Critter Trivia Trail
At the back of Cub Run RECenter you can let the little ones explore free, nature-themed scavenger hunt with video clues. Here is a sample map of the hunt:
Swimming at Cub Run RECenter
My family and I went to Cub Run RECenter to check out their swimming facilities. I have a large family of 5 young children. My oldest child is 8 and she can swim well. The rest of them like to stay where they can stand up. This was the perfect place for us. The best thing that I loved as a mom is that I could stand in one spot and see all of my children who were in many different areas.
When we got there, we checked in with the front desk and paid for our admission. Then we went downstairs, where they directed us to the family changing room. This was great to have so that my husband and I could share the responsibilities of getting all the children ready to swim.
We then went through the double doors right by our changing area into the pool area. Wow! The sights immediately impressed me. Right in front of us was a large playground structure in the water! There were spouts and buckets dropping water, and a slide all in the shallow area.
While the little ones stayed mostly in this shallow area, the bigger kids made their way into the deeper section with my husband. They explored the vortex area where the water just pushes you around in a circle, a big hit with my 6 year old. Then they all went down the large slide too. When we arrived at the check in station, they gave my kids armbands based on their height. If they had the color blue (which meant they were at least 48 inches tall), they could go down the big slide. If they were green, they had to stay off. I thought that was great.
The lifeguards were amazing and helpful too. While we were there, they were constantly walking the platforms around the swimming area checking, looking, and speaking to the people. They implemented a 10-minute break time after 50 minutes of open swim. I felt like they had a really good idea of safety and how to protect all the swimmers. The center also had a competition/lap pool that many people were using at that time too.
With a zero depth entry, my son was able to enter at his own pace. He played a little in the wading area, sat down, and splashed a bit. Then he ventured out a little more. Thankfully, they had open access to life jackets that were perfect size for my little 3 year-old.
They also have features for older swimmers like a 30-foot-high slide that exits the building in an enclosed tube or a 20-foot-high slide with an open tube, a lazy river where you can float in the current channel, and a water vortex where you can spin around. Must be 48″ or taller to ride the large water slides.
If you are into fitness, then there’s also something here for you. With state-of-the-art equipments, welcoming attendants, and very approachable trainers that are always happy to help, it will surely be easy to navigate your way around and reach your fitness goals too.
They also have drop-in classes that you can join.
It will be quite challenging to ellaborate all classes here as they offer more than 200 classes weekly for aquatic exercises in different locations and fitness drop-in group exercises as well!
Hours & When to Go
Monday – Friday 5:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Lap Swim & Water Walking
Monday – Friday 6:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Adult (19 yrs. and older): $10.00
5-18 yrs: $6.50
Child (up to 4 yrs. with paying adult): Free
Family: (1-2 adults, up to 4 children, total of 5 related individuals) $25.00
They also have other passes you can purchase from their website.
Good to Know
- The leisure pool is open Monday to Friday from noon to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm. Always call to confirm operating hours before you head to the pool.
- For ticket and pass inquiry visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/passes
- If your child is in diapers, don’t forget to bring your swim diapers.
- There are locker rooms available along with the family changing rooms.
Getting There & Parking
Address: 4630 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151
They have a very large parking area.
Things to Do Nearby
- Get the whole family into a game of bowling ate Bowl America Chantilly
- Let the kids explore fitness and adrenaline when you visit nZone
- You can also let the kids fun at My Gym Chantilly
Overall, I have to recommend this rec center. They also provide reasonable prices for parties that I noticed and will definitely check that out for our next event. The staff was very helpful and answered all questions that I had. Being our first time, it was very user friendly! I would definitely recommend checking the schedule online or by calling because the open swim schedule varies from day to day.
Photos by Elaine Simonsen and Fairfax County website