One of the best kept secrets in New Albany is the Plain Township Aquatic Center. I have blogged about it before, and got some not so nice feedback about the Barbie Moms, but, that was ages ago. Now that I am sporting my new flat tummy, I am back at the pool with my friends and neighbors in New Albany.
On an aside, I did get a fun email from one of my local blog readers who told me that the Central Ohio Barbies can be found at the local toy store.
"New Albany Barbie"
This princess Barbie is sold only on the square in New Albany. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade Handbags, a Lexus SUV, a long-haired foreign dog named Honey and a cookie-cutter red brick house with white picket fence.Available with or without tummy tuck and face lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with the augmented version, Easton Town Center Gift Card not included.
The modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Windstar Minivan and matching Juicy Couture-like gym outfit.Fantastic Sam's hairstyle can be cut to various lengths. Miss Clairol colors in four shades with highlights are optional. Three kids with trendy names like Braden, Bella, and Bree sold separately. She has the aisles of Target memorized. Traffic jamming cell phone not included.
Upper Arlington Barbie"
This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup,Platinum credit card and country club membership. Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper. You won't be able to afford any of them.
"Victorian Village Barbie"
This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight brown hair, arch-less feet, hairy armpits, no makeup and Birkenstocks with white socks.She prefers that you call her Willow. She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Victorian Village Barbies and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag bumper sticker for free.
Good Stuff. Good Stuff.
Enough about the barbies, let's talk about the amazing tax dollars spent on the finest pool for families:
I discovered that admission is $4 per person after 4:00. The late afternoon and evening is the best time to go if you are obsessed with staying pale like me. So Jeff and I donned 50 SPF, hats and shades and took the kids to enjoy the first real weekend of summer.
The toddler play zone and the zero entry pool are simply perfect for kids.
I could post 100 photos of the children really enjoying themselves, but combined they would not accurately portray the wicked good time they had.
From a parenting standpoint, value aside, the Plain Township Aquatic Center offers great bathroom facilities, a moderately priced snack bar, and lifeguards that are like pool nazis. Both Jeff and I agreed that it was fun, easy and relatively inexpensive to treat the kids to this kind of evening.
We plan to take full advantage of the $4 special this Summer. If my blog posts about the New Albany barbie moms don't get us banned.
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