Surprise your baby at a splash pad

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Something they didn’t show us much on the television show Parks and Recreation is the swimming pools of Pawnee. It turns out every town — fictional ones included — have public pools and parks, and some of those pools and parks have splash pads.

A splash pad — or sprayground — is an area with water features that children can enjoy without being fully submerged in the pool. Fountains and motion-activated features surprise and delight the children as they move around the space, discovering different ways to get wet. Even babies can get into the water play, especially if they like watching bigger kids.

Go ahead: google your own.

For swimming pool-affiliated splash parks, you usually have to pay a couple dollars for admission. Parks often have free splash pads.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Indianapolis, Katy’s got a list of them for you: 25 FREE Splashpads in Central Indiana

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