Little ones can make like Lewis and Clark and explore the Missouri River. Discovery Playground offers an accessible one-of-a-kind water play feature that replicates the Missouri bluffs and includes a waterfall and a trickling creek. Little adventurers can also dodge a few jets at the top and bottom of the creek that spray water into the air. Discovery Playground, an Unlimited Play playground is an inclusive, accessible playground; find it in Jaycee Park, 2805 Elm St., St. Charles, MO, 63301.
Citygarden | Downtown St. Louis
When it comes to water play, you have to experience the 102-jet spray plaza, which is open daily April 1-Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The jets shoot water up to 8 feet into the air in changing patterns. On the off-chance you get bored with that, kids are also allowed to play in the park's fountains. Citygarden is located at 8th and Market streets in downtown St. Louis.
Tower Grove Park | St. Louis
Play in a spilling curtain of water and run through pop jets at Muckerman's Children's Fountain at Tower Grove Park. The fountain and jets in the historic park are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays May 1-Oct. 31. Tower Grove Park is located at 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110.
Musick Park | Hazelwood
Run through 30 spray heads to dodge or aim for jets of water. At night, the water jets are lit up with different colored lights. The Musick Park Sprayground will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily when it opens in late April (weather depending); guests use a button to activate the sprayground. Musick Park is located at 8601 Latty Ave., Hazelwood, MO, 63042.
Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden | Missouri Botanical Garden
Water splashes, dumps and flows in the splash area at the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden. Children can jump on jets and anticipate where the water will emerge next. While at the garden, young children will also enjoy splashing in the playful raccoon water feature, located by the Kemper Home Center for Home Gardening. Children's Garden is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October. Splash features are turned on when the temperature hits 70 degrees; hours vary depending on weather. Garden admission is free for children under 12, but the Children's Garden is $5 for kids ages 3-12. See the website for complete admission information. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110.
Sylvan Springs Park | South St. Louis County
With a push of a button, the sprayground at Sylvan Springs Park goes through a random series of spray features. With more than 10 features, kids enjoy running through water arches and playing with water bubbles that erupt from the ground. The fountains operate from noon to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Sylvan Springs Park is located at 300 Halsey, St. Louis, MO, 63125.
Tilles Park | Ladue
The Spray Pool in the Children's Playground has more than a dozen water bubblers for kids to run through. There's plenty of room to run and play, but it's small enough to keep a good eye on your children. The fountains operate from noon to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tilles Park is located at 9551 Litzsinger Road, Ladue, MO, 63124.
Additional playgrounds with water features
Brendan's Playground at Westhoff Park
Cool off at the accessible splash pad. Westhoff Park is located at 810 Sheppard Drive, O'Fallon, MO, 63366.
Creve Coeur Park
This popular park has spray fountains at Corporate Site No. 1 and Corporate Site No. 2. Creve Coeur Park is located at 13236 Streetcar Drive, Maryland Heights, MO, 63043.
Des Peres Park
Des Peres Park is located at 12325 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO, 63131.
From the calendar
Leon Corlew Park
Leon Corlew Park, located at 333 S Main St, Edwardsville, IL 62025, is scheduled to open July 8, 2016, and will feature a plant- and flower-themed spray pad.
The Family Sports Park
The Family Sports Park has a splash pad and is located at 310 Obernuefemann Road, O'Fallon, IL, 62269.
Ferris Park includes unique water features. Ferris Park is located at 500 New Ballwin Rd., Ballwin, MO, 63021.
In addition to a spray fountain, the park also includes a sand and water play area for tots. Kirkwood Park is located at West Adams and Geyer roads, Kirkwood, MO, 63122.
O'Fallon Sports Park
O'Fallon Sports Park is located at 3589 Hwy K, O'Fallon, MO, 63368.
Sugar Creek Park
Sugar Creek Park is located at 435 Des Peres Road, Des Peres, MO, 63131.
Tree Top Playground at Shaw Park
Tree Top Playground is located at 72 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton, MO, 63105.
Vlasis Park is located at 14811 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO, 63011.
Zachary's Playground at Hawk Ridge Park
Zachary's Playground is located at 8392 Orf Road, Lake St. Louis, MO, 63367.
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