Splash Pads & Spray Parks in and Around Lake County {2018}

Thank you to British Swim School for sponsoring our Splash Pads and Spray Parks Guide.  When your little ones are ready to graduate from the wading pool and splash pad, make sure they are prepared with indoor swim lessons at British Swim School.  With four locations in Lake County, they give kids the skills they need to dive into summer! 

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It is hard to find a summer water activity where both my five-year-old and one-year-old non-swimmers can have fun and be safe at the same time. Splash pads are the perfect solution for my family. With their zero depth areas with sprinklers, squirt guns, and tunnels, both of my kids (even with their huge age gap) can have fun and be safe this summer. The best part is most of them are free or cost only a few dollars to enter, so a visit to a splash pad or spray park in Lake County won’t break the bank.

Whether you call them a spray park, splash pad, or spray ground, Little Lake County has you covered. We have rounded up a list of all the local areas for you to get your splash on this summer. Please check the weather before heading out, as many are only open if it reaches a certain temperature outside.Little Lake County is not responsible for closures due to weather.

Spray Parks & Splash Pads in Lake County

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Antioch Aqua Center
741 Main Street., Antioch | (847) 395-7665
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Fee: General admission before 5:00 p.m. $6 residents / $8 Non-Residents ; after 5:00 p.m. the rate drops to $4 (residents) and $6 (non-residents) for twilight swim. Children younger than three years of age enter for FREE.
Open: Open May 26 (weather permitting) through Labor Day weekend. *Last week day open will be determined at a later day depending on staff availability.
Read Kari’s Review!

Aqualusion PoolLangendorf Park, 235 Lions Pkwy., Barrington | (847) 381-0687
Fees: From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. admission is FREE. Following 1:00 p.m., daily rates for adults and children are $6 (residents) and $9 (non-residents) children age three and younger enter FREE.
Open:  The Freddie Herriman Splash pad opened its doors in 2017 at the Aqualusion Pool. Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Everyone must exit at 1:00 p.m. and re-enter. The splash pad is then open from 1:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.   The pool opens for the season starting May 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The regular schedule is based on the School District 220 calendar and will be announced at a later date. The pool is anticipated to be open until September 3rd. ADA accessible.

Bedrosian Park
201 W. Liberty Street, Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open:Water is on from  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Waukegan Park District sometimes will extend the closing day due to the weather.

Bowen Park
1800 North Sheridan Road, Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Water is on from  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Waukegan Park District sometimes will extend the closing day due to the weather.
See Loralie’s review of Bowen Park!

Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play
951 McHenry Road., Buffalo Grove | (847) 793-0570
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *July 4 hours are 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
Fees: Children and adults, $3. Pay only $1 to attend during the final two hours of the day. Children younger than 12 months always enter FREE. Spray ‘N Play now offers the Splasher Pass, a 20-visit Punch Card Pass for $50.
Open: Open May 26 through August 26. *Please note that it must be at least 70 degrees for the Spray ‘N Play to open.
See our review of the Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play!


Deerfield Deerspring Sprayground
200 Deerfield Road, Deerfield | (847) 945-7610
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m. , and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fees: General admission is $8 before 3:30 p.m., and $5 after 3:30 p.m. Children younger than age two enter FREE. Admission is free on July 4th
Open: June 9th  through September 3rd.

Family Aquatic Center
327 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling | (847) 465-POOL
The aquatic center has a pool as well as splash pool and water playground.
Hours: Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fees: Adult general admission is $13, children ages 3 through 9 $11.50, and children age two and younger enter FREE.
Open: June 2nd through August 19; weekends only until Labor Day.

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Grayslake Spray Park / Central Park 
250 Library Lane., Grayslake | (847) 223-POOL
Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m (weather dependent). Closed from 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily for maintenance.
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
See our review about the Grayslake Spray Park!  This spray park is attached to Central Park East, see our playground profile.

Highland Park Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center
1195 Half Day Road, Highland Park | (847) 432-6355
Hours: Monday through Friday: 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. With extended hours in August.
Fees: Monday-Friday, $7.50 per person  Saturday-Sunday, $9.50 per person. Children younger than age two enter FREE.
Open: June 9 – August 26th.

Hidden Creek Aqua Park 
1220 Fredrickson Place, Highland Park | (847) 831-3810
Hours:  2017 hours were : Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 2018 hours TBA.
There are shorter hours during the month of May and in the end of August. Please check website before heading out.
Fees: $8 (residents) and $14 (non-residents); Twilight hours, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., $4 (residents) and $7 (non-residents). Admission is FREE for children three years old and younger
Open: Memorial Day – Labor Day 

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Oak Ridge Park 
600 Independence Blvd., Lindenhurst
Hours: Park is open sunrise to sunset.
Fees: Free
Open: Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
Check out Allie’s review of this hidden gem of a park.

Paulus Park Beach & Sprayground
200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich | (847) 438-5146
Hours: May 26 – June 8; daily from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,  June 9 – August 12; daily from 10:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m. , August 13-17; daily from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; August 18, 19, 25, 26; September 1, 2, 3; weekends 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fees: Children ages 4-17,  $5 (resident) and $6 (non-resident); ages 18 and older, $8 (resident) and $9 (non-resident).  After 5:30 p.m., entrance is $2 (resident) and $3 (non-resident).
Children 3 and younger enter FREE.
Season passes are available for $65 for a family of seven for (residents) and $125 (non-residents).
Open: Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
Check website before heading out to check status.
See Melissa’s Playground Profile of Paulus Park !

Mundelein Spray Park 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein | (847) 566-0650
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; The final hour of the day from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. is FREE. Open on holidays from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The facility shuts down between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily.  There is no charge for readmission after this break as long as you get a hand stamp before leaving.
Fees: Park district residents $1, non-residents $2 (regardless of age). Free for all after 7:00 p.m.
(Last year I would ONLY take my son at 7:00 p.m. for free, it was not crowded or too buggy and it was a fun weekly tradition for us.)
Open: Open May 26 – September 3, closed from May 29 – June 1, then open depending on weather. See our Review of the Mundelein Spray Park!

Round Lake Splash Pad
 860 Hart Road., Round Lake | (847) 740-9823
Hours: Open Pool Swim with splash pad access: Mondays, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Splash Pad-only hours with no pool access: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., weekends 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  There are different hours for open play for pre- and post-season. See website for details.
Fees: Pool with Splash Pad entry: Children younger than age three, $1, (resident and non-resident); ages 4-18, $5 (resident) and $6 (non-resident); adults 19 and older $6 (resident) and  $8 (non-resident).
Splash Pad only:  $1 (regardless of age) for residents; non-residents, $2, regardless of age.
Open: May 21st (tentative) through September 3rd.
Check out Little Lake County’s review !

Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor
1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee | (847) 249-1776
(There is a splash pad in Kidzopolis, plus Skull Island in Hurricane Harbor)
Hours: Vary, see website for schedule
Fees:  Daily pass, $74.99 for those over 48″ in height; $54.99 for patrons under 48″ tall plus additional fee for Hurricane Harbor. Hurricane Harbor entrance is FREE with Season Pass.
Open: May 26 through September 4th. Hurricane Harbor is closed select weeks during summer, so check the calendar before heading out.
Check out our Six Flags Hacks and our Guide to Six Flags!

Waukegan Sports Park Splash Pad and Playground

Waukegan Sports Park
3391 W. Beach Rd., Waukegan | (847) 360-4700
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fees: FREE for everyone! However, on weekends a $5 parking fee per car applies.
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.
Check out our review!

Splash Pads & Spray Parks Around Lake County

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Harbor Park Splash Pad
5501 Ring Road, Kenosha, WI 
 Daily during park hours
FREE for everyone!
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.
Check out Cindy’s review!

Little Bear Garden Park
Located in the The Glen Town Center is this gem of a park. There is a playground as well as sand and a small sprinkler area. 
NE corner of Patriot Blvd. and Chestnut, Glenview
Hours: Daily during park hours
Fees: FREE for everyone!
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.

Stingray Bay
12219 Lois Lane, Huntley | 847- 515- 7665
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Fridays 11:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and weekends 12:15- 7:00 p.m.
Fees: Youth $7 (residents) and $9 (non-residents);  Adults $9 (residents) and $11 (non-residents), Twilight hours (daily, after 5:00 p.m.):  $4 (residents), $6 (non-residents), and children age three and younger always enter FREE.
Open: Open  May 26 – August 12, weather permitting .

Sunset Park Splash Pad
5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills
Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fees: Free
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting

Veteran Acres Splash Pad, Crystal Lake

Veteran’s Acres Park “Acorn Alley” Splash Pad431 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; weekends, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Fees: Free
Open: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, weather permitting.
Read Jessica’s Review!


Where will you be splashing this summer? Leave us a comment below.

British Swim School offers year-round Water Survival and Learn-To-Swim Classes for ages 3 months to adult. Their mission is to ensure that every person, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer in the water.

Thank you British Swim School for giving my daughter a chance to experience new things about swimming she really enjoyed her self going to every session she learned a lot from all of you guys👌👍Thank you once again!!

You can learn more about British Swim School in Alli’s Progress Report. 

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Register today at one of their FOUR Lake County locations and be swimming by summer!

British Swim School Lake County
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  • British Swim School – Lincolnshire
    Located inside Staybridge Suites 100 Barclay Boulevard, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
  • British Swim School – Vernon Hills
    Located inside Holiday Inn Express Chicago-NW Vernon Hills 975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
  • British Swim School – Round Lake Beach
    Located inside LA Fitness, 540 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
  • British Swim School – Waukegan
    Located inside LA Fitness, 452 Lakehurst Rd., Waukegan, IL 60085

Disclosure: British Swim School is the paid sponsor of this guide, Splash Pads & Spray Parks in Lake County {2018}.

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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