Water Play in the South Bay

The Mom Squad’s favorite places for the kids to cool off this summer.

Summer is here and that means time for fun in the sun. So, we put together a list of favorite places to let the kids play in the water and cool off.

We’d love to hear yours too!


There is a water feature shaped like a spiral which sprays once a button is pushed. The water feature is in the middle of the playground, so just be aware that during the summer months (when it is turned on) your kids may be tempted by it.

There is also a water spout in the sand play area which makes for some messy fun! Here, you will see kids building elaborate rivers and dams with the sand and then flooding them with the water. So cool to see them all working together like that.

and are here almost every week. The kids all like to run in the water feature, and get messy with the water spout in the sand play area.

There is a similar sand play area to that of Jack Fischer Park’s too. It has a water spout on the top of the concrete structure and another one near the little play houses.

Remember that this park is divided into 2 different sides. The Rincon Ave side has a water feature identical to that of Jack Fischer’s. (The Budd Ave side has no water feature though.) It can be a bit crowded at time during the summer months, especially during the park’s summer camp.

This park has a couple of different water features. The first is an arch that sprays water which kids can run through. There is also a small water play feature in the toddler playground area that has a water spout and fun pipe structure to pour the water or sand through.

Not great for open play or open swimming, but they do offer lap swimming times as well as swim classes and swim teams.

Open for lap-swimming Monday - Friday from 6am-8am, 11:30am-1:30pm, and 7pm-9pm, Saturday from 8:30am-10:30am, Sunday from  8am-11am for $5 per day


This ia a private, members only club. They do offer some “open swim” days, so check their website for more info.


SARATOGA SPRINGS (22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga)

Saratoga Springs is a hidden little place located just past downtown Saratoga. They have a small campground, and other amenities one of which is a pool. They are popular for corporate events and weddings as well as family picnics. Please call or check their website for more info.

SOUTHWEST YMCA (13500 Quito Road, Saratoga)

This “Y” location has a pool and they offer swim lessons and classes for ages 6 months and up.

Los Gatos:

VASONA PARK (333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos)

We love this park and the neighboring (connected) Oak Meadow. There is so much here for everyone. As far as water, there is no water feature at the playgrounds, but you can rent paddle boats and row boats to take out on Lake Vasona from spring through fall.


CALI MILL PLAZA (Stevens Creek Blvd and De Anza Blvd, Cupertino)

This plaza has a fun fountain that spurts water from the ground. It makes for a great place for the kids to run through the water and cool off.

This is a great spot right in the middle of Cupertino. It’s easy to find, but parking can be tricky at times. There isn’t much shade either.

San Jose:

LINCOLN GLEN PARK (Lincoln and Curtner, San Jose)

This park has a tall sprayer and fun turtles that spray water.

The water features are located outside of the gated toddler playground though which can make it difficult if you have more than one, or if you are trying to keep up with friends while hanging out at the park.

PARMA PARK (Camden Ave and Little Falls Dr, San Jose)

The main playground area has a great water feature that sprays water from the ground. There is also another water play feature in the sand play area located inside the fenced-in toddler area.

Great park, but we wish there was more shade. Don’t forget the sunscreen here.

PLAZA DE CESAR CHAVEZ (Market and San Carlos, San Jose)

This park is located in downtown San Jose between the Tech Museum and the Art Museum. There is a fun fountain that spurts water out of the ground.

(Please be aware that because of this park is a middle-of-downtown-San-Jose locale, there can be some less than family-friendly activities and people around at times.)

WESTGATE CABANA CLUB (4750 Bucknall Road, San Jose)

This is a private, members only club. Please check their website for more information.

RAGING WATERS (2333 South White Road, San Jose)

Northern California’s largest water park. For more info, check their website.


ORTEGA PARK (626 Harrow Way, Sunnyvale)

The water feature is a giant water spraying flower activated when a button is pushed.

Super cute and fun for the kids. Also makes for some great photo ops for us parents!

LAS PALMAS PARK (850 Russet Dr, Sunnyvale)

There is a really cool “spray ground” here, but you have to either pay to have it on or luck into it being on. It costs $60/ 2 hours to pay to have it turned on. Sometimes it is on for birthday parties on the weekends or for summer camps during the week though. Bummer it’s not on all the time.

LAKEWOOD PARK (834 Lakechime Dr, Sunnyvale)

This park offers several water features with a space theme. There is also a swimming pool that offers lessons and classes.

We haven’t been yet, but have heard good things.

San Mateo:

BURTON PARK (900 Chesnut St, San Mateo)

There is a great water feature which sprays water from the ground when a button is pushed.

This was Nicole’s favorite park when she lived in San Mateo and she still likes to take the kids here when she is in the area.


GILROY GARDENS (3050 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy)

This amusement park features the new Splash Garden with five interactive water attractions. For more info, check out their website.

Of course, there’s always the kiddie pool or sprinkler in the backyard too! We also love to create our own water play fun at home. Just gather a few big bowls or buckets and a few cups, spoons, strainers, and other fun things. Kids just love to pour, scoop, and splash water and can have fun with just about any container filled with water on a warm day. Or, you can also check out one of our many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers.

*Please remember to use caution around any water and keep those kiddos safe!

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Know of any more great places to play in the water? We’d love to hear from all of you too! Share with us in the comments below.

Bethany Curran July 16, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Found another local park with a water feature today: Wildwood Park 20764 4th St. Saratoga The playground is better suited to school-aged children, not so great for toddlers (imo). There is a very tall slide, 2 baby swings, 2 regular swings, a huge rope climbing structure, a rocking type of see-saw, a bunch of stairs going up to a deck that over looks the park, a creek, the water feature, and some pretty nice bathrooms. I'll post a pic of the water feature on our Mom Squad Facebook Page :) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Campbell-Patch-Mom-Squad/264361260272684
Bethany Curran August 03, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Visited Central Park in Santa Clara today and found that there is a really fun water feature, It is more of a water play table than a water spray like some of the other parks, so that was a fun change. My kids had a great time splashing and playing with some shovels and yogurt cups that I usually keep on hand for them to play in the sand. (You can see a picture of it on our Mom Squad Facebook page, listed above.)
Courtney Buchanan August 03, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Taking your kids to parks with fun water features is a great summertime activity for those blistering hot days! Bethany, thanks for sharing the various parks nearby.
Bethany Curran August 03, 2012 at 11:20 PM
If anyone knows of some more that didn't make the list, we'd love for you to share them here too! :)


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