So I love splash pads. I love pools too, but with a very active toddler you have to watch him like a hawk and never not be holding him or else he will run straight into the pool. The splash pad though is so much more safe and less worry some for me. I can sit and chat while he runs wild through the water and have no fear or him drowning. He was timid at first and every time we went I had to play with him. Now he will run right in and thinks he is a big as the big kids around him. He screams and laughs and its so fun to watch him be so happy.