In case the sweat dripping from your brow isn’t a constant reminder, I’m here to tell you that summer is officially here. As much as we Austinites enjoy the outdoors, however, it can be frankly pretty miserable come August unless you have regular outings which involve some kind of body of water. If you are juggling multiple children, errands, naptimes and all the other daily minutae that come with the mom territory (Did I remember to leave the crockpot on? Are those library books due today or tomorrow?), a trip to a splash pad might be in order. You don’t have to deal with the driving time of a trip to Hamilton Pool, the cost of a municipal pool (which can really add up over the course of a summer!), the hassle of loading up all the necessities for a pool trip, the restricted hours of a neighborhood pool and the inherent stress that comes with supervising children in water that’s deeper than the bathtub. So for these reasons and more, we are bringing you the Summer Splash Pad Series — a weekly review of some of the splash pads in Austin, the hottest (and coolest) places to burn some time out of your house and burn some energy. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Pease Park is right in the middle of the city, but it can be easy to forget about, tucked beneath towering oak trees and accessible via side streets. The somewhat recent addition of a splash pad has made it a favorite among moms of toddlers, who flock to the park during weekend mornings.
The splash pad itself is a rectangular shape and not huge, so if you have a wobbly walker or if you go on a particularly crowded day, you might need to be ready to step in to prevent any mishaps. On the plus side, you will likely never lose sight of your children, unless they are tempted to go off to the playground.
While there is no shade on the splash pad itself, there are trees alongside the walking path to the east of the splash pads where kids can take a break and have a snack and moms can observe from a distance. Restrooms are also very convenient to the splash pad.
The larger playground does have some shade (unfortunately, the smaller one, closest to the splash pad does not) and there are tons of picnic tables that are shaded.
During the summer, don’t be surprised to see a school bus pull off, full of campers. If that is the case and you begin feeling overwhelmed, you might want to check out Plan B below.
Pease Park Splash Pad
1100 Kingsbury St.
Plan B: Although splash pads are great free fun, it’s common for malfunctions to shut them down from time to time. If you are looking for a plan B nearby, check out the Clarksville Splash Pad, located at 1811 W. 11th Street (with the same hours).