Hannah can't wait to show off her artistic talents at "Deck Art Day", while Owen is looking ahead to August when he can wear his favorite Batman cape to the pool for "Superhero Night". Meanwhile, Caroline's Dad wants to learn how to pilot a kayak at "Paddle in the Pool" and Will's Mom - well, she's just glad to have places to take her kids for days of summer fun where there's always something to keep them engaged and entertained.

Swanson Pool and Otter Cove Aquatic Park definitely fit the bill. From "Fun Fiesta" for kids as young as 3 years of age to "Happy Hour Sand Volleyball" for those ages 16 and above, there are a raft of water activities going on most every day from June to August at both Park District aquatic facilities.

"Our summer activities are really an extension of the 'Swim Safe' awareness initiative we sponsor each season," said Rosie Fasching, Swanson Pool Aquatics Supervisor. "Once those basics are mastered, then everyone can enjoy the pool to the max."

Wet and wacky new events and splash-tastic programs join the Park District's traditional summertime fun line-up this season. In fact, if one were to start marking the calendar with all the activities taking place at both Swanson Pool and Otter Cove, there would be very few open dates left. Every Wednesday in June and July, for example, one could play Pool Bingo from 1 to 2 PM at Swanson Pool while the littlest tadpoles can listen to a children's story read to them by a staff lifeguard during "Storytime with the Lifeguard" from 4 to 5 PM Thursdays during June and July. And August abounds with Superhero, Princess and Monster costume theme nights at Swanson Pool while Otter Cove hosts all-day activities for season pass holders and seniors on Monday, August 10 and Monday, August 21, respectively.

The water wildness continues through programs that range from the silly to the sporty, artistic to athletic. The competition heats up with frozen T-shirt and hula hoop races during the family Summer Splash Party at Swanson Pool on August 18, while kids ages 4 to 12 can show off their summer swimming skills during the Mid-Summer Mix-up at Otter Cove on July 2. Pool decks at both facilities become transformed with talented chalk creations during designated "Deck Art Days" all summer long, and the whole clan can demonstrate their water skills during "Family Olympics" on August 15 at Swanson Pool. There are parties -- such as July 25th's "Christmas in July" and "Ollie's Birthday Bash" celebrating the birthday of Otter Cove's mascot, Ollie - and dances, such as "DJ Nights" at Swanson Pool beginning Wednesday, July 5 and then continuing on Tuesday nights throughout the month of July.

"We've really tried to come up with something for everyone," said Steve Gard, Otter Cove Aquatics Supervisor. "Summer is all about having a good time, whether that's relaxing by the pool with a good book or working up a sweat with a game of sand volleyball."

Summer, too, is about getting together with friends, but for students, the break from classes can also mean going weeks without seeing the person who made math class worthwhile. This year, new "School Trip-n-Dip" days gives students from District 303 schools a chance to catch up with classmates while enjoying some water fun at Otter Cove. Each Tuesday beginning on June 13 and ending on August 15, different area schools will be highlighted and students can have their summer reunion commemorated with a group shot with Ollie the Otter.

"By coming out to these special school days, classmates no longer have to say 'see you in September,'" said Gard.

And with all that's going on at park district aquatic facilities this summer, no one is going to want to see September come anyway.

For more information about the times, dates and locations for the park district's roster of summer aquatic fun, visit swansonpool.org or ottercove.org.