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Summer Parenting Sanity with a Splash of Knoxville #teamNFC Fun

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This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program that promotes fitness and wellness via National Fitness Center!

“Mom, let’s go to the _________” often ends with the word that rhymes with school, doesn’t it?  The summer feels short, the days can be long, and everyone wants to cool off!  My kids and I have been negotiating a precarious balance this summer between work-from-home office boredom (“Mom, aren’t you done writing that yet?  Let’s go somewhere!”) and outings to keep them occupied.  Summer parenting is often harder than it looks, isn’t it?

When I want to treat them with something fun, that doesn’t mean I have an entire weekend or even an entire day for our outing.  I don’t necessarily want to drive far outside the Knoxville area, because of the travel time involved.  When National Fitness Center invited us to try out Knoxville Beach, or #KnoxBeach for short, heading to this place on Alcoa Highway was a no-brainer.

Child with goggles closeup under waterfall

The first thing that impressed my kids was the size.  The 16,000-square-feet fun pool is enough to wow the typical 6-year-old or even older kids!  The mushroom waterfall makes it extra fun to get wet, and the deep, double diving board area invites them to dive in.  The sloped beach-style pool entrance is popular with all ages of kids who come to swim.

Knox Beach Diving Board

Ultimately in our first long day of visiting #KnoxBeach, it was the variety of activities that kept my kids begging to stay longer.  They tried volleyball and sand angels in one of the three sand volleyball courts. They thought it was fun to “shop” the gear headquarters where they could borrow pool toys. They swam all sorts of fun laps, even though they didn’t use the Olympic-sized swim lanes in the pool.

Knox Beach Sand Volleyball

I wouldn’t feel quite as at ease about my girls swimming this summer if they hadn’t been getting so much swim experience with the #teamNFCsharks swim team.  Prior to that, they’ve both taken group and private lessons at some point at National Fitness Center.  It was still good to have the extra peace of mind of a lifeguard on duty at this outdoor pool because of its size.

Knox Beach Waterfall

We found plenty of poolside seating since we went on a weekday.  The private cabanas also looked like a comfy choice to rent for the day and add some shade protection.  I’m not a fan of most burger/grill stands, but the girls shared a burger plate that tasted surprisingly good.

I’m not anywhere near the swimmer that my girls are, and I can’t do anything impressive from the diving board.  However, my kids were satisfied that I made time to get in to play with them.  Since this place doesn’t take two hours of driving or sitting in tourism traffic, it’s likely we’ll have another chance or two this summer to make a splash at #KnoxBeach!  It’s possible I can treat them to even a couple of hours of fun in the sun and give myself a break at the same time.  This was more fun than the typical pool for them because they found so much variety.

We understand that plans are in the works to add a new splash fort area plus 200-feet of waterslides to #KnoxBeach.  The girls are really anxious to try out a waterslide, which would pretty much guarantee they’ll never want to leave the place once those are built. These appear to be additions coming in 2016. It appears the area could use a bit more lushness in natural landscaping, and I suspect that will come with the completion of this next stage of upgrades.

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether #KnoxBeach is included with a gym membership. The answer is that it depends on the membership level and type.  You’d need to check with the NFC located in your East Tennessee community to find out.  Admission may be an additional fee.  You can call 865-579-3600 for more information.

Our family visited as guests of National Fitness Center.  Our opinions are always our own.

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