2018 Des Moines Water Fun Guide - Outdoor Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools - dsm4kids.com

2018 Des Moines Water Fun Guide – Outdoor Aquatic Centers, Pools, Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools

From FREE spraygrounds and splash pads for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to pools and aquatic centers and everything in between – Des Moines has it all. With the variety of outdoor water fun options available, there’s no shortage of saturated, soaked, sopping wet entertainment to be had this summer in Des Moines.

Here’s your complete list of Des Moines area water fun:

Altoona

Adventure Bay

3300 Adventureland Drive Altoona, IA 50009 (515) 266-2121

Part of the Adventureland Amusement Park complex Adventure Bay Water Park attracts out-of-towners and locals alike.  This is where will you find Iowa’s largest wave pool and longest lazy river. Pools, slides, sun and fun, there is something for everyone!

Opening Day: Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 2018
Closing Day: August 19, 2018; open on weekends through Labor Day Weekend.
Hours: Adventure Bay opens at 10:00 am every day of the week.  Closing times varies.
Prices: Adult (10 years+) daily admission is $45.00, children (4 to 9 years) are $40.00

Altoona Aquatics Park

1200 Venbury Drive Altoona, Iowa 50009 (515) 967-2066
The Altoona Aquatics Park features a zero edge pool, slides, diving boards, a sand play area, speed slide, loop-de-loop slide and lap lanes. Plus a children’s “shipwreck” slide, Funbrella, Raindrops, palm trees and splash pad. The aquatic park is also available for rental.

Opening Day: Opening date DELAYED due to improvements.
Closing Day: TBD
Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Prices: Altoona Residents $6.00; Non-Residents $8,00; 0-12 Months FREE; Season passes also available.

Prairie Heritage Park/Civic Plaza Splash Pad

Parking at 1st Ave. S., 210 St. SE, 700 8th St. SW, Altoona (515) 967-5203

Dates Open: June – September, 2018
Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset
Price: FREE
Unsupervised

Ankeny

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center

2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3569

Located in Ankeny, Cascade Falls Aquatic Center features a “Flowrider” surf machine, two large tube slides, a lazy river, a geyser field and a children’s wading pool. In addition, the center has a lap pool and diving well, which includes a one meter spring board and three meter diving platform.

Opening Day: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 and opens for the season on June 1, 2018.
Closing Day: September 3, 2018
Hours: Daily 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Price: General $8.00; Kids under 2 $1.00; Senior $5.00; Season passes also available, which includes Flowrider usage.

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 963-3569

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center is a kid friendly complex with two large water slides and a zero-depth entry pool with a lily pad walk, geysers and a splash pad for younger children. There is also ample deck space and chairs for parents and sunbathers.   The Splashpark is FREE 10:00 to 11:45 am, Monday through Friday, May 29 – TBD.

Opening Day:   Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 and opens for the season on June 1, 2018.
Closing Day: TBD
Hours: Daily 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Price: General $4.00; Kids under 2 $1.00; Senior $3.00; Season passes also available.

Dean Park Splash Pad

SW 19th Street (SW College Avenue) • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3570

Dates Open: May – September, 2018
Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset
Price: FREE
Unsupervised

Clive

Clive Aquatic Center

1801 NW 114th Street • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 440-0599

Includes two large pools perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The zero depth entry kiddie pool at Clive Aquatic Center features a small slide, sprays and fountains.  The lap pool features two tube slides and a chute slide.  There is also a lazy river and a spray deck.

Opening Day: Anticipated to open Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018. Opens for the season on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Closing Day: TBD
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30 am to 7:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm; Friday 11:30 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13-54 $8.00; Senior, ages 55+ $6.00; Family Night Discount $15.00 per family on Monday and Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Friday 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Season passes also available.

Linnan Park Wading Pool

8500 Alice Avenue • Clive, IA • (515) 440-0599

Dates Open: June 6 – August 5, 2018
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: FREE
Supervised

Des Moines

Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool

101 45th Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 243-3567

Ashworth Memorial Pool has been located in Greenwood/Ashworth Park since 1926.  Old school swimming fun is in store at this pool that features a 50-meter competitive pool complete with eight lap lanes. The facility also includes a 13 foot diving well with a couple of one-meter boards and a three-meter diving board.  They also have a kiddie pool area.

Opening Day: June 2, 2018
Closing Day: August 19, 2018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Birdland Swimming Pool

300 Holcomb Avenue • Des Moines, IA, 50313 • (515) 243-3567

Located in Birdland Sports Complex this Des Moines area swimming pool features two water slides and a kiddie pool for youngsters looking for some fun in the sun.  For those more hard core swimmers there is a large 50 meter pool ideal for doing laps. Birdland Swimming Pool is also available for rental.

Opening Day: June 11, 2018
Closing Day: August 19, 2018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Nahas Family Aquatic Center

1101 Porter Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 243-3567

Nahas Family Aquatic Center is located on the south side of Des Moines. It features water slides and a zero-entry pool with a covered play area for children. The facility also has a complete concession stand available.

Opening Day: Memorial Weekend May 26, 27, 28; will close and reopen June 2, 2018.
Closing Day: August 19, 2018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Northwest Aquatic Center

4915 Madison Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 237-1386

Northwest Aquatic Center has a water slide, a zero depth entry pool, a water mushroom and a shaded swim area. Family Swim Night at this aquatic center is scheduled for July 24th.  Families will be able to get into the aquatic center for $5.00 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  All children under 18 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Opening Day: June 2, 2018
Closing Day:  August 19; then reopen August 25, 26 & Labor Day Weekend Sept 1, 2, 3, 2018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission

Teachout Family Aquatic Center

2601 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 243-3567

Teachout Family Aquatic Center is located next to the Eastside Library. It has a zero-depth entry pool with a maximum depth of five feet. There are also two slides with a plunge pool for a wet and wild afternoon of fun.

Opening Day: June 2, 2018
Closing Day: August 19, 2018
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-2, FREE; Youth, ages 3-20 $2.00; Adult, ages 21+ $4.00; ½ Price Admission Monday through Thursday after 5:00 pm; Punch Cards and Season passes are also available.

Des Moines Wading Pools

Dates Open: June 1 through August 8, 2018
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
* Jordan Park Wading Pool hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm; Wednesday ONLY, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Price: FREE
Supervised

Ashfield Park – 720 E 19th Street

Bates Park – 330 Clark Street

Burke Park – 601 E University Avenue

Chesterfield Park – 2719 Scott Avenue

Drake Park – 2300 Drake Park Avenue

Jordan Park – 600 E Wall Avenue

Sayers Park – 1300 Linden Lane

Stone Park – 2100 SE 5th Street

Tower Park – 4900 Hickman Road

Des Moines Splash Pools

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Price: FREE
Supervised

Ashby Park– 3200 38th Street (open May 26 – September 9, 2018)

M.L. King Park– 1650 Garfield Avenue (open May 26 – August 22, 2018 )

Pete Crivaro Park — 1012 SE 14th Street (open May 26 – August 22, 2018 )

Union Park – 725 Thompson Avenue (open May 26 – September 9, 2018)

Des Moines Spraygrounds & Fountains

Dates Open: May 1 through September 30, 2018
Hours: Sunday through Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Price: FREE
Unsupervised

Columbus Park – 1921 SE 1st Street

Evelyn K. Davis Park – 1400 Forest Avenue

Fairmont Park – 2520 Hull Avenue

Good Park – 1103 17th Street

Grandview Park – 3230 Easton Blvd

Greenwood Park – 4500 Grand Avenue

McHenry Park – 1012 Oak Park Avenue

Sargent Park – 3530 E Douglas Avenue

Woodlawn Park – 3126 Twana Drive

Indianola

Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

714 W. Detroit Avenue • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9422

Zero depth pool features a small slide for toddlers and preschoolers, a play structure and a sand play area.  For the older kids there are two tube slides and a lap pool with a diving board. The Edgewater Snack Bar at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center features fully stocked concessions with a variety of hot sandwiches, cold drinks, chips, combo meals, snow cones, ice cream bars, and many other items.

Opening Day: May 26, 2018
Closing Day: August 18, 2018
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 7:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Price: General Admission $5.00; Ages 2 and Under FREE with paying adult; ½ Price Admission after 5:00 pm; Veterans swim FREE with Military ID during all open swim hours; Season passes also available.

Urbandale

Lions Park Wading Pool

72nd and Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA • (515) 278-3963

Dates Open: May 30 – August 9, 2018 (Closed July 1-3)
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Aquatic Playground Splash Park

Urbandale Public Swimming Pool • 7201 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA • (515) 278-3959

Dates Open: May 30 – August 9, 2018
Hours: Daily 1:00  – 4:00 pm; Evenings Monday-Friday 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Prices: Ages 2 and under are FREE with a paid adult; Patrons 3 years of age and older $4.00
Supervised

West Des Moines

Holiday Aquatic Center

1701 Railroad Avenue • West Des Moines • (515) 273-0700

Holiday Aquatic Center features a swirl bowl slide, 180’ enclosed waterslide and 208’ open flume waterslide.  The facility also includes a zero depth entry pool and a play structure with slides for the younger kiddos.  In addition, there is also a large pool deck and grass sunning area as well as a snack bar.

Opening Day: June 2, 2018
Closing Day: To Be Determined
Hours: Weekdays 11:30 am to 7:00pm; *Holiday closes at 5:30pm due to evening swim lessons during the following date ranges: June 11-22, June 25 – July 13 & July 16-27; Saturdays 11:30 am to 6:00pm and Sundays 12:00 Noon to 5:45pm
Price: Infant, ages 0-3, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13+ $8.00; Senior $6.00; Half Price Admission Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 5:00 to 7:00 pm; ; Family Night Discount $12.00 per family on Wednesdays and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Season passes also available.

Valley View Aquatic Center 

255 S 81st Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 273-0700

Large aquatic facility located near Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines. Valley View boasts a ten lane competitive pool with diving board and drop slide, a large leisure pool with spray features, four water slides including the “speed slide”, and a lazy river.

Opening Day: June 2, 2018
Closing Day: To Be Determined
Hours: Sunday through Friday, 12:00 Noon to 5:30pm and 6:30 to 8:30pm; Saturday 12:00 Noon to 6:00pm.
Prices: Infant, ages 0-3, FREE; Youth, ages 3-12 $5.00; Adult, ages 13+ $8.00; Senior $6.00; Half Price Admission Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Family Night Discount $12.00 per family on Wednesdays and Sundays 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Season passes also available.

American Legion Park Sprayground

301 Vine Street • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 222-3444

Dates Open: May 28 – September 3, 2018
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

 

 

Where is your family’s favorite place for water fun in Des Moines?  Let us know!

If you’re looking for even more summer-time family fun in Des Moines, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide!

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