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.
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.
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.
This awesome park with many kid friendly spots, also includes the splashpad – open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Water Fun Events
Hot Summer Days at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Join in water games and fun with these special summer day events. Check it out from 10 a.m. – noon on June 14, July 12 and August 9.
For a complete list of parks and their features, don’t forget to check out our Guide to the Best Parks in Kansas City!