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Kid-Friendly Splash Pads, Swimming Pools in Northwest Arkansas

What You Need to Know to Splash Into Summer!

By Kara Ault, Macaroni Kid Fayetteville & Rogers-Bentonville Publisher June 21, 2019

It's HOT outside, but if you live in or are visiting Northwest Arkansas, you will find that we are blessed to have an abundance of public pools and splash pads that are family-friendly and most are either free or low-cost.

Here's a list to help you discover new places to visit with friends! Click on the name of each to go the corresponding website. Like this info and want more like it? Sign up for our FREE weekly e-mail calendar of local, kid-friendly events here. 

Prairie Grove Aquatic Center- Open May 25- mid-August.  Monday - Thursday: 12:30p  - 6:00p, Friday - Saturday:  12:30p - 7:00p, Sunday:  1:00p - 7:00p. Admission: $5 for ages 6 & up, $4 for ages 5 & under and 55+. Half price admission after 5 PM. Season passes available for $75/person unlimited visits or $200/family of 4 unlimited visits. Large wade-in area good for toddlers.


Wilson Park pool- Open May 25 til Sept 2nd-Hours vary, see website. Admission: $4 adults, $3 kids.  Schedule of Dive-In movies here.

Jones Center indoor pool- Summer hours: Monday 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday- Saturday, 12:00 pm-3:45 pm and 4:30-8:00 PM, Sunday, 1:30-5:00 PM. Admission $3. 

Walker Park splash pad-- Open second Saturday in May to third Sunday in September, daily 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free. 

Melvin Ford Aquatic Center- Bentonville. Open May 25- Sept 2nd, Mon-Fri- 12:00 pm- 5:30 PM. Sat and Sunday- 12:00 pm- 7:00 pm. Admission: Adults (18 and over)- $3, kids (3 to 17)- $2. Ages 2 and Under- Free. Large wade-in area for toddlers.

Springdale Aquatic Center- Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Open 1:00 pm to 5:45 pm Daily. After August 12,  open 1:00 pm to 5:45 pm Saturday-Sunday only. Closes for the season Labor Day. Admission:  Ages 0-4 $3, Ages 5 & up $4. Lockers are available for $.25 per use. Swim Diapers are available for $2 each. Splash Pass: $80 pass that allows 25 visits with pass.

Rogers Aquatic Center- Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Mon-Thurs 11 Am-6:00 pm. Fri & Sat 11 Am- 7:00 pm.  Sunday 12 pm- 6:00 pm.  Weekends only once Rogers school is in session. Admission: Rogers residents, $12 for 48" and up, $8 for below 48" and under 36" is free. Non-Rogers residents:  $15 for 48" & up, $10 for below 48". under 36" is free.

Bentonville Community Center- Indoor pool- Open Swim Summer Hours: May 28-Aug 11. Hours: Mon & Tues 1:00pm-7:00pm, Wed 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Thurs 1:00-7:00 PM, Fri 1:00-6:30 PM, Sat 12:00 PM- 6:30 PM, Sun 12:00 PM-5:30 PM.
Bentonville Residents: $5 and non-residents: $8. Water slides, adventure river, large play structure w/ dump bucket, spray features, 3 lap swim lanes and basketball hoops.

Siloam Springs Memorial Park Splash Pad- 10 AM- 8 PM Daily. Free. 

C.L. "Charlie" & Willie George Park, Springdale Splash Pad- Open Daily From 9 a.m.- dark (Opens May 18th-Closes Sept. 15th). Free. 

Rogers Skate & Splash Park- Open 9 AM- 8 PM Daily. Free. 

Riverside Park swimming in West Fork- Free swimming in the river. 


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