Pool Party Games
Swimming Pool Games
One of my kids favorite pool games. Choose a person to be "it". "It" stands on the side of the pool with their back to the other swimmers who are lined up in the water on the same side of the pool as "it".
Players choose a color and keep it to themselves. "It" begins to call out colors one at a time. If a players color is called out they must try and make it to the other side of the pool as quietly as they can.
If "it" hears them swimming then they can dive into the pool and try and tag a player.
If "it" turns around and the players still have a hand on the side of the pool then "it" must take a step away from the edge and start again. If "it" catches a swimmer then the swimmer becomes the new "it".
Octopus Pool Game
Choose a person to be "it". They stand in the middle of the pool. Players line up on one side of the pool and try and swim to the other side without being tagged. The players who are tagged hold hands with "it" and for the next round all the players holding hands try and tag the swimmers as they try and make it to the other end of the pool. Keep going until all players have been tagged - then choose another "it" and start again. Lots of fun!
Select 2 players to sit on a blow up raft in the middle of the pool. Give each one a pool noodle and have them joust with the noodles and try and get each other off the raft. The winner takes on the next player.
Have fun inside and outside the swimming pool with these fun Pool Noodle Games .
Choose someone to be "it" They close their eyes and try and tag the other players. Whenever "it" calls out "Marco", the players must answer "Polo". If "it" tags a player then that player becomes "it". If you allow players to get out of the pool while playing the game then if "it" calls out "Fish out of water!" and there is someone outside the water then that person becomes "it". If there is more then 1 person outside of the water then "it" gets to choose who takes their place.
Jump or Dive
Players line up on the side of the pool and one person stands away from them in the water. All players must jump into the pool on the word "go". The person in the pool calls out "Jump!" or "Dive" and the players must try and obey the command while in the air. If they do the wrong command they must sit out.
Use a splash ball or large sponge for "it" to tag other players. Throw the ball or sponge and whoever "it" hits becomes the new "it".
Ping Pong Scramble
Players form a large circle in the pool and scramble to collect ping pong balls and place them in their container. Dump a large container of ping pong balls in the middle of the players circle. Whoever collects the most balls wins! Have them collect them in different colored laundry baskets or buckets that are placed on the edge of the pool. Great for individual or team play. Variation: Before the party use a permanent marker to give each ping pong ball a point value. The team with the highest score wins. Or place a small colored dot on each ball in different colors. Teams must only collect the balls with their color.
Dunk a 2 shirts in water and freeze in gallon size storage bags. During your birthday party take the shirts out and divide your friends into 2 groups. Each group is racing to thaw and put on the shirt. You can use anything in the yard to thaw it: hose, pool, slam it on the pavement, use your hands, breath on it, etc. Every 15 seconds you switch the person thawing the shirt. Have someone shout out "switch" every 15 seconds. The first one team to thaw it and puts it one one of their teammates wins. *This would be a great game to play while it is hot outside and before you play the Soaked Shirt Relay below.
Soaked Shirt Relay
Fun pool game and relay for all ages. Teams line up on one side of the pool. They must put on a large t-shirt and swim to the other side of the pool and back. Then take off the wet shirt and the next player must put it on and swim to the other side of the pool and back. Keep going until all players have completed the task - first team done wins. The shirt is very hard to get on and off while it is wet. Variation: Add other items that the players must put on such as a diving mask, flippers, shorts, bathing cap, nose plugs, pool ring ... etc.
Watermelon Push Relay
Funny relay race for individuals or teams. Players must push a watermelon from one end of the pool to the other without touching the bottom of the pool with their feet. To make it extra difficult rub Vaseline on the watermelons to make them extra slippery.
Water Freeze Tag
Choose a person to be "it". "It" tags players and once tagged the player must freeze where they are. Other players can unfreeze them by swimming under their legs. When all players are tagged then "it" chooses a player to be the new "it".
Water Balloon Toss
Water balloon tosses are even more fun in the pool. Separate players into teams and have them toss water balloons back and forth. Start with players close to each other and after each round have each player step back. If the balloon pops then that team is out. (Be safe -- pick up broken balloon pieces right away and keep away from small children.)
See our whole page of water balloon games for kids.
Line players up in a single file line. Have an adult stand at the side of the pool (or in the water) and throw a beach ball up so that the players must jump to catch it. Variation: Have the adult call out an animal and the kids must act out that S E A H O R S E
Played just like the basketball game H O R S E only using a water basketball hoop.
Make up fun relay races for 2 teams of players to complete. Players take turns going from one side of the pool to the other doing crazy requests such as:
Riding a pool float
Crawling on the bottom of the pool
Splash and Water Games
Our favorite Splash and Water Games for swimming pool parties. Keep everyone cool with these fun games for all ages.
Summer Outdoor Fun Games
Water balloons, squirt guns, hula hoops, pool noodles, and more of the best summer outdoor games.
Party games for ages 7, 8 and 9 years old
Party Games for 5 and 6 year olds
Birthday games for ages 10, 11, 12
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