of activity¬†are a nice time to relax.¬† Toys are allowed in the water.¬† It is a great place for families to spend time together before another week begins.¬† When traveling for the weekend, returning home to Monona in time to get a¬†dip in on a Sunday extends the ‘away’ feeling just a bit longer before Monday calls.
    For more information about events at the pool in Monona contact:
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Monona Community Center–(608) 222-4167
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Monona Pool–(608) 222-3098

School’s Out!

This means that in addition to surviving having the children home during the summer I must also come up with Ways To Avoid Going To The Pool.

Oh, I do take my youngest kids to the pool sometimes. But not as often as they beg me too.

I think it’s great Monona has a pool but I’m just not a pool person. I don’t like to swim and the pool experience in general can be summarized as follows: TMI.

I activated step 1 of Ways To Avoid Going To The Pool a couple of days ago by buying a fun sprinkler for them that shoots water in different directions.

Last year a Slip N Slide served in this capacity but, as to be expected, they lost interest in a couple of weeks.

Trips to a park or Aldo Leopold Nature Center (if it’s not too hot), trips to the library or Monona Bait & Ice Cream (if it’s too hot) also work as Ways To Avoid Going To The Pool.

Getting popsicles from Copps is occasionally effective.

Piles of books and Little House on the Prairie YouTube videos suffice as well.

Getting one of their big sisters to take them to the pool for me is the most glorious of the options but, sadly, it rarely happens. In my more desperate moments I offer to pay them a babysitting fee to take them to the pool.

Now that I think of it, the Ways To Avoid Going To The Pool activities make up most of our summer fun. So it’s a good thing I don’t like going to the pool.