Beat the summer heat wave by making waves of your own! Here’s a list of every local splash pad and water park that’ll help you survive the summer with the kiddos.
So grab your swim suits, floaties, and get ready to have a splashin’ good time!
Wading Pools & Splash Pads
Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center
Splash pad and wading pool. $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), and Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray pool). (714) 738-6575.
Atlantis Play Center’s Splash Pad is open mid-June 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
Heritage Park features a playground with a splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 724-6750. www.cityofirvine.org/parks. Irvine 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. www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com
Crown Valley Community Park features a splash pad with pelican and dragon sprayers. Open daily, through September 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekends through October, weather permitting, 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 offers evening sessions, June – August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www.lakewoodcity.org/recreation
Towne Center offers a 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 offers a splash pad and fountains. 200 N. Grand Ave. (213) 972-8080. www.grandparkla.org
Harry Dotson Park features a playground with spray features. (714) 379-9270. www.ci.stanton.ca.us
District Shopping Center features shooting water fountains outside the theater. 2437 Park Ave. (714) 259-9090. www.thedistricttl.com. 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.
Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark
Daily, through September 3; weekends, September 8 – October 7. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. www.aquaticasandiego.com
Buccaneer Cove. Open through Labor Day weekend. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine.
Buccaneer Cove includes five water slides, water tunnels, spray cannons and more. Daily, through August 17; weekends, August 18 – October. 3500 Polk St., Riverside. (951) 785-3000. www.castlepark.com
Drop Zone Waterpark
Open daily through September. Visit their website for admission and season passes. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. www.dropzonewaterpark.com
Knott’s Soak City
Open daily, through September. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. www.knotts.com/play/soak-city
Legoland Water Park and Chima Water Park
Open daily, through September 3; and weekends, September 8 – October 28. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. www.legoland.com
Newport Dunes Aquatic Fun Park
Calm waves and toys for younger kids, and water trampolines, a mountain with a slide and other water features for older kids. Open year round, visit their website for seasonal times and admission. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.tinyurl.com/newportdunes
Open daily, through August 24; weekends only, August 25 – September 23. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. www.ragingwaters.com
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Open daily through September. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. www.sixflags.com
Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Spend the day in the lazy river, dare to plunge down two-story water slides or swim in the heated 25-yard pool. Spend time with the little ones in the zero-depth play areas, spray pads and smaller slides. Free use of life jackets and tubes. Splash! offers free parking, picnic areas, lockers and tasty food. The 18-acre park is landscaped with palm trees, lush green grassy areas, lounge chairs and umbrellas. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Check the website for schedule: www.splashlamirada.com.
Splash Kingdom in Redlands
Open daily through September. 1101 California St., Redlands. www.splashkingdom.net.
The Cove Waterpark
Daily, through August 6; weekends only, August 11 – September 30. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. www.covewaterpark.com
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