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My daughter really likes playing in the water when it gets hot outside, but we've had the worst luck with kiddie pools.  The local wildlife keeps getting into the backyard and tearing them up . . . or worse.

After the demise of our last kiddie pool I decided I'd try another route.  With a tape measure in hand, I scoped out the big old playground in our yard, hit the Home Depot, and two days later we had a water park, complete with a water slide!

Here's a quick video tour:



 
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Step 1: Planning and Parts

The big idea was to string a bunch of PVC pipes around our playground and attach sprayers every so often.  At one end there would be a place to attach the garden hose.

Since I was building mine around a playground that was already in place, I simply took a pen and paper and a tape measure outside and started measuring, marking, and noting down what sort of fixtures I'd need.  If I was planning a new playground, I'd have included this into the original design.

The final design required about 45 feet of 1/2" PVC, a number of 90 and 45 degree angles as well as three way splits and end caps.  Home Depot or Lowes or whoever should have a pretty big selection of these.  I didn't know it, but garden hoses have a different thread than standard 3/4" pipe thread, but they've got an adapter for that too. 

I found the sprinkler heads further down the same aisle.  I guess they're designed for those below ground watering systems, but they worked just fine for me!

The final thing you'll need is PVC cement and primer.  I bought the smallest cans of them that I could, and there's enough in there to last me until the sun explodes.
This reminds me of something my dad would have done for me as a kid!
*thumbs up* ^_^
also to comment on the unsafe criticism... Unsafe? idk about unsafe... Play with Caution Maybe..
i think just like at any water play area for children anywhere its a Given "common sense" type of Rule to Watch the kids closely and assist them (because its slippery) when they need it..
luvit4 years ago
i think this is unsafe. you have full time life guards, no doubt.
Very witty of you, "you have full time life guards, no doubt". I wouldn't call that constructive per se. Perhaps a comment like "hey, you should have rubber pads at the top of the slides" or something of that caliber would be better interpreted. hmm... (i like what you did for your child depotdevoid) [plus {luvit} i doubt shes/hes out there unsupervised by her/his Dad anyways... which im sure could "dive in" if anything were to happen. i don't know, thats what i think... Thanks
you wrote a lot of words with many punctuation & symbols. sweet.
l8nite4 years ago
I hope you have well water or that could get expensive ! Fantasic idea
depotdevoid (author)  l8nite4 years ago
Thanks l8nite!
Nice! I inadvertently did this to my kids clubhouse (http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Clubhouse/). I put the Kidwash (http://www.instructables.com/id/KidWash-2-PVC-Sprinkler-Water-Toy/) on the roof for some emergency irrigation and it worked out okay for playing also. I like yous version better - there's actual planning here! Be careful though; if you keep watering the kids they'll grow out of their clothes too fast!
depotdevoid (author)  balloondoggle4 years ago
Thanks for the comments, and nice clubhouse! I've been thinking of tearing out the playground and replacing it with something along those lines--my daughter thinks she's too big for it now (too much watering I guess).
ElvenChild4 years ago
update voted and subscribed
depotdevoid (author)  ElvenChild4 years ago
Muchas Gracias!
de nada
Typogoddess4 years ago
i voted :)
depotdevoid (author)  Typogoddess4 years ago
Awesome, thanks so much!
ElvenChild4 years ago
awesome ill vote
depotdevoid (author)  ElvenChild4 years ago
Thanks a lot! I'm really hoping for the camera, mine just broke!
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It's entered!