KC Summer Guide: Pools and Spraygrounds

Pools and Spray Grounds, Kansas City Summer GuideThere 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.


Loose Park (KCMO)

One of our favorites as it’s good for both older kids and little ones. This location can get crowded during peak times. Picnic tables can be reserved for birthday parties.

Gillham Park (KCMO)

New to KCMO last year, the Gillham Park sprayground is open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 41st and Gillham. Admission is free.

Picnic tables are available for reservation for birthday parties.

Lea McKeighan Park – North (Lee’s Summit)

This awesome park with many kid friendly spots, also includes the splashpad – open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Roe Park (Johnson County)

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.

Hanna Station (Raymore)

The newly renovated park the newest Variety KC Inclusive Playground and Variety KC Inclusive Sprayground, picnic tables, big shade trees.

Dagg Park (North KC)

This park boasts an ocean-themed spray park along with two playgrounds (including one for your younger toddlers). Fenced play, indoor restrooms and sheltered seating are parent-pleasers at this great park. Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., opens at noon on Mondays for scheduled maintenance.

Liberty City Park (Liberty)

The splashpad 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.


Marty Pool (Overland Park)

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 (Shawnee)

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!

Springs Aquatic Center (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.

Spring Hill Aquatic Center

With more than a dozen exciting features fun deck parties and great rental options, the Aquatic Center is the perfect place to cool off on a warm summer afternoon, learn to swim, or celebrate a birthday. Don’t miss the river tube slide! $5 admission, 2 and under free. Reservations are not required but attendance will be limited – first come, first serve!

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 9-year-old, Henry, 6-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 and is currently in the Kansas City Centurions program. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, travel (but never to the same place twice), and experience all things Kansas City!