Even with the AC on full blast, staying cool in the summer can be quite the challenge. To keep from going stir crazy while trying to beat the heat, grab a swimsuit and head to a local splash park to cool off the fun way. Your kids will appreciate the time outside, and you’ll love the built in entertainment. The best part? They’re completely free! Read on for our five splash park picks in the OC that are perfect for keeping you and your brood cool all summer long.

Irvine Spectrum Outdoor Splash Fountains

After strolling and lunching at the Spectrum, let the little ones stay cool by frolicking in the splash fountains located near Target. Convenient benches and umbrellas surround the fountains so that you can enjoy a fun afternoon enjoying the outdoors.  There is also a brand new playground in the works right next to these fountains, which means double the fun!  Don’t forget to pack the bathing suits, sandals and sunscreen.

Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, Ca

Where is your fave OC spot to cool off?

–Sommy Rhee

Photos from: travelingmommy.com, trekaroo.com, minitipdawg.blogspot.com, foursquare.com, themagicofthemouse.blogspot.com, and Sommy herself