QUEENS — Temperatures are set to soar Monday, and for neighborhoods without public swimming pools and that are far from the beach, sprinklers are the best option for kids to cool off and have fun.
Central Queens features only a handful of sprinklers, which makes them popular attractions at the playgrounds where they are located.
DNAinfo has looked for the best sprinklers in the area, from Rego Park to Jamaica.
Katzman Playground at Yellowstone Park, Yellowstone Boulevard and 68th Avenue
This small playground within a leafy park has one of the nicest sprinklers in the area.
Water rains down from four red hoop-shaped spray showers drenching happy kids passing underneath.
“The design is amazing and it’s suitable for little children,” said Jessica Zayes who came to the playground with her 5-year-old daughter Alexandra.
While kids are having fun, their parents can sit on a concrete fence around the sprinkler or on nearby benches.
The park also features basketball courts, game tables and swings for tots.
Parents say they prefer this sprinkler to the one at nearby Annadale Playground, located only a couple of blocks away, between 64th Road and 65th Avenue, which features an old-fashioned sprinkler, streaming water upwards from a single nozzle.
Russell Sage Playground, Booth Street between 68th Avenue and 68th Drive
This playground, named after the adjacent Russell Sage School, boasts a modern sprinkler, which consists of four blue poles, each ending in a hook-shaped shower, and two half rings which also spray water on kids running around.
Not all of the features always work, but even then kids still have tons of fun, parents said.
“This sprinkler is awesome,” said Joe Orell, who came to the playground with his two children, 4-year-old Elizabeth and 2-year-old Jake.
While children are playing, parents can sit on nearby benches.
The playground also features a small basketball court, drinking fountains, climbing equipment and swings divided into sections for younger and older kids.
Sobelsohn Playground in Forest Park, Park Lane South and Abingdon Road
Sobelsohn Playground, located within Forest Park, is a great place to relax, even when it’s really hot outside. Large trees provide shade allowing parents to enjoy their time as their kids run around three frog-shaped sprinklers. The water sprays from the frogs’ mouths.
The sprinkler was retrofitted with a timer. The system automatically shuts off the showers after two minutes and kids or their parents have to push an activation button to restart the flow.
Parents say the area can get crowded in the summertime, but it’s still enjoyable.
Hoover – Manton Playgrounds, Manton Street and Hoover Avenue
The playground, located in 5.2-acre Hoover Park along Manton Street, is adjacent to Archbishop Molloy High School.
It provides lots of options for kids, including two classic stone sprinklers located approximately 20 feet apart, which spritz water towards one another while kids frolic in between.
The playground also features swings, as well as basketball and handball courts.
Parents can sit on benches and relax in the shade provided by large trees.
Rufus King Park Playground , Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street
The playground located in Rufus King Park often gets crowded, but parents say they like to come here because of the large park around it.
The park has two concrete sprinklers with a blue-painted asphalt mimicking the ocean and various fish.
“I wish it had more sprinklers,” said Alexandra Santos, who came to the playground with her two daughters, six-year-old Alexa and nine-year-old Carla. “But we like to come here,” she added. “The park is really nice.”
The playground also features swings and handball courts.
One of the park's most popular attractions is The King Manor Museum, which was once the home of Rufus King, a distinguished lawyer and politician.