10 Tips to Enjoy Local Splash Pads and Summer Safety for Kids

10 tips to enjoy local splash pads and summer safety for kids

Summer is arriving soon and when the kids and I need to cool off we LOVE spending time outside.

One of our most favourite ways to enjoy outdoor time is to hang out in our backyard. I set up a kiddie pool and a slide that sprays water and we can spend hours being outside. I also lay out a blanket for us to have a picnic and to look at the clouds in the sky. When the kids want a break from the pool, we go around the yard collecting all sorts of berries and flowers to eat. Really, our backyard is my most favourite place to be.

elle in little pool and summer saftety for kids

When we want a change of scenery, we visit one of my favourite local splash pads. This is my favourite because it has two playgrounds, a petting zoo as well as a rose garden! Isn’t it amazing? There is so much to do and such variety. We always have a great time when we go =)

When children are out in the sun and near water, safety is extra important. Here are some tips to enjoy local water parks as well as summer safety for kids I’ve learned that you might find helpful the next time you go out to the pool or splash pad.

Tip 1 – Pick A Good Splash Pad

Find a splash pad near you that has amenities for a family with children such as a clean washroom and changing area. Also, some have other amenities like a playground and a zoo so look for those in your town.

Tip 2 – Use Natural Sunscreen

Before we head out, I always put on natural sunscreen. They are thicker than conventional chemical sunscreens because they’re made of rocks that are very finely ground. Once you read this article, you’ll NEVER let chemical sunscreen touch your skin ever again.

elle water safety for kids

Tip 3 – Wear Water Shoes

The kids wear water shoes at all times at the pool because of the germs that build up on the floor and in the restrooms. When we go to the water park or to an outdoor pool, water shoes protect their feet from the hot pavement and slippery floor.

Tip 4 – Pack Swim Diapers

If your kids are not potty trained be sure to pack swim diapers and not regular diapers. I packed Huggies Little Swimmers diapers for Jay, which are easy to change and don’t swell up in the water like regular diapers. It helps hold in floaties, which I’ve seen at pools.

Tip 5 – Bring Snacks

When we go out for some water fun, I always pack snacks for them because the exercise always makes them hungry! The pool’s snack bar usually doesn’t have many healthy food items, so I pack a lunch with several healthy and cooling snacks like cucumbers and watermelon for them to munch on.

Tip 6 – Freeze The Juice Or Water

If it’s really hot outside I will put juice packs or bottled water in the freezer for a few hours so they’re half frozen. When we go out, they stay nice and cold for a long time. These guys also act as ice packs in our insulated picnic basket so I don’t need to use real ones =) If you prefer to pack juice, use apple juice because it won’t stain clothing like other juices with colour.

Tip 7 – Drink Fluids With Electrolytes

When the kids are exercising and it’s hot outside, they can get dehydrated fast. I always have water on hand but if you’ve been outside for a while, the sun really drains the energy out of you. To replenish electrolytes naturally, I make my own healthy concoction of citrus juices, water, honey and salt. If you want something store bought, coconut water is a good choice.

Tip 8 – Check The Water Temperature

I always check the temperature of the water when it’s a cooler day before I let the kids get in the pool, as it’s easy for small children to get cold quickly. Be sure that the water is at a comfortable temperature especially when you have infants.

Tip 9 – Stay Close

I am with Jay and Elle every second that they are near water and I’m always within arm’s reach. You never want to leave your kids alone for any period of time when they are near water (I think this is a given).

Tip 10 – Take Breaks

With all the fun of being outside it’s easy to lose track of time, so we take breaks in the shade every hour or so to recharge with snacks and drinks. This is also a great time to reapply sunscreen.

Tell me, what are some of the things you’ve learned while being out in the sun and being around water?



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Maggie ChaNg -

These are great tips! The freezing of the juice box is a great idea!

The Inspired Treehouse -

Great tips!! Love your photos too!!

P is for Preschooler -

These are great tips to keep in mind as the weather gets warmer. The photos are wonderful!

Sarah 'Nilson' Martin -

Thanks for the tips. Can I ask what sunscreen you use? I spent SO MUCH time researching last summer, and I just got so overwhelmed because the reviews were so mixed on some sunscreens! Thanks so much! ~Sarah @ MePlus3Today.blogspot.com

SnottyNoses -

Fantastic tips, thank you. I always use swim pants that are kind of like a diaper. You can wash them like fabric diapers and use them again. Great for the environment!

Anne Marie Hinson Gosnell -

Very good reminders as water park weather arrives! Stopping by from the enchantedhomeschoolingmom blog hop. 🙂

Makeovers and Motherhood -

Splash pads are one of our favorite places to play! Great tips! Freezing the juice box is brilliant! And keeping hydrated with electrolytes… so smart! I would love to see your recipes on how to make your own! Thanks so much for sharing on Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up!

Happy and Blessed Home -

Adorable pics. 🙂 Fabulous post. Pinned and am featuring at Family Fun Friday!

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Paris Anderson -

Great tips! We love to spend lots of time in the pool during the summer

Clare Swindlehurst -

Amy these are brilliant tips – I love the one about water shoes, I used to wear them to water parks a few years back and never thought about getting some for my children. I’ve added them to my shopping list! I think the only thing I’d add to your list is to keep the kids out of the sun between 11 and 3 because that’s when its hottest and to wear SPF swimwear for added protection. #supermommyclub