What to Take to a Splash Pad
The Las Vegas heat starts early and splash pads are the perfect way to cool off with the kids during the long, hot days of summer.
If you haven’t been to a splash pad yet, here are our best tips to help you be prepared for a fun and safe time.
Click here to read our guide to Las Vegas Splash Pads.
What are splash pads?
Splash pads – also known as spray pads – are water play areas for kids to play in fountains, water showers, or pop-up sprayers.
Las Vegas splash pads are typically located at Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas public parks. You will also find them at our two water parks in Las Vegas and Henderson, along with some local resorts.
Splash Pad Planning
Since you probably will spend a lot of time over the summer at one of the local splash pads, a “splash pad” go bag is recommended so if the kids want to GO NOW, it will only take a few moments to scoop up your bag and hit the road.
Since our summer sun is so strong, apply the sunscreen at home so the kids don’t have to wait once you arrive at the splash pad. (Don’t forget to apply often!)
Having the kids wear their bathing suits from home to the splash pads, you don’t have to worry about wrangling them in small spaces and one that may have more germs that you want to expose the kids to.
And another VERY important tip… have your kids go the bathroom right before leaving home.
What to take to a splash pad
Below are suggestions of items to keep in your “splash pad go bag”
- A large bag to hold everything and it’s plastic even better
- Bottled water, sports drinks, juice, etc. to keep everyone hydrated – just because you are playing in water doesn’t mean we stay hydrated
- Camera to capture those giggles
- Change of dry clothes for the ride home
- Extra swim diapers for the little ones because accidents will happen
- Hand wipes or hand sanitizers
- Plastic bags for wet diapers and swimsuits
- Sponges for soaking and squeezing
- Sunhats with big brims
- Toys that they can fill up and pour out like cups and water pitchers
- Water shoes to avoid slipping.
Splash pad safety tips
- Splash pads are fairly safe since they don’t have standing water but make sure they have water shoes to keep them from slipping
- Explain that the water is not safe to drink and show them where to find their water bottles and juice boxes.
- I know you know to reapply sunscreen but I cannot stress this enough, especially if you are new to the Las Vegas sun. (I SWEAR I burn here faster than other places.)