Last Saturday, we celebrated my son’s 8th birthday with a pool party at Gold Fish Swim School in Garden City, the newest swim school on Long Island with a few more on the way. I have been working with them over the last few months and in exchange, I was given a complimentary party! The timing was perfect for my son who just turned 8 on June 27th.
The $3 million, 7,100-square- foot facility is located at Stewart Plaza, 650 Stewart Ave., Suite 25, immediately south of the Roosevelt Field mall. Registration is now open and filling fast. They are only hosting parties on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. so book now! However, if demand requires it additional parties will be booked on Sundays.
What You Get
The tropical colors are bright and welcoming along with the staff who were all super friendly. The moment you walk in, you’re assigned a party coordinator who actually calls you two days before to see if you have any questions. You have to bring in your own food. However, they do supply the party paper goods, utensils, drinks and cupcakes for the kids. If you’re feeding the adult party guests, you have to take care of that yourself.
What We Ate
I ordered sandwich wraps from the nearby Stop & Shop and pizza from Louie’s which was recommended by a friend who works nearby. Everybody loved the food! Note: Hurricane Wings is right next door.
While the pool depth is just 4 feet deep, and the water is about 90 degrees with the humidity is contained inside the pool area. Your hair is safe! It also does not have that strong smell of chlorine that literally chokes you. There are plenty of changing stalls, clean restrooms, and a drying thingy that came in pretty handy. My son was so excited to jump into the pool, he forgot to take his street shorts off.
If any of your guests can’t swim, that’s okay. Each guest is asked to take a swim test in the 4-foot pool before party time. If you pass the test, you’re good to go.
If the kids aren’t strong swimmers or are shorter than 4 feet, they are given a life jacket. My son was so motivated to not have to wear a swim vest, he actually swam as if he were trying out for the Olympics. In all my years of watching him during swim lessons, I’ve never ever seen him do it the right way. Until then. Wow.
The kids had a blast and part of that was because of all of the pool toys made available to them. The two lifeguards were a joy to work with and kept a watchful eye on the 16 kids the entire time. The party package welcomes up to 24 kids before you have to pay an additional fee for another lifeguard. How much extra is it? Let’s just say I kept the party under 24.
After swim time was over, the kids were brought out of the pool in small groups where they showered the chlorine off before drying off and changing into their clothes.
Time To Eat
The kids found their way to the table all set and ready with paper plates, juice and napkins. One by one the kids were given their pizza which the staff ordered on my behalf. They were sooooo helpful! The kids dug in and were ready for cupcakes also provided as part of the party package.
We brought in an ice cream cake from Carvel which sat on the counter for over an hour. Oops! I take blame for that. I wasn’t thinking. We could see the cake sinking. As we tried to take it out of the box, it started to move! Who Nelly! I had newbie photog plans to take a shot of the pool behind the birthday boy, but we had to quickly set the cake down or we would all be in trouble!
The kids sang, we scooped out the ice cream cake in lightening speed and it was a wrap.
I can’t tell you enough how awesome this party was. The General Manager, Alex, hung around to make sure things ran smoothly before he left for the day. The staff came to check up on me at the right time and were ever so helpful. They even had balloons ready for the guests as they left.
1. Book your party early. I just heard they are already booked through October. They are only booking parties on Saturday’s at 4:30, but that may change based on the demand.
2. Drinks for the kids consist of Capri Suns so I suggest bringing additional drinks. Swimming makes you thirsty! Extra snacks are available onsite for purchase.
3. You can learn more about the swim lessons and party on their website. They also have family open swim time so if you’re not quite ready to commit, just go check it out first. Oh, and more facilities are coming soon!
4. There’s a BJ’s right across the street in case you want to order food and/or a cake.
Gold Fish Swim School
650 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
*Tell them you read about their party’s on Valley Stream Mom!
More About Gold Fish Swim School
It will employ 50 workers when it begins offering year-round swim lessons to children ages 4 months through 12 years after opening this spring. Franchise co-owner Katie Lee said Garden City is an ideal location for Goldfish’s unique approach to teaching kids to swim.
“It’s a community that has lots of growing families with parents who want their children to be safer in the water,” she said. “We’re also confident they’ll appreciate our Perpetual Lessons model, which is the perfect solution for parents looking to balance a desire to keep their kids’ swim skills sharp with a busy schedule.”
Goldfish’s Perpetual Lessons model doesn’t lock families into a set time or day. Goldfish lets them choose a lesson time that best fits their schedule. Then, if their schedule changes, parents can notify Goldfish and select a different date and time.
Goldfish pools, which are custom-made for teaching, are 4 feet deep at their deepest. Water temperatures are kept at a comfortable 90 degrees, as is the ambient air in the pool area to eliminate shivering when kids leave the water. Colorful murals and faux palm trees evoke a tropical beach house, and parents can observe lessons from an air-conditioned viewing gallery.
The model also allows parents to pay month-to- month, rather than for a months long session in advance.