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Best Water Activities For Your Kids

July 15, 2011 8:00 AM

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PhotoCredit: Ultimate Water Park

PhotoCredit: Ultimate Water Park

By Mary Fischer

It’s the middle of summer and as the temperature heats up we all know kids are never happy when they’re hot and sticky. To help out the kids with some ideas to keep them cool, we have compiled a list below of the best places to keep your kids cool this season with fun water activities.
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Splash Harbor Park Lake Compounce

271 Enterprise Drive

Bristol, CT 06010

860-583-3300

Park Hours July – Labor Day: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $17.99 – $35.99 (includes admission to amusement park)

Kids under three – free

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With a lazy river, waterslides galore, and a wave pool, kids will stay cool and completely entertained at Splash Harbor Park. Children will especially love Clipper Cove, which is a water play structure complete with cannons and a 300-gallon water dumping bucket.

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Lighthouse Point Park

2 Lighthouse Rd.

New Haven, CT 06512

203-946-8019

Park Hours: Gates open 7am until sunset

Park Admission:

Free for New Haven registered vehicles

Non-New Haven registered vehicles $10

With a brand new splash pad, beach swimming, and even a carousel, Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is the perfect place to take the family for a day of fun in the sun. Lifeguards are on duty for beach swimming all summer, although parents must accompany their children at all times. The splash park is next to the bath house, and kids will love cooling of in the fresh water fountains.

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Wolcott Park

1134 New Britain Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06110

860-232-4094

Hours: 11am – 7pm daily

Price: Free

Splash pads are such a great alternative to swimming pools to beat the heat this summer, especially for parents of young children who don’t know how to swim yet. The Spray Pool at Wolcott Park in West Hartford is the perfect place to let your little ones enjoy the water while staying safe!

Crystal Lake Fun

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Crystal Lake

Sandy Beach Rd. (Rt 140)

Ellington, CT  06029

860-870-3118

Hours:

Weekdays: 12pm – 6:30pm

Weekends: 11am – 6:30pm

Admission:

Adult Residents: $2

Child Residents: $1

Adult Non-Residents: $5

Child Non-Residents: $3

All Children Under 5: Free

There is no better place for kids to cool off in Tolland County than Crystal Lake. It’s the perfect sunny day spot for kids of all ages to swim and play. Crystal Lake is a favorite for families with young children, as the right side of the beach is incredibly shallow. Small kids can wade right into the water without worrying about waves or currents. Crystal Lake only accepts cash, and you’ll want to have it on hand anyway for the ice cream truck that stops by a couple times a day.

Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.
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