Summer came back with a vengeance this month with hot, humid weather. As a result, my family has been busy crossing things off our summer fun bucket list that include water and ways to stay cool. If you've been looking for a place to entertain the younger crowd, then you'll love assignment #8 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series - Visit Rogers Splash Park. It's the perfect place to cool off...and it's FREE. The park features 10 in ground sprinklers, three water buckets and two movable water cannons. If you are looking for an all-day adventure that is better suited for all ages (ahem...parents included! The slides are so fun!), then you need to visit the brand-spankin' new Rogers Aquatics Park (assignment #6!).
The smaller Splash Park is mostly geared towards the 1 to 8 year old range. My boys love to take cars and trucks and "drive" them around the railroad tracks painted on the pavement. Another great feature of the park is that it is enclosed with a white fence. This is so helpful if you are keeping an eye on several little ones. Those little runners can't make a quick escape since there's only one way in and one way out!
Tips for a Fun Splash Park Trip
- There are a few benches to sit on inside the fenced area, but on a busy day those fill up fast. I always take a chair or extra towels to sit on just in case.
- Take a cooler filled with juice, water and snacks. It's ok to bring lunch with you too if you'll be there for a while!
- It is not shaded, so bring extra sunscreen or wear a sun shirt. There is a big shade tree just outside of the fenced area though if you need to get out of the sun for a bit.
- If you find yourself at the park alone, you'll need to know how to turn on the water. I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure it out the first time we went. All you have to do is cover the black knob on the railroad crossing sign (see picture) with your hands and the water comes on! It's not really secret, but you will be a hero if you know this and no one else does!
Other Fun Stuff
Just south of the Splash Park is the Skate Park. The kids love to watch the "big" kids skateboard or do tricks on their BMX bikes here. There's also a playground in the same vicinity along with restrooms and changing area. If you're lucky, you'll be there when the ice cream truck makes a visit, so bring some cash just in case! The frozen treat provides a nice break from the water!
Hours and Directions
The Rogers Splash Park is adjacent to the Rogers Activity Center at 315 W. Olive in downtown Rogers and is open 9am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
What other things are on your summer bucket list?