The City of Henderson operates 16 splash pads at various parks throughout the city. Splash pads are open May 1 to September 30 each year.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The water starts to flow at 9am and shuts off at 8pm. All the splash pads I have been to are usually really busy earlier in the day before it gets don’t-leave-the-house hot later in the day.
WHAT TO TAKE
Some people wear full swimming gear, you can also go in just clothes. There is definitely the potential to become 100% soaked if you are so inclined.
I recommend wearing water shoes or sandals. During the summer months the ground gets very hot, plus there is always the chance your littles will slip or step on something. At the same time, people definitely go barefoot all the time so that’s fine too.
Take sunscreen! And hats and sunglasses and ALL the sun protection. There is little shade to be had at most parks, and what shade there is gets snatched up fast.
When we first moved here I was a little baffled that it was May and almost 100 degrees every day. We were the first people at the splash pad every morning just to escape. We have been to the Reunion Trails, Mission Hills, Acacia, Amador Vista, Hidden Falls and Paseo Vista splash pads.
WHAT WE LIKED
Splash pads are a great way to cool off. You can get equally wet as swimming, minus the worry of making sure nobody accidentally floats off to the deep end or go under. (Although you always hear that it only takes 2 inches of water or something like that for a child to drown, so I’m not saying you don’t still have to be careful!) I love that we can just be out and about and get in the mood for cooling off and stop at one of the many, free, easy locations. They’re everywhere and a lot of times I don’t even plan ahead. We just go get soaked and then take the wet clothes off and drive home.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
I get a little stressed where there are a lot of “big kids” running around. Kyler has been sprayed in the face by kids who think it’s funny to go for the little guys. But now that it’s been another year, I have a feeling we might be on the other side of that problem now…I also wish there was more shade for seating around the splash pads.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
We are at the splash pad at least 2-3 times a week in the summer!