Katy Splash Pads | Summer Activities for Katy Babies

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News flash: it’s hot out there, Katy. And while it’s great to get a cool break at free movies, there’s only so much popcorn and sitting in the dark you can take. Summer is for enjoying the outdoors–it’s time to get out there with your little ones!

Splash pads offer a fun way to get outside and enjoy the summer without melting into the pavement, and they’re a great place to take babies who just aren’t quite ready for the swimming pool. Plus, older siblings will have a blast getting wet, too!

Katy is home to many communities that boast incredible splash pads for their residents, but for families that aren’t in one of these neighborhoods, options may be few and far between. Not to worry: we’ve got you covered with a guide to splash pads in Katy and surrounding areas.

Katy Splash Pads:

  • Noah’s Ark: This swim center features a large swimming pool for adults and a small, Noah’s Ark themed pool just for kids. Noah’s Ark was voted Best Pool in Houston on Great Day Houston, and it’s a fun structure with slides, spraying water, animals, and more. Noah’s Ark is southeast of Katy, located near Beltway 8 and Westpark. Admission is $7 per person, but infants under the age of one are free. You can also buy a swim pass for discounted admission.
  • Katy Family YMCA: The YMCA’s splash pad is open to all YMCA members and conveniently located in Katy. Families visiting for swim lessons (membership not required) may also stay after their lessons to enjoy the splash pad.
  • Cullen Park: North of Katy near Saums and Greenhouse, Cullen Park offers one of the best free public splash pads in the Katy area. The splash pad boasts misting flowers, surprise geysers, and other fun water features that will have your little one laughing in the water. Admission is free.
  • Nottingham Park: Just east of Katy near Memorial and Kirkwood, Nottingham Park is a Harris County park that features a splash pad that’s fun for all ages. Admission is free.
  • McClendon Park: Another Harris County splash park for kids, McClendon Park is located near Westpark and Highway 6. Admission is free.

In addition to Katy area splash pads, there are a number of popular splash pad locations in Houston, including:

Tips for Visiting Katy Splash Pads

  • Remember to bring swim diapers. Diapers are required for babies at all splash pads, but just any diaper won’t do: regular diapers may burst or leak, while swim diapers are designed to avoid absorbing all of the water your baby may sit in, and make for a much more enjoyable experience.
  • Visit during the week if possible, when splash pads are less crowded and easier to enjoy.
  • Remember that the sun is the most harsh between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so if you’re visiting splash pads during these hours, pay close attention to sun and heat safety with lots of sunscreen, hats, and hydration.

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