Another great way to beat the Houston heat is to visit one of the many splash pad parks or spray grounds. If you don’t already follow Big Kids Small City, they have a great resource for checking out different city parks as well as The Houston City Parks website. Even though we are more north of Houston, I decided to show you some of our favorite splash pads to visit around the area.
This is a great park overall. Even if your kids are too tired to get wet, it has a great shaded pavillion area to eat lunch as well as a shaded park. There are also lots of fun shops and places to eat in the Creekside Park Village like Fieldings Wood Grill, Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe and LeVure Bakery.
This splash pad has a bit of a catch… it is only open to the public on Fridays during Pool Season as it is attached the The Shadowbend Pool. However, it is open in the early spring and into the fall once pool season is over. You just have to check the schedule here. My kids had a blast playing on the slide and they were completely soaked after visiting. And of course we also had to stop at the park, where there is a fun bridge that overlooked some turtles and fish in a creek. If you ever want to visit any of The Woodlands Pools as well, it is just $6 a person with the exception of the Rob Fleming Aquatics Center, which is $10 a person (unless of course you buy a pass or are a resident).
This park is in Houston, just off 59 and Shepherd. It even has a shaded park area as well as a dog park and is close to Montrose or the museum district. We stopped at Amy’s Ice Creams afterwards but there are plenty of other great Houston restaurants to stop at nearby if you need an excuse to drop by Common Bond or Empire Cafe.
It might seem like a bit of a drive for some of you, but we love visiting the Train Depot in Tomball. During the weekends there is a small train museum you can visit (which I hear they will be expanding soon!) As well as antique shops and places to eat. I took the kids over to Nonnie’s Soda Fountain for some ice cream but stopping at Jane & John Dough Bakery will make it worth your trip!
Before you go to the splash pad, don’t forget the essentials! Towels, toys and sunscreen are a must, as well as a change of fresh clothes! I picked a few of our favorite beach toys to bring below.
Do you have any favorite splash pads to visit? What stops do you like to make along the way?