A backyard pool can be a refreshing escape from the summer heat, but also a fantastic opportunity for family bonding and fun. We’ve already done one article on exciting pool games for kids and by popular demand, we’re back with more ideas for the whole family!
If you’re looking to make the most of your pool time, here’s a treasure trove of entertaining pool games and activities that the whole family can enjoy. From classics to creative twists, these games will turn your pool into a hub of laughter and excitement. So without further delay, let’s dive in!
Water Balloon Toss
Fill up water balloons and gather the family in the pool for a friendly water balloon toss. Stand a few feet apart and take turns tossing the balloons back and forth. The goal is to catch without breaking. Prepare for some epic splashes when balloons inevitably burst!
Create a treasure hunt by tossing coins, colorful diving rings, or other waterproof objects into the pool. Give each family member a list of items to find. The first one to collect all the treasures wins a prize. It’s a fantastic way to encourage swimming and diving skills.
Noodle jousting combines pool noodles and balance. Each family member sits on their own inflatable raft, armed with a pool noodle “lance.” The goal is to knock opponents off their rafts while staying afloat yourself. The last one floating is the victorious jouster.
Who can make the biggest splash? Have a cannonball contest where each family member takes turns executing their best cannonball jump into the pool. You can even have judges rate each cannonball on style and splash factor.
Challenge each other to underwater races. Set up a start and finish line, and see who can swim the farthest underwater without coming up for air. It’s an excellent way to improve lung capacity and swimming skills.
Shark in the Pool
Similar to “Sharks and Minnows,” one family member becomes the “shark” and stands in the center of the pool. The rest are “minnows” and start from one end. The shark’s goal is to tag the minnows as they swim from one side to the other. Once tagged, minnows become sharks until there’s only one minnow left.
Enjoy a poolside picnic with family favorites like sandwiches, fruit, and snacks. Create a floating cooler by tying a pool noodle to a container to keep drinks and treats within arm’s reach while staying cool in the water.
Water Balloon Dodgeball
Combine dodgeball with water balloons for a refreshing twist on this classic game. Divide the family into two teams, and the objective is to hit opposing team members with water balloons without being hit yourself. When you’re hit, you’re out until the next round.
If you have a basketball hoop set up by the pool, engage in a friendly game of pool basketball. It’s a great way to improve shooting skills while enjoying the water. Adjust the hoop’s height for players of all ages.
Tug of War
Get a pool float or raft and play tug of war in the water. Two family members or teams can compete, and the goal is to pull the float or raft across a designated line. It’s a refreshing and exciting variation of the traditional game.
Looking for more? Check out our first article on kids’ pool games!
Your backyard pool is not just a place to cool off; it’s a source of endless family fun and memories waiting to be made. With these pool games and activities, you can turn your pool into a hub of excitement, laughter, and bonding. Whether you’re up for a classic game of Marco Polo or a thrilling water balloon dodgeball match, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your swimsuits and sunscreen, and let the poolside adventure begin!