Skip to main content

Splashpad in Derry, New Hampshire

Splashpads are all the rage in certain parts of the country, but they’re uncommon here in northern New England.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
Image placeholder title

I was ecstatic a couple of years ago when I discovered the Splashpad at Don Ball Park in Derry, New Hampshire. That’s right down the road!

If you’ve never been to a splashpad here are some things to keep in mind. First, you’re going to get wet, so plan on it. There is mist and water squirting everywhere, so don’t expect to stay dry. Wear something appropriate so that you won’t be either embarrassed (avoid white) or frustrated (like your super expensive sandals getting soaked).

Image placeholder title
Scroll to Continue

Recommended for You

Second, if you have really little ones, like I did on our first visit, take a few minutes to watch the pad function. The last thing you want is your toddler running around, having a blast, only to be knocked down by a sudden geyser of water that you hadn’t anticipated. The splashpad in Derry had more little kid-friendly features around the edges of the pad.

Third, keep dry a second set of dry towels in the car. The towels we took with us to the pad got soaked. We were glad we had another set in the car to wrap the kids in and to sit on on the way home.

Finally, some Don Ball Park specific advice. The playground there is awesome. Except for small children. There are bridges, places to climb, and slides that are quite high up in the air. I was so nervous, knowing that if one of my kids fell they’d break a bone for sure. In the end, the thing that got them was the biggest slide. It was so tall, and their little bodies flew down it so quickly that they couldn’t control landings and ended up hurting themselves. So have fun, but beware!


Image placeholder title

Experiencing New England

Friends, it turns out we’re leaving New England.

Apple Picking in New England

There are few things more quintessential New England than apple picking.

Image placeholder title

What to Look for in Swimming Lessons

Our New England weather is no indicator this week, but summer is rapidly approaching.

Image placeholder title

Boston Freedom Trail

When we have company come into town we always plan to take them on the Boston Freedom Trail

Image placeholder title

Hobo Railroad

There are so many great things about fall in New England.

Image placeholder title

Manchester Fun in the Sun

The City of Manchester, NH provides a free summer day camp, Fun in the Sun, for children ages 6-12.

Image placeholder title

Ski School at McIntyre Ski Area

One of the coolest things about Manchester, NH is the ski area in the middle of the city.

Image placeholder title

Hosting Foreign Exchange Students

Have you considered hosting an exchange student?