Yes, many splash pads are closed for the offseason. But, considering that 2020 is over, and there is some light at the end of the tunnel, we can certainly start looking forward to the upcoming summer.

Even though many larger water parks and spray pads weren’t able to open last summer, many local, neighbourhood splash pads managed to at least offer some relief from a hot summer full of restrictions.

It’s important to remember that the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) in the U.S. told us that “there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters”,  including in outdoor pools, spray parks and splash pads.

With vaccines beginning to be rolled out, there is every indication that the danger due to COVID will be even lower this year. So that means now is a perfect time to start planning what you should bring to a splash pad!

6 Things You Should Bring to a Splash Pad

Of course, you may have your own list of personal favourites. But the following items should be on it.

  1. Swimwear & a Change of Clothes – If this sounds obvious, you’d be surprised. Many people choose to enjoy a spray pad in street clothes, which can be not good for the splash pad equipment, or how much fun they have.
  2. Sunscreen, Hats & Sunglasses – Splash pads are notorious for lack of shade. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and other protection against the sun should always be on your list when planning time outside.
  3. Beach Towels & Blankets – Not just to stay dry, but warm and comfy too.
  4. Swim Diapers – If you’ve ever brought a baby to a spray pad in regular diapers, you’ll know why these are essential.
  5. Snacks & Drinks – They will give you energy and keep you hydrated for more water play.
  6. Hand Sanitizer – We’re keeping this on the list this year. COVID safety requirements, including physical distancing, may be in place for longer in some areas than others and it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Now that you know what to take to a splash pad, learn more about why you should go in our article “Creative Thinking: Why Parents Should Take Kids to a Splash Pad”.