This brand new facility features a 45'x75' Activity Pool, 25 yard 4 Lane Lap Pool, 245' Lazy River, 12 person warm-water Spa, Waterslides, Managed by the City of Newark.
This is the only indoor water park in the SF Bay Area. I've been to many other indoor water parks in the midwest and this one does not compare. It is smaller, the water is cold, and the changing room is nothing to brag about. The only thing SIllman's has going for itself is that it is the ONLY one in my area. So, we will go there and enjoy ourselves no matter what. I'm not saying it's horrible, it's just not as good as what I've already experienced. The water does need to be warmer, though.
This is a nice indoor aquatic pool but way too crowded. There are alot of pros and cons to this center.
First the pros:
1. Pretty clean facility and clean bathrooms considering it is a public place. They even have several family bathrooms with private showers - you just need to get a key to use it.
2. Lots of fun slides with two water areas - a deeper one for older kids and a very shallow one for toddlers.
3. Life preservers are provided for all age groups and there are plenty to go around since so many people are coming in and out of the center constantly.
A few cons:
1. The center reeks of chlorine - not sure if this can be avoided tho but it seems to be a little much.
2. Because there were so many people there weren't enough table or chairs to go around so if you're child is in the water you'll most likely be standing the whole time on the sidelines. It's best to bring your own chair if you can.
3. There is no food or drinks allowed in the center so you have to dry off and go to the cafeteria every time you're hungry. This can be challenging with little ones.
4. It is a bit pricey at $8/adult (whether you're swimming or not) and $4/child. However, they do have free swim days and they do have incentives for kids like reading program "bucks" etc that can be used to purchase your tickets here so definitely take advantage of those offers when you can.
Unlike the typical water theme park, this INDOOR community aquatic center in Newark, CA is perfect for younger kids. After reading reviews here on Trekaroo, we just had to check it out for ourselves. It was totally worth the drive. This indoor facility is open year round, so even though it's the middle of winter, we had a fun day at the pool.
There are 5 pools at Silliman.
1) A pool with a play structure with a couple of small slides and water shooting at your from every direction. Our 3 and 6 year old boys had such a fantastic time here. Perfect for kids under 8.
2) Lazy River with floaties: It's small because it's indoor, a fun change from the craziness in pool #1, but everything as you'd expect.
3) Big slides: These slides aren't as big as the water slides you typically see in an outdoor water park. And I think I've seen larger ones indoors as well, but it was sufficient to be pretty exciting. We were there on a Saturday afternoon and the weren't any long lines. That was the best part about it. Dread waiting in line at most water parks when you're wet and cold. You have to be 48" to ride these slides.
4) Lap pool with basketball hoop and water polo goals.
5) Spa: It was pretty crowded and folks were waiting in line to get in.
If you have younger kids, I think Silliman actually works out better than Aqua Adventure for several reasons. First, the price is perfect $7.50 for adults, and $4.50 for kids. At other more expensive water parks, as a parent with little ones, I always feel like I'm not getting my money's worth hanging out at the kiddie pool all day. Silliman had enough to keep teenagers happy and lots to keep elementary school aged kids and younger VERY happy. Secondly, it's indoor and the water is warm. If you have kids like mine that start shivering 20 minutes into a swim, then you'll really appreciate the nice warm water.
The bathrooms were remarkably clean for a public facility and I felt comfortable enough walking barefoot in it Gasp.
There were life vests available for free those who need it. The life guards were very vigilant. Not particularly friendly or chipper, but definitely attentive.
My only complaint - the cafe was outside of the pool area, so if you get hungry, you'll have to dry off first. Also, there wasn't quite enough deck chairs for the crowd.
Silliman also has nice party rooms which are quite reasonably priced. Check their website for rates.
Two weeks ago had been spring break time for all the local schools in our area. 5 other moms and I caravaned up to Silliman Activity Center in Newark on the East Bay yesterday. Why we had to go by caravan I still haven't figured out, but it was kinda fun in a weird way.
Silliman is an indoor aquatic park with a variety of different entertaining features for your water babies (or kids). There is a zero-depth entry pool with a play structure full of slides, water fountains, and water cannons. A lazy river with inter tubes to ride on, a large lap pool, a hot tub, and a giant double water side. My 8 year old was SO disappointed he wasn't tall enough to slide yet (48 inches, he was 2 inches shy!). There were some very nice features such as the family changing rooms (complete with private shower, hair dryer, and changing station), and the food was pretty decent as well. I think the main drawback was we went during spring break and it was packed!
Some things that are nice to know beforehand:
* No outside rafts, floats, or swim fins are allowed (Silliman provides inter tubes for the lazy river and life vests of varying sizes (though you can bring your own vest)).
* Apparently you're not supposed to bring outside food, but we saw lots of people who brought their own healthy snacks.
* You need to ask the front desk to un-lock the family changing room, and bring shampoo unless you don't mind using hand soap.
Best recreation complex in the bay area. There is something for everyone. A play pool for the little ones, a lazy river and water slides for the the teens, a hot tub and lap pool for me. The kids always enjoy it and I have fun as well. Entrance fees are very affordable for a family.