Finding a Phoenix splash pad your family loves can be a lifesaver during the Summer! Visiting a splash pad near you as a way to spend the afternoon or play together as a family helps everyone stay cool and safe during the scorching Phoenix temperatures! No matter where you are in Phoenix, there’s sure to be a splash pad nearby!
What Children Learn During A Visit To The Splashpad
As a parent, you may watch your child enjoying the splash pad and not realize all the connections their making! An environment such as a splash pad presents an opportunity for children to learn about cause and effect through the on and off switches for the fountains, the different pressures in the water, the temperature changes they feel and the reactions they’ll see while playing with their friends. These opportunities also give families a chance to practice language development.
Splash Pad Safety Tips
While splash pads are generally a significantly safer option for children than a swimming pool there are still many guidelines that should be followed closely.
While most splash pads have textured or “non-slip” flooring in the area that receives the most spray from the fountains, pediatric falls are still the #1 injury to occur during splash pad play. Encourage children to walk and not run to avoid slipping or running into others.
Splash pads are a popular place for families with young children, keep an eye out for anyone who seems out of place or getting a little to close to your child. Respect the privacy of everyone around you by not allowing children to change clothes or diapers inside the community area.
Use your visit as an opportunity to remind your child that community property must be respected and cared for. Encourage them to use the bathroom often to cut down on possible contamination while playing and bring plenty of drinking water so children are not drinking from the fountains.
A Visit To The Splash Pad Is A Sensory Experience!
Visiting the splash pad can provide an unmatched sensory experience for your toddler or preschooler. If you are visiting during a time where the park isn’t very busy it can be fun to bring along some items for your little one to explore with in the water. Some great ideas include –
Measuring cups / spoons / kitchen utensils (You can pick these up at the dollar store and set aside a set that is only used at the splash pad!)
Beach toys such as buckets, shovels and other items that can be filled or interact with water
Inflatable beach balls
Sun Safety While At The Splash Pad
Little ones having fun easily forget to stop and take a drink of water. Ensure you’ve brought enough water for everyone in your group and encourage toddlers and preschoolers to take a break often for a drink!
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Make Sure To Re-Apply Sunscreen When Visiting The Splash Pad
Even sunscreens that are high in SPF must be reapplied often. Take a look at Environment Working Group’s List of Best Scoring Sunscreens for Kids for help choosing a safe sunscreen option for your toddler or preschooler!
About Valley Child Care & Learning Center…
Established in 1967, Valley Child Care and Learning Center has continuously led the childcare, daycare, and preschool industry in Phoenix, Arizona. Our founder and Grandfather, Paul Emch, began with a simple mission to “provide tender loving care and education to each child.” Paul’s legacy lives on as we continue to uphold his original values and have grown to a well-established name in the Phoenix community. Today, we provide care for nearly 1,900 infants, toddlers, and preschool age children at a total of nine programs. Our convenient locations include North Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Anthem, Surprise, El Mirage, Chandler, South Phoenix, and Tempe! At each of our program locations, you will find qualified staff eager to join us in ensuring children are receiving the highest quality care alongside a complete preschool experience. Upon graduation from our program, your child will be equipped to succeed in Kindergarten, and beyond!
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