Updated 5/2016 Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s only May! If you’re looking for a sprayground or splash pad to take the kids to, the short answer is: Tacoma parks on the weekends, Puyallup or the new one on Ruston Way the rest of the time. There are also some fountains on year round and the stream by the Hands-on Children’s Museum is on. Read on for more detailed listings. We do update this guide again later in the, “Season.” Be sure to bookmark it to come check out later!
It’s here-Our annual guide is 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
SeaTac There is a water spray park at Angle Lake Park open 11AM-8PM beginning Memorial Day. CLOSED
Burien interactive fountains in Burien at Town Square Plaza 9AM-9PM May through September; weekend hours begin in early June This should be ON but I have not confirmed
Renton- Henry Moses Aquatic Center Opens June 20th 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. CLOSED-you can take your dog to swim on the 12th!
Kent-Water features at the town square plaza This should be ON, but it has been having some technical problems. I’m working on checking for you.
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 Memorial Day-Labor Day. Readers report the surface has been improved and is less slick. CLOSED
Enumclaw–Mud Mountain Dam and Park Wading pool with sort of a sprinkler/fountain overhead. Also nature trails and a viewing platform; nice, short hikes. Currently scheduled for a July 1st opening. You might want to call the ranger first if you’re coming from a long distance. CLOSED now.
Puyallup- Yes-The sprayground is open! It’s in Pioneer Park by the library, right downtown. You can park at the surface lot behind City Hall or on the bottom floor of the building-it’s the one with the Subway and Elements froyo. Check the city Facebook page for openings. 10AM-8PM
Tacoma All spraygrounds are free and open 10AM-8PM and on weekends; daily hours start end of May
There is also now a sprayground on Ruston Way at the Point Ruston end of the complex.
The wading pools in Tacoma have been removed (see Fircrest for a wading option).
There are also two public, outdoor pools in Tacoma. Kandle Park (wave pool) and The Stewart Heights Pool Both are now CLOSED My big kid just went to Stewart for his class party and had a blast-slides and a lazy river feature!
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. This typically gets turned on when it is warm, though it was frequently off last year. You can always hit Owen Beach instead! This should still be OPEN, but I am still confirming.
Fircrest-There is a wading pool next to the outdoor pool. Both have hours open to non residents. The link opens a pdf. The pool schedule is on pg. 5. I’ve got a post explaining all about it here. I believe this one is CLOSED
Olympia–Heritage Park Fountain Two off periods a day for draining It’s water jet style, and kids can run through them and splash in the water. On and OPEN all year!
The East Bay Plaza stream runs in between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum. Kids can play in it, and there are periodic special activities here. The link takes you t.o the fb page, and I would check it before you go, as there are sometimes uexpected, “Off,” periods for maintenance Right now it is ON, but do check before you go.
Bremerton Harborside Fountain Park I believe this is ON all year. Tell me if I’m wrong!
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. Or, try an indoor pool with water park style features!