Pool Party Games Sure To Make A Splash!
Fun And Fabulous Pool Party Games
For A Splashin' Good Time!
Water games are fun for any occasion. Whether you're having a big pool party or just a few friends over for a hot day swim, be sure to incorporate some water games to keep your guests cool and having fun.
To help you create a wet-n-wild good time for your guests, remember when selecting from any of the following pool games that the ones you choose are both appropriate for the age and the swim ability of everyone involved. So get to scrolling and see if anything floats to the top of your list for games to play.
POOL GAMES - BEACH BALL RELAY
- Divide your players into teams, move them to one end of the pool, and give each team a beach ball. When you say, "Go" the first player of each team shall use their head to push the beach ball to the other side of the pool and back to their teammates. Upon arrival, the next teammate repeats the process. Whichever team gets through all their teammates first, shall be the winners.
POOL PARTY GAMES - BOAT RACE
- You will need as many small plastic boats as you have players. Everyone starts at one side of the pool, blows their boat to the other side without touching it, and then blows their boat back to the starting line. Whoever returns to start first wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES - COIN TOSS
- Attach plastic cups to a board on the side of the pool with each child's name on a cup. Throw 10 times the amount of pennies as you have kids into the pool. On "Go," the kids jump in and dive down for one penny, which they bring back up, get out of the pool, and put into their container. Then they jump back in and repeat the process. Play continues for 2-5 minutes, whatever time you select. Whoever has the most pennies in their cup wins.
Throw a mixture of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and tell the players to dive in and get a specific amount of money, like $.93.
POOL PARTY GAMES - COLORS
- Choose a person to be "It" and have "It" stand poolside with their back to the players who are lined up in the pool on the same side as "It." Each player thinks of a color, and keeps it secret. "It" starts to call out colors, one at a time. When a player hears their color called out, they must quietly try to swim to the other side. If "It" thinks they hear someone swimming, they can turn around, dive in, and try to tag someone who is swimming. That person then becomes "It." If "It" turns around and no one is moving, then "It" must take a giant step away from the pool and start again.
POOL PARTY GAMES - DOG PADDLE RACE
- Divide the kids into teams and have them all start at one end of the pool. Kids race from one side to another while dog-paddling--no other swim stroke allowed. First team to get through all their teammates, wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES - FLOATING TREASURES
- Divide the kids into teams and have them all start at one end of the pool. Throw as many floating objects into the pool that you can find like rubber ducks, bath toys, ping-pong balls, boats, rings, sponges, etc. On "Go," players try to gather as many objects as they can. Whichever team has the most wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES - MARCO POLO
- Choose a person to be "It" and have "It" close their eyes and count to 10. Meanwhile, players scatter in the pool. "It" keeps his or her eyes closed and calls out "Marco" and the players respond "Polo." "It" tries to catch someone and when "It" does, the person caught becomes "It." No one is allowed to get out of the pool.
Allow players to get out of the pool, however, if they are out when "It" says, "Fish Out Of Water", the person out of the pool becomes "It." If more than one person is out of the pool, then "It" picks who will be "It."
POOL PARTY GAMES - NOODLE JOUST
- Choose 2 players to sit on a blow-up raft in the middle of the pool. Give them each a water noodle and have them joust until one player knocks the other off the raft. Winner takes on the next player.
POOL PARTY GAMES - NOODLE RACE
- Line up all the players on one side of the pool, give them each a water noodle and have them straddle it like a horse, and on "Go" have them race across the pool.
Divide players into teams and have a relay race.
POOL PARTY GAMES - PING PONG SCRAMBLE
- Attach plastic containers to a board on the side of the pool with each child's name on a container. All the players gather on one side of the pool. Throw in at least 10 times the number of balls, as there are players into the pool. On "Go," the players grab as many balls as they can and keep putting them into their container. when all the balls have been grabbed up the game is over. Whoever has the most balls wins.
Before party, mark all the balls with a number using a permanent marker and the person with the most points wins.
Label plastic buckets on side of pool for each team. Before party, mark all the balls with various colored permanent markers. Be sure you have equal numbers of each color. Divide the players into teams and on "Go," everyone tries to collect as many balls of their team color as possible. As necessary, they can deposit them into their team container. Whichever team collects all of their balls first, wins. In order to know when they have them all, they will have to either keep track or periodically count their balls.
Label plastic buckets on side of pool for each team. Divide the kids into 2 teams and on "Go," the first person from each team swims out and gets as many balls as they can, swims back to their container, gets out of pool and puts their balls into the container. Allow each person 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on size of pool. Meanwhile, their teammates yell to them how much time they have left. If they don't make it back in time before time is called, that person has to throw their balls back into the pool. Once a teammate successfully deposits their balls into their team's container, their next teammate repeats the process. Whoever gets through all their teammates first and has the most balls, wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES - RELAY RACES
- Divide kids into 2 teams. Players take turns going from one side of the pool and back doing various tasks like crawling on the bottom of the pool, walking on their hands, doing somersaults in the water, twirling, walking backwards, swimming backwards, etc.
POOL PARTY GAMES - SHARKS AND MINNOWS
- One player is the shark and starts in the pool. Everyone else is minnows and start outside of the pool. When the shark calls out "Minnows!" all the kids jump into the pool and try to swim to the other side without being tagged by the shark. If the shark tags someone, that person also becomes a shark. The last minnow left wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES - WATER BASKETBALL
- Ideally, set-up a water basketball game in the pool. Divide players into teams and start the game with the toss of the ball. Players proceed to try to get points by making a basket. Play to 21 or some other predetermined number. If you don't have a water basketball set, then use an inner tube or small hula hoop.
POOL PARTY GAMES - WATERMELON RELAY
- Divide the kids into teams and have them all start on one end of the pool. Give them each a watermelon. On "Go," the first person of each team pushes the watermelon to the other side and back without allowing their feet to touch the bottom of the pool. Play continues until one team completes the relay.
POOL PARTY GAMES - WET T-SHIRT RELAY (G-RATED)
- Divide the kids into 2 teams outside of the pool and give each team an extra-large wet t-shirt. On "Go," the first person of each team puts the wet t-shirt on over their bathing suit, jumps into the pool, swims to the other side of the pool, swims back to the starting line, removes the t-shirt, and their next teammate repeats the process. Whichever team finishes first, wins.
Have players put on other items like flippers, shorts, swim cap, nose plug, diving mask, socks, etc.
POOL PARTY GAMES - SPLASH BALL TAG
- Choose someone to be "It, give "It" a sponge or "splash" ball, and "It" tries to tag other players by throwing the ball or sponge at someone. Whoever is hit, is "It."
POOL PARTY GAMES USING WATER BALLOONS
WATER BALLOON TOSS #1
- Divide kids into teams and have them toss water balloons back and forth. After each round, have players a take step back. If balloon pops, that team is out.
WATER BALLOON TOSS #2
- Give each person a balloon fully filled with water. The winner is the person who can throw their balloon the highest in the air and catch it without it popping.
LEAKY BALLOON TOSS
- Have a supply of water balloons on hand. To start, poke a hole with a safety pin in a balloon, have players stand in a circle and toss the balloon to their neighbor. The object is to not be holding the balloon when it runs out of water.
WATER BALLOON VOLLEYBALL
- Set-up a volleyball net and use balloons half-filled with water. Have plenty of extras ready because replacement will be necessary. You will need to adjust the rules a bit for serving because hitting it too hard will definitely break it. For example, you might allow the initial serve to be a throw.
WATER BALLOON HOT POTATO
- Fill several large-sized water balloons. Have everyone sit in a circle and pass a water balloon around the circle while music plays. When the music stops from either the song being over or someone manually stopping it, whoever is holding the balloon must have it burst upon them. Then you start again with another balloon.
WATER BALLOON TRAMPOLINE
- Fill several large-sized water balloons. Have everyone grab a portion of a sheet, place a water balloon in the center of the sheet, bounce the balloon into the air and catch it with the sheet. If the balloon didn't break, add a second, third, etc. water balloon and repeat the process. If a balloon bursts, then you start over again.
WATER BALLOON LAUNCH
- Fill lots of balloons with water, break players into teams, and give each team a beach towel. Then someone launches a water balloon up in the air and the first team tries to catch it in their towel. The game becomes more difficult as the towel fills up with balloons. Once a team bursts a balloon, they are done. Count the balloons they were able to catch without breaking. The play continues with each of the teams. Whichever team catches the most balloons wins.
WATER BALLOON WAR
- Fill lots of balloons with water and split them between the teams. Then have the teams "war" with one another by throwing the balloons at the other teammates.
WATER BALLOON DODGE BALL
- Fill lots of balloons with water and split them between the teams. On "Go," everyone tries to hit their opposing teammates with a balloon. Once hit, that person is out of the game. Play continues until the water balloons run out. Whichever team has the most players still on the field is the winner.
- Divide everyone into teams and equip each team with lots of water balloons and a large t-shirt. A teammate from each team wears the t-shirt and their teammates stuff the shirt full of water balloons. Whichever teach uses the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner.
WATER BALLOON SHAVE
- This is a game for teenagers or adults. Give each person a razor and a water balloon covered with shaving cream. The winner is the person who shaves the most of their balloon before it explodes.
WATER BALLOON POP RACE
- Divide everyone into team with each person having a balloon. On "Go," the first person in each line runs to a lawn chair at the opposite end of the yard and sits on it. They then run back to their next teammate in line who repeats the process. Whichever team gets their teammates first wins.
WATER BALLOON TARGET PRACTICE
- Draw or hang a bulls eye on a fence. Divide everyone into teams. Take turns trying to hit the center with water balloons. Whichever team hits the most bulls eyes wins.
POOL PARTY GAMES: WATER GUN GAMES
- If you're looking for alternatives to pool party games, you might consider the following water gun games:
WATER GUN SOAK THE FLAG
- Divide everyone into teams, give them all water guns, buckets of water for refilling, and a flag which can be a piece of colored card stock tied to a tree or fence. The object of the game is for each team to protect their flag from getting wet. Once the flag is placed it cannot be moved. The first team to soak their opponent's flag wins.
SHOOT THE BALL
- Everyone lines up on one side of the yard with a water gun and a beach ball. On "Go," everyone shoots their walls with their water guns. Whoever gets their ball over the finish line first wins.
WATER GUN SHARP SHOOTER
- Stack empty soda cans or plastic cups in a pyramid, or line up empty water bottles on a fence rail or table. Have everyone start 5 to 10 feet away depending upon their age to try and shoot their targets down. Increase the distance with each round.
- Divide everyone into 2 teams and give them each a water gun. Instead of tackling a player, you squirt them. The longer you play, the wetter everyone will get and the harder it will be to hold onto the football.
SQUIRT GUN PAINTBALL
- Divide everyone into 2 teams, give them each a white t-shirt and a squirt gun with blue or red colored water (use food coloring). This game works best if there are trees, bushes, fences, etc. to hide behind. On "Go," everyone wages war and whoever is "hit" with the colored water, which will be easy to see on the white t-shirt, is out. Whichever team has the most un-hit teammates at the end of the game wins.
WATER GUN TAG
- You'll need 1 large water gun. Choose someone to be "It." Give "It" the water gun and on "Go," that person tries to squirt (tag) someone. Whoever gets squirted (tagged) becomes "It" and is given the water gun.
DUCK, DUCK, SQUIRT
- Select someone to be "It." Everyone sits in a circle and "It" goes around the circle tapping each player and calling each of them a "Duck" until they select someone to be "Squirt" at which time they squirt that person, run around the circle and back to the squirted player's position without getting tagged by the person squirted. If the squirter succeeds, they retain the water gun and repeat the process. If the squirter is caught by the person they squirted, then they must sit down in the circle.
Duck, Duck, Splash is played the same as Duck, Duck, Squirt except you use a small bucket of water.
- Divide guests into teams and give each team a water gun and bucket of water. Set up 3+ empty water bottles in a triangle for each team. Standing an age-appropriate distance from the "pins," on "Go," the first player of each team tries to knock over all of their bottles using a squirt gun. Once this is accomplished, they quickly set the bottles back up for the next player and give that person the water gun. Play continues until one team runs through all of their players.
WATER GUN PING PONG
- Fill a wading pool with water. Divide guests into 2 teams and give each team a water gun, a ping-pong, and a bucket of water. On "Go," the first player of each team tries to squirt their ping-pong ball to the other side of the pool. One this is accomplished, they quickly hand-off their ping-pong ball and squirt gun to their next teammate. Play continues until one team runs through all their players.
FIZZY NECKLACE TARGET
- Make a fizzy necklace using Soda Pop fizzy candy or Alka-Seltzer, by making a small hole through the center with a needle and running a string through it. Have everyone put their necklace on and when you say, "Go," everyone tries to dissolve the other players' necklaces by squirting them. Whichever player has the most necklace left at the end of the game wins. For safety, have everyone wear goggles so their eyes don't accidentally get squirted.
Pool party games are a perfect way to create a great party. Just remember to have enough adults to help out, plan your time accordingly, and implement a good mix of pool party games for a well-rounded event.
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