June is just beginning, but the summer heat has already shown up in the Inland Empire.
A splash pad – a recreation area with no or little standing water – is a great place to cool off in the summer heat without all the stress of going to the neighborhood pool.
A splash pad is something all of the children can enjoy – from bigger kids to toddling babies. One-year-olds love to splash in a small pool of water. Older kids love watching other kids manipulate streams of water and sticking their feet in the fountains in the ground.
Splash Pad Tips
- Wear sunscreen and bring an umbrella if there is not going to be shade nearby.
- Wear a swimsuit to play in the water and consider water shoes. Avoid flip flops that get slippery when wet or catch on rubberized ground.
- Don’t bring the family dog to a splash pad. Not only could a child with a fear of dogs be forced to leave the pad, but even a well-trained dog could get nervous or overexcited around screaming, running kids.
- Since there is no need for a lifeguard at a splash pad, keep a close eye on your children.
- Wear swimsuits to a splash pad if possible, including swim diapers if needed.
Inland Empire Splash Pads
There are many splash pads all over Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) – from public spaces, regional parks to water parks.
Here’s a list of some you don’t need to pay admission to get you started.
- Citrus Park Splash Pad at Citrus Parkin Corona is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 30th. The splash pad, which features water cannons, leaf-like structures and other ways to play, is near two playgrounds and grass areas for drying off in the sun.
- Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga has a small fountain feature splash pad in the center of the shopping area, close to Bath & Body Works and Ben and Jerry’s. There is a family-friendly bathroom nearby for changing.
- Monte Vista Park in Chino features a fenced-in splash pad with a tall geyser spray and has benches nearby. The seven-acre park, which also features playgrounds and basketball courts, will have the splash pad running 7 days a week Open June 14 – September 1 from 10am-6pm.
- The colorfully-lit interactive fountain at The Shoppes at Chino Hills is in the middle of the shopping center. There is a bathroom for changing nearby, so change out of your swimsuit and get dry before you go shopping or have lunch.
- Veterans Park in Colton has along with the splash pad has large trees and grass nearby for moms to stay in the shade. There is two playgrounds, other activities and a library and community center.
- The splash pad at Tom Minor Park in San Bernardino is right next to a covered area with picnic benches and a playground. However, there are no bathrooms at the park – the nearby Arco station bathroom (by Starbucks) is the closest option.
- Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills Community Park has a splash pad along with its 18 acres of park activities and sport fields. The whimsical splash pad is walled off and surrounded by umbrellas to keep parents cool.
Updated 06/20/2014. Posted 06/04/2014.