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The Best List of Local Splash Pad Parks for Kids

Summer gets really hot here in Texas so we need to stay wet! There’s nothing like fun in the sun at a local splash pad. As a Mom, you can enjoy it too and not worry about any of the kids falling in a pool! Here are some great splash parks in North Dallas that are not far from the Plano area.

North Dallas area splash pads

North Dallas Area Splash Parks

Plano Aquatic Center: This is an indoor pool in Plano but they also have a splash pad on the side. It is $3 per person for ages 3 and up but they have tables and locker rooms to change in. You could bring snacks and make an afternoon of it. Please call before to check on hours. They have odd hours in the summer due to morning time being mostly swim lessons only.  (972) 769-4232

Hope Park (Frisco)  This is a splash pad that is close to the all abilities playground in Frisco. It’s a great area with lots to do. You can certainly make it a day trip and take a picnic and bring bikes as well. The website says all Frisco Splash pads open on May 15th.

Fairview Fountain (Fairview outside of Gloria’s Mexican food)  This is a great place to grab some food (or eat at Gloria’s!) and let the kids splash and play. At night they will put on a light show to music with the water.

Celebration Station (Allen) This is a fabulous park and great location for a family picnic. There are tons of tables and restrooms close by. It does get crowded in the summer time so come early! (Open as of May 1st!)

Murphy Central Park  Playground area and splash park, restrooms and picnic tables.

Campbell Green Splash Park: (Dallas off Hillcrest) Restrooms, playground, and splash pad.

W.J. Thomas Splash Park (Carrollton) Open 9am–8pm daily May 1st through early October.

McKinney Splash Pads The City of McKinney has 9 splash pads throughout the city and even one for Dogs!!  All splash pads are open for the 2017 summer!

Klyde Warren Park: This is just an extra fountain area and park that is so fun for kids. They have fountains and a place in the kid play area that kids will LOVE getting wet in!

Have we left off your favorite local splash pad? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

Is it too hot to be outside? Try these great places for indoor fun for kids. 

Haggard Park

If you are going to be around downtown Plano with kids then visiting Haggard Park is a must see! Haggard Park is a great playground and walking area with pretty trees and lots to offer people nestled in the heart of downtown Plano, east of Central Expressway. Come check out Haggard Park!

Visiting downtown Plano? Come check out Haggard Park!

Haggard Park Amenities

Playground, Interurban Railway Museum, Restrooms, grass area to play, pond, gazebo, walking path, access to DART train, restaurants across the street in downtown Plano.

Haggard Park would be a great place to host a party but do note there are no covered areas or pavilions.  They do offer lots of tables scattered throughout the grounds. Many outdoor events take place at Haggard Park including Summer movies at the Park and even outdoor weddings. It’s also a great place to take family photos!

Check out this video all about Haggard Park.

The Interurban Railway Museum is located on site of Haggard Park and is free. Hours are 10am-2pm Mon-Fri and Sat 1pm-5pm closed on Sundays. This is free and they also have a story time that children would enjoy every Friday at 10:30 am.

Haggard Park

If you are going to be near downtown, Haggard Park is a must stop! The Farmer’s Market is across the street and all of downtown Plano restaurants are within distance. Visiting the park and enjoying some lunch or dinner would make Haggard Park a nice family fun day out in Plano.

Are you looking for another nice park for your kids to play and have fun? Check out this review on Lonestar Park in Plano or Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Plano? Check out these 5 Things to do in Plano!

The New Jack Carter All-Abilities Park (Now Open)

There’s a brand new park that is one of a kind for Plano. Jack Carter Park is an all-abilities park! It’s so nice for all kids and abilities.


Jack Carter Park is a beautiful park that will serve kids of all abilities. It’s located at  2800 Maumelle Drive. This is the former location of Jack Carter Pool for those of you that have lived in Plano for awhile. The playground is designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together and will include experiences that involve movement, climbing and a mix of tactile, visual and auditory experiences.


The park just opened to the public on April 24th. The Mayor of Plano and other city officials were there the ribbon cutting ceremony.  There are several great bigger pieces to play on and the ground is all cushioned to help kids if they fall. The park itself is really nice with a lot for kids to do but the grounds area is really great for parents and families too. 

There are several great bigger pieces to play on and the ground is all cushioned to help kids if they fall. The park itself is really nice with a lot for kids to do but the grounds area is really great for parents and families too. There are several tables that can be used and restrooms on site. There is a great entertainment area and a nice pond to walk around.


Make a day out of this and bring a picnic to enjoy the entire park. There are several tables that are covered and a very nice large open pavilion that will serve for great parties. Reserving these tables is first come, first serve.


Another nice feature of the park is a giant sand volleyball court! Bring some cups, shovels, and buckets to provide loads of entertainment and fun for kids.

We are so excited about this new park for all abilities! We hope to see you there soon!

Lonestar Park in Plano

I’m always looking for nice parks for my kids. One of our favorites is a small neighborhood park off Mission Ridge called Lonestar Park.

Check out this video all about it!

Lonestar park is located on Mission Ridge in Plano between Spring Creek and Legacy. It’s small but has a lot for kids to do. There are picnic tables and basketball courts along with a walking trail. The only negative is there are no public restrooms close by! Be prepared!

Lonestar park is made by Landscape Play structures, which are very good quality playgrounds. It’s great for a variety of ages and plenty of fun for all kids.

What’s your favorite park in Plano? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!



Klyde Warren Park

If you’re looking for a fun day trip with kids, Klyde Warren Park is the way to go! The park is in downtown Dallas and so much to offer for the whole family.


Check out this video all about the park.

Know Before You Go:

You can take the Dart train to save money on getting there. It takes about 35-40 minutes. If you drive you will have to pay for parking.

Bring a picnic! The food trucks are so nice but can be expensive. To save money, bring some food and drinks!

Take a blanket and balls to play with. There are some tables but picnic style is fun too.

There are lots of fountains so be prepared for your kids to get wet! Bring extra clothes or a towel.

In the gated playground area there are bathrooms, but there are only 2! There is usually a wait.