We have been having one HOT summer this year where we live. You literally start melting as soon as you step out the door. So we've been trying to come up with some activities that can help us keep cool without spending a lot of money.
One great way to cool off on hot summer days is to find a park with lots of shade or...a splash pad!
If you've never been to a splash pad park, you need to go! The one closest to where we live is about 15 minutes away. But it is great for kids of all ages and it's actually a really popular spot!
Each splash pad is a little different. Some have sprinklers that spray up from the ground, others have pipes that spray like a shower. Our splash pad is located at a park, so it has all the typical park amenities: nearby parking, playground, grassy area, covered pavilion, and bathrooms. There are also a couple benches on the perimeter of the splash pad to help parents keep a close eye on their kids. The sprinklers are activated by pressing a button. There are several sprinklers in a circular, cement area that spray in different patterns.
It's the same idea as running through the sprinklers at home...but tons more fun! Dress your kids in swimsuits or clothes that can get wet in (and you too!). We make sure to pack towels, sunscreen, and snacks so that we can play as long as we'd like.
If you don't know if there is a splash pad near you, here is a list of local splash pads from EnjoyUtah!.org.
So, go on and make a splash!