SoCal Families | Splash Kingdom Waterpark
By: Megan McClain
This summer promises to be a hot, dry one in the Inland Empire. While I will be limiting my sprinkler use and probably not filling up our baby pool very often, there is cooler fun to be had than ice cubes in the squirt guns this Summer.
Splash Kingdom in Redlands is celebrating 20 years of business this summer with plenty of family-friendly adventures to be had beyond the sunglasses-wearing pharaonic figure above the front door.
Splash Kingdom has several features meant to cool off the entire family or get some safe thrills. There are over 20 water slides, ranging from short kid-sized ones to several adult friendly ones, like the 165 foot tower, one of the tallest in the country.
The latest attraction is a zip line, which can hold two people side-by-side next to the wave pool. My five-year-old son was just tall enough to ride it, but decided, instead, to watch from the ground as I flew past the wave pool on my first flight ever. I’ll fully admit, the first step was the hardest.
My son tried out a child-sized waterslide next to the big ones, but decided instead to play in the two kiddie pools, hanging out and splashing. There are two toddler-safe pools, one with a submarine near the wave pool that gets deeper as you walk to the wall, and a second pool across the floating river feature. That one stays at 1 ½ feet deep, has slides that slip you right into the shallow water and a number of features guaranteed to get you soaked.
The entire water park has white loungers all around for parents to watch kids have fun and families to take a break. Only bottled water is allowed in the water park area, but snacks are available for purchase and, if you reserve a cabana, food is delivered to your private shaded table area.
Craving a little wet fun without the suit? Head past the outdoor amphitheater and try out the bumper boats—but be careful to not grab the end of the handles, or else you’ll squirt someone as they get in (thanks kid!).
There’s more dry fun, including go-karts, an arcade and summer concert series. Upstairs there’s Upper Deck Sports Lounge, which is open to families, and you'll even find Big Air Trampoline Park located in the same parking lot. Splash Kingdom also offers a summer camp for ages 7-11 from June 8th through August 7th. Single-day camps are $60, and a full week is $180. There’s also a Leaders in Training camp for 12-15 year olds, which costs $300 for a three-week session.
Splash Kingdom is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 1st through Aug. 7th, and open weekend and select days from then until school is back in session. They offer group rates, birthday packages and more, including season pass appreciation days where a buddy gets in for $10. General admission is $29.99, junior admission is $16.99 and senior admission is $9.99. Season passes are $54.99. To find out more visit splashkingdom.net or call (909) 335-7275.
Full Disclosure: Splash Kingdom provided us with complimentary admission, however all opinions expressed are 100% our own.