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Atlantis Play Center

Maruska —  July 6, 2017

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Atlantis Play Center is a place I used to go as a kid, so now that I have kids of my own, it’s always a stop we make when the splash pad opens in the summer! This park is huge! It has lots of shade from all the trees around the park! You will find several play areas great for all ages and even a splash pad. 


  • Offers many playgrounds for all ages
  • Lots of different play structures 
  • Splash pad with outside shower to rinse off
  • Bathrooms with baby changing stations
  • Plenty of close free parking
  • Gated in
  • Lots of shade
  • Lots of grass
  • Plenty of benches for sitting and picnics
  • Not usually crowed
  • Great for birthday parties

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Know Before You Go:

  • The splash pad has a timer and turns off every few minutes. There is a button to turn it back on, which is a bit difficult. The trick is to use your elbow to press down.
  • Come wearing a swimsuit. Most kids play in the park first in their bathing suit then head to the splash pad.
  • This is cash only so bring $2 per person. Kids 2 and under free.
  • Pack a lunch, this park is huge and offers so many great picnic spots.
  • Don’t forget sunblock.
  • Picnic tables can be reserved for $5 but you can use them if no one reserved them.
  • As a safety precaution you must have a child to enter the park or you will not be allowed in.   

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Atlantis Play Center
13630 Atlantis Way
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 892-6015


Mondays: closed
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10am-4pm
Sundays: 12pm – 4pm

The splash pad is open until Labor Day Weekend


$2 for ages 3+.
Free for 2 years old and under
Cash Only.

Parking is free.

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If you are looking for a free splash pad in Orange County, check out the one at the Lemon Park which is a 10 minute drive from the Fullerton Arboretum. It is the perfect place to cool down during the hot summer months, it is fun,and completely free. 

You can see from the pictures what this water park is all about. As you can see, the water features of this park are a little different than the ones you are probably used to. Here, there is a massive amount of water pouring on your kids so there is no chance to come out of it dry. So kids either love it or hate it. My boy loved it, my girl hated it. But if your kids don’t like to get drenched, they can still have a lot of fun on the “dry” side of the park. They have two nice playground structures, one for ages 2-5 and the other for ages 5-12. There are also swings, restrooms, a basketball court, lots of picnic tables in full or partial shade, a grassy area…and easy free parking. So it was a great free family outing and worth visiting.


Admission and parking are free.


May 31 – August 6, 2017: open daily, from 1pm to 5pm
August 12 – September 24, 2017: open weekends only from 1pm to 5pm.


Lemon Park, 701 S. Lemon, Fullerton, CA, 92832

Activities close by:

The Fullerton Arboretum. Click here for my review and some pictures of this awesome outdoor adventure for the kids.

The Interactive Pop Jet Fountain at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza.

Listing on PlanADayOut

To see a listing of the Lemon Park splash pad on PlanADayOut, click here

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Buccaneer Cove at Boomers! Irvine is one of the only three water parks in Orange County. At this new Orange County attraction kids can enjoy four different water slides and a large splash pad with interactive spray cannons, fountains, and many other water features.

What to expect:

  • There are four slides for kids that are at least 36” tall. Based on what my kids told me, the Red Tunnel Slide is the slowest. Then there is the Red Open Slide which is also fairly slow and it is the only one that is open. The Yellow Tunnel slide is faster, and it is the tallest and the longest. And lastly the Blue Tunnel slide which seemed to be the most popular since the ride is in complete darkness.
  • Kids under 36” are free but I believe they need to be accompanied by a paying adult. They can enjoy the splash pad and the kiddie water slide. Update: their website now says kids 2 and under are free.
  • You only pay the full price if you plan to go on the slides. But if you decide to just watch the kids, you still need to pay $5 to enter the water area.
  • The water is fairly cold so I suggest you go on a very hot day. When we went it was over 80 degrees and my kids were shaking within 30 minutes.

Be Aware:

  • Seating: The seating arrangement is not great. Chairs are all very close together and it might be hard to find one available so don’t expect to spend a restful afternoon reading books while your kids are having fun. You might be lying on cement under the scorching sun :).
  • Shade: There is no shade unless you rent a cabana!
  • Crowded: We went during the week at around 2:30pm and at that time it was hard to find a seat but around 3pm people started to leave and by 4pm we were were pretty much on our own. So I would suggest you go during the week after 2pm.
  • Money: The cost is for a whole day of fun but the kids were done and cold after 90 minutes. I feel it is an expensive outing for only 90 minutes but if you manage to stay all day it might be worth it. However, I feel it is totally worth it if you purchase the deal below.
  • Food/Drinks: They don’t let you bring your own food or drinks in the water area, so no picnic, sorry!

Worth it?

If you have kids 5 and under I would take advantage of the many free splash pads in Orange County so you don’t risk that the kids are too cold/scared and want to go home after thirty minutes. If your have older kids that think splash pads are boring then the Buccaneer Cove might be good for them.

Update: check out the deal below. It is totally worth it if you purchase this deal.


$19.99 for ages 3+
Chaperone Pass:$5 (just to access the area, not valid for use of slides)

Parking is free.

Current Deal:  

Pay $29.99 to get admission to Buccaneer Cove every day for four hours until they close on September 4th, 2017. 


Open weekends May 29th – June 11th, 2017. Open daily June 11th – September 4th.

Mon-Fri; 11am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-7pm


3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine, Orange County, 92612


Click here to see the Buccaneer Cove listing on PlanADayOut.