(Almost) Beyond the Beltway: Noah’s Ark Pool at Quillian Center

Noahs Ark at Quillian Center Pool Mushroom
Address: 3663 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042
Admission: $7.50 per person (to enjoy Noah’s Ark & the big pool). Children under 1 are free.

Each week this summer we are breaking out of the innerloop and reviewing places beyond the beltway.  This week’s review is so close to the beltway that you can see it… but it is technically inside.  Since it’s such a great place to take kids during the summer, I’m adding it to the series anyway!

Noah’s Ark Pool is one of my favorite pools for young kids!  It is shallow, with a slide, fountains and much more!

It is next to a traditional swimming pool (also included with admission) for the bigger kids, but Noah’s Ark is fenced off so there is no danger of the kids running to the deep end.

Available poolside is a concession stand with hot dogs, pizza, cold drinks and more.  Prices are surprisingly reasonable and the food can be eaten next to the pool.  It looks like you can also bring in a small cooler of your own food/drinks.

My kids really enjoy splashing around this little pool.  They go down the slide a hundred times, climb through the tunnel and get soaked by the jets.

I still need to follow my youngest, just to be sure he doesn’t run into trouble, but it’s not hard to supervise my 2, 4 and 6 year old at the same time.  (I think watching them at traditional pools can be stressful.)

Right at opening time, the pool has a little more space.  It is very popular, so it gets more crowded as the morning goes on.

I recommend you visit the pool this summer!  Westpark and Sam Houston Tollway seem far away from downtown Houston, but really it just takes us 15 minutes.

See our last review of Noah’s Ark HERE.  To see pictures of the big pool, go HERE.

Noahs Ark Pool
Looking for more pools?
Check out Houston’s free city pools HERE and free splashpads HERE.
Find Bellaire’s Evergreen Pool ($5) HERE and Town Square Pool ($10) HERE.
Find The Woodlands Pool HERE.

And, find all the summer 2015 resources for having fun in Houston, with kids, HERE!


Noah’s Ark Pool- First Methodist Houston

UPDATE: See the latest post HERE!!

 

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.