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
Burien interactive fountains in Burien at Town Square Plaza re-opened June 2nd, but hours are limited due to leaks. Call before you go.
Renton- Henry Moses Aquatic Center Opens June 15th 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.
Kent-Water features at the town square plaza
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.
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. They are aiming for a July 1st opening Update-This Should be on; I’ll try to check for you later.
Puyallup- The wading pool is open! The construction you see is new playground equipment being installed. Sprayground/splash pad has been put off until next year.
The wading pools in Tacoma have been removed (see Fircrest for a wading option).
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
Olympia-Heritage Park Fountain
The East Bay Plaza stream runs in between the LOTT Wet Center and the Children’s Museum.
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.