Madison Parks – Big Rig Gig

Fire Engines … Dump Trucks … Front Loaders … Skid Steers … Tractors!

Do your kids get excited when they see a big dump truck rumbling by or police car flying down the street? Put your imagination in gear, grab your Bob the Builder hard hat – and head on down to Madison Parks’ newest event, the Big Rig Gig, on September 17 from 9 am -noon at the Goodman Pool Parking Lot (325 East Olin Avenue).

Kids of all ages can climb on, explore, and get up close with their favorite big rigs including a skid steer, snow plow, tractor, cherry picker, front loader, fire engine, dump truck, police car, construction trucks, and much more! Get a chance to meet the employees who drive and operate these vehicles.

9 am – 9:45 am: No Horn Zone
9:45 am – Noon: Noise Zone

Event Details
Admission is FREE! Concessions will be available. Limited parking will be available at the Goodman Maintenance Facility located behind the Goodman Pool at 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway.


Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Aquatic Center

Last summer, I reviewed the Goodman Pool on Olin Street.  Well, not everyone knows it, but there’s ANOTHER Goodman Pool in the greater Madison area.  It’s the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Aquatic Center, at the Jewish Community Campus in Verona.  Since my family just moved to Fitchburg, we thought we’d take a trip to our neighboring town to see what the Goodman Aquatic Center had to offer.

The pool at the Goodman Aquatic Center is a 5,500 square foot outdoor pool with a lap-swimming area and a zero-depth entry with fountains for younger kids.  The pool is solar heated and uses a salt-water generator to produce natural chlorination rather than liquid chlorine.  There are spacious locker rooms and a snack bar that offers drinks, frozen treats, and a small selection of bagged and hot snacks.

My daughter Dahlia seemed a little underwhelmed by the splash offerings compared to the variety of sprinklers at the Goodman Pool on Olin, but she did play in the fountains for a bit.  Mainly, though, she seemed to enjoy the slightly less crowded atmosphere and scampered around throughout the shallow end with delight.  It’s amazing how few bells and whistles you really need to keep a two year old entertained in a pool.

Her other favorite part of the Community Campus was the Noah’s Ark play area.  There are statues of animals cueing up two-by-two to file onto a large wooden boat.  The boat has lots of climbing areas and some slides.  It’s a great distraction for when the whistle blows and the lifeguards enforce a 15-minute adults-only swim.  (Being nine months pregnant, I took full advantage of said adults-only floating time while my husband chased Dahlia around Noah’s Ark.)  I found the Aquatic Center to be much less hectic than the Goodman Pool on Olin, and given that the hours on weekdays are much more suited to those of us whose kids still take an afternoon nap, I think we’ll be returning for another jaunt before the summer ends.

The Goodman Aquatic Center is located at 7762 County Highway PD in Verona.  It is open until September 5th from 11 am to 8 pm, with the exception of September 1st and 2nd, when it will be closed.  Admission for adults 16 and over is $5, children are $4, and infants under 1 are free.

Splash into Summer

It is a HOT one out there – and it looks to stay the same for the next couple of days at least. Thankfully, relief (in the form of water) is on the way!

The Middleton Splash Pad is opened Memorial Day! Located at 6300 Mendota Ave, just off Allen Blvd, the Splash Pad is FREE and open daily from 10 am – 7 pm.

Cypress Splash Park is open daily 11 am – 7 pm. Located on Madison’s south side, on the corner of Cypress Way and Magnolia Lane, the spray park is FREE and features both a wet and a dry play area. The wet play area will have misting and low spray water features for toddlers and pre-schoolers and rain shower and cascading water features for adolescents. The wet play area is fenced and unlocked daily in the summer months by a park attendant. The season for the wet spray area corresponds with Goodman Pool’s open season which is first day of Madison Metropolitan School Districts summer break to Labor Day. The dry play area features traditional play structures and swings. This dry play area is open to the public year round.

The Monona Public Pool is open for the season. Go here for info on hours and prices. Regular season hours begin Thursday.

Goodman Pool opens for the season on Friday, June 10, from noon – 7 pm. First 500 kids get in free, thanks to Goodman’s Jewelers. (follow the link for hours and prices).

And we’re really excited that Fitchburg is developing a Splash Pad as well! They hope to begin construction on the Fitchburg Splash Pad at McKee Farms Park in 2013, but are still in need of donations. Two of our RM mamas live in that area, so 2013 can’t come soon enough!

If you know of any other local splash pads or pools or beaches, please mention them in the comments below!

Goodman Pool

It has been HOT out lately, and the best way to beat the heat is in the water.  We’ve had a couple of chances to get Dahlia out to the splash pad in Middleton, as well as a couple of dips in a friend’s pool, but she’s never had as much fun as she did today at the Goodman Pool.

The Goodman Pool combines the best aspects of a pool, a splash pad, and a water park.  The physical structure itself is astonishing. The pool has a 1000 person capacity and includes a lap area with diving boards and two awesome waterslides that made me wish I didn’t have to watch a one-year-old.  (I am a big fan of waterslides.)  What’s great about the pool for moms of young kids is that it starts at zero depth.  That means the kids can wade in themselves, as fast or as slow as they want, without you having to worry about them jumping in too deep.  There are some fun fountains in the shallow end, too, including some itty bitty ones that were just ankle high — exactly the right height for a 15 month old to explore.  The water was warm and clean, and the lifeguards on duty seemed vigilant.

There are amenities beyond just the pool.  The concession area looked like it had some good offerings — I got myself a cherry slushie, as I pretty much always do if the opportunity presents itself.  There were also other snacks, including Oscar Meyer hot dogs, and cold treats like ice cream and popsicles.  There was a sandbox and playground that I didn’t have a chance to inspect too closely but looked nice from a distance.  The women’s locker room was nothing to look at but seemed clean and was relatively uncrowded.  There are lockers for a quarter apiece, but people seemed comfortable leaving their belongings next to them as they lounged in surprisingly comfortable deck chairs.

All in all, our trip to the city pool was a huge success.  I wish I had more pictures, as Dahlia and her friends were having such a cute and delightful time!  We will definitely be going back, though.  It’s definitely a great resource for moms looking to introduce their little ones to the water, as well as a total wonderland for older kids.

Goodman Pool is located at 325 Olin Avenue in Madison.  The pool is open for recreation swim on Monday through Thursday 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6:15-8 p.m., Fridays 12:30-8 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday 12-7 p.m.
The cost for Madison residents is $4.50 adult, $3 youth (defined as age 1-18, under 1 is free), and $3.25 senior (62 and over).  Check out their website for more information and prices for non-residents and season passes.

Madison Mallards Day at Goodman Pool

Join the Madison Mallards and Madison Parks on Wednesday, June 16 for Madison Mallards Day at Goodman Pool. Young swimmers can meet Maynard the Mallard, Mallards players and have the chance to win tickets to that night’s Mallards game.

To keep the swimming fun going into the night, during the Mallards pre-game ceremonies a check will be presented to the Madison Parks from the proceeds of the Rubber Ducky River Race held on May 15. This year’s event was co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Mallards and West Bend Insurance. The proceeds of the event topped $5,148 and will be donated to Goodman Pool scholarships.

The fun doesn’t end there – some lucky fan at the Mallards game that night will get a chance to win a free Family Membership to Goodman Pool. Be sure to listen during the game for the chance to answer some Madison Parks trivia questions!

So bring your family down to Goodman Pool tomorrow afternoon, enjoy a dip in the pool and meet the Mallards. And later that night, come down to the Duck Pond in Warner Park and enjoy a night of baseball as the Madison Mallards take on the Battlecreek Bombers. Game starts at 7:05p.m.

For more information about Goodman Pool, visit this site.
For more information about Madison Mallards, visit their official website.