With Labor Day fast approaching, there are only a few days left to enjoy one of my favorite summer activities – taking the kids to the sprinkler park at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. (Read more about Harbor Island Park here.)
When we arrived at Harbor Island Park, the day was already warm so we packed our strollers with towels and lunch and headed for the beach, about a five minute stroller ride away. The beach has a small roped in area for swimming, but the main attraction is the sprinkler area. My five-year-old immediately took off for the sprinklers while my three-year-old grabbed a bucket and shovel and joined her friends in the sand.
It’s amazing how sand and water can occupy my daughter and her friends for hours. They made “yucky soup” while me and my older daughter cooled off in the sprinklers. The sprays last a few minutes, so stop for a short break and go back on. Each time they change positions slightly and the kids had a blast guessing where the water would turn back on. In a few minutes I was soaked and it felt glorious.
When we were hungry, we left the beach and had a picnic on the grass. Chef Johnson’s Creole food truck was there for anyone who didn’t pack a lunch or needed an extra drink. There are also public bathrooms right on the beach complete with showers.
The perfect way to dry off is at the Harbor Island playground which overlooks the harbor. This extensive nautical themed playground has something for all ages including a pirate ship sandbox, lighthouse slide, ship jungle gym and more. My girls love converging in the light house because it’s too small for grown-ups. (I see them through the windows plotting something, but I can see all the exits!) There are also fun “flying saucer” swings and a large spinning disc.
After the playground, we were glad our car was parked steps away. We were tired, happy and just a little sandy.
Harbor Island Park is located on Mamaroneck Avenue and Post Road. The beach and sprinkler park are open until 5 pm every day until Labor Day. Parking for the park is $5 and the beach and sprinkler fee is $5 for adults and kids under 6 are free.
After leaving the park, don’t forget about Paleteria Fernandez for tropical popsicles and home made ice cream! Located at 350 Mamaroneck Avenue.