Best Splash Pads Around St. Louis

Our 5 favorite splash pads in the St. Louis area!

It has been crazy hot these last few weeks. It’s part of living in St. Louis. Terrible heat and humidity. But another part of living in St. Louis is that the city is filled with splash pads!

Let’s be honest, running through a sprinkler is one of the supreme joys of summer, and splash pads are like sprinklers only better! We try to go splashing at least once a week these days, and here’s our list of favorite splash pads around town. Of course, there are tons of splash pads here, so if I didn’t list your favorite, let me know what park it’s in and why you love it so much so we can check it out!

Jaycee Park

Jaycee Park is out in St. Charles, but it is worth the drive. St. Charles County is home to some gorgeous parks these days, and this one is no exception. The splash pad is actually a multi-part area with a more natural feel. The top section has a waterfall springing out of a rocky ledge onto the upper splash pad.

st louis splash pad jaycee park top

The water flows down a “creek” complete with stones to divert the water. Cricket loved making boats out of leaves and floating them down the creek. I remember doing that in the gutter when I was a kid. The JayCee splash pad creek is a much cleaner alternative!

st louis splash pad jaycee park creek

At the bottom of the creek is a lower splash pad. Both upper and lower splash pads have squirty fountains that spray at various intervals.

st louis splash pad jaycee park

Cricket loved the creek, and the fountains amused her, but after a little while she was ready to ditch the splash pad and hit the playground, which is one of the better playgrounds I’ve seen. It’s also designed to be accessible to children of all abilities (splash pad too!) and I love LOVE the focus on inclusive play!

The only drawback to this park is the lack of shade. There is a nice pavilion, but it’s small and by the time we got there, other parents had staked their claims on the benches there.

  • The Jaycee Park splash pad is open April through September, temperature permitting.
  • Map to Jaycee Park

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a little less of a drive for us, and the playground is a favorite on winter days that are just warm enough to play outside because it gets full sun. This means you stay warmer and can play a little longer. It also means it tends to get blazing hot in the summer.

Our top 5 favorite splash pads in the St. Louis Area

The splash pad at Millennium Park is fully fenced in, and you let your kids into the area through a latched gate and watch from outside the fence. It’s nice that it’s fully contained like that, especially if you’ve got a runner. The splash pad is one of the larger ones in the area with lots of fountains and fun, but the sun is fierce, so we save this one for cloudier days.

Brendan’s Playground

Brendan’s Playground, located in Westhoff Park in O’Fallon, is another long drive if you don’t live in St. Charles County, but like Jaycee Park, it’s a fantastic playground. The splash pad is small, best for younger kids, but the playground next to it makes it worth the trek! Unfortunately for us, we’ve only made it out once this year and the splash pad was closed for repairs, so no splash pad pictures. But the kids had a ball playing on the bug-themed playground!

Brendans playground st charles mo

Like Jaycee, Brendan’s playground was designed to be accessible to all children, regardless of ability. The cities of St. Charles and O’Fallon are doing a fantastic job with designing playgrounds where everyone can play together!

Unfortunately, because it’s so new, trees haven’t had the chance to grow tall yet, so while there are several lovely picnic pavilions, there really isn’t any shade.

 

 

Creve Coeur Lake

Creve Coeur Lake is a huge park, and the upper park (on the bluffs above the lake) actually has two splash pads! This is an enormous park with multiple entrances and to reach both of these splash pads, enter the park from Dorsett Rd.

The smaller of the splash pads (located by Playground #3) can be found just behind Go Ape. This one is generally the less crowded of the splash pads, which is nice, and although it isn’t quite as exciting as the other one, we still had to drag the Grasshopper and Cricket away when it was time to go. This one is only open on weekends and holidays, but if you accidentally go during the week and find it closed, you can head on over to the other splash pad!

splash pad creve coeur lake go ape

 

The second splash pad (located at Playground #2 and the Branwood shelter) is our absolute favorite splash pad. It is shaded by huge trees that make it more comfortable for parents, and the splash pad itself is full of action. There is a bucket that dumps water on your head, fountains, and tons of space to run through the water. It’s also close enough to the slides that kids can move back and forth between water and playground. Slides when you’re wet? Awesome fun! The only drawback is that this one can get a little crowded. But, like I said, it’s one of the best, so there’s a reason people flock to it!

Creve Coeur Lake splash pad

Do you have a favorite splash pad in St. Louis or your own home town? What do you love about it?

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Beat the Heat at the St. Louis Magic House

The Magic House in St. Louis is the perfect place to play in the summer. The Future Play exhibit runs until September 5.

The heat in St. Louis is no joke, and now that summer is here, we are looking for ways to cool off. One of our favorite places is The Magic House, the children’s museum here in St. Louis.

When St. Louisans rave about The Magic House, they are not joking. This place is amazing. There are two buildings with multiple floors, and an outside garden. We are still finding areas in the magic house that we didn’t know existed, and we’ve lived here for three years!

The Magic House is the perfect place to stay warm in the winter, dry in the rain, and, right now, escape the heat and humidity of the St. Louis summer.

A few weeks ago, the Grasshopper and I met up with my blogging friends Denise of stlMotherhood and Jen of And Hattie Makes Three to explore the newest exhibit, teamLab’s Future Play: Art + Technology, which is here until September 5th.

 

I liked the cool and the dark, but the Grasshopper loved the interactive hopscotch screen and seeing the spaceship she created fly across the giant screens.

Magic House STL Future Play

 

After we finished exploring FuturePlay, we had to head straight up the beanstalk to her favorite part of the magic house: the mystery room. Here, kids are challenged to solve the mystery of an art theft using logic, physical evidence, DNA evidence, and their powers of exploration. There are secret passages, duct-work to crawl through, and a slide. Some kids prefer sneaking (or thundering) through the ductwork and sliding over and over again, but the Grasshopper enjoys solving each piece of the mystery to find the art thief.

magic house mystery

Of course, there’s the Bubble Room, the Math Path, and the three story beanstalk to climb (Protip: If you’ve got a little one like Cricket who isn’t quite ready to tackle the beanstalk, but still wants to climb, head over to the Wonder Works area for a smaller version they can explore.)

Magic House Collage

By the time we had done all of that, we were ready to meet back up with all of our friends in the garden. Yeah, I know. Outside. The heat. But there’s a creek to play in! And seriously, who doesn’t love splashing in a creek. If you plan to do this, it might be a good idea to bring dry clothes to change into. And if you don’t plan to do this, and you end up doing it anyway like we did… Well, they’re only kids once!

magic house outdoor play garden

These are just the things we saw during the morning. It’s easy to spend an entire day at The Magic House and not see everything there is to see.

The Magic House is one of our favorite spots in St. Louis. Admission is $10 per person (free for kids under 1 year) and their hours right now are:

  • Mon-Thurs, and Sat: 9:30am – 5:30 pm
  • Fri: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sun – 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Today, I’m teaming up with And Hattie Makes Three and stlMotherhood to give away four free passes to The Magic House (a $40 value!) so you can escape the heat too! We’ve each got a set of passes, so three families will win! This post is sponsored by the Magic House, who provided the free tickets for you to win.

Be sure to follow both And Hattie Makes Three and stlMotherhoodHattie Makes Three blogs about fashion, food (check out her recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread! OMG YUM!), and fun things to do in St. Louis with her adorable daughter Hattie. stlMotherhood writes about St. Louis happenings, minecraft, and kids crafts. She even has this awesome tutorial on how to make a pool noodle catapult because every home needs siege weapons, amIright?

{Thanks to all who entered! The giveaway is now closed, and the winners have been contacted.}

 

What are your kids’ favorite things to see and do at The Magic House? Do you have another spot you think we should explore? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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