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 three kids and I got to the splash pad when it opened at ten a. m., and the area was pretty busy already, but not overly crowded. There were several extensive colorful features to attract my kiddos right away, like a giant 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. Several little fountains and sprayers were also closer to ground-level that were perfect for my 10-month-old daughter and other little ones.
Round Lake Area Park District Splash Pad
My favorite part of the Round Lake Splash Pad (former tot swim water playground) is that the area is completely gated 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 place in the grass where we spread our towels out, and the kids were quickly 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 seven 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 | 847-546-8558
Cost: $1 per resident children, $2 non-resident children
by Dawn T. (Volo)
Dawn is a former 1st grade and early childhood teacher turned to stay at home mom to 2 boys Dawn and her boys love journeying around Lake County and the Chicago suburbs to check out new places to play, restaurants, farms, gardens, museums, or anything that might be of interest to families with young children.