Splash pads around the city are operating again so that your kids can cool off during hot LA weather. Here is list of our favorite splash pads in and around Los Angeles.
Annenberg Community Beach House 415 Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA 90402
The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility located on 5 acres of oceanfront property. The Splash Pad shoots water out of the ground, and is very popular with small children. The Splash Pad is open from May 1st through September 5th from 9am to 6pm daily. Check hours here after September 5th. There are sitting areas and tables around the Splash Pad, with a restaurant nearby, "Back on the Beach Cafe", offering appetizing meals with a view of Ocean.
Parking is $12 per day or $3 an hour. If the Beach House lot is full, additional parking lots 8 & 9 (south) and Will Rogers State Beach (north) are within walking distance. The bike path connects these lots to the Beach House on the ocean side. Check Santa Monica's City-Wide Parking Map for updated information about the Beach House parking lot and lots Pacific Coast Highway.
210 N. Grand Ave. Downtown LA 90012
The Splash Pad at Grand Park has alternating jets that is so much fun for little kids. There are plenty of chairs for parents, and a Starbucks near the Splash Pad, so you can enjoy a coup of coffee or tea while your kids are having fun with the water jets. Snacks are also available at the Starbucks if you want to skip packing snacks. The new Grand Park Playground is just a perfect way to warm up and get dry. Clean bathrooms are nearby and open all day. Dogs are allowed in the park, but must be on a leash at all times. Open daily but closed on May 24 through May 30th for maintenance.
The park is open to the public every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 pm. Parking is available in Lot 10 with entrances on Broadway and Hill Street between First and Temple Streets (in the middle of the park). Parking in this lot is $3.50 per 15 minutes, or $20.00 maximum per day, and $10.00 per day for weekends, evenings and special events. Parking is also available in Lot 17 at Olive and First Streets (enter from Olive Street). Parking in this lot is $3.50 every 15 minutes until 4:30 p.m., with a maximum of $20. There is a flat fee of $10 after 4:30 p.m., on weekends and for special events.
1835 Stoner Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The Stoner Park has a pool with splash park featuring sprays and spouts lining and fountains. The pool is 4 1/2 feet deep to be used for all ages, and a twisty slide for bigger kids. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult on a one-to-one ratio. Children under the age of four must wear "swim diaper" or plastic pants. Admission fee is $3.50 for adults, and $1 for kids for the entire day. Men must wear swim trunks or board shorts, and women must wear a bathing suit. For hours, check their website or call (310) 575-8286, as the opening hours vary. Street parking is available.
1615 Ocean Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This park is right across the entrance of Santa Monica Pier, which was officially opened in Fall 2013. Tangva Park is a real gem of design and landscaping, and easily accessible by foot, bike, bus, or train. The splash pad is up and running daily from 10am to 6pm. The most remarkable feature of the splash area is the natural design. If you need to burn some energy out of your kiddos, this is a great option. There are things to climb on, fun slides, soft ground to play on, and lots of grass area.
Ample bike parking is located near each park entrance (Ocean Avenue, Main Street, and Olympic Blvd). Several Metro and Big Blue Bus lines have stops adjacent to the park. Tongva Park is also a short walk from the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station. Note that metered street parking is limited, but parking is also available at the Civic Center Parking Structure (enter off Fourth Street).
2200 Virginia Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Virginia Avenue Park is a 9.5-acre park, and it's home to a vibrant community center, a weekly Farmers Market, and the Pico Branch Library. A Sprinkle of fun is open daily from 10am-6pm, with water coming from the floor and the walls. The Splash area has water geysers, and water spouts that the kids can aim at each other. There is also lots of shaded areas for parents to sit under while watching the kids. The playground has a jungle gym with a slide and a big tower where you can see a great view of the entire park.
2439 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Douglas Park is a beautiful and well manicured park featuring lawn bowling, three dock ponds, fly fishing area, picnic tables and benches, children's playground and splash-pad where kids can play on their bikes, scooters, and skate boards and also play with water. The splash pad only operates during summer time when it is hot. For more information about the operation of the splash pads, please call (310) 458-8300.
1100 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This grassy park has two play areas, a water feature, and shaded arbor. The water feature is a man-made creek where your little ones can splash around in it and cool off during hot summer days. The river side is open for picnicking during summer months. Picnic areas may be reserved for use seasonally.
1900 N. San Fernando Rd. Los Angeles, CA
Rio de Los Angeles (LA River) State Park’s natural river wetlands allows a serene opportunity to families who enjoy hiking trails, being surrounded by native plants and viewing returning wildlife. The park also features sports fields, a children’s playground, a recreation building, and a splash pad. There are plenty of shaded grassy areas for a picnicking, so don't forget your picnic basket and a blanket. The splash pad is open from mid June through Labor Day from 10 am to 7 pm daily.
OTHER SPLASH PADS AND WATER PLAY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
Alondra Community Regional Park, Lawndale
Azalea Regional Shopping Center, Los Angeles
Mason Park, Chatsworth
North Hollywood Recreation Center, N. Hollywood
Pathfinder Community Regional Park, Roland Heights
Sylmar Park, Sylmar
Veterans Memorial Park, City of CommerceCerritos Playground, GlendalePirate Park, Pasadena
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