A Tulsa Kid’s Splash Pad How-To

Posted by Tasha on June 26th, 2010 in Attractions, Free Stuff to Do, Kids and Families

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The city of Tulsa manages over 130 parks, and 31 of them offer water playgrounds. Just think – that’s a splash pad for every day of the month, all right here in Tulsa.

It’s also a lot of water park to navigate all on your little lonesome. To help out, a certain kiddo would like to offer his guide to Tulsa splash pads to all of you – he just loves to be of service.

Take it away, son!

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Thanks, Mom. I’ll just jump right in.

Step 1: Survey the crowd.

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It’s important for a kid to get a lay of the social land in play at any given splash pad. You want to be sure to identify the cool kids, right? And you want to be able to befriend them, don’t you? After all, no one wants to start things off on the wrong foot. It’d be social suicide, man.

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A crucial step for the guys: You gotta scope out the ladies.

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If you find one who is extra fine, don’t be afraid to tell her so. After all, with all of the different splash pads in town, what are the odds the two of you will meet up again at the same one, at the same time?

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Life is short, people. Play hard.

Step 2: Test all water spouts.

There are a few ways to go about this. I always like to start with a good, old-fashioned finger poke.

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Again, it’s all about getting things started on the right foot.

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Next, give the spout a good splash.

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If all seems to be in order, up the ante with a good stomp.

Gentle at first…

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…then good and strong.

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That’s the ticket.

Be sure not to neglect the other parts of the water park. It’s your responsibility as a kid to thoroughly test the entire splash pad. Leave no stone – or, spout, as it were – unturned. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond.

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Or down and deep.

Very deep.

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While this spout testing stuff is hard work, it’s okay to enjoy your job.

And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Step 3: Test the quality of the water.

This is most easily done by getting as close to the water as possible.

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Don’t be shy. No one was ever give the corner nursery for being timid.

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For optimal water testing, really get up close and personal with the stuff.

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Yeah. Like that.

If you’ve done your job well, and if you’ve completed all three of these techniques for optimal splash pad use, by the time Mom or Dad or Grandma says it’s time to call it a day, you should look a little something like this:

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Happy. Tired. Hungry.

And above all, absolutely soaked to the bone. It’s the ultimate sign of a splash pad inspection job well done.

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8 Comments to A Tulsa Kid’s Splash Pad How-To

  1. Angie

    On June 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm


    Which splash pad is this? We just moved to Tulsa and have started visiting a couple of parks.

  2. myletterstoemily

    On June 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm


    in a city THIS hot, we need that many water parks!
    my father in law has been on the park board forever
    and loves it.

  3. Anonymous

    On June 27, 2010 at 3:32 am


    This is the one at 41st and Riverside I believe.

  4. Gigi

    On June 27, 2010 at 3:40 am


    My little baby sweetheart. He is so focused on whatever he's doing in the moment. Love that! He reminds me to be as a child in my own play.

  5. Lisa

    On August 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm


    I’m visiting family in Tulsa next week and plan to add a splash pad visit to my list of activities for my kids, should be awesome!

    Splash Pads

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