This week we had a great free water adventure. We went to the Highland Splash Pad, which is located in front of the Highland City building. This is a tiny free water park that is great for kids under age ten. There is a small waterfall that goes under a bridge (you can’t play in the waterfall). The water comes out from the bridge and opens up into a wide ankle-deep stream. In the stream there are rocks for the children to climb on and fountains that they can play in.
At the end of the stream, the water goes underground again. Then it comes spurting out of a fancy play fountain. The fountain has tons of different spouts all of which spurt in different sizes and patterns. The bigger kids (7-10) seemed to hang out here.
My boys had a blast at this park! My 5 year old who is timid of water could just get his feet wet, while my 2 year old sat down and put his head in the water. It was easy to supervise as a parent because there are tons of benches to sit on and watch the kids, and despite the fact that a toddler can drown in 3 inches of water, it would be pretty hard for a little one to drown here. The biggest danger would be falling and scuffing a knee on a rock. One caveat: there is not a lot of shade, so bring the sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, etc. There are bathrooms nearby for public use.
The park is open from 10:00 am and closes at dusk for the hot part of the summer, but the hours are variable in different months, so be sure to check the times at this website. Also, the last 10 minutes of every hour all the water features stop for a “potty break.” Just wait until the top of the hour and things will start up again.
Did I mention this activity is free?! We will definitely head to the park again!