Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid

A pool party is the best summer birthday party. Photo courtesy of Rose Bowl Aquatic Center
A pool party is the best summer birthday party. Photo courtesy of Rose Bowl Aquatic Center
6/25/23 - By Kylie Williams

A pool party is the epitome of a summer birthday party for a kid in Los Angeles. 

The sun is out, summer is here, and it's time for (pool) party! If you don't have a pool at home, an HOA pool, or (let's be honest) friends and family with pools, then check out these cool pool party spots all around the city that welcome you, your kids, and your kids' friends to take the birthday party plunge. 

For more birthday ideas, here are the perfect spots for a baby's first birthday in Los Angeles, the best places for a teen birthday in Los Angeles, and even more in our Birthday Party Ideas Guide for Los Angeles Kids


Amazing Aquatic Centers in Los Angeles for a Pool Party

Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid: Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center 
Arghh, make it a pirate-themed party. Photo courtesy of Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center

1. Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center — La Mirada 

Many cities have aquatic centers, but few have an actual, themed water park as part of their municipal watering hole. The Buccaneer Bay Water park is replete with slides and offers pirate and captain's party areas for parents who want to book a birthday to remember. 

2. Rose Bowl Aquatic Center — Pasadena 

The Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena has world-class facilities available to rent for parties. Whether the kiddos want to perfect their backstroke or splash around in the shallow end, its location and free parking make it a fantastic choice for a kids' pool party. 

3. El Cariso Community Regional Park — Sylmar 

This family-favorite community park provides nonstop entertainment with a seasonal swimming pool—perfect for a pool party, playground and children's play areas, and tennis courts. Facility rentals for picnic tables in the park are available. 

4. Hansen Dam Aquatic Center — Lakeview Terrace

Slide into summer at this large aquatic center with a waterslide (sliders must be 48" or more to ride). The recreation lake right next to the pool is also open for swimming all summer, in case you prefer fresh water over chlorinated. Fully furnished canopies are available for a full-day rental on a first-come, first serve basis. 

5. Santa Clarita Aquatic Center — Santa Clarita 

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center has pricing and programming specifically for birthday parties. Throw a bash with full access to the splash area, water house, and waterslide on a select Friday or Saturday in July or August. If you're hoping for a casual get-together, reserve a spot for a recreational swim at the aquatic center with friends. 

6. Culver City Plunge — Culver City 

Culver City's beloved pool offers recreational swim times, but make sure to make a reservation first. While the pool itself doesn't host birthday parties, you can rent a room or picnic table in the adjacent Veterans Memorial Complex

7. Stoner Park — Sawtelle 

There are picnic tables at this park that you might be able to grab early in the morning for a party. The real draw is the abundant water features like a splash pad encompassed with a shallow wading area and waterslides. There is an admission to use the water facilities ($1 per child and $4 per adult), and adults must wear a bathing suit when accompanying a child. A playground and skate park are also in the park.

8. Alondra Park — Lawndale 

You can plunge and play in the spray at this spacious 53-acre spot in the South Bay. A pool in the Alondra Aquatic Center is open on select weekdays. Another big draw is the inviting splash pad open daily and seasonally. Rent a picnic table and let the kids enjoy all the kid-friendly amenities this park offers. 

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Best Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid: Annenberg Community Beach House 
Dive into summer birthday fun. Photo courtesy of the Annenberg Communtiy Beach House

9. Annenberg Community Beach House — Santa Monica 

The Annenberg Community Beach House is a one-of-a-kind free space for families to enjoy a splash pad, playground, and beach access. There's a seasonal pool, though there is a small admission fee to utilize it. It's an easy place to get together with friends and enjoy an afternoon of summer celebration. Canopies are available to reserve in the sand. 

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10. Alamitos Beach Inflatable Water Park — Long Beach 

A "Wibit" inflatable playground arrives on the water each summer at Alamitos Beach, courtesy of the city of Long Beach. While this is technically more of a beach party than a pool party, it is the perfect place to spend a day on the water, celebrating a milestone. 

11. Casitas Water Adventure — Ventura County 

This little-known spot in Ventura County is a bit of a drive from LA, but it will be worth it for those water-loving kiddos who want an aquatic birthday celebration. It features a newly refurbished water house and a large lazy river. Kids can romp through the water from morning until evening on a $20 - $25 admission, and covered area rentals are available. 

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Best Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid: Newport Dunes Resort Inflatable Water Park 
Throw the birthday party of the year at an inflatable water park. Photo courtesy of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

12. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina — Newport Beach 

Considered "Newport's best-kept secret", this incredible venue has an amazing inflatable water park on a public beach. Pools and hot tubs are for resort guests, only. 

13. Adventure Playground — Yorba Linda 

You'll need to make reservations for this new fun spot, and the hours are a bit sporadic. Adventure Playground in Yorba Linda is a relatively new attraction in LA, complete with splash areas, waterslides, and all sorts of H20-powered fun. It would be best for a small birthday party with a few close friends, as reservations are limited to eight individuals per group. 

14. Rancho Tapo Community Park — Simi Valley 

This large splash pad is open for the summer- complete with water buckets, colorful fountains, and lots of water. Rancho Tapo Park is spacious, and there are covered areas available for rent for a birthday party. 

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Best Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid: Kidspace Museum
Water play at Kidspace will make a memorable birthday. Photo courtesy of Kidspace Facebook Page

15. Kidspace Children's Museum — Pasadena 

This one may surprise you, but Kidspace makes our list because of their super-fun outdoor water feature towards the back of the museum. Bring a change of clothes and waterproof shoes, and let kids splash away in a man-made creek, then make mud pies in the nearby mud kitchen. Kidspace makes hosting a birthday party a breeze. 

16. Plunge San Diego — San Diego 

Okay, this one is quite a ways away, but the brand-new Plunge San Diego hosts birthday parties where kids can climb all over an inflatable obstacle course. If you live further south or plan on hosting a destination birthday party in San Diego, it may be worth the hike down the 5 to try out this awesome new space. You can even choose a mermaid-themed party for your aspiring little guppy. 

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17. Great Wolf Lodge — Anaheim 

You could win mom-of-the-year if you plan a party at this incredible indoor water park in Anaheim. Great Wolf Lodge is not just a one-day event- guests sleep overnight on-site and partake in many fun activities during their vacation. 

18. Super Silly Fun Land — Universal City 

You'll have to pay admission to Universal Studios to get to this one, but the Minion splash pad in this theme park makes an unforgettable birthday. Fans of the Despicable Me movies will especially love it.  

19. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor — Santa Clarita 

Birthday party packages at this large water park include one meal, treats, beverages, and more. 

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Best Swimming Spots to Host a Pool Party for Your Los Angeles Kid: The Wave Water park in Vista 
Lazy rivers make a great trip around the sun. Photo courtesy of the Wave Water park in Vista

20. The Wave Water Park — Vista 

Surf up at this unique spot with a never-ending wave and a lazy river. The Wave offers birthday party packages that include meals brought to your private cabana. 

21. DropZone Water Park — Perris 

From splash pads to waterslides, a hydro wave for body surfing, and boogie boarding, this water park in Perris has plenty of fun for kids of all ages. Birthday party packages are available to 10 or more guests. 

22. The Adventure Lagoon — Anaheim 

This epic inflatable water park in Anaheim is the perfect place to throw an epic party. The Adventure Lagoon has party packages available complete with pizza and drinks. 

23. The Cove Water Park — Riverside 

Book a birthday party package at this wonderful world of water and splash in the sunshine with a private, shady cabana nearby.   


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