In preparation for summer, Shawnee Splash Water Park, at 100 E. Highland, is hosting an ice cream social from noon to 4 p.m. today where staff will offer early sign-ups for season passes and/or swim lessons.

In preparation for summer, Shawnee Splash Water Park, at 100 E. Highland, is hosting an ice cream social from noon to 4 p.m. today where staff will offer early sign-ups for season passes and/or swim lessons.

The water park is set to officially open for the season at noon Friday.

Shawnee’s two outdoor, aquatic facilities operate during the summer months. The smaller splash pad — and its sibling at Boy Scout Park — is free and already in service.

Recreation Manager Kerri Foster said she and her staff cannot be more excited.

“It is so hot already this season, we hope that everyone comes out to enjoy the waterpark,” she said.

The Splash has a few changes, as well as additions to the snack shack area and menu, she said.

“We hope to make our patrons' experience better than ever,” she said.

This is the fourth season for the water park at Woodland Veterans Park.

According to the website, the Splash is the largest outdoor municipal water park in the area. Some of its features are: two water slides, a 25-yard competition pool –– with log roll and climbing wall –– interactive leisure pool –– which includes a lazy river pool, play structure and a large dumping bucket. The 241,000-gallon diving well includes two diving boards and a large climbing wall.

According to the City of Shawnee website, at shawneeok.org, daily admission into the Water Park is: 55+ Seniors - $5; 18+ Adults - $6; Youth ages 3-17 - $5; and 2 years old and younger are free. Season passes and group rates also are available.

Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Season pass holders may enter early — at 11 a.m. Saturdays; Sundays are open from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Twilight hours, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., offer half-price admission.

Briscoe Boy Scout Park Splash Pad, at the corner of Main and Pesotum, has various water features as well.

Coming up in June

‒ Sunday, June 3 — Good Grade Entry Day, noon. Bring your report card showing all As, Bs or Cs and get a free day of swimming at the Splash.

‒ Friday, June 8 — Teen Night, 8 p.m. For ages 13-19 only. Cost for entry $5.

‒ Tuesday, June 12 — Teacher Appreciation Day, noon. Free entry for teachers with ID or proof of employment.

‒ Sunday, June 17 — Dads Day, 1 p.m. Dads enter free with one child.

‒ Saturday, June 23 — Sensitive/Sensory Swim, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Exclusive pool time without the daily crowds.

‒ Friday, June 29 — Family Movie Night, The Little Mermaid, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost for entry is $6.

‒ Saturday, June 30 — Adult Swim 21+, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost for entry is $6.

Coming up in July

‒ Wednesday, July 4 — Military Appreciation Day, noon to 4 p.m. Free entry for anyone with a military ID.

‒ Sunday, July 8 — Grandparent Day, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free entry for grandparents that bring one grandchild or more.

‒ Saturday, July 14 — Family Movie Night, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. A classic movie will be shown. Cost for entry $6 — optional raft rental $5.

‒ Thursdays, July 19 — Basketball pickup, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event has no extra charge.

‒ Wednesday, July 25 — Christmas in July, noon to 8 p.m. Bring one can of non-expired food and get $1 off entry; there will also be games, quizzes and Christmas music.

‒ Thursday, July 26 —Basketball pickup, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event has no extra charge. Also, Season pass only, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

‒ Sunday, July 29 — Bookworm Reader Day, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get free entry when you bring your completed summer reading log.

Coming up in August

‒ Thursday, Aug. 2 — Basketball pickup, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event has no extra charge.

‒ Saturday, Aug. 4 — Teen Band Night, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Come enjoy a unique night of good music and fun swimming with your friends. For ages 13-19 only. Cost for entry is $10.

Wrapping up the season

Also, Doggie Dip Day is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Separate swim times will be based on the size of the dog.

For more information, call (405) 273-0700, visit shawneeok.org/splash, or check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/Shawnee Parks and Recreation.