Just look at that sunshine, friends! Nothing beats summer in the Northwest. Too bad it gets here in September.
If your kiddos are itching to get out and have some beat the heat style fun, I’ve got good news! While most of the spots on my sprayground and wading pool list have closed, a few fun ones are still open.
- If you’re up for a bit of a road trip, the wading pool at Mud Mountain Dam will be open until the weather turns cold. I’ll try to keep you updated, but you’ve got to love flexibility like that! My friends Lisa and Heather had a super fun time here earlier this summer, and Lisa sent me this pic of the cool wading pool. Heather told me not to write about it, because she wants it to remain her secret. Frankly, I don’t see it ever getting too swarmed because it’s a bit of a trek. There is a also a playground and some easy hiking, which makes it worth considering for a day of adventure.
- You can’t hit the spraygrounds in Tacoma today, but they are still open Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month, and they’re still fun And free.
- The splash pad in the Kids’ Zone at the Pt.Defiance Zoo is still open, and Laura with the zoo was nice enough to phone me today and let me know they’ll keep it on until it gets too cool, probably when the air temperature is in the 60s. Be sure to check out the new tiger cub if you go!
- Finally, the fountain at Heritage Park in Olympia is still on for your brave splashers. As of the 11th, the water features at the town plaza in Kent were also still bubbling away, but I haven’t been able to verify an end date on those yet.
Links to all these cool spots for warm days, are right here in my list of South Sound spraygrounds, wading pools, and fountains.
Btw, the reason that pic is soooo much better than what you usually see here is that I didn’t take it. As I mentioned, it’s courtesy of my super talented pal, Lisa, who has a real flair for things artsy and visual. She’s got a little business called Studio 12:01 Design where she takes crazy, old looking junk furniture and makes it into Amazing things. Seriously. She’s local, and you can get an original treasure from her for not much at all. I’m going to have her do some things for me as soon as I figure out what our style is. Right now it’s mid-century mess.