So I know we don’t usually publish posts on Mondays, but this week there’s so much going on with back-to-school in our house that I thought I better get this post out there early 🙂
Another reason for the early post is that the destination I am writing about today is only open for one more week before it closes for the season. So I wanted to make sure there was plenty of time to check it out this week. Especially if you’ve got older kiddos going back to school, this would make a great outing to do with your little ones
But the #1 reason that I am finishing up this week’s post today, is that I really need to get started on next week’s post. Because, man, it’s a BIG one. Want a sneak peek?
I know, SO exciting! But I do still have a great post for this week too. So let’s get started!
Did you know that there is BRAND NEW splash pad in Cromwell, CT? And I do mean brand new. It just opened this past June! It’s located in Watrous Park and its petite size (and neighboring preschooler-friendly playscape) makes it the perfect hot weather destination for anyone with tiny tots!
The entrance to the park is on Greer Street, almost directly across from Cromwell Middle School.
You won’t see this one from the street, so you’ll have to trust me that if you follow this road all the way back into the park, you’ll find the spacious parking area right next to the Splash Pad.
This Splash Pad is open daily from 9:00am to 8:00pm (seasonal; closes after Labor Day). It’s always good to know the rules.
Like most of the other splash pads/spray parks/spray pads we’ve visited, this one operates on a timer. It runs for about six minutes and the water features cycle on and off (three at a time) so there’s constant activity. If the water turns off, you simply push down a button atop this white post. Sometimes I think the kids find this activity to be just as fun as actually playing in the water 🙂
It’s got lots of cute features, including these ingenious water canons that somehow know when they are turned around the wrong way and stop firing water (so that parents on the benches don’t get soaked in the crossfire!).
Lots of squirting obstacles and plenty of places to get drenched 🙂
Although it’s not fenced-in, it is separated from the parking lot by a wooden barrier and there are benches all around it (and a couple of picnic tables too), so it’s pretty easy to contain the kiddos.
And as I mentioned earlier, there is this equally adorable mini playscape just a stone’s throw from the Splash Pad.
There is a pair of restrooms conveniently located in this building at the edge of the parking area. They are both family-style (single room), so they can double as changing rooms as well, though there are no diaper changing stations in there.
The Splash Pad is only open through Labor Day though, so you’ll have to shake a leg to check it out before the end of the season. Although, with this being “back to school” week for most of the older kiddos, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a little extra bonding time with your wee ones. And there’s nothing quite like watching your little guy or gal frolic and giggle in the fountains to make a few more memories before another fun-filled summer comes to an end.
Splash Pad at Watrous Park
Greer Street, Cromwell, CT (Behind Cromwell Middle School)
(I followed the applicable directions that I found on the town’s website)
Cromwell Parks & Recreation Phone Number: (860) 632-3467
The Splash Pad is open daily from 9:00am to 8:00pm (seasonal; closes after Labor Day)
Watrous Park is open 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. in the summer; 7:00 A.M. – sunset rest of the year.
Stroller Friendly: YES
Coffee Mug Friendly: YES
Baby Changing Station: NO
Food for Sale: NO.
Outside Food Allowed: YES, though it’s not allowed on the actual splash pad. There are benches and picnic tables where you can enjoy your food and beverages.
Cash Required: NO
Dress Code: Non-potty trained tots must wear swim diapers; I might also recommend water shoes that will give a little traction on the wet concrete if you’ve got speedy kiddos.
Age Recommendations: This is a smaller splash pad, so I would say it’s best for toddlers & preschoolers, but my 6-year-old had a great time there too.
Evening/Weekend Hours: YES
Discounts: Can’t do better than FREE! 🙂
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