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Mom I'm Bored: City parks

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This is a continuing series of fun, affordable things parents can do with their kids. Check back for more stories from April Kellogg.

At the Springhill Park and Community Center, you'll find circles that spray water, trees that will soak you - and yes, don't be surprised if you see water shooting up from the ground.

"It is a hidden gem. It sits in the center of Sulphur Springs," said Jessica Perez of City of Tampa Parks and Recreation.

The park is one of Tampa's newest parks.

"In the summer time, as well as into the fall, we can use those splash pads and just get a little wet and have a little fun," Perezsaid.

The City of Tampa has 178 parks and 23 community centers. And let me tell you our parks of today are a lot more than just slides and swings.

Marie Blackford is mother of two.

"My daughter who is seven has been involved with the parks department since she was three," she said.

Parents say the camps and activities are all great, inexpensive ways to keep your kids active.

"They have programs for everyone. The cost is so affordable, and we love the city of Tampa," Blackford said.

And each facility is a little different from the next. In fact, this one even has a black box movie theatre - perfect for rainy days.

"It's not roll out the ball and go out and play kick ball. We have tons of programming elements. What's really been awesome is seeing that diversity," Perez said.

Getting drenched from head to toe is completely optional, but good luck talking your child into opting out of the splash pads!

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