Arizona summer can be long and hot, so it is the perfect time of year for you and your toddler, preschooler or school-age child to enjoy outdoor play in a splash park. Many of the parks offer shooting, swirling and squirting water features, which makes it a lot of fun! Most of the splash pads are free, or if there is a charge, it is minimal, some starting at $1.00. No matter where you live in the Valley, there is a splash pad near you. Here is a list of a few splash pads you should check out!
Glendale Heros Park – 8100 W. Bethany Home – Free admission
Rio Vista Park – 8866 W. Thunderbird – Free admission
Splash Playground – 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy
Hudson Park – 1430 S. Cedar St.
Chuparosa Park – 2400 S. Dobson
Espee Park – 450 E. Knox
Aqua Linda Park – 8732 E. McDonald
Chesnutt Park 0 4565 N. Granite Reef
Altadena Park – 3711 E. Altadena
Pecos Park – 17010 S. 48th St.
Splash pad safety tips –
- Ensure your little ones are wearing “swim shoes” or shoes with a non-slip bottom to eliminate any chances of slipping while running around and having a blast!
- Always keep children within sight and watch for suspicious behavior or adults you are not familiar with.
- Make sure everyone stays hydrated! Bring water bottles, applesauce packets, juice boxes and whatever else your toddler or preschooler loves to drink!
- If your child is potty trained have them use the bathroom often, accidents while playing in the splash pad can lead to the spread of illness and further contaminations.
- Keep everyone properly covered in sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply!