Free Wichita Splash Parks and Fountains for Kids

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Sedgwick County officials have announced that Wichita public pools and splash parks will likely not open until 2021, however many splash pads in towns surrounding ICT are up and running!

5 Reasons to Visit a Wichita Splash Pad This Summer:

1. The price.  You can’t beat free!

2. Safety. Splash pads are ideal for moms like me who are out-numbered by non-swimmers which make pool trips tough. {Any other moms out there think they need an extra pair of arms?} Once your kiddos are sitting solidly they can get in on the fun. If you have a child who is hesitant getting their face wet, splash parks are a great, fun way for them to ease into that too.

3. The schedule.  Unlike pools which have a shorter season, most splash pads will start operating mid-May and run through September. We all know that it can be scorching beyond Labor Day, so a splash park is a welcome opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, but still stay cool.

4. Flexibility.  Splash parks also have longer hours than most area outdoor pools which means you can fit in water fun before lunch without sacrificing the afternoon nap.  Or go for after dinner fun on those long summer nights.  Wichita Parks & Recreation water features operate from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; other hours are noted below.

5. Variety.  Every splash park has something different to offer.  Do you want a standard synchronized geyser splash pad? Head to Riverside or New Market Square. Looking for more activities like water cannons and dumping buckets?  Try Osage or Fairmount. Are you choosing your splash pad based on proximity to dessert (no judgement!)? Visit Old Town and get a bowl of fro-yo at YO-B’s or gelato at Allegro Cafe.

Grab the suits, sunscreen, flip flops & towels – you’re ready to go!

 

Augusta

El Dorado

Goddard

Haysville

  • Haysville Splash Pad – 525 Sarah Lane Haysville, KS (9am-10pm)

Hutchinson

  • Avenue A Spray Park – Avenue A & Main Street, Hutchinson, KS (9am-9pm)
  • Fairgrounds Water Park – Severance & 23rd Avenue, Hutchinson, KS (9am-10pm)
  • Rice Park Splash Pad – 2112 N. Hendricks, Hutchinson KS 

Maize

Valley Center

 


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Do you happen to know if which of these splash pads are flow through or recirculating? I keep trying to find out and the info isn’t readily available.

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