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
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)
Phone: (508)528-8708 Address: 45 Forge Hill Rd, Franklin, MA
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
Address: Alden St. Fall River, MA
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
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:
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:
- Apartment Living; A New England Summer During Lockdown
- 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.