Where to Take Kids for a Splash

Depending on the height of your kids and the width of your wallet, one of these O.C. options is sure to fit.

»With 1.5 miles of slides, rivers, and chutes, there’s no shortage of activities at Knott’s Soak City. You can rent a cabana, but you can’t bring in your own cooler or personal floatation devices. It’s crowded, but just what kids want: endless slides and fun. This year’s season starts May 14. A season pass is $92, and a one-day ticket is $30 for ages 3 to 11, $40 for 12 and up. There are height restrictions for the slides. soakcityoc.com

»The water playground at Newport Dunes features slides, giant inflatables for climbing, and other water activities at Back Bay. It’s open on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and starting June 22 every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors pay $25 for up to two hours. newportdunes.com/resort/recreation-area-guide

»Looking for water fun without the sunscreen? The enormous indoor park at Great Wolf Lodge, ABOVE, might be a good fit. You’ll have to book a room ($320 and up), as the park is exclusive to guests at the all-suite resort. With access to multiple slides, a lazy river, the wave pool, and a treehouse fort—plus water that’s always 84 degrees—your family might enjoy a staycation in Garden Grove. There are height restrictions for the slides. (right) greatwolf.com

»The Plunge in Brea has two pools, and the larger one has a diving board. The small pool is less than 3 feet deep, perfect for little kids who will be excited to stand up on their own in the water. You’ll find plenty of tables and shady areas for eating and relaxing between dips, and the inexpensive entrance fee makes it an easy option for a quick visit on a hot day. $2 per person

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