Looking for splashy places to take the kids but don’t want to pay splashy prices? These free water features and splash pads are fun for the whole family, and they won’t break the bank. This list was updated in spring 2022.
The splash pad opens the last Saturday in May and will be open until October 1 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to the splash pad, Altadena also features a playground, ramada and picnic area, and grills. However, there are no public restrooms, so plan accordingly.
Altadena Park is located at 3711 E. Altadena Ave. and the splash area is FREE.
Edison Park, located at 901 N. 19th St. opens its splash pad on May 28, and the splash pad area will be open until October 1 from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Edison Park also features lighted basketball, a playground, ramada and picnic area, lighted softball field, multipurpose field, and volleyball.
Recently remodeled Cortez Park’s splash pad and water area is a great way to spend a few hours, cooling off and having fun with the whole family! Located at 3434 W. Dunlap, the park also features lighted basketball, lagoon, fishing, a playground, pool, ramada and picnic area, grill, restrooms and lighted softball and volleyball.
The park is open from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., although the best times to go are early morning while it’s sunny yet still not too hot or crowded.
Outlets at Anthem
The best of both worlds for families: outlet shopping and a splash pad for the kids! The splash pad at the Outlets at Anthem is open during operating hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, click here.
Fountain Park at Westgate
Another great way to enjoy some shops, a movie, or even a tasty ice cream treat and let the whole family play in water is the Fountain Park at Westgate. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fountain Park is across from the AMC movie theater, and is centered by an interactive fountain/splash pad.
NOTE: The first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the summer months, the interactive fountain (splash pad) is CLOSED. This is a safety precaution to make sure the water is healthy and free of any contaminates.
Bonus: Enjoy free music as a family at WaterDance Plaza at Westgate. WaterDance Plaza is a Bellagio-inspired dancing water attraction that combines water effects with songs “and light imagery.” WaterDance is free.
The show schedule is:
Sunday – Thursday
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., every half hour
4 p.m. – 10 p.m., every hour
Friday – Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., every half hour
4 p.m. – 12 a.m., every hour
In 2020, Friendship Park in Avondale underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation, including a 1,800 square feet splash pad featuring images of desert animals. Fountain Park is a great location to spend a few hours on the weekend, as it also features walking trails, a Japanese Garden, tennis and pickleball courts, playgrounds, picnic tables and ramadas, a dog park, and restroom facilities.
Friendship Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is located at 12325 W McDowell Rd, Avondale, AZ.
Located in Peoria, Pioneer Park features a circular spray pool, splash pad, plus plenty of fun for the whole family with picnic tables, a playground and a dog park. Pioneer Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is located at 8755 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria, AZ.
Desert Ridge Marketplace
Need to get some shopping in but want to tire the kids out first? Before visiting Target or any of the other stores at Desert Ridge, visit the Desert Ridge splash pad. Located near the AMC Theatres and Starbucks, chill out with Desert Ridge’s free wifi and watch the kids splash around. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Also in Desert Ridge, there is a Children’s Play Area located near Barnes and Noble.
Civic Space Park
This downtown recreational space at 424 N. Central Ave. is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The splash pad operates daily from Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 1.
Located in Tempe, Jaycee Park has a water play area with “run-through water arches, in-ground fountains and water guns.” This 7 acre park also offers plenty of fun for the whole family, as it also offers basketball courts, a dog park, grills, picnic tables and ramadas, a playground, restrooms, and volleyball courts. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Did we miss any fun, free splash pads or water features? Let us know in the comments!