The heat is on here in So Cal!
And we’ve also got 36 different waves (see what we did there? 😉 ) to beat it!
Wading Pools & Splash Pads
Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center
Splash pad and toddler wading pool open Memorial day to Labor Day. $3-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559.
Ruth R. Caruthers Park (wading pool). (562) 804-1424, Ext. 2261. www.bellflower.org
Carl Brenner Park (wading) and Larwin Park (spray). (714) 236-3860. www.buenapark.com
Lemon (spray), Valencia (wading) and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575. www.tinyurl.com/fullertonparks
Garden Grove Atlantis Play Center
The Splash Pad is open June 6 to mid-September. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 per person, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 892-6015. www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us
Laguna Niguel – Crown Valley Community Park
Splash pad with pelican and dragon sprayers. Open daily, May 27 – September 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; weekends through November 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (949) 425-5100. www.tinyurl.com/crownvalleysplashpad
Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays, June – August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation
Long Beach Towne Center
Spray pad and fountain in front of the movie theater. Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson Blvd. (562) 938-1722. www.longbeachtownecenter.net
Grand Park – Splash pad and fountains. 200 N. Grand Ave., LA. (213) 972-8080. www.grandparkla.org
Heritage Park – Playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. www.cityofirvine.org/parks. Spectrum – Tortoise water fountain by the food court and a smaller fountain by the Vitamin Shoppe. Plus, a Ferris wheel and carousel. 670 Spectrum Center Drive. (949) 753-5180.
Harry Dotson Park – Playground with spray features, (714) 379-9222, Ext. 270. www.ci.stanton.ca.us
Tustin District Shopping Center – Shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9090. www.thedistricttl.com. Tustin Pioneer Road Park – Pioneer-themed play equipment with water features. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3326. www.tustinca.org.
Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860. www.westminster-ca.gov
Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark
Daily, May 26 – August 27; select dates Aug. 31 – October 8. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. (619) 222-4SEA. www.aquaticasandiego.com
Buccaneer Cove. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. (949) 559-8341. www.boomersparks.com
Buccaneer Cove includes five water slides, water tunnels, fun spray cannons and more. Open: daily, June 1 – August 11; weekends August 12 – October 15. 3500 Polk St., Riverside. (951) 785-3000.
Drop Zone Waterpark
Attractions include slides, geysers, a FlowRider and more. Open May 27 – September 4. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. (951) 210-1600. www.dropzonewaterpark.com
Knotts Soak City
New this year: Shore Break, Aqua-Launch, and The Wedge. Open daily, May 20 – September 10. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 220-5200.
Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park
New this year, Surfers’ Cove. Open daily, May 26 – September 4; and weekends, September 9 – October 1. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. www.legoland.com
Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park
Calm waves and fun toys for younger kids and bigger kids can romp on water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features. Open year round, weather permitting, visit their website for seasonal times and admission. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 729-1150. www.tinyurl.com/newportdunes
Open daily, June 2 – August 28. Weekends only, September 1-24. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. (909) 802-2200. www.ragingwaters.com
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Open: May 27 – September 30. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. (661) 255-4111. www.sixflags.com
Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Guaranteed to entertain; choose to spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Adults can spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play areas, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes are always included with admission. Splash! offers the best value, with free parking, picnic areas, all-day park access, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is beautifully landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Check the website for 2017 schedule: (562) 902-3191. www.splashlamirada.com.
Splash Kingdom in Redlands
May 20 – September 24. 1101 California St., Redlands. (909) 335-7275. www.splashkingdom.net.
The Cove Waterpark
Three water slides, body-boarding, splash playground for younger kids and continuous river. Also offers day camp. Concessions are available. Daily, May to September; weekends only, September 10-18. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. (951) 360-1974. www.covewaterpark.com