By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Kids enjoy day of wet fun before school starts next week
Buses will be on the road at 6:30 a.m. Monday
Eight-year-old Luke Perry, a rising third-grader, runs through water Friday at the Splash Zone at Laurel Park in Gainesville. Monday marks the first day of school for Hall County and Gainesville students. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Their bookbags are already packed, there's bread and peanut butter in the pantry to make sandwiches and new outfits are picked out, ready to go on Monday morning.

But before Hall County and Gainesville children head back to school next week, there's just enough time for a final summer fling.

Loretta and Max Stiarwalt of Alto took their two grandchildren Friday afternoon to the Splash Zone at Laurel Park.

"Maddie's ready to go but Landon's not so sure, he likes staying at home," Loretta Stiarwalt said of her second-grade and kindergarten-aged grandkids. "We're going to the movies later and they're staying the night with us."

Luke Perry, 8, of Decatur came to the Splash Zone to visit some friends before he goes back to class.

He's been enjoying his summer vacation to the fullest.

"I've been playing tennis, playing a little bit of basketball and just having fun," he said.

Perry didn't sound so excited about school starting, but he is looking forward to learning math.

His friend Anthony Ferrara, 8, a rising third-grader at Oakwood Elementary, said he was excited about P.E. so he could play games.

He and his sister have been getting ready for school by going to be a little earlier each night.

"We're going to do family movies and stay up late as the last hoorah before bedtime changes," Ferrara's mother, Donna, said.

Buses will be on the roads beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday.