The first time my kids laid eyes on a splashpark or sprayground or splashpad or water playground or whatever you want to call it, they were amazed. Was it a playground? Was it a waterpark? Whatever it was, they found it completely irresistible.
It was mid-August, probably one of the hottest days of the year and we had just moved from Pennsylvania. While Chicago and the suburbs are overrun with these water playgrounds, we had never seen such an awesome phenomenon.
We happened upon this simple splashpad in a neighborhood in Hoffman Estates. Our kids ran and twirled through the mist and delighted in sitting directly over the spouting fountains. They easily could have spent the entire day frolicking in this sprayground.
After that day, we were on a mission to try out as many spraygrounds as we could before the summer ended.
This summer, we will continue our mission. Thanks to the help of Chicago-area parents, here's Chicago Parent's list of can't-miss water playgrounds in and out of the city. (Of course there are hundreds more in the city and suburbs, but we couldn't list every one. We narrowed our list to the spraygrounds local parents thought deserved a shout-out.)