Sometimes it’s all about the simple things, and in the summer, some days a little while splashing around is all you need. Our list below offers descriptions about, and links to, spraygrounds or splash fountains in Northern Virginia. These are free and often quick “get in, get out” experiences that require little time but still give little ones a great day of fun. Please see the site websites for hours of operations and rules (such as type of water shoes required, if any).
SPRAYGROUNDS AND SPLASH FOUNTAINS
All these are free and open to the public:
Old Town Square
The latest sprayground to “splash” onto the scene is the splash pad in Old Town Square in the City of Fairfax! The splash pad, which opened in 2015, is located at Old Town Hall in downtown Fairfax. It features 15 water jets that shoot up from the ground with a full spectrum of colors (which also makes for a pretty view at night).
Our Special Harbor
Lots of fun options await kids at Fairfax County Park Authority’s Lee District Park. The fully accessible complex features Chesapeake Bay-themed attractions including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The beach area is quieter with softer bubblers and interactive water tables. The computerized water maze and dumping crab basket provide more lively activity. Nearby is a fully accessible tree house and accessible Tiki Village playground.
Fairfax Corner Fountain
Located near the Fair Lakes area, the Fairfax Corner fountain is a super popular spot in the summer for families with kids, especially the very young ones, who like to dash in an out from the fountain that sprays from the ground up in varying patterns. Fairfax Corner also has a movie theatre, lots of shopping and dining, a little train, and a free kids’ show/concert series on Wednesdays (alternating between day and evening shows). Bring some dry clothes to change into, since you’ll want to hang around a bit!
Reston Town Center
In the busier section of Reston Town Center, across from the pavilion, is Mercury Fountain, the big fountain which is fun to watch. But over on the west side, at Reston Town Square Park, is an interactive fountain where the kids can actually play in and splash around. Reston Town Center has lots of shopping, dining, movies, and regular entertainment (free, outdoors) so bring a change of clothes and make a day of it after splashing around! (See a map of the Reston Town Center here).
Lake Anne Plaza
This lakefront residential and retail community has a fun fountain where children can cool off. Right around the fountain are family-friendly restaurants that feature indoor and patio dining. During the summer kids can enjoy free live entertainment just for them!
This shopping, dining, and entertainment district has interactive fountain with lots of spots for kids to dart in and out of the water shooting up from the ground. Mosaic District also offers free summer movies at night and Saturday morning cartoons, both outdoors.
Village at Leesburg
Village at Leesburg (VAL), a retail, dining, and living community, has a Village Pop-Up Fountain with Bubble Spectaculars that is open 10 am to 10 pm. seasonally. The fountain is at Village Market Blvd. near Rita’s Italian Ice. (Don’t confuse this with VAL’s Fire & Water Fountain, at Village Market Blvd. and Balch Drive, next to Travinia, which while very pretty, is obviously NOT a kids’ play area!)
A hot spot for cooling off is in nearby Ashburn at One Loudoun, a shopping, dining, and entertainment center. The large splash fountain in front of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theatre is also fun to watch at night with its multi-colored lights.
This shopping complex, a sister property to Fairfax Corner (see entry above) also has an interactive splash fountain kids can play in, and also hosts a free Little Tots Series with children’s entertainment in the summer.
Arlington County Spraygrounds
Neighboring Arlington County offers four fun spraygrounds: at Drew Playground, Hayes Park, Lyon Village Park, and Virginia Highlands Park. The websites provide good details about other amenities at each park.