We’d been anxiously awaiting a warm sunny day to check out the new Round Lake Park District Splash Pad, and finally, we would be denied no longer!! My 3 kids and I got to the splash pad when it opened at 10 a. m. and the area was pretty busy already, but not overly crowded. There were several large colorful features to attract my kiddos right away like a big blue pelican who dumps a bucket of water on unsuspecting victims (me- not paying attention!) and a yellow sunflower that shoots out a stream of water. There were also several little fountains and sprayers closer to ground-level that were perfect for my 10-month-old daughter and other little ones.
My favorite part of the Round Lake Splash Pad (former tot swim water playground) is that the area is completely gated in with ample seating areas and clear views of the water zone. There are several picnic tables on a deck overlooking the splash pad for parents to lounge, as well as lawn chairs around the perimeter of the play area. My fellow moms and I found a shady area in the grass where we spread our towels out and the kids were easily able to come and go between the water area and our lounging spot.
While this is not a free spray park like Grayslake, it was a nice change and a fun outing for my crew of 3. I found the cost of $2 per non-resident child ($1 for residents) to be well worth the money! Adults are free, and they did not charge me for my baby. The splash pad is open 7 days a week, even during swim lessons, but after 1 p.m. when the pool opens you have to pay general open swim admission prices, so I recommend coming in the morning if the splash pad is what you’re looking to do.
Round Lake Park District Splash Pad
814 Hart Road, Round Lake
Hours: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday, weekends open earlier- call for more specific info)
Cost: $1 per resident children, $2 non-resident children