Play Better: Splash Pads Are The New “Running Through Sprinklers”

Get out the hose!

boy playing in a sprinkler
Such slippery fun!Johan Bos/Pexels

Running through the sprinklers is good, clean fun. But today’s splash pads take it a little further with features like multiple spouts, bright colors and mini ponds of water to play in.

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad
For children 12 months and older.SplashEZ

One of the best things about splash pads is that there’s typically just an inch or two of water in the “pool” base. Plenty to splash in, but not a full-on wading pool. Be sure to check the age recommendations on whatever pad you buy; some are labeled for kids as young as 1, while others recommend splashers be at least 2 years old.

Inflatable Splash Pad Sprinkler for Kids Toddlers
For 2-year-olds to tweens; materials contain no BPA or phthalates.Zen Laboratory

Splash pads typically work just like sprinklers—simply screw your hose nozzle onto a joiner in the base of the pad and turn on the spigot. No special connectors or other equipment required.

PRINCESSEA Splash Pad for Girls, XL 78" Outdoor Mermaid Children’s Water Pad
Cheerful and bright, for lovers of all things pink.PRINCESSEA

A splash pad with a durable bottom liner can work double duty: As a toy for kids, or a spot for your dog to cool off. Great for water-loving breeds, or those with thick coats who may suffer a bit when it’s hot outside.

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