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Best Kids’ Cool Down

  • Splash Pad in Prospect Park

    LeFrak Center at Lakeside, 171 East Dr., Lefferts Gardens; 718-462-0010

    Currently an ice-skating complex, come spring, Lakeside transforms into a roller rink and an immersive sprinkler system that offers the most refreshing free full-body soak this side of a public pool. Unveiled last May, and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 41 jets blast water in unpredictable patterns, so kids don’t know when they’ll get doused. The under-age-12 rule is strictly enforced, so parents need not worry about rowdy teens as they watch their tykes from shaded sideline seating or the nearby Bluestone Café.

From the 2015 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine