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75+ Splash Pads in Southern California (Updated for 2021)

Splish splash I was taking a bath!  I mean taking my kids to a local water park or splash pad in Southern California for some fun!  Where else can you go on a beautiful summer day that is FREE on most occasions and refreshing?

This summer several communities throughout Southern California have designated certain areas in their cities as cool down stations.  Cool down stations are designed to help people ward off the heat when it reaches a certain temperature and becomes unmanagable.  Your local splash pad is sometimes one of those stations.

75+ Splash Pads in Southern California including San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino areas. Some are free, some cost only a few dollars. Either way, grab sunscreen and lawn chairs and head out to your local splash pad for some fun with your family!

Splash Pads in Southern California

Splash pads are also recreational areas, often in a public park for water play that has little or no standing water.  This eliminates the need for lifeguards or other supervision, as there is little risk of drowning.  However, I highly recommend that parents always keep a close eye on their children when playing at a splash pad.  In fact, Los Angeles County requires a one on one ratio per child and adult.  Plus with water flowing it can get very slippery, very fast.  Therefore, a good pair of water shoes goes a long way in this situation.

So this summer when you just can’t take the heat anymore, pack a picnic lunch, put on some SPF 30+ and head on over to your local splash pad in Southern California.  Don’t forget a few lawn chairs too!  Seating can be limited.

Splash Pads in Los Angeles

Aidan’s Place, West Los Angeles (free)

“Aidan’s Place” in West Los Angeles is the second fully-accessible playground in the United States.  There is a splash pad for children to play on.

Alondra Community Regional Park, Lawndale (free)

Alondra Community Regional Park is the largest park closest to the ocean and the beach cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. The 53-acre park is designed with a wooded rural landscape and prairie setting amidst a beautiful urban lake.  They have a free splash pad open to the community.

Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica (splash pad is free)

The splash pad outside the beach house is free. The courtyard and splashpad will open June 15.

Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain at Grand Park, Downtown LA (free)

The water fountain at the park is free to play in.

Azalea Regional Shopping Center, Los Angeles (free)

There is a water play pad for children to jump and play around in on hot summer days.

Coldwater Canyon Park, Beverly Hills (free)

Coldwater Canyon Park is just over 5½  acres wide and includes a wide span of green space, a water stream, Gwynn Murrill’s “Cougar III”  bronze sculpture and a children’s playground for 2-5 year old and a 5-12 year old play areas.  There is a free man made creek for children to play in,.

Douglas Park, Santa Monica (free)

There is a free water play in their skate boarding area during the summer.

Glenoaks Park, Glendale (free)

Glenoaks Park features basketball court, children’s play area, community building, picnic areas, tennis courts, volleyball, and children’s wading pool.

Hope and Peace Park, Los Angeles (free)

They have a free splash pad open to the community during the summer.

Juntos Park, Los Angeles (free)

They have a free splash pad open to the community during the summer.

Mason Park, Chatsworth (free)

They have a free splash pad for kids to play in.

North Hollywood Park, N. Hollywood (free for kids)

They have a free splash pad open during the summer months.  It is free for kids to visit, while they have a separate fee for adults.

Pacific Community Park, Glendale (free)

Park facilities include a little league ball field, group picnic area, multi-purpose field, multi-purpose court, children’s playground, and a water-play area.

Panorama Recreation Center, Panorama City (free)

They have a small splash pad area for kids.

Stoner Park Splash Pool, West LA (free for kids)

They have a small splash pad for the community to enjoy.  It is free for kids to visit, while there is a small fee for adults.

Sylmar Park, Sylmar (free for kids)

They have a small splash pad for the community to enjoy.  It is free for kids to visit, while there is a small fee for adults.

Veterans Memorial Park, City of Commerce (free)

They have a free children’s wading pool open during the summer months.

Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica (free)

The splash pad is open seasonally from Memorial Day through October 31, 10 am – 6 pm daily.

Splash Pads in Orange County

Adlena Park, Fullerton (free)

This park has a fun spray pool for the little ones.

Adventure Playground, Huntington Beach ($4 per child / adults & children 2 and under are free)

An adventure playground full of mud and water to play in.  Prepare to get dirty and bring a change of clothes with you to wear home!

Atlantis Park, Garden Grove ($2 per child or adult / 2 and under free)

Atlantis Play Center will be open Saturdays and Sundays only starting Saturday, May 29th through Sunday, August 22nd.  The splash pad is currently closed until further notice.

Brenner Park Tiny Tot Wading Pool, Buena Park (free for parents and children 6 years and younger)

The wading pool is currently closed.

Crown Valley Community Park Splash Pad, Laguna Niguel (free)

The new Sprayground is located adjacent to the playground at Crown Valley Park. The sprayground is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. After Labor Day, the facility will be open on weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm only, inclement weather permitting, until November 1st. Temporarily closed.

The District’s Pop-Up Fountain, Tustin (free)

There is a small pop up fountain that children can play in.

Frontier Park, Tustin (free)

There is a free water feature area for kids to play in.

Harry M. Dotson Park, Stanton (free)

The playground has an elaborate pirate ship to play on with fun details like cannons and seats below deck.  There is a nice size splash pad nearby that children can enjoy and splash in.

Heritage Park, Irvine (free)

There is a free splash pad for children to enjoy.

Irvine Spectrum’s Pop-Up Fountains, Irvine (free)

There are two small pop up fountain areas that children can play in.

Lauren Spray Pool, Buena Park (free)

Lemon Park Spray Pool, Fullerton (free)

Home of the Maple Neighborhood Center, Lemon Park is a great recreation area for the young and young at heart.  With its large picnic area and athletic fields, the park is perfect for mid-sized group activities.  There is a spray pool for little ones to play in.

Pioneer Road Park, Tustin (free)

This park has a water feature area for kids to splash around in and enjoy the water.  Great for a hot summer day!

Sigler Splash Pad, Westminster (free)

Repening on June 21, 2021, Sigler Splash Pad hours will be 12:30pm – 2:30pm & 3:00pm – 5:00pm.   Reservations will be required for everyone entering the facility.  Capacity will be very limited.

Stanton Central Park (free)

Stanton Central Park a beautiful facility, sitting on more than 11.5 acres of parkland, in the center of the City, filled with endless opportunities for active play.  The splash pad is currently closed.

Valencia Park Wading Pool, Fullerton (free)

Located next to Valencia Park Elementary, Valencia Park is truly a park that was built by the community. Kimberly-Clark, city employees, community groups, and neighborhood residents all took part in the construction of the play area, which was designed by students of the nearby school.  There is a small wading pool for children to enjoy.

Walnut Grove Park, Anaheim (free)

This attractive 3-acre park opened in 2001 and includes several walnut trees in the park’s northern section.  There is a small area for water play.

Splash Pads in Riverside / Splash Pads in San Bernardino

Andulka Park, Riverside (free)

Arlington Sports Park, Riverside (free)

Canyon Hills Community Park, Lake Elsinore (free)

Canyon Hills Community Park is one of the City’s most popular parks. This expansive 18 acre community park, within the master-planned community of Canyon Hills features the City’s first Water Spray/Splash pad.

Cedar Creek Park, Eastvale (free)

This park was designed with small children in mind. Kids are able to enjoy playing in the child play area or cool off at the water play area, which is open April – September.

Celebration Park, Moreno Valley (free)

There are a few splash pads on one side and the play area on the other. The two areas are directly across from each other which is nice for parents to watch their kids who might want to do different activities.

Citrus Splash Zone, Corona (free)

They have a fairly large splash zone open to the public for free.

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario (pricing varies)

They have a zero depth water play park for families to enjoy during the summer months.  Admission pricing varies.

Dairyland Park, Eastvale (free)

Dairyland Park is designed with relaxation in mind.  Kids are able to play in the water feature which is open April – September.

Deleo Sports Park Botanical Themed Splash Pad, Corona (free)

Deleo Sport Park has soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, a running trail, a skate park and 2 dog parks. It is tucked away in the Sycamore Creek community, so it’s kind of like a hidden gem. It has a beautiful backdrop of the canyons, and lots of green grass.  The splash pad is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

Doty-Trust Park, Riverside (free)

This park has a great walking track around the park, basketball courts, big grass area, two playgrounds and a fun splash pad for kids.

El Barrio Park, Claremont (free)

El Barrio Park has a wadding pool that is open during the summer months.

Fairmont Park, Riverside (free)

In addition to having a splash pad, there are two lakes that host a whole lot of ducks, with a smattering of geese, pelicans, and even a swan or two.  There is also a beautiful rose garden that is in full bloom in the spring and summer.

Jerry Lewis Family Swim Center, San Bernadino ($.50 – $1.00 per person)

This swim center has a wading pool and rain forest that is open to the community to use for a small fee.

Lake Gregory Regional Park, Crestline (pricing varies)

Lake Gregory Regional Park has a zero depth water play park.  There is a small fee for admission.

Lake Skinner Splash Pad, Winchester ($6 per adult / $3 per child)

Nestled in the rolling hills of Winchester, beautiful Lake Skinner Recreation Area offers visitors expansive natural vistas and invigorating recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, splash pad, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, and fishing.  The splash pad is set to on March 5, 2021.

Martin Tudor Splash Pad, Fontana (free)

Recreational swimming is closed for the season, but the splash pad is available for private rentals.

Memorial Park, Claremont (free)

Claremont’s primary community park, this 7.2-acre park is centrally located on Indian Hill Boulevard.  They have a wading pool that is open during the summer months for kids.

Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville (free)

They have a zero depth water play park.

Montclair Splash Pad at Alma Hofman Park, Montclair (free)

This is a perfect place for the kids to cool off on a hot day. The best part? It’s free.  Make sure you bring your own shade and chairs.  There is plenty of space, but not much around in regards to seating/ shade.

Monte Vista Park, Chino (small admission fee)

Monte Vista Park is a small neighborhood park located in the old town section of Chino, on Monte Vista Avenue, between Riverside Drive and Chino Avenue.  They have a good size splash pad that costs a few dollars for admission.  The last posted hours were Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Orange Terrace Park, Riverside (free)

Palm Desert’s Aquatic Center, Palm Desert (small admission fee)

Make the Coachella Valley’s coolest attraction – the Palm Desert Aquatic Center – your destination for refreshing fun with a host of features, classes, and programs designed to please water lovers of every age and fitness level.   Admission is $2.50 – $4.00 per person.

Rancho Jurupa Park Splash Pad, Jurupa (small admission fee)

Rancho Jurupa Park is situated along the Santa Ana River and located behind Mt. Rubidoux just west of charming historic downtown Riverside. Visitors to the park enjoy a gorgeous 200-acre recreational area with many amenities including a thrilling splash pad for water play.  There is a small admission free.    The splash pad is open Tues-Sun from 10am-6pm.

The Shoppes at Chino Hills, Chino Hills (free)

There is a free splash pop up located right in the middle of the shopping center.

The Shops at Dos Lagos, Corona (free – located right in the middle of the shopping center)

There is a free splash pop up located right in the middle of the shopping center.

Sycamore Highlands Park, Riverside (free)

Tom Minor Park, San Bernardino (free)

Wheeler Park, Claremont (free)

There is a small wading pool open during the summer months.

Veterans Park, Colton (free)

Victorian Gardens, Ranch Cucamonga (free)

There are pop up fountains in the middle of the mall.

Splash Pads in San Diego

Buelow Park, San Marcos (free)

There is a small splash available to play in for free.

Las Posas Sprayground at Cerro de las Posas Aquatic Facility, San Marcos (small admission fee)

The Las Posas facility features a 25-yard heated recreational pool with attached wading area, sprayground and shaded deck areas.

Eastwood County Park, Bonita ($3.00 per person)

Eastview County Park’s jewel is its splash park with colorful water features, a 60-foot picnic pavilion, and four 15-foot pavilions.  Bring the kids and let them cool off on a warm day! Pricing is $3 per day, $30 per season, or $75 for a three-person family pack.

Hilton Head County Park, El Cajon ($3.00 per person)

Make a splash, matey! The real highlight of this 10-acre neighborhood park is a pirate-themed splash park—sure to be a hit with the kids. Pricing is $3 per day, $30 per season, or $75 for a three-person family pack.

Lakeview Park, San Marcos (free)

The splash pad operates daily for 15 minutes at the following times: 11 am; 12:30 pm; 2 pm; 3:30 pm; 5 pm

McCarthy Family YMCA Splash Pad, La Mesa (call for details)

Members in a family membership can reserve up to 45-minutes of access. Families will have exclusive access to the family swim zone or splash pad for the duration of their reservation.

Mulberry Park, San Marcos (free)

They have a small splash pad open during the summer for kids to play in.

Mountain Hawk Park, Eastlake Village (free)

They have a splash pad open from April 1st to November 1st.

San Elijo Park, San Marcos (free)

They have a small splash pad open during the summer for kids to play in.

Santee Lakes Splash Park, Santee (small admission price)

Sunset Park, San Marcos (free)

They have a small splash pad open during the summer for kids to play in.

Ventura County Splash Pads

Oak Canyon Community Park, Oak Park (free)

This is one of the best parks in the area.  They have a small splash pad open during summer months.

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center, Camarillo (small admission fee)

Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center has the distinction of being the only indoor public swimming pool in Ventura County.  The pool has eight 25 yard lanes, a one-meter diving board and 65 foot spiral water slide, outdoor patio and party area and locker rooms with full amenities. The pool is heated to about 81 to 83 degrees.

Rancho Tapo Community Park, Simi Valley (free)

This park is home to the award-winning Veteran’s Plaza. The plaza’s reflective pool, fountains and memorial pilasters combine to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country.  Come cool off from the summer heat at our Splash Pad!

Ventura Community Park Aquatics Center, Ventura (admission fee)

State-of-the-art aquatic facility featuring a 50-meter competition pool, 25-meter recreation pool, water playground pool, and two water slides designed for use by all ages, abilities, and levels of experience.

Join us for our modified open swim program. Open swim will allow reservations to be made for a group of 5 people. All reservations must be made in advance with payment.  The price is $50.00 per 5 people.

Happy Field Tripping!

Jilleen

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Thursday 27th of May 2021

Do any of them have dog days/hours?

Jilleen

Tuesday 1st of June 2021

Not that I know of, sorry.

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