The Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC), a one-of-its-kind water park in the Coachella Valley, invites residents and visitors to partake in the holiday hours during Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations, and to participate in special holiday and charitable events, including the annual Polar Bear Plunge. In addition, there are new hours for the heated recreational swim and lap pools during the holidays.
Through November 25th PDAC is holding a food drive and accepting nonperishable items that will be donated to Catholic charities. Following is a toy drive from December 1 through December 21, in which the aquatic center is accepting unwrapped new toy donations. The toys will be provided to children of the Coachella Valley communities for Christmas.
During all of Thanksgiving Day week, when kids are on vacation, recreational swim is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.The slides and diving board attractions alternate use every 30 minutes on Wednesday, November 25 and Friday November 27, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. While the recreational swim pool remains open, the slide and diving board attractions will be closed on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24. On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, hours are 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. only for lap swimming short course.
Polar Bear Plunge
The annual Polar Bear Plunge takes pace New Year’s Eve, December 31, from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to venture out into the cooler weather while swimming, playing, using the slides, and diving in the heated pools. Visitors will be greeted by “Snow Flake,” the center’s Polar Bear for the day, and will be given goody bags at the entrance. Special admission for the day is only $2 for all visitors that day. Adding to the wintery fun, the snack bar will offer snow cones and ice cream, hot chocolate, as well as other snack items.
Other special holiday hours for PDAC are Christmas Eve open from 5:30 to 11:00 a.m. for lap swimming short course only, and closed on Christmas Day. Hours for New Year’s Eve are 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for recreational swim, attractions, and lap swimming. Outside of the specific holiday hours, the facilities are open for lap swimMonday through Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. for the long course, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the short course.
In addition, lap swim passes are now offered and can be used Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Passes cost $25 for Palm Desert residents and $45 for non-Palm Desert residents and provide ten swims/visits to the pool.
For class complete class schedules, hours and more information, call (760) 565-7467 or visit the website at www.pdpool.com. The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, behind Civic Center Park.