Today is the last day of school, and summer for most Valley kids begins. The question for parents: How do you keep your charges busy and/or cool during the next two months without busting the bank or driving yourself crazy?
* Public pools at Los Angeles city parks will open Saturday for the summer. They will operate on a limited schedule from 2 to 6 p.m. next week before going full time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting July 2. Admission is $1.25 for adults but free for those 17 and younger and 65 and older.
* The cities of Agoura Hills and Calabasas both offer weekday beach buses during the summer. The Calabasas bus costs $1 each way to and from Zuma Beach. Call (818) 880-6461 for more information. The Agoura Hills bus also goes to Zuma but is just 50 cents each way. Call (818) 597-7361.
A Topanga Canyon beach bus, sponsored by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's office, is also available weekdays and gives riders a choice of Topanga, Will Rogers or Santa Monica state beaches. Fare is 50 cents each way. Call (888) 769-1122.