Great Plains Splash Pad Dash
This Monday we made a dash out east to Great Plains splash park! We had not made it out there at all this summer! I didn't want to let August slip by without paying that adorable park a visit. (See our last visit here.) Of course now that we are about to start Pre-K, three mornings a week, I now feel like checking off my summer to-do list. With our first day of school happening on Wednesday, I planned to pack up our towels and the SPF and head over there this past Monday.
I am actually GLAD we waited until the school district here was in session, the place was empty! It was exactly what we all needed before starting a new routine. THESE ARE probably the sweetest, BEST days of my life, and I NEED to KNOW THAT. I am reminding myself. Being able to sit on a towel and eat peanut butter with these two, hearing them laugh and seeing them play games together, watching them plop down on their towels and bask in the sun. I am beyond blessed that we are able to have had this luxury of me being home for these last four years. Things may change for me as the girls enter school, and I am excited for new challenges and opportunities career wise, but for all the great days spent at splash pads and pools, I count myself lucky.
One of my favorite things about Great Plains Park splash pad is the fact that it is NOT huge! Grass surrounds the perimeter so you can comfortably sit, and stay dry, close enough to the pad to here and see the kiddos. There aren't any squirters, Remy was sure to point that one out as soon as we got there, because in Chicago we had visited a splash park that had them, but that didn't seem to phase them one bit. In our splash-pad going experience, I find that it is almost imperative to bring a plastic cup or bowl or object for them to fill and empty. If you happen to forget this key splash-pad accessory, don't fret, they'll find one from somewhere, or in my girls' case, use their water shoes as well.
This trip to the splash pad had Remy squealing and skipping and splashing the spray into the air while Arlo was happy as a clam squatting near a drain, swirling her Shimmer & Shine doll's hair around in the whirlpool of it. Arlo pretty much parked herself at the rainbow arch and found several games to occupy herself for the duration.
There is also a great playground right next to it, which we visited briefly, but the equipment was super hot and we were ready for naps. When I asked Arlo what she wanted to do with "Momma Time" the night before school, she said she wanted to go back to the splash pad with the "black swings and the red twisty slide!" We may just have to make a trip back there and do the park FIRST before cooling off in the spritz, but maybe we'll all go on a non-school day. Anyone else feel guilty about having those excursions and outings with your kiddo or kiddos who aren't yet in school? Hmmm.. how do we finesse this between sisters at pickup time when we exchange stories about our future days to come?
Speaking of future days to come. It may be one day that rather than snapping water park pics barefoot I too will be working at my computer somewhere. It's interesting how your life melds with your children in that right around the time they are headed onto other things, new milestones and objectives, like school, you too are ready to challenge yourself, put yourself in new and uncomfortable situations and grow still. I was "THAT" mom at the first drop off on Wednesday, the mom who was beaming ear to ear with pride, excitement and joy for the young girl I see Remy fast becoming. I want to see it all!
For now, we are squeezing in every free day with summer as long as the fountains are on! Here's some fun pictures of the girls having a ball at Great Plains Splash Park in Aurora. Really worth the excursion if you don't live out this way!
Remy is wearing a swimsuit by Indikidual (the rash guard version here) and water shoes from Target. Arlo is wearing a swimsuit from Mini Rodini, thrifted hat and Native water shoes. Nothing beats the Jefferson style Natives- the fit is better than the Target brand shoes so the price is reflective of the fit and quality. Next summer I will be investing in two more pairs!