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Splash into some local paddling pools

Part of the fun of being a kid in summer is splashing in and around the water and just having a ball. Christchurch is lucky enough to have council run free splash pools open during the summer months for little ones to get in and enjoy themselves. Pack a picnic, grab the family and head down to your local. A couple of note are:

Botanic Gardens 

This is one of the largest paddling pools in the city. With a good sized main pool and another for the real littlies this is always a good option for a warm Christchurch day. Show me how to get here.

New Brighton Beachside Playground  

An awesome playground with a mix of traditional and new, wet and dry play equipment, a waka made of sustainable timber and a large whale for climbing and sliding on in the paddling pool. Located just off the beach, it's a great option when the wind is a little bit gusty right on the foreshore – especially for an adventurous toddler! Show me how to get here.

Abberley Park 

In the heart of St Albans, this park houses more than a super fun pool for your kids. It has a children’s playground, mature trees (some dating back to the 1860’s) and a scented garden that all add to a wider appreciation of this suburban haven. Show me how to get here.

Other council run paddling pools:

Note: Children need to be supervised at all times as there are no lifeguards.

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