Beijing is witnessing suffocatingly hot summer weather, and the best way to save yourself from the heat is, of course, to jump into the water! Below is a roundup of kid-friendly swimming pools in Beijing, both indoor and outdoor ones, for you to cool down and enjoy some pleasant pool time with your little ones, as well as swimming clubs organizing classes for kids with various levels of expertise. Come make your summer a big splash!
Qingnianhu Park boasts a pleasant outdoor pool with slides for kids. There isn’t much shade, so be sure to bring sun protection. The park is comparatively quiet so also a nice place to avoid the crowd and stroll around.
RMB 40 (adults); RMB 30 (kids under 1.3m). 10am-5pm. Qingnianhu Park, Andingmen Waidajie, Dongcheng District (8411 6321).
Chaoyang Park features a massive pool divided into three parts—the children’s zone, shallow zone and standard competition pool, as well as slides and an artificial beach close by. A plus is that the swimming pool has advanced filters and sterilization processes to guarantee the cleanness of the water at this pool all day long. The drawback is that it can get quite crowded.
The swimming pool will be open to the public from early July, according to staff, so the price and opening hours are still unconfirmed. Below is the information from last year as a general reference, but please check before making a trip!
RMB 80 (9am-6pm weekdays); RMB 60 (6-9.30pm weekdays); RMB 120 (weekends and holidays); free (kids under 1.2m). 9am-9.30pm. Chaoyang Park, 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6506 5409).
The size of the swimming pool in Tuanjiehu Park is rather small compared to others, but its convenient location near Sanlitun makes it a standby for many families living nearby.
RMB 680 (weekdays); RMB 100 (weekends); free (kids under 1m). 10.30am-8pm. Tuanjiehu Park, Tuanjiehu Nanli, Dongsanhuan Beilu, Chaoyang District (8597 4677).
Dongdan Swimming Pool
The Dongdan Swimming Pool consists of a standard 50 by 25 meter pool with 10 lanes, and a 10 by 3 meter shallow pool and slides for kids to play. Two pluses: supervisors to coach beginners for free, as well as various exercise equipment and TVs to keep your mind off your burning muscles.
RMB 560 (adults), RMB 340 (students aged under 18); RMB 30 (children under 1.3m). Noon-9pm (Mondays), 10am-9pm (Tuesday-Sunday). 2 Dahua Road, Dongdan, Dongcheng District (6523 1241).
Ditan Swimming Pool
Conveniently located northwest of Ditan Park, this swimming pool is particularly popular for its modern facilities and clean environment.
RMB 40 (adults), RMB 20 (children under 1.4m), RMB 20 (ages 60+). 8.30am-3.30pm 3.30-10pm (weekdays); Noon-10pm (weekends). Ditan Gymnasium, 116 Andingmenwai Street, Dongcheng District (6421 4415).
Water Cube Park
The former site of the 2008 Olympic water sport competitions, the Water Cube has since been transformed into a water playground with a wave pool, slides and various entertainment facilities.
RMB 45 (per time); RMB 390 (whole summer pass). 12.30-8.30 pm (weekdays before middle June), 9am-8.30pm (weekends before middle June, and daily afterwards). 11 Tianchen Donglu (in the Olympic Park, near the Bird’s Nest), Chaoyang District (8437 8899).
Jun 25-Aug 5. Group class has 8 levels, baby swim, beginner 1-3, intermediate 1-3 and advanced. Private class open to all including adults. You can register for classes according to your availability, from once a week up to 6 times a week. Visit here for more information.
Sports Beijing’s Aqua Warriors Swimming Club
Jun 18 – Aug 10. Offered for 4-16 year-old children, Aqua Warriors Swimming Club’s summer camp aims to enrich student’s summer vacation life, promote youth swimming as exercise, improve their sporting level, increase interest in swimming as a sport, and inspire potential. The camp will focus on developing skills and enhance the swimming squad’s physical stamina, as well as optimizing turns and starts using video analysis. The summer camp will customize a scientific and effective training program for every member’s individual characteristics. Visit here for more information.
Mookey Swim Club
Mookey Swim Club is a parent-kid swimming center accommodating families with children aged under six. Staffed with qualified coaches, the club offers different courses tailored for specific age groups. Visit here for more information.