Nine pools and splash parks perfect for preschoolers and fun for older kids

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North Arundel Aquatic Center, Glen Burnie
Beat the heat by heading to this indoor water park. Little ones can zip down the toddler water slide, tip water buckets, splash in spouting fountains or play with the interactive built-in toys — all in a zero-entry wading pool. Special preschool swim times ensure a calm and kid-friendly experience. Children must be 3 or older and toilet-trained.

Hours June 18-Aug. 20, 2018: Daily 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m. with the two-hour blocks.
Pool is closed May 5-June 17 for maintenance and July 4.

Admission: Adults, $6 for Anne Arundel County residents, $8 for non-residents; ages 17 and younger, $4 for residents, $6 for non-residents.

7888 Crain Hwy. South; 410-222-0090 or

SplashParkGlen DaleW1 Glenn Dale Splash Park, Glenn Dale

This splash park has two levels of fun including spraying mushrooms and floating animals. Two waterslides empty into the shallow waters of a toddler pool — one for small inner tubes and another for traditional sliding. The main pool also has zero-depth entry.

Older kids will love the large flume slide and aquatic adventure area with a lily pad crossing.

Lockers, changing rooms, shade, chairs and vending are on site, including a Rita's Italian Ice.

Admission: Adults, $6 for PG County residents, $8 for non-residents; ages 3-17, $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents; 2 and under, free

Hours: Open May 26, 2018. Monday-Thursday, noon-5:45 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, noon-6:45 p.m.

11901 Glenn Dale Blvd.; 301-352-8980 or, click on Things to Do, Find a Park and Glenn Dale Splash Park.

The Yards Park and Fountains, Washington, D.C.
This outdoor park has water fun just right for toddlers. There is an 11-inch deep canal that flows into a lower level with waterfalls where tykes can play in a tunnel of dancing fountains. Children younger than 6 must be within arm's reach of an adult, including in the water.

Hours: Daily sunrise- 2 hours after sunset

Admission: Free.

Accessible via Navy Yards Metro, or parking fees starting at $6.

355 South Water St. SE;

Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool, Chillum
This colorful indoor splash park is perfect for preschoolers. The children's area has a playground with slides, tubes and bridges right in the center of the 1-foot deep pool. Interactive toys, sprays and dump buckets keep kids soaked while they play. The main pool also has a zero-depth entry along with a lily pad crossing and an indoor-outdoor tube slide for older kids.

Admission: Adults, $6 for PG County residents, $8 for non-residents; ages 3-17, $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents; ages 2 and under, free.

Hours: Monday noon-5:45 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Friday noon-8:45 p.m., weekends noon-4:45 p.m.

6122 Sargent Rd.; and click on Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Park

Chesapeake Beach Water Park
This water park has a special place for tots with a beachfront entrance, mushroom fountains and even a frog slide. There are character days during the summer with visits from favorites like Sponge Bob, superheroes and princesses. There is also fun for older kids including big slides, waterfalls and a lazy river. A grill on site has plenty of food choices and there are cabanas and pavilion rentals.

Admission: Chesapeake Beach residents, $9-$10; Calvert County residents, $10-$12; general public $19-$25. Tuesdays half price for Chesapeake Beach residents and free 4-7 p.m.

Hours: May 26-June 15 and Aug. 7-Sept. 5, weekends and holiday Mondays only, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.;
June 17-Aug. 26, Mondays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays July 8-Aug. 12 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. for Night Slide
4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave.; 410-257-1404 or

By Katie Riley

Updated May 2018

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