Buffalo Grove Spray N’ Play

My kids and I love all the adventures summer brings, particularly those involving water. Since my kids are still little (both are under 3) we can’t get too adventurous with beaches or pools that go beyond 2 feet deep, especially when Daddy isn’t with us for the day.  So what’s a mom of busy toddlers to do? Bring on the toddler havens of summer: the spray park!

While we love frequenting the Grayslake Spray Park and Barefoot Bay Spray Park in Mundelein, we were looking for a new place to check out this summer.  On our way back from a doctor’s appointment, we passed by the Buffalo Grove Spray N’Play and knew we had to check it out.

The Buffalo Grove Spray N’Play, run by the Buffalo Grove Park District, features over 20 water toys, sprays and fountains, plus a picnic area, all within a large fenced-in area.  There are plenty of shaded picnic tables away from the main water areas, but also a few round tables with umbrellas nearby the water action so you can stay close if your kids are little like mine.  There are also plenty of patio chairs and benches throughout the spray park for parents or caregivers to sit while the kiddos play.

Photo Credit: D. Truesdale

Also conveniently located within the fenced in spray n’play area are women’s and men’s restrooms and a family changing room.  There are also a small number of ice cream treats available for a fee at the admission desk.

Directly outside the spray park area is Mike Rylko Community Park, a very nice playground with a hard foam surface (read: NO Wood Chips!!).  The park is not shaded and can get hot on a sunny day, but the two times we have visited my kids didn’t care and were more than content to play with the many interactive and fun features the park had to offer.

Overall, we love the Buffalo Grove Spray N’Play and will be adding it to our summer must-do list for many years to come.  The cost is $3 per person (adults must pay, too) for ages 1 and up. Both times we have visited this summer I was not charged for my 17-month-old son.  Trust me when I say the $3 is money well spent!  One thing I did notice on both visits was that the time block of 12-2 p.m. seems to be popular with day cares and summer camps, which can get a little crowded with big kids running around.  When we went between 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and  2-4 p.m. we pretty much had the place to ourselves except for a few other families with little kids.

Photo Credit: D. Truesdale

The Buffalo Grove Spray N’Play can be found:

Located at Mike Rylko Community Park
951 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL
Phone: (847) 793-0570

Daily Fees:
12 Months & under Free
Children and Adults $3
Seniors (62 & Up) $1
Twilight Time (Last 2 hours) $1


Open June 1 Thru September 2:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


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