This pirate themed splash pad features a pirate tipping bucket, a dragon spray and tons of jets and fountains to keep cool. There is also a gazebo right beside the splash pad which is perfect to take a break from the sun!
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Not to be confused with Millennium Park down the street, Millennium Water Park is a newly renovated playground and splash pad on the East end of Ottawa.
It’s fairly easy to get to, simply exit the Highway and follow Trim road until you reach Millennium Blvd. The Water Park and Play ground share a parking lot with OC Transpo Millennium Park and Ride, which means there is plenty of parking for everyone. And it’s free.
There are public washrooms right across the road, and the Cumberland Millennium Sports Park.
The water park is large enough to accommodate a large number of kids and still feel like there is plenty of room for everyone. All of the structures are spread out across the pad so nothing is too close together.
We really enjoyed that there was a dedicated section for the younger kids. Parents don’t need to worry about finding something that interests the little ones while also keeping them safe from the bigger kids as they run around in the water.
While the infants area isn’t strictly for little ones, the water features there don’t attract the bigger kids, although everyone is able to run about the water park as they please.
The Water Park and Playground only has a single gazebo with a picnic table. There are benches surrounding both parks so there is plenty of seating but not much shade from the hot sun.
We bring our beach tent, as have many other parents. We do want to mention that the surrounding grass is a little rocky and not conducive to tent pegs. We discovered that setting up to the right of the tree behind the water park is much softer than on the left.
Bringing a beach umbrella is the same problem, but we found most parents just held on to the umbrella and sat comfortably at a park bench.
The best part of the Millennium water park is the tipping pirate bucket. At least once every 15 minutes, the bucket fills and tips over. The children love gathering up their friends and standing directly within the path of the dropping water.
Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and cold water. There is a water fountain next to the gazebo. The kids were running a lot on the hard pavement so I would recommend they wear some form of foot protection.
As I mentioned, there isn’t much shade so be sure to wear a sun hat, UV swim shirt and plenty of sunscreen.
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