WINTER DIP: Starting their holidays with a splash at the Goonellabah Sport and Recreation Centre are sisters Charlotte and Evie Lopes, of Ballina.
WINTER DIP: Starting their holidays with a splash at the Goonellabah Sport and Recreation Centre are sisters Charlotte and Evie Lopes, of Ballina. Jacklyn Wagner

School holidays going swimmingly

TAKING the kids swimming in the middle of winter may sound like a strange activity for these school holidays, but not when the water is a balmy 31 degrees and water slides are involved.

Evie, 9, and Charlotte Lopes, 7, of Ballina, both made the most of the inflatable obstacle course at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre yesterday.

Mum Linda Lopes said the girls had come to the centre for the inflatable obstacle course and water slide, open from 12pm to 3pm every day throughout the holidays.

“It was mainly for the joy of jumping off that and splashing around,” she said.

Ms Lopes wasn't fazed by the thought of bringing the girls to a swimming pool in the middle of winter.

“Why not? It doesn't matter how bad the weather is, it's always nice in here,” she said.

At a cost of just $2 on top of regular aquatic centre charges, Ms Lopes said it was an affordable outing for the family.

“It's a nice centre, and you could be here all day,” she said.

Ms Lopes said the girls were also looking forward to spending time with family and friends and checking out other school holiday activities around the area.

“We went to see the sculptures along the beach in Byron Bay over the weekend, we're going to go to our local library and we have family and friends coming to stay,” she said.

Aquatic centre manager Geoff Yates, said they had already received plenty of inquiries about the water slide and inflatable obstacle course.

“Over the weekend it was quite popular,” he said.

Mr Yates said intensive learn-to-swim classes would also be held from 9am to 11.15am Monday to Friday next week.

“The classes are on for five straight days for all levels,” he said. To book a place in the lessons, call the centre on 6625 5370.

For teens too cool for the pool, the aquatic centre is also hosting Zumba classes throughout the holidays for those aged 12 and up.



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