Find a Local Splash Pad – Water Fun in RI, MA & CT

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Our tremendously popular Splash Pad Guide has been updated for 2020!

As our state re-opening progresses, be sure to check with each site individually before arrival for availability, policies, and procedures.

There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than taking the kids to a splash pad: it’s all the cooling-off fun without the stress of having to watch them in a pool. We’ve pulled together a list of splash pads in Rhode Island,- as well as some in neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut. And we through in some pools and waterparks too for good measure!  (If we missed any, let us know by commenting on this post). Stay cool this summer!

The City of Providence (Open!)

The City of Providence has 5 outdoor pools and 13 water parks that are free and are open to the public. Pools are open from 12 – 5 Monday – Saturday and Splash Parks are open from 10am to 5pm Monday – Saturday, in the months of July and August.

Addresses: can be found here.

World War II Memorial Park (Currently Closed)

World War II Memorial Park has a large splash pad and playground – the city is currently awaiting further guidelines on opening in 2020, however, check the Woonsocket Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook Page to confirm that it is open.

Phone: (401) 767-9287       Address: Veteran’s Way, Woonsocket, RI

Children playing on Splash Pad on a sunny day in Woonsocket Rhode Island. Providence Moms Blog Post.
Splash Pad at World War II Memorial Park in Woonsocket, RI

 

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo has water features in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard however, these are currently (7/2/2020) closed due to COVID-19. The carousel is also closed.

Phone: (401) 785-3510     Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Kent County YMCA (The splash pad is currently closed)

The Kent County YMCA has spray park in addition to a playground, a pond for swimming with lifeguards, canoeing, lawn with picnic tables, trails for hiking and more. “Not-Yet Members” can purchase a day pass that costs $15 per family. Go to the main building and stop at the membership desk. They will ask for photo ID from all adults

Phone: (401) 828-0130     Address: 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI

Yawgoo Valley (Opening July 4th!)

This family park is open daily from June 22nd to Labor Day and has a swimming pool, kiddie pool, and two water slides. Families can purchase timed slots by the hour, or buy a family season pass. Check their website for more details.

Phones: 401-294-3802      Address: 160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI

The City of Attleboro (Opens July 8th)

Attleboro has four pools that are open daily 11:00am to 6:00pm from July 8 – Aug 21, 2018. $160/family for season pass. Day rate is $3/day for residents, or $10/adult, $5/child for non-residents, free for age 2 and under. Spatcher pool has additional water features and a very shallow area for young children.

  • Lees Pond Pool            Address: 787 Washington Street, Attleboro, MA
  • Twin Village Pool        Address: 700 South Main Street, Attleboro, MA (CLOSED FOR 2020)
  • Briggs Park/Pool         Address: 36 East St, Attleboro, MA (Attleboro residents only in 2020)
  • Spatcher Pool               Address: 79 North Avenue, Attleboro, MA (MA residents only)

    Boy in goggles and bathing suit and girl in bathing suit with arms raised up on a a waterslide at the splash pad a the Bernon Family YMCA. Providence Moms Blog Guide to splash pads in MA and RI
    Splash Park at Bernon Family YMCA in Franklin, MA
Franklin YMCA (Outdoor Swim is Open)
The Bernon Family Branch of the Hockomock YMCA has a splash pad that opens June 16th. Hockomock Area YMCA members are welcome to use the Splash Park as part of their membership. Day passes are available ($18 per family) for non-members to try out the Y. Please note that the splash pad is right next to the pool. Call for hours.

Phone: (508)528-8708     Address: 45 Forge Hill Rd, Franklin, MA

Spray feature decorated to look like bumblebee and large water dumping feature at splashpad inside Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro MA.
Splashpad at Capron Park Zoo

Capron Park Zoo (Splashpad Closed for 2020 season)

This great little zoo in Attleboro, MA has a splash pad inside of the zoo, as well as a changing area. Cost is included in admission to the zoo. Call for hours.

Phone: (774) 203-1840

Address: 201 County St, Attleboro, MA

There is a splash pad located in Father Travosso’s Park in Fall River, Massachusetts. (Be warned: There is no public restroom.) Open 10 am- 6pm during the summer. Check their Facebook page for more details.

Address: Alden St. Fall River, MA

Splashpad with children as part of Providence Moms Blog Rhode Island and Massachusetts splash pad guide

Silver Lake in Bellingham has a splash pad. Day passes to Silver Lake give you access to the lake, splash pad, and playground and can be purchased online here for $7 (season passes are also available for both residents and non-residents. Check out the Bellingham Parks & Recreation or the Little Angels Splash Pad Facebook Pages for updates.

Telephone: (508) 883 1085

Address: 92-98 Cross St, Bellingham, MA

Freetown State Forest

In addition to the splash pad, there is a knee-deep wading pool, picnic areas and hiking in the Freetown State Forest in Assonet, Massachusettes. They even have lifeguards! Open 10 am- 6pm all summer long until September 5th.

Phone: (508) 644-5522           Address: 110 Slab Bridge Road, Assonet, MA

 

 

A little further, a little pricer:

If you have a bit of a budget and are looking to make a day trip out of it, there are a few great local (ish) spots that have a splash park as part of their attractions.
Group of children ducking as water splashes down on them from a giant structure in a splash pad. Splashpads featured in Providence Moms Blog guide to RI, MA and beyond
Splash Pad at The Dinosaur Place in Montville, CT
The Dinosaur Place (Open for 2020) in Montvale, CT is a great day trip option. The Dinosaur Place is a 60-acre “adventure park” with life-sized dinosaurs, several great climbing structures/play areas, a maze, and more. Visit the website or call for hours and pricing.
Davis Farmland (Open for 2020) in Sterling, MA has two spray pads. One is specifically geared towards toddlers while the other is a blast for kids and adults alike. In addition to the splash pads, there are ample opportunities for pretend and nature-based play and Davis Farmland boasts North America’s largest sanctuary of endangered farm animals with 100 breeds. Visit the website for daily splash pad updates or call for hours and pricing. 

No budget? No car? No motivation to buckle one more kid into one more car seat?
Here are some of our favorite ways to beat the heat in your own backyard:

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  • Although these easy fill water balloons are brilliant and a hit with the kids, we get a little sick of cleaning up the tiny pieces. This sponge water ball activity looks like a great alternative!
  • Make your kids wash your car. They get to use soap and the hose, you *maybe* get a clean car. Or if you have a cozy coop or another plastic ride on toy, have them wash that – multiple kids can take turns “driving” through the car wash.
  • You could also set up this cute little “dishwashing” station. Substitute plastic toy animals, matchbox cars, or anything else you have nearby for the dishes.
  • It doesn’t get much easier than grabbing a few paintbrushes and a bucket and letting your little kids “paint” the deck, fence, or another outdoor surface with water. This variation using chalk looks a bit more complicated but fun for slightly older kids.
  • Make “magic potions.” Fill some bowls with water, grab some interesting kitchen gadgets (our kids particularly love it when we let them play with the tea steeper) and encourage them to get creative with leaves, flowers, mud and whatever other sort of magic fun they can get their hands on.

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