This is ideal for little kids – up to around 10 years of age. The Splash Zone is set in the 200-acre Encanto Park with a lake, swimming pool and lots of rides. Families can take a pedal boat across lagoons filled with fish and kids can ride the historic carousel. The Splash zone itself has bumper boats, a tipping bucket, and plenty of space for littlies to splash and paddle.
When: Park reopens April 2018.
Cost: Free entry. All-day Splash zone day pass $5. There is a charge for the rides ($1.25) Purchase ride tickets at the park or a 12-month season pass online for $69.99
Contact: (602) 254-1200
There’s an indoor wave pool that’s 122 feet long and 16 feet high, according to the parks and recreation website. It generates waves up to 3 foot – ideal for learning to ride boogie board or body surf. The water is a comfortable 84 to 86 degrees and raft and tube rentals are available. There is also a 6-lane lap pool for swim training. Its extended opening until December makes for a good spot to take kids when they crave a bit of summertime fun in the winter.
Cost: Kids 7 and under free, 8 to 12 $3, Adults 13 and older $4.
Contact: (480) 350-5201 Press 0 for front desk and 2 for wave pool information.
Use of the spray ground is included in the price of the admission ticket to the zoo. The Yakulla Caverns give a sense of adventure as they include a cave and a waterfall plus the splash pad area with zero depth and some spray fountains to cool kids off. For more water experiences in the Zoo visit the rays and get to feed them some shrimp and fish and trail hands in the water as these gentle giant “fly” by. The spray ground is a great place to stop when kids get hot and tired after walking around looking at the animals. They can cool off under the sprays and do their thing – while parents can take a break too, before seeing the rest of the animals.
When: Seasonal zoo hours: June 1 – August 31 form 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (daily)
November 1 – January 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (daily) September 1 – October 31
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daily) and January 9 – May 31 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daily)
Cost: General Admission: $24.95 – Adults (ages 14 +) $14.95 – Child (ages 3 – 13) Children aged 2 and under FREE. The total experience ticket is most popular at $39.95 – Adults (ages 14+) $29.95 – Child (ages 3 – 13) because you then get the general zoo admission, the 4D Theater Experience, Stingray Bay, Safari Train, unlimited carousel rides and a camel ride all included.
Contact: (602) 286-3800
The Heroes Park Splash Pad covers 8,500 square feet and has a number of spray nozzles, tipping buckets, geysers and more for the kids to get some cooling summer fun. There are more splash pads in the Glendale area – if you prefer to find others check the website – there are splash pads at the Rose Lane Aquatic Center and the Foothills Aquatic Center to name but two.
Where: Heroes Regional Park *3Rd Ave and Berridge Lane, Glendale, AZ 85303 – a 19 minute drive from Phoenix.
When: Reopens in summer 2018 from May to August – 11 am to 7 pm – check the website for schedule.
Contact: (623) 930-2820
Situated inside Gateway Park there is plenty of shade making it ideal for a picnic after playing in the water. The Police Station is situated inside the park grounds so there should have no undesirables hanging around. The splash pad has the usual zero depth and spray nozzles and jets to keep the kids cool and happy.
When: Re-opens summer 2018 – check website for details.
Contact: (623) 876-2977