Budget Friendly Summer Wet Zones

Dated: 06/05/2014

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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 Park, Dallas
It’s 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. 
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
Addison Circle Park
On 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.
4970 Addison Circle Dr.
W.J. Thomas Splash Park, Carrollton
Push 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.
1955 N. Perry Rd.
Celebration Park, Allen
This 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.
701 Angel Pkwy.
The Village at Fairview
If 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.
329 Town Pl.
Frisco Commons Park
Update on May 23: the spray park will be closed until repairs are complete.
The 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.
8000 McKinney Rd.
Sycamore Spray Ground, Fort Worth
The 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.
2525 E. Rosedale St.
Watering Hole Fountain, Fort Worth
The 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.
1720 Gendy St.
Take 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. 
Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne St.
Southwest Spray Park, 2800 Shady Grove Rd.
The 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:
Ash Woods Park, 10301 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 
Aviator Park, 1201 Monticello Dr.
Finch Park, 301 West Standifer St.
John M. Whisenant, 3701 Hudson Crossing
Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex 2, 2701 North Brook Dr., has a wheelchair accessible playground.
The 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.
Parr Park, 3010 Parr Ln.
Dove Park, 1509 Hood Ln.
Activate 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.
Don Misenhimer Park, 201 E. Lonesome Dove Trl.
California Lane Park, 2001 California Ln.
Brantley Hinshaw Park, 2121 Overbrook Dr.
Levitt Pavilion, Arlington
The 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 concerts.
100 W. Abram St.

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