Summer Goes Out with a Splash at Pool Party

School may be back in session, but kids headed to the Calabasas & Tennis Swim Center on Friday for one last summer party.

The back to school pool party brought children and parents to the center for swimming, water games and other activities. A few hundred people filled the center’s pool area with the sounds of music and laughter.

Jennifer Sandoval, who recently moved to Calabasas from Hermosa Beach, came to the center with her children unaware that there were any festivities taking place, but was pleasantly surprised.

“It’s awesome . . . it lets kids go out and enjoy their summer,” Sandoval said. “It is kind of like being in Mayberry.”

Lifeguards stood watch and helped coordinate and orchestrate an array of games that included hula-hoop contests and wet noodle races.

Waving their hands in the air and dancing along with the kids, the guards encouraged participation and brought smiles to lots of faces.

Anne Star and Marin Kokin chatted as they waited in line at the Pool Side Café while their children played poolside.

“It makes it less painful for the kids . . . as school starts,” said Star, smiling. “It’s great what they do.”

In addition to swimming, games and music, participants had a chance to win school supplies and other prizes as raffle tickets were handed out.

The party gives people a chance to visit with friends who they don’t get to see often and helps build a sense of neighborhood unity, said resident Marsha Barker said.

“It’s the best . . . I love the city of Calabasas,” she said.

By Reza Gostar (CalabasasPatch)

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