What is a Splash Pad?
Splash Pad at The Dinosaur Place – Nature’s Art Village – Montville, CT
A splash pad is a recreational water system that provides interactive and safe entertainment for children of all ages. Splash pads come in all sizes, from giant splash parks that feature thousands of square feet of spray features and ground sprays, to smaller residential systems that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own backyard.
Often referred to as a “zero-depth” water attraction, splash pads are often preferred by parents of small children over swimming pools. A splash pad still offers a fun and exciting way to play in water without the risk of drowning or other hazards often associated with swimming pools. Parents of young children and toddlers are able to sit back and relax while keeping an eye on their kids without having to get wet themselves.
Most splash pads feature ground sprays that shoot water through the surface of the splash pad at varying heights and patterns. Many also include above-ground features that either spray or dump water at various times adding to the anticipation and excitement for the children. There are also some splash pads that feature play structures with small water slides and other interactive water features.
While children of all ages love to play on a splash pad, it’s safe to say that most splash pads are designed for toddler-aged children up to ages 10-12. It’s not uncommon, however, to see teenagers playing on a splash pad and even some parents participating with their children.