School is out and summer is here! If you looking for ways to stay cool and
enjoy the outdoors on a weekly basis without breaking the bank this summer you’ll
want to check out the Dallas-Fort Worth parks that have FREE Wet Zones. These parks are great for your pre-schoolers
and younger grade-schoolers. they love
being out side and getting wet! So pack
up a picnic and head to the park, but don’t forget the swim suits and sun screen. Can’t decide which one to try first? Start with the park closest to you and then…go
crazy and try a new park every week. Your
kids will think you are the BEST and it will get those kiddos out of the house
for a few hours and worn out. After an hour or so of this summer fun your
kiddos will be ready for a nice quiet nap at home! Klyde Warren
hard to miss the spraying and misting fountain in the Children’s Park, but look
closer and you’ll see that the long-bodied water feature simulates the
metamorphosis of a caterpillar. 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.
Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
214/716-4500 klydewarrenpark.com Addison
your last visit to one of Addison’s many festivals, you might have seen the
park’s interactive fountain. Don’t be shy. Let the kids play in the water,
which shoots up from the stone patio, and follow the channel to a shallow water
garden under shade trees. The fountain has been turned on for the summer and
stays on daily during park hours, from 6am–11pm.
Addison Circle Dr.
972/450-2851 addisontexas.net W.J. Thomas
Splash Park, Carrollton
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 in May when the
weather gets warmer. Open 9am–8pm daily through early October.
N. Perry Rd.
972/466-3080 cityofcarrollton.com/splashpark Celebration
splash pad features dumping buckets, shooters, sprinklers and more playground
equipment at Allen’s Celebration Park. 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.
214/509-4700 allenparks.org The Village
you’re heading out for some back-to-school shopping, make the trip a twofer and
visit the center’s Fountain Court, open daily 10am–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 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.
972/678-4939 thevillageshopping.com Frisco
May 23: the spray park will be closed until repairs are complete.
spray grounds at Frisco Commons, which runs on a recycled water system, will be
open 8am–8pm daily through Labor Day. The city recently added a large pavilion
with restrooms and two smaller shade structures with picnic tables. Openings of
the other two grounds will depend on water restrictions.
972/292-6500 friscofun.org Sycamore
Spray Ground, Fort Worth
city-run spray ground is located just outside Fort Worth’s Sycamore Community
Center and is open from 12–7pm daily. The spray ground will open May 24 and
stay open until September 1. Come dressed in your swimwear (bathing suits are
required at the spray park) and bring a picnic for a rest at the tables nearby.
E. Rosedale St.
817/871-7675 fortworthtexas.gov/sycamoresprayground Watering
Hole Fountain, Fort Worth
courtyard between the National Cowgirl Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of
Science and History is home to a popular play fountain called the Watering
Hole. Take the kids for a run through when it’s open from 10am–7pm daily except
during the cold season. Bring a towel to dry off outside. The Cowgirl Museum
welcomes guests to use their restrooms if you need to change clothes.
817/336-4475 cowgirl.net Irving
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 1–8pm Tue–Sun. The spray park outside the Northwest
Park Recreation Center will be closed Tuesdays and will run from 1–8pm Wed–Mon.
Both parks open May 24.
Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St.
Spray Park, 2800 Shady Grove Rd.
972/721-2501 cityofirving.org McKinney
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:
Woods Park, 10301 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Park, 1201 Monticello Dr.
Park, 301 West Standifer St.
M. Whisenant, 3701 Hudson Crossing
Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex 2, 2701 North Brook Dr., has a wheelchair accessible
972/547-7480 mckinneyparks.org Grapevine
city’s two spray grounds at Parr Park and Dove Park. The grounds run daily from
8am–8pm through September 30. The spray ground at Dove Park runs on the same
system as the waterpark next door so both will be shut down in case of bad
weather. Water features vary at each location, but both spray grounds are
motion activated to save water. No need to press a button; just walk onto the
pad. Water shoes are encouraged.
Park, 3010 Parr Ln.
Park, 1509 Hood Ln.
817/410-3450 playgrapevine.com Arlington
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 through Labor Day, and then on weekends through the end of the month.
Misenhimer Park, 201 E. Lonesome Dove Trl.
Lane Park, 2001 California Ln.
Hinshaw Park, 2121 Overbrook Dr.
817/459-5474 naturallyfun.org Levitt
interactive water fountain at Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing
Arts is turned on until 4pm daily and from noon–4pm on Wednesdays. Make a day
of it and go on a night scheduled for one of the pavilion’s free evening
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