A few weeks ago our family went to Miami University to see my sweet niece run in a track meet. The day started off stormy and by the afternoon, it was gorgeous and sunny. We decided on lunch and as we were walking the campus, my 3 year old saw with is curious little eyes water shooting from the ground in a space of sidewalk. Children were running in it and college kids as well, so with my quick mom thinking, I told him if he ate all his lunch we could go and check it out. Normally meals are struggle, but he ate lunch in record time and we found ourselves at the most amazing little piece of concrete and water heaven. For the next hour we played until our little toes were wrinkly. Thanks to a backpack full of extra clothes in the car, we were dry and asleep in the van before we left campus.
The Dayton area has Splash Playgrounds all over, pack an extra bag for when you stumble across one or better yet, plan to visit each one this summer…..it’s supposed to be a hot one.
Make sure you check daily times for these parks and recreation centers (I’ve thrown in a few options that have nominal costs). Most open Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.
343 Wonderly Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45419
Park includes a playground for small children and a spray pool.
J.F. Kennedy Park and Splash pad
5073 Bigger Rd., Kettering Ohio 45440
Park contains a farm themed splash pad, both small and large play features.
The City of Huber Heights Splash Pad
Located at Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights OH 45424
Park has many water features for all ages
105 Patterson Road, Dayton OH 45404
Features a ground level fountain for kids to play in.
238 Baltimore Street Dayton OH 45404
Nice Splash Pad area with a Medieval theme complete with knights, horses and dragons.
City of Englewood Centennial Park
321 Union Road, Englewood OH 45322
Great large Area for the whole family to cool off.
Adventure Reef Water Park
2900 Glengarry Drive Kettering OH 45420
Pool and Splash pad rolled into one , fantastic facility.
There is a cost, day pass or season pass.
Kroger Aquatic Center at the Heights
8625 Brandt Pike Huber Heights, OH 45424
Park has so many options for fun in the sun.
Admission is 5-8 dollars/ 2 and under are FREE
Island Metro Park
101 E. Helena Street, Dayton OH 45404
Park features interactive water play system for the whole family.
YMCA of Greater Dayton
Check out ymcaonline.org for a complete list of YMCA locations and amenities.
Walnut Hills Spray Park
2300 Block of Wayne Avenue Dayton OH 45420
Large splash area for your whole crew.
Washington Park Spray Park
2nd Street at Garland Avenue, Dayton OH 45403
Simple, large concrete area to splash in.
Greene Town Square
102 Plum Street, Beavercreek OH 45440
Interactive fountains amidst the stores in the Greene town square, Simple but fun!
237 Monument Avenue, Dayton OH 45402
Enjoy the interactive fountains in the RiverScape Festival Plaza. Features include music and fountain jets that shoot water 20 feet in the air and much more.
Aquatic Park at Fairview Commons
2262 Elsmere Avenue, Dayton OH 45414
Includes outdoor park, outdoor pool and spray park . Great water features to play on.
Children $2, Adults $3
McIntosh Park Splash Park
882 W. Riverview at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, Dayton OH 45402
Cute splash park that is donned with flowers and fauna that splash you!
Five Oakes Spray Park
329 Five Oakes Avenue, Dayton OH 45405
Creative spray park with unique water features.
Mallory Park Spray Park
3037 Germantown Street, Dayton OH 45417
Splash pad is not just for kids, teens will like this part too, creative ways to get drenched.
Centerville Activity Center Park Spray Park
221 N. Main Street, Centerville OH 45459
Water feature are a blast for younger as well as older kids, composite floor is a plus.
The Splash Pad at Xenia Station
150 South Miami Avenue, Xenia OH 45385
This Splash pad is BRAND new and opens May 25.