Spraygrounds and Splash Pads for Kids in the Triangle

Check out these refreshing attractions that invite play and more


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Loaded with sprays, nozzles, streams and fountains, spraygrounds will have you and your crew giggling in the midst of the watery action. We've organized this roundup according to just how wet you want your crew to get!

Get SoakedGet Sprinkled | Get Spritzed

 

Get Soaked

Lake Johnson Pool

5862 Jaguar Park Dr., Raleigh
919-233-2111
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Lake Johnson Pool)
Features a lap and recreation main pool, large spray ground and wadding pool.
Summer hours (June 1–Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.


Millbrook Exchange Park

1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
919-996-4130
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Millbrook Pool)
Millbrook Exchange Park features a year-round main pool and a summer season wading pool and spray ground. Children can work up a sweat before cooling off at the Millbrook Exchange Playground as well.
Summer hours for spray ground and wading pool (May 26-Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Recreational swim hours during the summer season are Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for lap lane times.


Ridge Road Pool

1709 Ridge Rd., Raleigh
919-420-2322
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Ridge Road Pool)
Raleigh's Ridge Road Pool offers up a wading pool and splash pad like Millbrook and Lake Johnson. At Ridge Road, the splash pad and wading pool are side-by-side (not separated by a fence), so toddlers can move freely from one to the other.
Summer hours: June 1–Sept. 2: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Wading pool opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday.


Knightdale Station Park Splash Pad

810 North First Avenue, Knightdale
919-217-2232
Knightdale Station Park website
New! Features 2,000 square feet of family-oriented fun that is accessible for all visitors. This uniquely designed amenity has 20 sprayers for all ages, including a steam engine water tower. There is an additional 1,500-square-foot deck with shade features to help keep you cool during those hot, summer days.

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East End Park Spray Ground

1200 N. Alston Ave., Durham
919-560-4355
Durham Aquatics
Free. Open end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Edison Johnson Spray Ground

500 West Murray Ave., Durham
919-560-4265
Durham Aquatics
The Edison Johnson Spray Ground is located in between the Edison Johnson Recreation Center and Aquatics Center within Rock Quarry Park. In addition to the spray ground, there is also a playground, picnic tables and a grill. There is a also a short trail that connects the spray ground to the large field and tennis courts within Rock Quarry Park.
Free. Open the end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Forest Hills Spray Ground 

1639 University Dr., Durham
919-560-4782
Durham Aquatics
The Forest Hills Spray Ground is located in the playground area and can be accessed when the pool is closed. In addition to the spray ground, there is also a playground, picnic shelters and tables, grills, and tennis courts.
Free. Open the end of May through the end of September. 
Hours: Every day from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Hillside Spray Ground

1221 Sawyer St., Durham
919-560-4783
Durham Aquatics
Hillside Park Spray ground will be open June 7-Aug. 16, 2019, and remains open on the weekends, Aug. 17-Sept. 2, 2019. The Hillside Pool Spray ground is located inside the Hillside Pool area and is only open during pool hours (listed above). Daily admission fees apply (listed above).

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Jack Smith Park Sprayground 

9725 Penny Road, Cary
919-462-3838
Jack Smith Park Sprayground website
The town’s first splash pad has nine water features and is intended for ages 12 and younger. The park also features a playground, dog park, greenway trails and more. The sprayground opened Monday, May 13, 2019 and will close for the season on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. 
Summer hours: Open mid-May through mid-September, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

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Waverly Place Splash Pad

302 Colonades Way, Cary
Waverly Place website
This Splash Pad is operated by a dial system. The dial must be turned to the “on” position to activate the jets. Water will be active for 15 minutes. Splash Pad jets can reach 2-5 feet in height.
Hours: The Splash Pad operates Memorial Day through Labor Day,10 a.m.-noon and 5 p.m.-7 p.m., daily. Service is suspended during inclement weather. Please note, the Splash Pad will not run during normal afternoon/evening hours on Wind Down Wednesday concert dates.


Taylor Street Park Sprayground

416 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest
Taylor Street Park Sprayground web page
919-435-9560
Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, this sprayground is free and open to the public Sundays, 1-8 p.m., and Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.


Hill Ridge Farms

703 Tarboro Rd., Youngsville
Hill Ridge Farms website
919-556-1771
Splashpad and waterslide open daily. Please be aware when the heat index is above 95, Hill Ridge Farms may have to close early for the safety of staff and guests.
Summer hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m.


Three Bears Acres

711 Beaver Dam Rd., Creedmoor
919-609-9967
threebearsacres.com
Children can slip down a slip-and-slide, play in a misting sandbox and a Water War Zone packed with water guns.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 10-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. See June-September hours online
Admission: $8 for adults, $15 for children, $5 for senior citizens, children ages 2 and younger are admitted for free. A summer annual pass is available.

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Get Sprinkled

Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park 

4011 Cardinal North Hills St., Raleigh
Midtown Park website
Look for the interactive fountain in front of the stage.


Triangle Town Center Fountains 

5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh
919-792-2222
Park on the side of the Creekside Cafes food court and you'll see the Creekside Commons featuring a creek and an interactive fountain, which children can play in.


Museum of Life and Science Hideaway Woods Cooling Stream

433 W. Murray Ave., Durham
Exhibit website
Wade in an accessible, recirculating freshwater stream for a cooling exploration of how water interacts and behaves with other elements in nature. Grab a pine cone or a giant leaf and see how the current impacts your boat’s journey! What impact will your hand have on the flow of a mini waterfall? This play zone includes an accessible patio near the waterfall area. There is also a changing area and foot wash station nearby to make cleanup easier.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily March-December. Included with price of admission.

 

Get Spritzed

Museum of Life and Science Into the Mist

433 W. Murray Ave., Durham
Exhibit website
Activate push-button mist fields and watch as droplets of water suspended in air form over hills and valleys. Climb through tunnels, make sand sculptures or just cool off and observe the beauty of mist.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily March-December. Included with price of admission.

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Kids Together Playground Misting Garden 

Marla Dorrel Park, 111 Thurston Dr., Cary
Kids Together-Cary web page
919-469-4061
Unique elements in the park include a dragon climbing structure named Katal, progressive design elements and landscaping, and a play area where kids of all physical and mental ability can enjoy fully-integrated play in a multi-sensory environment that challenges both muscles and minds.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset


Pullen Park Misting Tower

408 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
City of Raleigh Pullen Park website
Not necessarily a place to go with the intention of getting wet, but we'd be remiss to not mention that Pullen Park has a misting tower available near the webbed climbing structure to cool down with if you hit up this beautiful park on a hot day. 

 

 

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December 2019

Come by the Finley Center any time during the day to participate in a collaborative community art project celebrating what you are thankful for! Play a game of “Roll a Turkey” and take home...

Cost: FREE. Registration is not required.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
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Did you know bucks or male deer can grow a new set of antlers each year? Explore pelts, skulls, tracks, and scat of white-tailed deer through hands-on discovery stations. Then learn about the...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2854
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for incoming kindergarten through fourth grade students for the...

Cost: $0

Where:
Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #127198.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Have you ever wondered what happens to our wildlife during the winter? They have a variety of adaptations to help them get through the cold months. Come explore some of their techniques then take a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Cost: FREE. Registration is required.

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Design and create a keepsake apron with vibrant markers and other fun decorations. After completing your apron, enjoy baking and decorating your own individual cake. Ages 6-10. 

Cost: $35/resident, $45/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Parents of children learn age-appropriate social skills for children ages 3-6. Register online by Nov. 28.

Cost: $22/person or $33/couple

Where:
Project Enlightenment
501 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Please visit the Homeschoolers of Holly Springs 4th Annual Holiday Market Day. Student entrepreneurs will be showcasing their products while learning about running their own businesses. All...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Hope Community Church
2080 E Williams St
Apex, NC  27539
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As a Christmas gift to our community and surrounding area, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church delivers the true Christmas story in a stirring virtual “walk” through Bethlehem to the stable...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 919-556-7777
Contact Name: Meghan Reynolds
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Cost: $5 Resident/$6 nonresident

Where:
Chapel Hill Community Clay Studio
200 Plant Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Community Clay Studio and Chapel Hill Teen Center
Telephone: 919-968-2878
Contact Name: Robena Meek
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Telephone: 919-996-8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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Join the three ensembles of the Cary Youth Voices for choral music. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church
110 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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On season 6 of American Idol, Melinda Doolittle stunned both the audience and the judges with her powerhouse vocals and her personal charm. She placed third in the voting, and has since gone on to...

Cost: $28 + taxes and fees

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: The Clayton Center
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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Meet at the Waterwise Garden (first parking lot on right) No preregistration required.Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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See award-winning houses from the Town of Cary's 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition on display. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Take your American Girl to enjoy crafts, games, tea etiquette and more. Registration required online. Ages 5-10. Choose course #127007 for the 11 a.m. tea or #127008 for the 1 p.m. tea. 

Cost: $21/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Get ready for the holidays with festive activities, shopping, a holiday concert at 5 p.m. and much more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Lafayette Village
8450 Honeycutt Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Make an angel out of polymer clay to hang on a tree. Register online. Choose course #127353.

Cost: $19/resident, $25/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kick off your holiday season with horse-drawn carriage rides, hot apple cider, live music, handmade crafts, holiday activities, and a visit with Ol' Saint Nick.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Historic Oak View County Park
Telephone: 919-250-1013
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As a Christmas gift to our community and surrounding area, Wake Forest Presbyterian Church delivers the true Christmas story in a stirring virtual “walk” through Bethlehem to the stable...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
12605 Capital Blvd
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Wake Forest Presbyterian Church
Telephone: 919-556-7777
Contact Name: Meghan Reynolds
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Ages 3-12 and their fathers enjoy a night of dancing, light refreshments, photos and more. Registration required at Rolesville Community Center.

Cost: $25.00 per couple, non-resident $30.00 per couple, $10.00 per additional child

Where:
Rolesville Community Center
514 Southtown Circle
Rolesville, NC  27571
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Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to...

Cost: $10-$60/person

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Telephone: 919-996-8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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