Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Kiddie Splash Pad

Splash pads provide kids with hours of cool outdoor activity in warm weather.

Young child playing on a splash pad
Splash pads are a simple, fun way for kids to cool off on hot days.Unsplash/Kelly Sikkema

You remember running through that old cast iron rotating lawn sprinkler as a kid, right? No? Then you probably don’t remember Woodstock either, but never mind. Those hot, cool-down sprinkler running days were highlights of your youth, and with some of today’s kiddie splash pad options you’ve got a lawn sprinkler on steroids. Consider these factors when choosing the best pad for your kids.

SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning

Age & Size Appropriate

This play area will hold two or three active two-year-olds or one adult and child.SplashEZ

Choose a splash pad appropriate to the age of your kids, as well as choosing a size that will accommodate the number of kids (and adults) using it.

Inflatable Splash Pad Sprinkler for Kids Toddlers

Adjustable Spray

This water saucer regulates spray height by adjusting water volume at the faucet.Zen Laboratory

Adjusting the spray height and pressure is important for the comfort of the kids using the splash pad. Younger ones don’t usually appreciate a high volume and hard spray, and the older ones appreciate a spray that can adjust to over their heads. Some products regulate volume on the pool, and others at the faucet or hose coupling. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations, some of which advise never using full volume.

Intex Dinoland Inflatable Play Center

Durability

This combo dinosaur-themed splash pad can double as a kiddie pool and it comes with a repair kit.Intex

While splash pads and kiddie pools aren’t made to last forever, you can get multiple seasons of use by purchasing a product made with high quality PVC. The better splash pads are made for bouncing kids and even dog toenails, but even they come with repair kits.

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