The Myriad Gardens Thunder Splash Pad is literately the best place to be in Oklahoma City if you want free summer entertainment.
There are two splash pads: a complex structure right outside the gates of the children's museum and a simpler fountain on the other side of the Crystal Bridge. We start off at the children's museum since I park (for free) on the corner of Reno and Harvey. This splash pad goes through a cycle of different water movements that Owen, who seems to hate change, finds annoying. The splash pad on the other side of the Crystal Bridge is much more subdued and baby-friendly.
But a good summer spot isn't complete if only the kids are having fun. The reason the Thunder Splash Pad really knocks it out of the park is because of the conveniences for the ones who brought the kids there. Plenty of places to sit in the shade, clean and close bathrooms, and even a place to grab lunch! I only wish there were more trash cans.
The Thunder Splash Pad is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and located on the grounds of the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Children who wear diapers must wear swim diapers. (Thank God!)