Submitted by Rachael Cherry on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 9:11am Check out these splash pads and spraygrounds across the greater Houston area.There's no denying that when the first heat wave of summer hits Houston, it hits hard. And as every Houstonian knows, once it comes it's here for the long haul - sometimes well into "fall." This means it becomes crucial to find fun ways to keep the kids cool without locking them indoors. Luckily, there is no shortage of splash pads here, and we rounded up splash pads and spray parks that span all of Houston and its surrounding communities. Inner Loop Gateway Fountains at Discovery Green Jet streams reach up to 14 feet at this Downtown Houston favorite. Infants and toddlers are required to wear swim diapers and water shoes are recommended. Public restrooms are available. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Ervan Chew Park Splash Pad Aside from the splash pad, the park offers numerous amenities kids will love. Guests can also take advantage of a dog park, picnic tables, soccer and baseball fields, and a playground, making the splash pad the perfect place to cool off after playing hard. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Hermann Park Splash Pad Get ready for an entire water experience at the water playground at Hermann Park. The park boasts an adjacent sandy beach, palm trees and more, which makes it a splash-pad paradise. There is free parking in and around Hermann Park as well as paid parking lots in the surrounding areas.Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Katherine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo What better way to cool off after a long day visiting the animals than at the water play park located inside the zoo? Kids can enjoy the traditional streams of water, a 'fill and spill' water tree, fountains, and ample space at this splash pad. Cost: Free with Houston Zoo ticket purchaseOpen April 1 - Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jaycee Park Splash Pad The Jaycee Park splash pad is the ideal place for cooling off after taking advantage of all the other park amenities, like a walking trail, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground. The simple pad features timed sprays and colorful butterfly artwork. There are port-o-potties available for guests to use. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Settegast Park Splash Pad This park offers the traditional simplicity of a splash pad with some extra features that make it fun but not overly flashy. Among other features, kids are sure to love the bell spray column and ground geyser, and parents will love the safe rubber pad surface. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Tony Marron Park Splash Pad If you're looking for a splash pad that satisfies the kids and gives you sweeping views of both the park itself and downtown, look no further than Tony Marron Park. Guests have access to public restrooms and drinking fountains, as well as a covered pavilion that's perfect for a picnic lunch.Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Levy Park Splash Pad The recently renovated Levy Park now includes a fun splash pad in the center of its enclosed play area. There are public restrooms on site and plenty of shade and tables for picnicking. The playground also has a rock wall and plenty of other climbables.Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Southwest Houston Splash Pad at Smart Financial Centre Plaza The new water feature at Smart Financial Centre Plaza is ready for action this summer. Features parents will love: plenty of parking, seating and restrooms. After 4 p.m. the splash pad turns into a water feature show. Cost: FreeOpen April 15 through Oct.15 from noon-4 p.m. on Mondays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Hackberry Park Splash Pad There are not just traditional water streams at this playground, but also turtles and lily pads that spurt water up in the air. These features plus bright colors and plenty of space to play make this splash pad a hit with kids and parents alike.Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk RiverPark Splash Pad This well-maintained splash pad boasts colorful pipes, suspended fill-and-dump buckets as well as ample space to run and play. There are shaded benches surrounding the pad for parents to watch their little ones, and an adjacent park for the kids to play on before or after their water adventures. Cost: FreeOpen April 15 through Oct. 15 from sunrise to sunset Splash Pad at Constellation Field Catching a Sugar Land Skeeters game? Be sure to pack a swimsuit for the kids. Constellation Field has a splash pad that overlooks the playing field and gives kids a chance to cool off and burn some energy while taking in some minor league baseball.Cost: Free with purchase of Sugar Land Skeeters ticketOpen April 11 during every home game throughout the Skeeters season Bellaire Town Center Family Aquatic Center This is no ordinary splash pad; the Bellaire Town Center Family Aquatic Center has a massive pool and spray ground that has a frog slide, climbing area with a covered tube slide and an oversized fill-and dump-bucket. Although it's not free, the center is like a miniature water park and is a fun way to spend the afternoon. Cost for Residents: Ages 2 & under are free, ages 3-59 are $8, ages 60+ are $6.Cost for Non-Residents: Ages 2 & under are free, ages 3-59 are $16, ages 60+ are $14.Starting May 13, the Aquatic Center is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-6 p.m. until Memorial Day, when it is then open daily Marian Park Splash Pad There's not just one area for kids to play at this water spray park, but three, making it a unique splash pad experience. Another perk - this one for the parents - is that there is plenty of shaded seating available around the play area. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Southeast Houston Brookglen Spray Park Ample space to run around, a large, rainbow-colored dragon, dumping buckets and animals that spray water from their mouths make this a water play area your kids won't want to miss. Cost: FreeOpen March 11 - October 31 Dolphin Lagoon at Clear Lake Park Aptly named for the several dolphin structures spouting water, this spray ground is located near the boat ramps at Clear Lake Park and gives guests an extensive view of the bay. It also has plenty of shaded areas for parents to sit, public restrooms and outdoor fitness equipment for those wanting to get in a workout while the kids play. Cost: FreeOpen April 1 - October 28 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Menard Park After a trip to the beach, you can head on over to the Menard Park splash pad where kids can get out any extra energy they may have while washing off the unavoidable layer of sand that comes with being on the beach all day. Cost: FreeOpen Spring Break through Halloween from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. unless school is in session and then the water turns on at 3 p.m. Schreiber Park An airplane in the middle of the pad is the defining feature of this spray park. Water shoots straight up from the ground, making it a good splash pad for younger kids since there is no dumping water and very little frills. There's also plenty of parking, places to sit and public restrooms.Cost: FreeOpen Spring Break through Halloween from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. unless school is in session and then the water turns on at 3 p.m. Wright Cuney Recreation Center The spray park at Wright Cuney is similar to the one at Menard Park, with water spraying up from the ground and dumping from buckets overhead. The Recreation Center also has a playground, covered picnic tables, basketball courts and more. Cost: FreeOpen Spring Break through Halloween from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. unless school is in session and then the water turns on at 3 p.m. Baytown Spray Parks Prepare to make a day out of a trip to any of the City's six spray parks in Baytown, because barbecue pits, a playground, and plenty of trails make them all a perfect day-cation destination. Spray Parks include Roseland Park, Bergeron Park, McElroy Park, Pelly Park, Central Heights Park and Jenkins Park.Cost: FreeOpen March 11 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Texas Avenue Park Splash Pad This is a truly unique splash pad fit to steal any baseball-loving kid's heart. Instead of the traditional water-themed sprays, baseballs spout out water here. There are even bases to run around, making this water play area a home run.Cost: FreeOpen April 1 through Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. North HoustonThis includes North Houston, Northeast Houston, and Northwest Houston Lents Family Park Splash Pad Nestled into Lents Family Park East is a splash pad the kids are sure to love. It spouts water from the ground and has sprays the kids can aim and control and pipe tunnels to run through. It's also gated, giving parents reassurance that their kids are safe. Cost: FreeOpen weekends only in May and September from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; open daily June 1 through Aug. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Shady Lane Park Splash Pad With an alligator head emerging from the pad surface and large boulders that spout streams of water, this one-of-a-kind, bayou-themed spray park is sure to thrill the kids. There are also multiple play areas, outdoor fitness equipment, and more offered here. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Conroe Aquatic Center Water Park Be prepared for an entirely different level of splash pad fun when you come to the Conroe Aquatic Center. This spray park boasts a central play structure that has a large fill-and-dump bucket, slides, tunnels, and plenty of areas to climb. It's a spray park well worth the admission fee.Cost: Ages 2 & under are free. Ages 3 & up are $7. Starting May 12, the Water Park is open Fridays from 4:30-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. until the second week in June, when the hours change to Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Timarron Park Splash Pad This splash pad has a pipe tunnel that looks like a frog, large flowers that spray water, and plenty of space to play. It also has seats around the splash pad for parents, public restrooms, a covered pavilion, and a playground. Cost: FreeOpen March 1 - Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. West Houston Noah's Ark at Quillian Center Get ready for the kids to take a trip back in time when you visit Noah's Ark at Quillian Center. You'll find a replica of Noah's Ark stationed squarely in the center of the splash pad with several small slides, tunnels to crawl through, animals that spout water, and multiple water drops. Cost: $7.50 per person. Children under 1 are free.Open May 15-24 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Starting May 26, hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday Cullen Park This splash pad may be simpler than others, but that doesn't mean the kids won't have a ton of fun running around it. Pipe tunnels that spray water at the push of a button and plenty of fountains and jet streams make it a hit amongst the younger set, and parents will appreciate the seating surrounding the pad. Cost: FreeOpen year-round from dawn til dusk Nottingham Park Splash Pad There are water shoots, fill-and-dump buckets, pipe tunnels, and tall sprays. There is also covered seating for parents to enjoy while watching the kids play, and a playground nearby if you need a break from the water. Cost: FreeOpen March through November from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Be sure to check ahead of time to confirm the splash pad you're visiting is open for water play. This post was originally published in September 2016 Photo courtesy of Sugar Land Skeeters Area/Neighborhood: HoustonInner LoopNorth & East HoustonNorthwest HoustonSoutheast HoustonSouthwest HoustonWest HoustonAge: KidsPreschoolersCategory: City GuidesFree ActivitiesOutdoorsPools & Spray ParksSummer Activitieslocation: Gateway Fountains at Discovery Green 1500 McKinney St. 77010 Houston , TX Phone: 713-400-7336 29° 45' 14.94" N, 95° 21' 37.9368" W Texas Ervan Chew Park 4502 Dunlavy St. 77006 Houston , TX Phone: 832-395-7000 29° 43' 55.4628" N, 95° 24' 8.6652" W Texas Hermann Park 6001 Fannin St. 77030 Houston , TX Phone: 713-524-5876 29° 43' 6.06" N, 95° 23' 27.1536" W Texas Katherine McGovern Water Play Park at the Houston Zoo 6200 Hermann Park Dr. 77030 Houston , TX Phone: 713-533-6500 29° 42' 58.7412" N, 95° 23' 27.1536" W Texas Jaycee Park 1300 Seamist 77008 Houston , TX Phone: 713-942-8500 29° 47' 38.9904" N, 95° 26' 13.4268" W Texas Settegast Park 3000 Garrow St. 77003 Houston , TX Phone: 713-837-0311 29° 45' 7.4484" N, 95° 20' 38.1048" W Texas Tony Marron Park 808 N. York St. 77003 Houston , TX Phone: 832-393-0868 29° 45' 26.6436" N, 95° 19' 50.8188" W Texas Hackberry Park 7777 S. Dairy Ashford Rd. 77072 Houston , TX Phone: 281-776-9908 29° 41' 40.2936" N, 95° 36' 10.7136" W Texas RiverPark Splash Pad 5875 Summit Creek 77479 Sugar Land , TX Phone: 281-275-2825 29° 34' 12.1656" N, 95° 40' 42.618" W Texas Constellation Field 1 Stadium Dr. 77498 Sugar Land , TX Phone: 281-240-4487 29° 37' 45.138" N, 95° 38' 32.1144" W Texas Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center 7008 Fifth Street 77401 Bellaire , TX Phone: 713-662-8280 29° 42' 10.9296" N, 95° 28' 11.8308" W Texas Marian Park 11000 S. Gessner 77071 Houston , TX Phone: 713-773-7015 29° 39' 34.1676" N, 95° 31' 41.2284" W Texas Brookglen Spray Park 3324 Somerton Dr. 77571 LaPorte , TX Phone: 713-470-725 29° 39' 32.2992" N, 95° 6' 20.6568" W Texas Dolphin Lagoon at Clear Lake Park 5125 Nasa Parkway 77586 Seabrook , TX Phone: 713-274-7275 29° 33' 52.9668" N, 95° 4' 10.74" W Texas Menard Park 2222 28th Street 77550 Galveston , TX Phone: 409-621-3177 29° 17' 14.856" N, 94° 47' 36.2148" W Texas McElroy Park 4403 Craigmont Boulevard 77521 Baytown , TX Phone: 281-420-6597 29° 46' 19.3548" N, 95° 0' 38.088" W Texas Texas Avenue Park 17100 Texas Ave. 77598 Webster , TX Phone: 281-332-1826 29° 32' 26.7288" N, 95° 7' 59.5092" W Texas Lents Family Park East 540 Cypress Station Drive 77090 Houston , TX Phone: 281-445-1356 30° 1' 55.7724" N, 95° 26' 18.5388" W Texas Shady Lane Park 10220 Shady Ln. 77093 Houston , TX Phone: 713-742-1503 29° 51' 35.8344" N, 95° 20' 35.1924" W Texas Conroe Aquatic Center 1205 Candy Cane Lane 77301 Conroe , TX Phone: 936-522-3930 30° 18' 43.308" N, 95° 25' 31.3536" W Texas Quillian Center 10570 Westpark Drive 77042 Houston , TX Phone: 713-781-9195 29° 43' 29.0316" N, 95° 33' 16.794" W Texas Cullen Park 19008 Saums Rd. 77084 Houston , TX Phone: 832-395-7000 29° 47' 54.3336" N, 95° 41' 57.156" W Texas Nottingham Park 14205 Kimberley Lane 77079 Houston , TX Phone: 281-496-2177 29° 46' 35.5188" N, 95° 35' 46.5" W Texas Timarron Park 50 North Green Print Circle 77389 The Woodlands , TX Phone: 281-210-3800 30° 9' 18.9072" N, 95° 33' 18.4932" W Texas Smart Financial Centre Plaza 18111 Lexington Blvd. 77479 Sugar Land , TX Phone: 281-275-2825 29° 34' 37.4088" N, 95° 38' 35.8548" W Texas Roseland Park 100 Roseland Drive 77520 Baytown , TX Phone: 281-420-6597 29° 43' 26.6916" N, 94° 56' 45.3552" W Texas Bergeron Park 1520 Louisiana Street 77520 Baytown , TX 29° 43' 28.4052" N, 95° 0' 15.498" W Texas Pelly Park 900 South Main 77520 Baytown , TX 29° 43' 37.4736" N, 94° 58' 12.4716" W Texas Central Heights Park 503 Atlantic Street 77520 Baytown , TX 29° 44' 10.7304" N, 94° 59' 30.0228" W Texas Walter Jenkins Park 4400 Crosby Cedar Bayou Rd 77521 Baytown , TX 29° 46' 32.574" N, 94° 56' 31.7868" W Texas Schrieber Park 83rd Street at the Airport 77553 Galveston , TX 29° 15' 59.13" N, 94° 51' 11.4552" W Texas Wright Cuney Recreation Center 718 41st St 77550 Galveston , TX Phone: 409-621-3177 29° 17' 49.5132" N, 94° 48' 46.2636" W Texas << PreviousBest Water Theme Parks Near NYC for FamiliesNext >>How to Deal with the Trickiest, Stickiest, Messiest New Parent Problems5 Things Kids Will Love About Going to a Sugar Land Skeeters Game 25 Things to Do With Kids in Milford 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up 25 Reasons LA Is the Best Place to Grow Up or Raise Kids!