Wouldn’t it be fun to be a kid again? If you live in the Valley of the Sun and don’t have a swimming pool in your backyard, splash pads are the next best thing. Check these splash pads out in and around the Phoenix area to help the kids cool off this summer.
Goodyear Community Park
The spacious splash pad has colorful arches that spray water down as kids run through them. A tumbling water feature automatically fills buckets that empty onto visitors below. There’s also a big skate park where older kids can shred on the half-pipes and boxes, basketball and tennis courts, a concession stand and plenty of shaded picnic tables and grassy areas.
Details: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily April-October (closed until Saturday, May 18, for repairs). Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Road. 623-882-7525, ci.goodyear.az.us
Did your little one get antsy sitting through nine innings at Chase Field? Head to the splash pad a CityScape in downtown Phoenix. This urban oasis is the perfect place to cool off after shopping, dining or exploring a museum. The park is easily accessible from thelight rail and is pretty much open all the time.
Details: First and Washington Streets, 602-772-3900, cityscapephoenix.com
Glendale Western Area Regional Park
At a whopping 10,000 square feet, the 32 different buckets, spray hoops, surface jet sprays and spray frogs will keep your kids happy. There’s a dry, shaded area for parents who are welcome to bring lawn chairs or towels. Concerned about the amount of water these spray pads consume? No worries — Glendale recirculates, treats and chlorinates the water, with conservation in mind.
Details: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Western Area Regional Park, 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Rd. 623-930-2820, glendaleaz.com
Thanks to azcenteral.com by Robyn Siroky