Sunday, September 23, 2012
Visit Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC), Belconnen
On Saturday, we took the family to CISAC, as Canberran's know it. CISAC is a large pool complex situated in Belconnen.
According to the Visit Canberra website here CISAC is "for all your health, wellbeing, sporting or leisure activities. Swim in their 50 metre 10 lane, Olympic sized indoor pool. They also have a 25 metre pool, leisure pool with beach entry, water slide, spa, steam room and much more. Pools are heated all year round. Other facilities include gymnnasiums, day spa, discount health and fitness store, cafe, PADI dive centre, physiotherapist, and skin treatment, and weightloss centre. CISAC is Canberra's largest indoor sporting venue".
Obviously I was not going for the weightloss centre. The kids wanted to have a leisure swim, something different from the 'grind' of their weekly swimming lessons at another centre. I just knew the KTNTM would also go ape when they saw the indoor waterslide.
We paid $37 for two adults and 4 children to swim and slide. I am still getting over this fact. Nevertheless, the kids did have a great time. DH and I accompanied the two youngest on the waterslide which meant lots of stair-climbing exercise for us too. My eldest son went up and down the waterslide non-stop for 3 hours!
We purchased a locker for $2 to stow our numerous bags in. Sitting room is limited so a locker was essential.
At about 1pm the waterslide closed and we were getting hungry. Signs discouraged us from eating our picnic lunch in the facility. So we got changed and took our lunch outside. Seated on a grassy area, we tucked into our chips and biscuits and lollies. It was a veritable feast and my youngest declared it "a wonderful picnic".
Unfortunately the parking area is metered, but it was free the day we visited.
Now the kids have discovered CISAC I think they will be wanting to go again and again. Maybe a membership would be cost-effective over summer - there are various plans available.