There are a variety of options for cooling off this summer around the metro – too many to be included here. We’ve listed some of our favorites that we know will make for a fun afternoon when temperatures reach triple digits. Most city pools and spray grounds are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Kansas City Parks & Recreation operates many free spray grounds (cleaned weekly) throughout KCMO. Our favorite is the Loose Park spray ground because of its options for little ones and older kids alike. Good to know: this location can get very crowded during peak times. Picnic tables can be reserved for birthday parties.
In Overland Park, the Marty Pool (7405 Marty) is ideal for younger children with its fountains, tropical fish slide and shaded sand area for digging. The main pool has a zero-depth entry and water slide. Make sure to bring a picnic or towels for lying in the sun to dry off because this pool area has lots of green space.
On the other side of the metro, Liberty’s City Park has another one of our favorite spray grounds. The area is fenced in so your kids can play without concern. Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the shaded areas or picnic tables.
The Springs Aquatic Center in Kansas City North includes a zero-entry leisure pool and spray ground. For kids 5 and under, the Springs offers Splash n’ Play from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday (6/5 – 8/3, excluding July 4th) where little ones can play without the big kids around. The fee is $5 per child, per visit; $4 for season pass holders per visit with a maximum of 3 children per adult per visit. Adults are admitted free and expected to supervise their children.
Roe Park has the only spray ground in Johnson County but has quickly become a favorite. The water is adjacent to the playground with unique options for swinging and climbing along with a special play area for the littlest park goers. Clean bathrooms and lots of choices for picnic tables are a plus. Wear your sunscreen though, this park has a lot of sun and little shade.
Another new favorite to the Northland is North Kansas City’s Dagg Park. This recently renovated park boasts an ocean-themed spray park along with two new playgrounds (including one for your younger toddlers). Fenced play, indoor restrooms and sheltered seating are parent-pleasers at this great park.