Family Aquatic Center

The Family Aquatic Center is CLOSED for the 2020 Season

 The slides, lazy river, sand play area, and concession stand will not open this summer.

Please review the 2020 Family Aquatic Center FAQ’s document below to familiarize yourself with the operations of our facility this summer.

Family Aquatic Center FAQ – Safety, Programs, Fees, Registration, Concessions, Deck Chairs


Public Swim – 3 Swim Sessions Per Day!

Those wishing to swim at the Family Aquatic Center will have to register and pay for the time slot they wish to swim on the day they wish to swim. Due to social distancing restrictions, a limited number of people will be admitted into the facility during each session of swimming. Sessions are offered in 2-hour time slots, three times per day, 7 days per week (weather permitting).

When  registering, you must choose which of the two pools you wish to swim in. In order to follow state guidelines for social distancing and limits to how many people can gather in one place, we will not be able to allow people to use both pools. You will be limited to one pool or the other. There is a 50 person limit per pool, 100 swimmers in the facility per session. Time in between swim sessions will be used for sanitizing the facility.

Lap Pool Leisure Pool
Zero Depth Entry Zero Depth Entry
Deepest Area: 4.5 feet Deepest Area: 3.5 feet
6 Lap lanes Play Features  (recommended 5 years and younger)
Mushroom Play Feature
Tot Slide in the zero depth area


You may sign up for as many days as you wish, but you may only sign up for 1 session of lap swim or public swim per day. Pre-registration is required. We will be offering registration in two week increments in order to give the maximum number of Vernon Hills families the opportunity to register to swim.


Times Days Age Resident Non-Res**
10:15 am-12:15 pm Daily* All Ages $4 $6
12:30-2:30 pm Daily  All Ages $4 $6
3:00-5:00 pm Daily All Ages $4 $6

Register for Public Swim

*On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, only one leisure pool will be open. The remaining days of the week will have two pools open.
**Registration begins July 8. Hawthorn School District 73 families, that do not reside within Park District boundaries, are not eligible to receive resident daily admission rates.



Adult (18+ Years) Water Therapy Walking 

Take a walk in our main pool! Admission to Water Therapy Walking is limited to one hour. When registering, please select your day and hour of choice.  The Lazy River will not open in summer 2020 for water walking. Ten people per session maximum.

Dates Days Time Resident Non-Res*
6/27-8/9 M-Su 8-9 am $4 $6
6/27-8/9 M-Su 9-10 am $4 $6

*Registration begins July 8.

Register for Water Therapy Walking


Adult (18+ Years) Lap Swim 

Swimming is great exercise in the summer! When registering, please select your day and hour of choice. Six people per session maximum.

Dates Days Time Resident Non-Res*
6/27-8/9 M-Su 8-9 am $4 $6
6/27-8/9 M-Su 9-10 am $4 $6

*Registration begins July 8

Register for Adult Lap Swim



Adult Water Aerobics

Medium to low impact water aerobics class to improve cardio endurance and enhance body tone. Class will include some work with dumbbells. Basic swim skills are required.

Dates Days Time Resident Register
7/6-8/8 MWF 10:30-11:30 am $90 Register MWF


Family Aquatic Center Rentals  and Birthday Parties are not permitted in the 2020 season



Family Aquatic Center  Information

Aquatic Center Closing Information
Weather Hotline: (847) 996-6616
The Park District reserves the right to close the entire Aquatic Center, or portions thereof, under the following conditions:
• Air temperature below 68°
• Fewer than 25 people in the pool for at least 30 minutes
• Threatening weather conditions
• Other safety concerns or lack of attendance

If thunder and lightning or other inclement weather are seen at the Family Aquatic Center, all patrons are expected to either go into the bathhouses or exit the facility and wait in their car until weather passes. Waiting under an umbrella on the pool deck or in the concession stand is prohibited. No refunds will be given if the facility closes due to inclement weather.


1. Children under the age of 11 are not allowed to enter or remain in the facility unless accompanied in the water by a person at least 16 years of age who knows how to swim. Those children 8 and under must have an adult 16 years or older within arms-reach of the child wherever they go in the facility.
2. Outside food or drink is permitted to be brought in during the 2020 season.
3. Alcohol is not permitted in the facility. Persons under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior will not be permitted in the facility.
4. The use of cameras and video equipment is allowed.
5.  All patrons must have proper swimsuits. Articles of clothing, such as cut-offs, jean shorts, and T-shirts, are not acceptable for swimming. This includes t-shirts worn over swimsuits.
6. Children not toilet-trained must wear tight fitting rubber/plastic pants or swim diaper.
7. Change infants/toddlers diapers in a bathroom. Never rinse off an un-diapered child in the pool.
8. The Family Aquatic Center complies with the procedures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health. In the event of a fecal or vomit accident the water area will be closed for 30 minutes. We will test the affected area, and if         readings fall within the appropriate ranges, the pool will reopen.
9. Swimmers must take a head to toe shower before entering the water.
10.  Vernon Hills Park District is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
11. Toys, equipment and flotation devices are subject to the approval of management. Flotation devices such as water wings, noodles and rafts will not be allowed. Swim fins and snorkels are also prohibited. Children wearing a coast guard                 approved flotation device must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older at all times.
12.  Lap swimming is not permitted during  public swim.
13. There are no safety breaks during the 2-hour public swim time slots.
14.  Persons with skin disease, communicable disease, open lesions, nasal or ear discharges, or wearing bandages are not permitted to use the pool. A written physician’s statement is required of those with a skin rash, disease, or open sore.
15. The area between the two main leisure pools must remain clear of all chairs and personal belongings. This area is reserved for lifeguard and emergency staff should an emergency action plan need to be executed.
16. Lifeguards are responsible for enforcing safety rules and responding to emergencies.
17. Parents or guardians should supervise their children.
18. The Vernon Hills Park District reserves the right to add additional rules and policies or enforce current rules and policies more strictly as needed without notice.
19. If you have already paid, you may reenter the facility. You must get a hand stamp at the front entrance before you leave.
20. The District attempts to maintain the water at a temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit.