KC Summer Guide: Pools and Splashpads

There are a variety of options for cooling off this summer around the metro – too many to be included here. We’ve listed some of our favorites that we know will make for a fun afternoon when temperatures reach triple digits. Most city pools and spray grounds are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Kansas City Parks & Recreation operates many free spray grounds (cleaned weekly) throughout KCMO. Our favorite is the Loose Park spray ground because of its options for little ones and older kids alike. Good to know: this location can get very crowded during peak times. Picnic tables can be reserved for birthday parties.

In Overland Park, the Marty Pool (7405 Marty) is ideal for younger children with its fountains, tropical fish slide and shaded sand area for digging. The main pool has a zero-depth entry and water slide. Make sure to bring a picnic or towels for lying in the sun to dry off because this pool area has lots of green space.

Splash Cove in Shawnee is another great option for younger and older kids alike. This mini water park features a mini wave pool, full body slide, interactive playground features, family changing rooms and a full concession stand. The park is right next to Wonderscope so spend the morning playing and the afternoon splashing!

The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens offer Hot Summer Days complete with water games and fun! Check it out from 10 a.m. – noon on June 8, July 13 and August 10.

The new Goldfish Swim School in Overland Park will offer family swim sessions from noon – 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Friday evenings from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Open swim is $5/person with a $15 max for the family. Open to members and non-members! Goldfish’s Grand Opening Party will be from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

On the other side of the metro, Liberty’s City Park has another one of our favorite spray grounds. The area is fenced in so your kids can play without concern. Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the shaded areas or picnic tables.

The Springs Aquatic Center in Kansas City North includes a zero-entry leisure pool and spray ground. For kids 5 and under, the Springs offers Splash n’ Play from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday (6/5 – 8/3, excluding July 4th) where little ones can play without the big kids around. The fee is $5 per child, per visit; $4 for season pass holders per visit with a maximum of 3 children per adult per visit. Adults are admitted free and expected to supervise their children.

The newest spray ground to Johnson County is at Sapling Grove Park! The park renovation includes a brand new shelter and picnic area, new restrooms, the splash pad, and an awesome playground that has a basket swing, stilts, a balance beam and a double tower with a spider net. The water is already on here and at JoCo favorite Roe Park, where the water is adjacent to the playground with unique options for swinging and climbing along with a special play area for the littlest park goers. Clean bathrooms and lots of choices for picnic tables are a plus. Wear your sunscreen though, this park has a lot of sun and little shade.

Another new favorite to the Northland is North Kansas City’s Dagg Park. This park boasts an ocean-themed spray park along with two new playgrounds (including one for your younger toddlers). Fenced play, indoor restrooms and sheltered seating are parent-pleasers at this great park.

For a complete list of parks and their features, don’t forget to check out our  Guide to the Best Parks in Kansas City!

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Sarah is mama to 8-year-old, Henry, 5-year-old Clark and 4-year-old Lucy. After growing up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza before migrating to Johnson County. Sarah has her master’s in urban administration. In between the crazy, she likes to try new restaurants, go for walks around the neighborhood, dig in the sand at Franklin Park and experience all things KC.