When you're an adult, your idea of keeping cool is generally by kicking it in some cool A/C, with some Netfilx and possibly an adult beverage. However, your kids have something else in mind. It's summer time, it's sunny and hot and they want to be outside playing with their friends.

However, on these extremely hot days, you might be a little more cautious. Limit their time outdoors, make sure they're drinking plenty of water and don't forget the sunscreen.  If they're dying to get to the beach, pool or water park but you don't have the money or access, you can always take them to one of the following locations below to splash around in an automatic spray pad.

According to WREX, automatic spray pads (park sprinklers) can be activated by the push of a button from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  You can find them here:

Beattie Playground (1251 Rural Street, Rockford, IL)
Bloom School Playground (2901 Pelham Road, Rockford, IL)
Brown Park (2010 North Main Street, Rockford, IL)
Churchill Park (2002 7th Avenue, Rockford, IL)
Harmon Park (1924 East Gate Parkway, Rockford, IL)
Keye-Mallquist Park (1702 11th Street, Rockford, IL)
Liberty Park (1555 Morgan Street, Rockford, IL)
Mandeville Park (650 Montague Road, Rockford, IL)
S. Henrietta Park (527 S. Henrietta Street, Rockford, IL)
Washington Park (3617 Delaware Street, Rockford, IL)

Did anyone else not know that these park sprinklers existed? This is very cool. Reminds me of the days when the fire department would come to our neighborhood and turn on the fire hydrants and we'd splash and play in the water pouring out into the streets.

If you'd like further information about a specific spray pad, you can call RPD Customer Service at 815-987-8800.

Stay cool.