There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than taking the kids to a splash pad: it’s all the cooling off fun without the stress of having to watch them in a pool. We’ve pulled together a list of splash pads (with a few pools thrown in) in Rhode Island as well as some in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut. (If we missed any, let us know by commenting on this post). Stay cool this summer!
The City of Providence has 5 outdoor pools and 13 water parks that are free and are open to the public. Pools are open from 12 – 5 Monday – Saturday and Splash Parks are open from 10am to 5pm Monday – Saturday, in the months of July and August.
Addresses: can be found here.
World War II Memorial Park has a large splash pad and playground – anticipated date of opening is June 9th, however, check the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook Page to confirm that it is open.
Phone: (401) 767-9287 Address: Veteran’s Way, Woonsocket, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo has water features in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard. Cost included in admission to the zoo.
Phone: (401) 785-3510 Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
The Kent County YMCA has spray park in addition to a playground, a pond for swimming with lifeguards, canoeing, lawn with picnic tables, trails for hiking and more. “Not-Yet Members” can purchase a day pass that costs $15 per family. Go to the main building and stop at the membership desk. They will ask for photo ID’s of all adults.
Phone: (401) 828-0130 Address: 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI
Attleboro has four pools that are open daily 11:00am to 6:00pm from June 27 – Aug 17, 2018. $160/family for season pass. Day rate is $3/day for residents, or $10/adult, $5/child for non-residents, free for age 2 and under. Spatcher pool has additional water features and a very shallow area for young children.
- Lees Pond Pool Address: 787 Washington Street, Attleboro, MA
- Twin Village Pool Address: 700 South Main Street, Attleboro, MA
- Briggs Park/Pool Address: 36 East St, Attleboro, MA
- Spatcher Pool Address: 79 North Avenue, Attleboro, MA
Phone: (508)528-8708 Address: 45 Forge Hill Rd, Franklin, MA
This great little zoo in Attleboro, MA has a splash pad inside of the zoo, as well as a changing area. Cost is included in admission to the zoo. Call for hours.
Phone: (774) 203-1840
Address: 201 County St, Attleboro, MA
Address: Alden St. Fall River, MA
Silver Lake in Bellingham has a splash pad. Day passes to Silver Lake give you access to the lake, splash pad, and playground and can be purchased online here for $7 (season passes are also available for both residents and non-residents. Check out the Bellingham Parks & Recreation or the Little Angels Splash Pad Facebook Pages for updates.
Telephone: (508) 883 1085
Address: 92-98 Cross St, Bellingham, MA
In addition to the splash pad, there is a knee-deep wading pool, picnic areas and hiking in the Freetown State Forest in Assonet, MA.
Phone: (508) 644-5522 Address: 110 Slab Bridge Road, Assonet, MA
A little further, a little pricer:
No budget? No car? No motivation to buckle one more kid into one more car seat? Here are some of our favorite ways to beat the heat in your own backyard.
- Although these easy fill water balloons are brilliant and a hit with the kids, we get a little sick of cleaning up the tiny pieces. This sponge water ball activity looks like a great alternative!
- Make your kids wash your car. They get to use soap and the hose, you *maybe* get a clean car. Or if you have a cozy coop or another plastic ride on toy, have them wash that – multiple kids can take turns “driving” through the car wash.
- You could also set up this cute little “dishwashing” station. Substitute plastic toy animals, matchbox cars, or anything else you have nearby for the dishes.
- It doesn’t get much easier than grabbing a few paintbrushes and a bucket and letting your little kids “paint” the deck, fence, or another outdoor surface with water. This variation using chalk looks a bit more complicated but fun for slightly older kids.
- Make “magic potions.” Fill some bowls with water, grab some interesting kitchen gadgets (our kids particularly love it when we let them play with the tea steeper) and encourage them to get creative with leaves, flowers, mud and whatever other sort of magic fun they can get their hands on.