Lisa Hunter/Viking - Families enjoy “The Lego Movie” while swimming in the pool at LAC on Tuesday, July 1. Long Beach parents felt welcomed and safe as six lifeguards watched over the children.
Lisa Hunter/Viking – Families enjoy “The Lego Movie” while swimming in the pool at LAC on Tuesday, July 1. Long Beach parents felt welcomed and safe as six lifeguards watched over the children.

By Lisa Hunter / Staff Writer

 

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The LBCC Summer Fun Youth Recreation Program at LAC presented a dive-in movie night on Tuesday, July 1 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
The entry fee was $3 for swimmers and no cost to sit in the stands.  Families had an hour of free swim followed by “The Lego Movie”. Adults and kids of all ages relaxed in flotation devices as they watched the movie.
Rodrigo Palomares, 38, a manager at FedEx, said, “When I first came to the pool with my kids, I felt welcomed.” He said that while parents were very watchful of their kids, at least six lifeguards surrounded the area with a clear emphasis on safety. “As soon as they set up for the movie you had a choice to either stay in the pool or sit by the screen to watch the movie. The projector and lighting was actually pretty good. My kids didn’t want to leave. They enjoyed the movie and to top it off, I felt safe.”
Palomares’ daughter, Gianna, 6, said, “It was so exciting because it was nighttime. Me and my sister had so much fun and I can’t wait until next time because we are going to see ‘Frozen’.”
Summer recreation program director Chris Ruiz said the two dive-in movie nights last year were so popular that they added an additional showing this summer. The next events will be Tuesday, July 15 and July 29.
“This is definitely a safe and fun place to bring your kids. I bring my kids here,” Ruiz said.