My kids vary in age from 15 months to 7 years so finding activities that can adequately entertain all three of them at the same time is hard. We live very close to the Grayslake Spray Park so we have rarely ventured to any of the other area parks, but last week we ventured to Mundelein to meet some classmates from school and I am so glad we did!
The Mundelein Spray park is a large spray park, about twice the size of Grayslake, that is made up of two distinct splash pads/play areas.
The first area (right when you walk in) is geared to the younger crowd and was both fun for my 5 year old and a perfect spot for my 15 month old. There were lots of misters, a few arching water sprayers, large flowers dripping water, a small crab that you could slide on and a water bubbler that would change height.
My girls had a blast.
Next to this is a larger lighthouse that is built for older kids. Instead of a beam of light this lighthouse shoots out water as it goes around. There are larger sprayers and misters and some shooting guns the kids can use.
The two spray pads are also supervised by a lifeguard which was really nice. They mostly kept the big kids from running around like crazy and knocking over little ones as there is really no standing water.
There is also a huge sand box with a water feature. What I really liked about the sandbox was that it was separated from the splash pads by a shaded sitting area which kept the big kids at bay for a long time and meant my little sand eating toddler didn’t even know it was there.
The park boasts lots of shade both from trees lining it and a several large canopies hung together. There is also a picnic area that is completely covered and shaded.
While the park did have a water fountain and bathrooms there were no locker rooms, just two stalls and a sink. We were there right when they opened and left before it was too crowded but I imagine that those get crowded and probably a little messy. Since I have a little one in diapers it would have been nice to have even a small area to clean her up and change her into dry clothes.
Also note that the spray park is not attached to Barefoot Bay in fact I’m not even sure you can walk there. The spray park is directly behind the community center at 1401 N. Midlothian Road (between Route 176 and Winchester Road).
The spray park costs $1 for Mundelein residents and $2 for non residents. Everyone, no matter the age pays to get in (so I paid $8 for myself and three kids). It’s an affordable option on hot day that is easier to for me to manage keeping track of all three kids then a pool is, we will definitely be going back!
Spray Park Hours:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (this hour is FREE)
Holidays: Noon – 6 p.m.
Note: The facility shuts down between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.