Archives For Water & Splash Parks

Pioneer Road ParkIf you are looking for a free place to cool down during the hot summer months, you might want to check out the western-themed Pioneer Road Park. It has a great water play area, two playground structures, swings, 3 chuck wagons, a large covered picnic area, and lots of greenery all around it.

The water area is a lot of fun with lots of spray features that come alive at different times such as pop-up fountains and water cannons.

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Hours:

The water play area is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor day from 10am until 4pm.

Address:

Pioneer Road Park, 10250 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA, 92782

Tips:

  1. If you want to escape the sun, there is a sitting wall around the water area that is mostly in the shade so parents can sit there while watching their kids have fun.
  2. When the water activities turn off you need to press a button to turn everything back on. So don’t think the splash pad is broken. Just look for the magic button.
  3. The parking lot is small, so I don’t even bother checking if I can find a spot; instead I park at the Salvation Army parking lot which is above and behind the park (if you are coming from Jamboree Rd, take Pioneer Road and then make an immediate left). There you can park next to the steps that take you down to the park.

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Activities close by:

The Pioneer Road Park is very close the Irvine Regional Park. So you might make it a full day of fun and visit both. FYI, at the Irvine Regional Park, you can avoid paying for parking on Tuesdays if you are going to the Farmer’s market which is from 9am to 1pm.

Stanton Central Park Splash PadStanton Central Park’s new playground and splash pad is the perfect place to play before summer is over!  Not only does it have an awesome playground and water feature, it is RAILROAD THEMED!!!  Read below to find out more about the amenities this park has to offer:

Highlights:

  • Plenty of parking
  • Shaded picnic tables around the park and splash pad
  • Plethora of benches throughout the park, many of which are shaded
  • Large play structure with two regular and two baby swings
  • Tot lot with two baby swings
  • Train pictures on the buildings
  • Clean new bathroom with plenty of stalls
  • Party area with sinks, BBQs, and shaded tables
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Skate park
  • “Spider web” for climbing
  • Splash pad with a variety of water features including a slide inside of the train
  • Trail and exercise path

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Know Before You Go:

  • The splash pad doesn’t open until 12:00pm.
  • The splash pad was crowded from about 12:00pm-1:00pm and then it opened up.
  • The splash pad will be closed after Labor Day.
  • Bring sunscreen and hats. Many areas are shaded but it can get sunny, too.
  • As with any park, “big kids” sometimes forget to be careful with the little kids so monitor your little ones closely.
  • The shaded tables by the splash pad fill up quickly!

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Where:

10660 Western Ave., Stanton, CA 90680

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When:

Park hours: 6 am-8 pm

Splash Pad Hours: 12 am-5 pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Skate Park Hours: Click here.

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Kelly Rafter
Blog Contributor

About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two little boys, ages 3 and 5. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local community college and is an educational consultant.

The San Clemente Aquatic Center may be your new favorite place to cool down! During “Recreation Swim” times, both residents and non-residents alike can enjoy the splash pad, kid-friendly pool, or lap pool. With plenty of shade, attentive lifeguards, and pristine facilities, your family can enjoy a day at the Aquatic Center. Pair it with a trip to “Courtney’s Sandcastle” right next to it and you can spend the whole day there. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Children that are not potty trained are required to use a plastic cover over their diaper.  They are available for purchase for $2.
  • Parents of children under the age of 8 are required to be in the pool with their children.
  • There are 10 minute safety breaks on the hour.
  • Bring your own lock and you can use the lockers in the locker rooms for free.
  • There are showers and bathrooms in the locker rooms.

Where:

987 Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92673

When:

Monday-Friday: 1pm-3pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Cost:

Non-Residents: $6 for children, $8 for adults
San Clemente Residents: $2 for children, $4 for adults.

 

Kelly, Blog Contributor

About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two boys, ages 5 and 7. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local elementary school and community college.