Walking in a “Water” Wonderland

When school is out in December the dreaded cabin fever can set in. Dig out the swimsuits and take your bored brood to one of the three indoor water parks in the metro-Atlanta area. The water parks can be your solution to a dull day with slides, splashing and lazy rivers for a somewhat unconventional way to spend the winter.

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center
Relax on the lazy river or shriek as you whiz down the 100-foot enclosed slide. The dunking buckets are the perfect way to vent out that sibling rivalry and the play structure has a two-feet deep area especially for little ones, 100 pounds or less.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs, 3-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m. Where: 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. 678-924-6334. gwinettparks.com.
Price: Adults, $10; ages 4-10, $8; 3 and younger, $4. Half-price for Gwinnett residents and their guests.

Bogan Park Aquatic Center
Get out excess energy on the large play structure or float along the lazy river to wash away your stress. The designated age six and younger area helps keep youngsters safe at play.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m.
Where: 2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford. 770-614-2063. gwinettparks.com.Price: Adults, $10; ages 4-10, $8; 3 and younger, $4.

South Cobb Aquatic Center
Prepare for a splash as the kids hold their noses down the giant, twisting slide. Little ones can take it slower down the smaller tube slide. The play structure is complete with water spraying onto giggling faces and a lazy river, too. 
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 2-4 p.m.; Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2-5 p.m.
Where: 875 Six Flags Dr., Austell. 770-739-3180. prca.cobbcountyga.gov.
Price: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50; younger than 2, free.

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