We love the splash pad. Like LOVE it. I’m not sure if everywhere has jumped on this trend, but here in the greater Phoenix area, they’re everywhere and it’s down right terrific.
There are so many good things about splash pads.
First of all, they’re free. Located in parks, malls, the zoo, and neighborhoods, they are easy to find and don’t cost you anything to get in just to have your toddler run around and stay cool!
Second, they’re free! Just kidding, but it’s a pretty good selling point.
Second, (I feel) they’re pretty safe. The only thing you really have to worry about is your child, who is running full speed through spraying water with their eyes closed, running into another child doing the same thing. For the most part, they can’t really drown, there’s not usually anything to climb up on to fall off of, and I’ve always seen them kept clean.
Third, going to the splash pad completely counts as that day’s bath. Judge if you choose, but it counts.
Fourth, it’s great exercise for kiddos! My little guy can run around like crazy and he doesn’t come home sweaty and smelly. Win!
Also, splash pads get extra bonus points from me if they have shade where the parents can sit, and even more points if it’s all shade so I don’t have to worry about remembering to put sunscreen on my kids.
It’s not even summer yet and we’ve already been enjoying Arizona splash pads! Text some friends with kids, pack some snacks, meet at the splash pad, and have fun while you try to beat the heat! And if you really don’t have good splash pads where you live, maybe it’s time to come visit us in AZ!
Check out this link for a great list of splash pads in Phoenix: Phoenix Splash Pads