LoCo List: Splash Pad Roundup (for the Kiddos)
As a parent of young kids, outdoor summer activities are typically planned before midday heat or at a location where they can cool off. Otherwise, it’s indoor play, which I prefer to save for sweater weather.
Sure, there are local swimming pools, but sometimes kids just want to splash and run around— and that’s what makes the splash pads in Loudoun County so great.
My kids like the unpredictability of the spraying water, not to mention meeting new kids each time we visit. They also enjoy the other activities that surround each splash pad, like bubbles, games, and of course, nearby tasty treats.
From a mom’s perspective, I enjoy these splash pads because I can watch from the sidelines typically underneath shade and have small talk with other moms. Furthermore, they’re totally free! Pictures are also priceless.
There’s certainly a splash pad in Loudoun County that’s in easy driving distance with locations at Village at Leesburg, One Loudoun, Landsdowne Town Center, Cascades Overlook, and Loudoun Station. Inside Loudoun has a breakdown of them all.
Village at Leesburg (Village Market Blvd. near Rita’s, Leesburg)
What do you get when you combine pop-up fountains, bubble shows, a play area, all conveniently located in front of Rita’s Italian Ice? A toddler’s paradise. My kids literally go bonkers for this place. The splash pad is also on the same side as other sweet temptations, such as Rocket Fizz and Fractured Prune Doughnuts, which are all worth checking out. You certainly will sooner or later with your kids leading the way.
Insider Tip: It does get busy and is in close proximity to the street, so watch your kids like a hawk.
Fountains at The Plaza at One Loudoun (20626 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn)
The plaza is the heart of One Loudoun, which also is home to one of the most popular splash pads in the area. Although it’s popular any day, it’s very busy on Mondays in the summer. That’s when your kids can see Rocknoceros perform at 11 AM (weather permitting). For this alone, it’s our place to be on Mondays. So, don’t be surprised if you see us dancing there.
If your kids like a little more variety, the interactive games in the grass area seem to do a pretty good job amusing kids of all ages. As a parent, you’ll be happy with plenty of seating options, which include comfortable loungers to soak up the sun and shaded options. We love to picnic and then head over to Meadow’s Frozen Custard for a deliciously cold treat.
Insider Tip: Similarly to the Village at Leesburg, the splash pad at One Loudoun is close to the main street. If you have a little fearless 2-year-old like me, then you’ll want to be in arms reach at all times.
Splash Pad at Cascades Overlook (21453 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling)
There’s more pop-up fountain fun to be had in the heart of Cascades Overlook. I recently discovered this place and I think we found our new favorite hangout. The kids absolutely love the spray pad, but the biggest hit was the giant Jenga and corn hole games. Yes, fun games and water play conveniently located next to the Colada shop, which serves up Cuban sandwiches, pina coladas and other amazing food and drinks. Did I mention there’s Abbott’s Frozen Custard directly across, too? It’s phenomenal.
Insider Tip: If you’re looking for even more to do, visit on Monday nights from 5-8 PM for the Kids Night Out event. There’s face painting, balloon artistry, as well as kid specials at many of the restaurants. Make it out if you can, as the event runs only through August 26th.
Fountains at Lansdowne Town Center (Promenade Drive, Leesburg)
Another free and open to everyone splash pad is in the heart of Landsdowne Town Center. The splash pad is a personal favorite as it doesn’t seem to get the foot traffic that some of the others do. The pop-up fountain is located next to green space perfect for picnicking and running around with the little ones. Wonderful and diverse restaurants surround the splash fountain too. Some of our favorites include the French Hound Brasserie and Ford’s Fish Shack. Plus, there’s a Starbuck’s to grab a coffee.
Insider Tip: To kick off your weekend with a splash, be sure to check out the splash pad for “Friday Night Live” at 6:30 PM. This family-free event includes a movie shown at dusk with plenty of pre-show activities for the kids, like face painting and a jump house, in addition to the splash pad.
Loudoun Station (Central Station Drive, Ashburn)
Loudoun Station has one of the newest splash pads in the area, which is located in District Park. The interactive splash fountain entertains my kids for hours. They love running in the adjacent lawn area as well as picnicking there when they need a break from water play. The nearby playground also keeps them busy.
Insider Tip: Across the way, there’s an outdoor stage that’s used for concerts on select evenings. So if you’re musically inclined, you can time your family’s visit to the splash pad for when there’s a live concert— a win-win for all.