Sholem Aquatic Center

General Information

Dive into Summer!


Sholem Aquatic Center
2205 Sangamon Drive

At the Sholem Aquatic Center, we’re all about family fun in the sun! We'll make sure that your summer fun lasts all season long! So put on your sunglasses and dig out your bathing suit – the Sholem Aquatic Center is proud to bring you all the fun in the sun you can handle!

Follow us on

Is the Pool Open?

Weather looking a little iffy?  Wondering if you should head to the pool today?  Please read about our Pool Closing Guidelines attached below. Use the following resources to find out about pool closures:

  1. Call the Leisure Line at 398-2589. To access information for Sholem Aquatic Center, press “1” and then “4” once the recording begins.
  2. Visit our online cancellation page
  3. Follow us on Twitter
  4. "Like" our Facebook Page, we will post closings over 4 hours long.

From open swim times to learn-to-swim programs, after-hours rentals to all inclusive birthday parties, the Sholem Aquatic Center is the area’s premier place to beat the summer heat! The 2014 season will run from Saturday May 24th – Monday September 1st with reduced hours when Unit 4 schools are in session.  See "Hours" for more information.
Sholem Aquatic Center is jam packed with great features that are guaranteed to make a splash! Jump into summer by enjoying the following great areas and activities:

  • The Beach is 8,000 sq. feet of fun including a zero depth entry, play and spray features, and dump buckets.
  • The Puddle is made for our littlest swimmers and features a zero-depth entry, a slide that’s just right for little tykes, and plenty of seating and shade for mom and dad.
  • The Sea is our crystal clear, always cool, 8-lane 25-yard lap pool.
  • The Rapids is a 660-ft winding river designed to guarantee fun in the sun.
  • The Falls is a 170-ft tube slide that’ll spin you down, twirl you around, and splash you and your tube out into The Rapids.
  • The Plunge & Blue Rush enclosed body slides that are 197-ft of total darkness that spirals you out into the splash pool before you can say “sun-sational!” (Must be at least 42” tall to ride).
  • The Oasis concession stand offers great eats and treats at reasonable prices with plenty of seating in the sun or shade.
  • Sholem Aquatic Center patrons are protected vigilantly by our internationally-recognized and award winning Jeff Ellis & Associates® lifeguard team.
  • Coast-Guard approved lifejackets are available for rent free of charge for adults and children.


General Admission

Closed for the 2014 season! See you on May 23, 2015!

Monday – Thursday and weekends before 5 pm: $6/R $9/NR
Monday – Thursday and weekends after 5 pm: $4/R $6/NR
Fridays all day: $4/R $6/NR
Note: Children 3 & Under get in free every day!

Season Pool Passes

Did You Know? A pool pass for a family of three pays for itself in fewer than 10 family visits to the pool! On top of being a great deal, pool pass holders also get all kinds of awesome exclusives like early access to Sholem Aquatic Center every weekday, private invites to two free after-hours pool pass parties, free access to lap swim, and free access to Tiny Tots Splash Time! Sholem pool pass holders also get the benefit of a reduced admission fee to the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center in Urbana. Now that’s what we call summer lovin’!
A Season Pool Pass gets you:

  • Admission to Sholem aquatic center during public swim hours and lap swim
  • Early-bird admission on weekdays at Sholem at 12pm
  • Admission to two exclusive Pool Pass Parties & other evening events
  • Reduced admission ($4) at Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center

Pool passes are available at the following prices:

Family of 2-3...................
Family of 4.......................
Family of 5.......................
Additional members......
Senior (Age 65+)............
Replacement Card........

Purchase your season pass at the Leonhard Recreation Center, Springer Cultural Center, Douglass Community Center, or Hays Recreation Center. More information on purchasing passes:

  • Say cheese! Photo ID’s must be taken of all season pass holders 4 years old and up. Photos can be taken at the Bresnan Meeting Center, Springer Cultural Center, and Leonhard Recreation Center during normal business hours, or at Sholem Aquatic Center during the pool season.
  • Each individual will receive his or her own photo ID card. ID cards can be loaded with money and used like debit cards at all CPD facilities. If you currently have an ID card, you do not need a new one for 2014.
  • To verify residency, a current driver’s license or utility bill must be presented at the time of purchase.
  • Only family members may be included on a family pass. See info on Open Swim Cards for sitters or extended family.
  • Kids must be 13 or older to come to the pools by themselves.
  • “Try Before You Buy!” Turn in your daily admission receipt at the Sholem front desk and get that amount off the purchase of a pool pass!” (Note: offer only good if daily admission receipt and pool pass purchase are made the same day).

Swipe-N-Swim Cards

These convenient money saving cards are designed for three different types of admission:

  • Open Swim: Perfect for the babysitter, friends from out-of-town, or any budget savvy swimmer looking for a deal, our Open Swim Card allows you to pre-pay for 5 or 10 public swim admissions.  Cost: $28/R or $42/NR for 5 visits or $55/R or $82.50/NR for 10 visits.
  • Lap Swim: Stay in shape and save money too with our new Lap Swim Card! This great deal allows you to pre-pay for 5 or 10 lap swim visits.  Cost: $19/R or $28.50/NR for 5 visits or $35/R or $52.50/NR for 10 visits.
  • Tiny Tots:  This great payment option allows you to pre-purchase 6 or 12 Tiny Tots visits at a time – and with our new Sunday Tiny Tots hours – you’ll have seven opportunities a week to coax that perfect nap out of your little swimmer!  Cost: $17/R or $25.50/NR for 6 visits or $33/R or $49.50/NR for 12 visits.  All Tiny Tots attendees must get a wristband from the front desk before entering the baby pool area.


2015 Sholem Days & Hours of Operation

Currently closed for the 2014 season! Hours will be updated by May 2015.

Pool Closure Guidelines

We love fun in the sun and we never like to close, but your health and safety have to come first!  Reasons for pool closures or program cancellations include, but are not limited to:

Inclement Weather:

  • Storms - In the event of thunder or lightening, all swimmers will be directed to clear the pool and seek shelter in the locker rooms until 30 minutes have passed without any additional thunder or lightening.
  • Rain - If heavy rain is present such that the lifeguards cannot clearly see the bottom of the pool, patrons will be asked to clear the pool until the rain abates.
  • Low Air Temperatures – If the day’s predicted high is less than 68 degrees, or if the outside air temperature remains under 68 degrees for a prolonged period of time, Sholem Aquatic Center may delay or cancel public swim and some swim programming. Competitive swimming may continue as scheduled at the discretion of the coach.

Inclement Weather Closure Lengths: If Sholem Aquatic Center closes for lightning and thunder, and then NOAA weather radar or suggest prolonged periods of inclement weather (40% + chance of storms for the next 2+ hours), Sholem Aquatic Center public swim and/or aquatics programming will be cancelled until the next scheduled re-evaluation time.  Weather re-evaluation times are generally 3:30pm in the case of morning/early afternoon storms, and 7pm (June/August) or 8pm (July) in the case of late afternoon/evening storms.  

Illness or Fecal Accident: If a patron becomes ill or has a fecal accident in the pool, all swimmers will be asked to exit that section of the Aquatic Center immediately and remain out for at least 30 minutes as per industry standards and risk management requirements.  Please note that severe incidents may require a closure of 24 hours or more per health codes.  

Mechanical Failures or Environmental Hazards: Any event threatening the health or safety of our patrons or employees will result in immediate pool closure.

Note: There will be NO refunds if the pool closes due to inclement weather.  If the pool is able to reopen after the weather has passed, there will be no charge to re-enter the facility with a rain check or that day’s receipt.


Reserve Your Own Piece of Paradise with an Exclusive After-Hours Rental at Sholem Aquatic Center!

Our Summer 2015 rental and party calendar opens January 12, 2015.
Whether you’d like to have the entire waterpark to yourself, or you’re just looking for some uninterrupted river time, we’ve got you covered!  No matter your budget, you can celebrate a birthday, entertain clients, say thank-you to employees, or host a stress-free family reunion by choosing any one of our three after-hours rental options:

  • “Ultimate Beach Party” (full-facility rental) - $365/R or $550/NR per hour
  • “Summer Nights” (limited to the main pool and lap lanes) - $195/R or $295/NR per hour
  • “Surf’s Up!” (limited to the river and the three slides) - $230/R or $345/NR per hour

* Prices represent a per-hour charge. Your rental must be at least two (2) hours.
* All rentals and parties must be booked a minimum of 7 days prior to the event.

Summer 2015 reservation slots will be available January 12, 2015.  All rentals must occur before or after public swim/programming hours. Renters are welcome to bring lawn games to play during their rental times, but please, barefoot-friendly games only (no lawn darts, horseshoes, etc.)  For reservations, please call the Leonhard Recreation Center at 398-2550 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Please note - August dates fill quickly!

Custom Fun in the Sun with Sholem Aquatic Center’s Open-Hours Party Options!

* We do not host any parties or events on holidays or during District events including but not limited to Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, or MiniTri race day.  

From birthday celebrations to corporate fun days, family get-togethers to class reunions, Sholem Aquatic Center is just the place for your next special event!  Our open-hours party options are available any time we’re open for public swim.  You may choose from any of the options listed below, or give us a call and see what we can do for you! Please note that each party package accomodates up to 30 people.  Larger groups will need to book multiple packages.

A Day at the Beach

Let us make your next event as relaxing as a day at the beach! This full-service pool party package includes:

  • Admission to the facility during open hours
  • An exclusive lawn rental with picnic table seating
  • Ice cream treats
  • Your choice of BBQ sandwich or hotdog combos with soda from The Oasis, our full-service concessions area

Fees:  $200/R or $300/R for up to 15 participants for up to 2 hours.  Each additional person is $7/person for residents or $10/person for non-residents.  Each additional hour of lawn rental is $10/hour for residents or $15/hour for non-residents.

Groups on the Green

This great party option includes:

  • Admission to the facility during open hours
  • An exclusive lawn rental with picnic table seating
  • 20% off concessions prices at The Oasis, our full-service concessions area

Fee:  $130/R or $185/NR for up to 15 participants for up to 2 hours.  Each additional person after 15 is $5.50/person for residents and $7.50/person for non-residents.  Each additional hour of lawn rental is $10/hour for residents or $15/hour for non-residents.

Lawn Rangers

Looking for a simple and inexpensive way to reserve some space at Sholem Aquatic Center?  Hoping to bring your lawn games and settle in for a day of fun?  No problem! This lawn-rental-only option was made for you.
Fee: Lawn rentals are $48/residents or $72/non-residents and guarantee an exclusive lawn rental with picnic table seating for up to 2 hours.  Each additional hour of lawn rental is $10 for residents or $15 for non-residents.  Please note that this package does not include admission or concessions.


2015 Programs will post in mid-March, 2015. Our 2014 program offerings were:

Weekday Morning Water Aerobics

Start your morning off right with water aerobics!  The benefits of participating in this class include increased energy, flexibility, strength, and circulation.  Morning water aerobics is arthritis, back pain, and Fibromyalgia-friendly.  Swimming skills are not required.  Participants must attend only the class/section for which they registered.  Friday class meetings are not instructor led, but participants are welcome to come for socializing and unstructured workouts with classmates.  Looking to add even more water aerobics to your schedule?  Create your perfect schedule by signing up for Saturday water aerobics too!  
Click here for class details and to register online!

Saturday Morning Water Aerobics

Start your weekend off right with a fun and energizing Saturday morning water aerobics class! The benefits of participating in water aerobics include decreased stress and increased energy, flexibility, strength, and circulation.  Swimming skills are not required.  Looking to add even more water aerobics to your schedule?  Create your perfect schedule by signing up for our weekday morning aerobics classes too!

Click here for class details and to register online!

Lap Swim

Whether you're looking to lose weight, increase your flexibility, improve your mood or simply enjoy one of the simple pleasures of summer – lap swimming is just what the doctor ordered. Lap swimmers do not share the lanes with swim team or any other groups – so feel free to stretch out and Carpe Piscinam: Seize the Pool! For those who can't attend Lap Swim, lap lanes are protected during most open swim hours with some exceptions on weekends and holidays. Swimmers are welcome to call ahead and check on lane availability. 

Dates: 6/4/14-8/15/14 (M-F):  6:45 am - 7:45 am at the Sholem Aquatic Center
          6/7/14-8/17/14 (Sa & Su):  9:30 am - 10:45 am at the Sholem Aquatic Center
No Lap Swim: 6/28, 7/4, 7/19
Fee (R/NR): Use your swipe-n-swim card, pool pass, or pay $4/$6.

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons can save a life, build a child's confidence, and introduce little ones to a lifelong habit of water exercise. Our carefully selected instructors make up the only Jeff Ellis Swimming (JES) certified staff in the area, and our curriculum is expertly planned by our team of experienced coordinators. Whether your child is fearful of the water or just wants to perfect a particular strroke, we have the right class for you!

Our highest priority is to provide all swim lesson participants with a safe and comfortable place to learn swimming skills that are appropriate for their needs and abilities. Upon registration, we will ask that you choose the lesson level that best fits your child. The suggested ages listed are merely designed to serve as a guide but should not be the main determinant in selecting a class for your child.

Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the first class. The only exception is for Saturday & Sunday classes when the deadline will be Thursday, June 5. Register at Sholem Aquatic Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, Springer Cultural Center, or Douglass Community Center.

Ages: 6 months to 3 years of age (with parent or guardian)
Fee (R/NR): $38/$57
This 30 minute class is designed for parents and their babies/toddlers as an adjustment to the water. Instructors will lead parents and children in several fun and educational in-water activities. Children will have the opportunity to interact with their parents and other children in the water and explore movement and body positions in the water. Participants will also begin practicing skills including but not limited to floating, arm movements, entering/exiting the water, submerging face, and kicking.

Ages: 3-4 years old
Fee (R/NR): $38/$57
Participants in this 30 minute class will be introduced to and work on the following skills:

  • submerging face
  • bobbing
  • jumping into the water
  • front & back floats
  • front crawl arms, eventually front crawl (20 feet)
  • front & back glides, eventually with kicks (10 feet)
  • elementary backstroke (20 feet)
  • safety swims of 25 yards

Ages: 5-7 years old
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Participants in this 45 or 60 minute class will practice similar skills to the preschool class but will be pushed to do more on their own and unassisted. Class content includes:

  • breath holding for 10 seconds
  • jumping in chest deep water, staying submerged for 5 seconds, swimming back to side of pool
  • unassisted front and back floats for 10 seconds
  • unassisted front and back glides
  • front crawl arms for 20 feet, front crawl for 25 yards
  • backstroke for 25 yards
  • Introduction of breaststroke

Ages: 6-8 years old
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Participants in this 45 or 60 minute class will participate in similar skills as the beginner class but will be pushed to swim longer distances and refine their skills with more independence. Class content includes:

  • breath holding for 15 seconds
  • 30 consecutive bobs
  • jumping in chest deep water and swimming back to side of pool
  • unassisted front and back floats for 10 seconds
  • unassisted front and back glides for 15 feet, with kicks for 20 feet
  • front crawl for 25 yards with rhythmic breathing
  • backstroke & elementary backstroke for 50 yards
  • breaststroke for 25 yards
  • introductions of sidestroke arms and scissor kicks

Ages: 7-9 years old
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Participants in this 45 or 60 minute class will work on increasing their distances, stroke refinement of previously taught strokes, and will be introduced to more strokes. Class content includes:

  • front crawl for 50 yards while using rhythmic breathing
  • backstroke for 75 yards
  • breaststroke for 50 yards
  • sidestroke for 50 yards
  • elementary backstroke for 75 yards
  • introduction to dolphin kick and butterfly arms
  • butterfly for 25 yards
  • treading water for 2 minutes

Ages: 8+ years old
Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
This 45 or 60 minute class focuses on endurance and technical aspects of swimming strokes. The instructor will be positioned on the deck for most of the classes to best help students with stroke refinement. Class details include:

  • front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke all for 100 yards each
  • butterfly for 50 yards
  • treading water for 3 minutes
  • introduction of surface dives, object retrieval, and underwater swimming

Adult Swim Lessons

Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Beginner swim lessons are designed for adults at the beginning stages of learning to swim.  Whether you have a fear of the water, or have never had the opportunity to learn, we’ve seen it all before and we can help!

Fee (R/NR): $47/$70.50
Looking for some tips on improving your swimming technique? Interested in making your stroke more efficient? This class is designed for those adults that know the basics of how to swim, but are looking to make improvements in their technique.

Please see Summer FunFormation Guide

Private Swim Lessons

Looking for a more personalized approach or more flexible scheduling for swim lessons? Our private swim lesson program offers one-on-one or small group lessons that are tailored to meet your personal needs. All lessons are 30 minutes and are available by appointment only. For more information or to schedule your lessons, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Fee (R/NR): Private (1) $18/$27; Semi-Private (2) $10/$15; Semi-Private (3) $7/$10.50.  Fees are per participant.

Sholem Sharks Pre-Swim Team

Suggested Ages 6 & under
Is there a swimmer in your family who wants to be on the swim team? Has your child tired of swim lessons but isn't quite ready for swim team? If so, the Sholem Sharks Pre-Swim Team is for you! Participants will be coached by Sholem Sharks coaches and will work on stroke techniques and basic endurance skills that will help to prepare them for future participation on the Sholem Sharks Swim Team. Participants must be comfortable putting their face in the water and be able to focus on swimming for the duration of the 30 minute practice. Sholem Sharks Pre-Swim Team fee includes participation in swim meets!

Click here for program details & to register online!

Sholem Sharks Swim Team

Suggested Ages 7-18
Gain self confidence, enhance social skills and have a sense of accomplishment as a member of our team! Improve swimming skills and endurance through daily
practices and weekly competitions. Swimmers must be able to swim a 25 yard free style comfortably with their face in the water. If not, we encourage children to enroll in our swim lessons or pre-swim team program. Swimmers will compete within their own age group in the East Central Illinois Swim
Conference Championship meet. All meets will be held on Saturdays. Swimmers must swim three meets to compete in the championship meet. Please review our Pool Closure Guidelines at in the event of questionable weather.

Click here for program details & to register online!

Tiny Tots Splash Time

Ages 0–5 with parent/guardian
We can't promise that bringing your little one to Tiny Tots will ensure the perfect nap, but we can guarantee that you and your little one will have a great time! Often called one of Champaign-Urbana's "best kept secrets," Tiny Tots Splash Time provides a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some quality water play time with your little one and socialize with other parents and kids before the afternoon rush and ahead of their afternoon nap. Only the kiddy pool will be open during this time. Parents/guardians must be within arms-reach of their child at all times. Tiny Tots is a paid activity but is not part of swim
lessons. All parents/guardians will receive (and must wear) a Tiny Tots wristband from the Sholem front desk upon payment.
Dates: 6/4/14-8/15/14 (M-F):  7:30 am - 11:45 am at the Sholem Aquatic Center
          6/7/14-8/17/14 (Sa & Su):  9:30 am - 10:45 am at the Sholem Aquatic Center
Fee:  $3/$4.50 per person or FREE for pool pass holders!  Children ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult.  Be sure you check out our new Tiny Tots Swipe-n-Swim cards.

Junior Lifeguard Academy

Ages: 11 - 15
The primary purpose of the Junior Lifeguard Academy is to increase participants’ self-confidence, physical conditioning, and safety awareness by providing a thorough introduction to water safety, first aid and aquatic rescue techniques.  All Junior Lifeguard Academy instructors are veteran members of our award-winning lifeguard team, well-versed in water safety, and passionate about teaching and mentoring young people.  The goal of this program is to provide participants with the skills necessary to apply for lifeguarding positions with the Champaign Park District after they turn 16. Participants must be able to swim 25 yards comfortably in a reasonable amount of time, and should also have a serious interest in learning about aquatic rescue techniques.
Click here for program details & to register online!

Special Events

Click the event to view more details!
2015 events will post mid-March 2015. Our 2014 events included:

4th of July Events

Dates & Times:
7/4 11a - 7p - 4th of July Day Event
7/4 7 - 9p - July 4th Night Float

Water your plans for the 4th of July? We'll be keepin' it cool at Sholem pool - and you're invited! Activities include:We can't wait to celebrate the 4th of July with you! Here is a schedule of activities set to happen this Friday:
• 1-3pm: Free face painting
• 2pm: Kid-friendly cannonball contest
• 3pm: Free watermelon eating contest
• 4pm: America-themed trivia contests
• 5pm: Rubber Duck Races in the Lazy River
• 6pm: Free ice cream eating contest
• Delicious concessions food & drink specials that'll let you 'sip' back, relax, and enjoy one of our favorite summer holidays

Exclusive! Pool Pass Party

Dates & Times:
7/19/14 from 8:15 – 10:15 pm
Description: You haven’t experienced Sholem Aquatic Center until you’ve experienced it after dark!  Imagine a peaceful starlit float around the river, mastering the lilypad lane under the stars, or shooting through the body slides in the pitch black.  Combine that with great concessions deals and you have the perfect sizzlin’ summer night!  These great events are open to pool pass holders only – so don’t miss out on the fun – get your pass today!
Fee:  Free to all Sholem Aquatic Center pool pass holders, but closed to the general public

The Fourth Annual Cardboard Cup Race

Date:  Sunday, July 20
Time: 2:00 pm
Description:  Whether you’re a bonafide landlubber or a pirate king – Sholem’s cardboard boat race is just the thing!  This hilarious event is a great way to show off your engineering prowess…or your swimming skills!  So gather your crew and create your craft using only cardboard, duct tape and rubber cement.  A full list of contest rules is available at the Sholem ticket office or on our website or Facebook page. Prizes will be given in the following categories:

  • First, Second & Third Place — Fastest boats.
  • Pride of the Pool— Most creative design and best use of corrugated cardboard.
  • Jewel of the Fleet— Most attractive or spectacular-looking boat.
  • Park District Pride— Best boat with a Champaign Park District theme.
  • Esprit de Boat— Team that has the most fun!
  • Peacock Award — Best dressed boat passengers - must be creative!
  • Titanic Award — Most spectacular sinking.

Fee:  All entries are free with paid admission to the pool; spectators must pay regular admission prices.

Late Nights

Dates &Times:
7/12 11a-9p
7/25 12:30-9pm
8/9   11am-9pm
Description:  Enjoy a starlit float around the river, shoot the slides in the dark, or just relax on the beach and watch the night sky. The Oasis concession stand will stay open and stocked with all your favorite treats, plus we'll sell glow necklaces to help you light up the night.
Fees:  $4/$6. If you visited the pool earlier that same day, you may re-enter at no charge with your receipt.

Labor Day Weekend Admission Sale

Dates: Saturday, August 30 – Monday, September 1
Times: Sa 11a-9p, Su-M 11am-7pm
Get your last taste of summer this Labor Day weekend and we’ll send you back to school with a little more change in your pocket!  Everyone gets 50% off the cost of admission all weekend long plus the folks at The Oasis concession stand have put together food and drink deals that are too good to print!  Summer may be slippin’ away, but it’s never too late for one more perfect poolside day!
Fee:  $3/R or $4.50/NR Saturday,August 30 – Monday September 1


The Oasis Concessions Stand

The Oasis concession stand at Sholem Aquatic Center is your one stop shop for summer treats and eats!  Featuring fresh food at a fair price, The Oasis is open during public swim hours with reduced hours when Unit 4 is in session and expanded hours for special events. We’re also happy to cater your next poolside or Centennial Park event!
Our 2015 concessions menu will post mid-March 2015.

Download this file (2014 Sholem Aquatic Center Closure Guidelines.pdf)2014 Closure Guidelines71 kB2014-05-22 16:04
Download this file (Cardboard Cup flyer 2014 v8.pdf)Cardboard Cup 2014 Rules1483 kB2014-07-03 11:06
Download this file (SACRules.pdf)Sholem Pool Rules64 kB2013-12-26 11:15
Powered by Spearhead Software Labs Joomla Facebook Like Button