Where I'm at in the country it has hit a minimum of 90 degrees everyday for the last two weeks. My little family just isn't used to heat like this in Indiana. In Utah? Sure! After all, Utah is a desert and deserts are hot! But in Indiana? Whoo! We're all drying out, the grass included. Bans have been put in place on fireworks, and moderation is being encouraged when it comes to water consumption. Our lawn is so crispy it actually gave my daughter a splinter. So what do you do when going outside to play isn't really an option?
You find a splash pad.
Splash parks or pads are a fairly recent development (I saw my first 8 years ago.) Most of the splash parks I've seen are giant concrete or rubberized floors with various hoses, buckets and sprinklers coming up from the ground. They're great for little kids because there's no risk of drowning like there is at a pool and they're great for big kids because they can play all the games they're used to while staying perfectly cool under the misting, sprinkling and dropping water. Many malls and shopping areas have also installed fountains that serve as both an artistic feature as well as a great place for families to cool off in hot weather. Depending on where you live splash parks may be elaborate city block setups or a few humble hoses tucked in the corner of a park. No matter what you have access to, any hot kid is going to appreciate the chance to cool off under running water.
So you found a splash park? Here's a few things to keep in mind before you go and while you're there:
I forgot the best part of all when it comes to splash parks, they're usually free! FREE! While they do require some prep, it's certainly not nearly the prep involved in going to the pool. I can still hang out with my mom friends in the shade on blankets with our babies while our kids play, unlike the pool where it's all eyes on all the kids all the time (and chances are we'd have to be in swimsuits as well, so much hassle. VIVA LE SPLASH PARK!)
Do you have a favorite splash park or pad near you?
Yes! Its just five minutes away! We don't do record breaking 90 days here in Washington state but it gets hot enough to go! My kids love it!!
Im in Indiana too so I totally feel you! Im going to have to look around for some free ones. We are going to go check out the new one at Conner Prairie here in the next week or two. Just hoping to get out of the 100's before we do!
we have never been to one, but I just found out that our local Y has one as well as an out door pool. we are signing up this month.
There is a splash zone in a park near us, but after I saw the big kid knock another smaller kid head-long into the concrete after running into him, I've thought twice about going there again. I think that he was knocked unconscious and his parents had to take him to get checked out. The big kid's parents weren't even watching him. They really need rules at these places and parents to be watching their kids, just a heads up for other moms.
No it rarely gets hot here :(
Wow ! that must be amazing ! What state do you live in ? I must move there !
We don't have anything like that here. It's cold 9 months out of the year so there really isn't a need.
Nope we just have the beach :)
Someday I hope to take my kids to see the beach!