As the summer heats up, it gets harder to entertain the kids. So trade the sprinklers and backyard water hose for a fun romp through an interactive water fountain, splash pad or spray park near you. We gathered a few of our favorite locales that have generous open times — and best of all, entry is absolutely free.
This splash pad at Allen's Celebration Park features dumping buckets, shooters, sprinklers and more playground equipment. Bring the whole family for a picnic under the pavilion during open hours from 9am–9pm. The splash pad runs from May 1–September 30, except for Wednesdays when it’s closed for maintenance. Located just next to the splash pad is kidMania, which the city says is one of the largest accessible playgrounds in the state.
701 Angel Pkwy.
Activate the water features at the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department’s three spray parks with the touch of a button. All three are open from 10am–8pm daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and then on weekends through the end of the month.
Don Misenhimer Park, 201 E. Lonesome Dove Trl.
California Lane Park, 2001 California Ln.
Brantley Hinshaw Park, 2121 Overbrook Dr.
The interactive water fountain at Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is turned on until 4pm daily and from 12–4pm on Wednesdays. Make a day of it, and go on a night scheduled for one of the pavilion’s free evening concerts.
100 W. Abram St.
At W.J. Thomas Splash Park, push the top of the red fire hydrant to make it rain at Carrollton’s first and only city-run splash park. While the kids check out the water features, including a crashing wave that pours water over the top, parents can watch from the nearby wooden deck with picnic tables. The fountains will be turned on when average temperatures rise above 80 degrees. Open 9am–8pm daily through early October.
1955 N. Perry Rd.
Within the Hillside Village shopping center, an interactive fountain offers wet and wild fun. This fountain, situated in the center of Uptown Village in front of Barnes & Noble, is open daily from 9am–10pm. Come sporting swimwear, because bathing suits and rubber footwear are required.
305 W. FM 1382
Bicentennial Park offers a 2,000-square-foot Splash Pad of water fun. This sea-themed park is open daily from 10am–8pm from May 22 through Labor Day.
201 E. Main St.
It’s hard to miss the spraying and misting fountain in the Children’s Park within Klyde Warren Park, but look closer and you’ll see that the long-bodied water feature simulates the metamorphosis of a caterpillar. The main splash pad is on the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and St. Paul Street. Find more fountains on Hart Boulevard, as you enter the park from either side or behind the main pavilion in Moody Plaza. The park is open 6am–11pm daily and fountains turn on when the temperature outside reaches 60 degrees.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
In addition to the splash pads at Klyde Warren, Dallas Aquatics offers 10 spraygrounds throughout the city. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, enjoy these free water wonderlands seven days a week. Most are open from 10am–8pm, but hours vary. See website for exact hours.
Beckley-Saner, 114 W. Hobson
Campbell Green, 16600 Park Hill Dr.
Danieldale, 300 W. Wheatland Rd.
Furguson, 1900 Gross Rd.
Lake Highlands, 9940 White Rock Tr.
Mildred Dunn, 3300 Carpenter Ave.
Pemberton Hill, 6424 Elam Rd.
Ridgewood, 6818 Fisher Rd.
South Central, 4753 Fellows Ln.
Umphress, 7700 Umphress
Willie Mae Butler, 3700 Dixon Ave.
South Euless Park's splash pad features touch-activated and timed water works such as a raining water bucket, spray poles and geysers. Restrooms and water fountains are in close proximity to the splash pad. From May 1 through September 30, this park is open from 9am–8pm Monday– Saturday and 2pm–6pm on Sundays.
600 S. Main St.
If you’re heading out for some back-to-school shopping, make the trip a twofer and visit The Village at Fairview's Fountain Court, open daily 9am–9pm. The water has already been turned on for the season and will remain on until the outside temperature drops below 40 degrees. Swimwear is required, and water or rubber shoes are recommended to avoid falls on the potentially slippery ground. For more entertainment, watch the nightly fountain shows set to music at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, play a game on the oversized chessboard at the grotto, and visit the Village Depot Play Area on the Allen side across the street.
329 Town Pl.
The spray grounds at Frisco Commons, which runs on a recycled water system, will be open 8am–8pm daily May–September. The city recently added a large pavilion with restrooms and two smaller shade structures with picnic tables. Shepherds Glen, at the intersection of Rolater Road and Coit Road, will also open in May with daily hours of 8am–8pm. This splash pad features shade cover and walking trails, but no restrooms.
Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Rd.
J.R. Newman Spray Park, 8211 Twin Falls Dr.
Shepherds Glen, 12012 Shepherds Hill Dr.
Parr Park is already open daily from 8am–8pm starting May 1 for the 2016 season. Spray grounds are motion activated to save water. No need to press a button; just walk onto the pad. Water shoes are encouraged. Adjacent to Dove Park Pool, the Dove Park spray ground splashes kids with a mechanical bucket daily from 8am–8pm.
Dove Park, 1509 Hood Lane
Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, two spraygrounds in Haltom City will offer relief from the summer sun for your tiny tots. The splash pads at Broadway Park and Whites Branch Park will be open daily from 10am–8pm, unless city water restrictions apply. Swimwear is required.
Broadway Park, 4839 Broadway Ave.
Whites Branch Park, 5290 Western Center Blvd.
Take your pick of the city’s two locations for zero-depth water fun: the Southwest Spray Park and another spray park outside the Northwest Park Recreation Center. Families can enjoy the bubblers, fountains and more spray features at both parks. Due to water restrictions, the Southwest Spray Park will be closed on Mondays and will run from 11am–8pm Tue–Sun. The spray park outside the Northwest Park Recreation Center will be closed Tuesdays and will run from 11am–8pm Wed–Mon. Both parks open May 24.
Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St.
Southwest Spray Park, 2800 Shady Grove Rd.
McKinney’s splash pads plan to open in late May. The park hours will depend on the status of the stage three water restrictions. The city has seven free splash pads for humans (and one for canines at the Bonnie Wenk Park dog park) and five of them also have playgrounds nearby:
Ash Woods Park, 10301 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Aviator Park, 1201 Monticello Dr.
Finch Park, 301 West Standifer St.
Horizon Park, 401 Flatrock Dr.
Inspiration Park, 4212 Shawnee Dr.
Sonntag Park, 1849 Reagan Dr.
John M. Whisenant, 3701 Hudson Crossing
Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex, 2, 2701 North Brook Dr., has a wheelchair accessible playground.
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