Spring Break Staycations: P.E.: Get some exercise at pools, parks

Of course, your kids deserve a break after their hard work at school. And the spring weather is ripe for some fun in the sun.

So this week, enjoy some fun in a county park, or break out the bathing suit and check out an aquatic center. Gwinnett's indoor pools are the only ones open so far, but to enjoy the water outdoors, take the kids to the play fountains in Suwanee or Duluth.

Where to go

One of Gwinnett's award-winning parks or aquatics centers at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville, Bogan Park in Buford, Collins Hill Park in Lawrenceville, Mountain Park in Lilburn and West Gwinnett Park in Norcross.

What to do

Whatever you can imagine - play with your dog, fly a kite, play catch, fish, walk, run, swim. But most importantly have fun.

How much will it cost

Use of the county parks and the fountains in Suwanee and Duluth is free. Aquatic centers cost between $2 and $5, based on age.

When to go

The fountains will be on most of the day, and most parks close at sundown.

The aquatic center hours have been extended for spring break. Most days, they open at 11 a.m. and leisure play pools don't close until 8:30 p.m. For details, go to www.gwinnettparks.com.

Teacher's tip

Kids need time to be kids, Radloff Middle School principal Patty Heitmuller said. Students have been working hard all year, and spring break is an ideal time for children to step back from the books and take a break. "Kids should feel confident they are well prepared" for the upcoming CRCT, she said.