Noah’s Ark Pool- First Methodist Houston

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Address:  3663 Westcenter Drive, Houston, TX 77042

The  Quillian Center is adjacent to the Worship Center at First Methodist Houston’s Westchase Campus.  It includes Noah’s Ark splash pad, 2 swimming pools, an outdoor basketball pavilion, a shaded picnic area, ball fields, a gymnasium, and an indoor climbing wall.  My 2 year old, 4 year old and I visited the Noah’s Ark Splash area.

I have been putting off this trip all summer because of the drive. Westpark and Sam Houston Tollway seemed far away from downtown Houston. I’m glad we finally gave it shot, because the drive from downtown on 59 and Westpark Tollway was only 15 minutes. We arrived quickly and found easy parking in the large lot.

The entrance fee is $6.50 per head (or free for kids under 1). I thought this was a little high, but if you go frequently, you can get a membership. And really, it was so much fun that it was worth the money. I was pleasantly surprised by the low prices at the concession stand. Hotdogs and Corn dogs were $1.50. Snow cones and pretzels were $1.00. (And there was a lot more than this to choose from.) The website says not to bring your own food into the pool area, but it seems to be more of a guideline than a rule. I saw birthday party cupcakes and drinks and packed lunches. Still, the concessions are reasonable and the proceeds offset the cost of maintaining the pool, so it is good to follow the guideline (but I did bring in my own water bottles and animal crackers).

This splash area is great fun but can be very busy. It’s best to get there right at opening time. It also worked well when we went after HISD schools were back in session. The water is only 6 inches deep on the edges and 1 or 2 feet in the center. It was perfect for my 3 footer to wade around the pool. She could even go down the slides and keep her head above the water at the end.  Of course, she still needed supervision… but my 4 year old swimmer was able to have fun on his own and, since the fenced off area is small, I could keep an eye on him.

The end of the slides have a nice cushion. (I know, because I promised to race my son down it 10 times.) Also, there were two lifeguards on duty to help watch the kids. This place was perfect for my 2 and 4 year old. I also think my 6 year old niece would have enjoyed it. I did not see any bigger kids in the splash area, but there is plenty of pool next door for them.

Overall, I’d say this place was well worth the drive and admission fee.


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