20 Fun Swimming Pool Games for Kids

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How to play pool games with some crazy fun activities for kids.  The summer is the best time to play swimming pool games!  Of course, you can just swim for fun, but here are some fun pool games so that you can enjoy the pool with tons of water games, racing games,  and even games for swimming lessons.

Water Games
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Water Games


1.  DIY Sponge Ball Water Tag ~ Instead of a water balloon fight, try these DIY sponge balls! No need to pick up balloon pieces after the big fight, just collect the sponge balls and save them for the next round!

2.  Marco Polo ~ Probably the most famous pool game, this is tag with “it’s” eyes closes. It calls “MARCO”, everyone else yells back “POLO” so that the “it” can “hear” where everyone is to try to tag them.

3.  Atomic Whirlpool ~ Line up single file along the edge of the pool in the shallow end. Walk for a couple of minutes, then jog for a couple of minutes, then “run” around the edge another couple of minutes. The current will “carry” them around the pool. Now have them go against the current and see if they can. {{they shouldn’t be able to}}

funny pool games

Funny Games for Entertaining

3.  Watermelon Push Relay ~ Funny relay race for one person or for teams. Push a watermelon from one end of the pool to the other without touching the bottom of the pool with their feet.   It’s harder than it seems.  {wink}

4.  Belly Flop Contest ~ I’m not sure why anyone would want to have one of these, but kids seem to adore them. They belly flop into the water and best flop wins. Easy peasy.

5.  Popsicle ~ This is like freeze tag for the pool.  One person is it and tries to tag the other players. If a player is tagged, they must stand frozen like a popsicle (with hands straight in the air) until another player thaws them by swimming between the players legs. Change the “it” person every few minutes.

6.  Canon Ball ~ Fold your legs up to your chest and wrap your arms around them holding your body in a ball while jumping into the pool making the biggest and best splash you can. The winner is the one with the best splash.

 Games for Swimming Lessons

7.  Submarine Race ~ See who can race the farthest underwater holding your breath.

adult pool games

Adult Swim Game

8.  Noodle Jousting ~ Grab a two noodles and two pool rafts.  Participants sit on rafts and then “jousts” until one falls off the rafts.  Super fun.

9.  Chicken Fight ~ This one is dangerous in my opinion. Four people are required. One gets on the other others shoulders and the other team does the same. They square off and then the two top people try to knock each other off.

Swimming Games

10. Shark ~  This is basically water “tag”.  The “shark” is “it”, and they have to swim around until they tag someone and they become the shark.  Make up your own rules just like in tag.

11.  Ping Pong ~ Ping Pong Balls won’t sink so you can play games with them on the surface of the water.  Use your imagination and make up all sorts of games.

Diving Games

Diving Games

12.  Wishing Pond ~ One of my favorite games, ever, this is where you get to dive for treasure.  Parents throw a bunch of loose coins into the pool and you get to dive for them.

13.  Scavenger Hunt ~ Throw pairs of items in the pool like 2 diving sticks, 2 coins, 2 pool noodles, 2 pool rings, etc.)  Have teams try to collect one of each item.  First team to collect one of each wins.

14.  Invisi-bottles ~ I think this is a newer pool game invention, but it’s tons of fun. Fill water bottles with pool water, cap off with while lid, and then hide on the bottom of the pool. Then have kids “find” the bottles. It’s harder than you’d think, especially if you have a truly “deep” end

Water Games for Little Kids

Water Games for Kids

15.  Bobbing Heads ~ One player is “it” and the other players and “bobbers”.  The “bobbers” must not cross their line and the “it” person tries to hit them with a pool noodle while they bob up and down in the water.

16.  Colors ~ One person is “it”. They stand with their back to the other player (who are across the pool) and call out colors.  If the players color is called they must silently start swimming towards the “it” player and try to touch the wall without being tagged.  If they get tagged, they are “it”.

17.  Duck Push ~  This is a great game for a party.  Put 3-4 players at one end of the pool and give them one rubber duck each.  When you say go, they must use their nose to push the duck to the other end of the pool. Another variation is that they can “blow” the duck forward.  First to get their duck to the other side wins.

18.  F.I.S.H ~  F.I.S.H is like P.I.G. in basketball.  The first player performs a task and the other players must replicate that task.  If they can’t, they take the first letter in the word.  First one to spell F.I.S.H loses.

19.  Follow the Swimmer ~  Super fun for kids, this is a game where the “followers” must copy the leader exactly.  If they don’t, they get picked off.  Pick a “watcher” to eliminate the kids who don’t follow the leader exactly.  

Games for Girls

20.  Splash Dance ~ Have swimmers or teams choreograph water ballets to their favorite pop songs.  They can get super creative with props.  Invite friends and family over for a show!

20 Fun Swimming Pool Games for Kids

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Your kiddos won't get bored swimming with these 20 Fun Swimming Pool Games for Kids! Perfect for parties, too!

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