Yes, Tacoma, your spraygrounds are on!
This is my annual guide- The biggest, wettest list of outdoor wading pools, spraygrounds, fountains, and water features in the South Puget Sound. For the sake of my sanity, I’ve only listed public, outdoor venues.
Burien Our friends at Parent Map say the fountains in Burien at Town Square Plaza are on.
Renton- Henry Moses Aquatic Center You see this one from the road-slides, water features, toddler play area, and more. Admission is pricey if you’re not a resident, and they do limit capacity. You could arrive and find it closed to further entry, so my suggestion is to go early on a warm day and have a back-up plan. Open
Kent-Water features at the town square plaza They’re on! You can see them below.
Auburn-Les Gove Park is home to an outstanding playground and one of the best spraygrounds in the area, with tons of fun features guaranteed to give your kids a wet and fun time. This place can get busy. You may want to try packing a picnic and going during dinner time. Open
Enumclaw-Mud Mountain Dam and Park Wading pool with sort of a sprinkler/fountain overhead (the pic in the sidebar on the home page is from here). Also nature trails and a viewing platform; nice, short hikes. It’s Open! Mondays 1:30-7:30, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-7:30, Thursdays 1:30-7:30 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9-7:30
Puyallup-Wading pool at Pioneer Park by the library. It’s OPEN! Due note that there are lengthy, daily closures for draining. Try to plan your trip accordingly.
Tacoma Spraygrounds at Norpoint, Jefferson Park, McKinley, South Park, Wapato Hills, and Wright Park All free; Open! NEW-There is also a new sprayground at Titlow
Wading pools at Portland Avenue and Jane Clark open June 25th in conjunction with the free lunch/playground program
There are also several public, outdoor pools in Tacoma. The new wave pool at Kandle Park is open!
Both charge. Be sure to read about the rainy day special!
There is also a small lily pad feature in the play area at the Pt.Defiance Zoo. There is a changing tent. I’d go to this after you do the rest of the zoo
Fircrest-There is a wading pool next to the outdoor pool. I’ve got a post all about it here. It’s Free and open to the public 10-12 and then again, from 4-8. In between, it’s for residents only. If you have questions, give the friendly folks there a call. They’re very helpful, and it’s much easier then trying to navigate their website. Open!
Olympia-Heritage Park Fountain OPEN through September Note that it’s Closed on Wednesdays.
The East Bay Plaza stream runs in between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum. It’s running now.
Bremerton Harborside Fountain Park Thanks, Allison and Meredith
Our area is also blessed with many parks where you can take a dip in a lake or the chilly Puget Sound. If you’ve got a favorite place to keep cool, leave a comment and let us in on it! If you know a spot for water play I missed, let me know!
For indoor swimming fun, check with your local high school or parks department.