3. Jumping Jewels
Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Road, Springfield
True fact: Trekking through the zoo can be a hot and sticky experience during the peak of summer. There’s a lot of walking, a lot of sun and a lot of humidity. But kids can take a break from that at the Jumping Jewels splash fountain with leaping jets of water.
4. Coconut Cove
White Water, 3505 W. Highway 76, Branson
This splash zone is a littler kid escape from the bigger kid waterslides at White Water. It features water blasters, buckets that pour water on adventuresome kids, spraying fountains and five low-key slides.
5. Woods Fork Creek
Busiek State Forest, 5 State Highway 65, Highlandville
It’s not technically a splash zone, but it is a place where we and our kids love to splash around. Find a private spot on a gravel bar for your family, and spend the day dipping your toes in cool water and picking up rocks to search for crawdads underneath. The water is clear and shallow enough for a carefree day of wading in the sun.