We love this park! Partly because it's not far from our house but it's also a lot of fun and not that expensive! http://www.accesskent.com/CultureLeisureAndTransit/MillenniumPark/
There are some things you can do for free like park, play in the playground area, picnic in one of the many pavilions (can be reserved), walk/run/bike on the beautiful trials, and they have nice restrooms.
The main portion of the park that we visit is in the paid area. They have a great splash pad for kids and a beautiful beach area with swimming. One thing that I like with my little ones is that the water is pretty shallow in the swimming area. However, there is a drop off past the area they have marked for swimming.
|It's hard to see but if you look in the distance you can see that they offer chairs to sit in.|
|Sandy beach so don't forget your sand toys|
|The "no swim" and drop-off area is well marked.|
|Of course there are some of these visiting those picnicking on the beach ;-)|
|These are near the buildings to provide shaded seating.|
|This is a side view of the picnic table area and changing/shower rooms.|
|Menu and pricing for summer of 2012|
The park is continuously growing. Recently they added a boat rental option. It's located outside of the beach and splash pad area so you do not have to pay an entrance fee. I have not rented a boat there yet but I noticed a nice variety of options (canoe, paddleboat, kayak, row boat) while we were on the beach. The cost doesn't seem to be bad and I even came across a coupon for $3 off any boat rental (found in a local advertisement at my library).
|The boat house|