Summer Fun: Pool Games

swimming-poolMaking it to the pool every day is one of the best parts of summer! But after a few weeks, even swimming under the sun can get a little stale. To mix things up, try weaving a few fun games into your pool routine to refresh your kids’ love of water. Here are 4 pool games to try.

Greased Watermelon This one is good for older kids who can easily pick up a watermelon. What you do is take a scoop of petroleum jelly and rub it all over a medium-sized watermelon — be careful! It’s meant to be slippery. When it’s grease and ready to go, toss it in the pool. Then, on a count of three, everyone jumps in the pool to go after the watermelon. The person who can put it on dry land is the winner. (Quick note: this one should be done in a private pool — you don’t want to get petroleum jelly and watermelon in your neighborhood pool)

swimming-poolBobbing Heads This game is similar to whack-a-mole — only the moles are swimmers bobbing in and out of the water and instead of whacking them with a soft mallet, the “it” person tries to bounce a beach ball off their heads before they go back under water. Once a person has been tagged by a beach ball, he is out. The last one tagged can choose the next “it” person.

Under the Radar For this one, you’ll need several clear, plastic water bottles with lids. Fill each bottle with water making sure there are no air bubbles. Divide players into teams, leaving one person to be the submarine to shoot off the torpedoes (the plastic water bottles). Have all the players on the edge of the pool turn away while the submarine tosses the torpedoes into the water. After the last bottle goes under water, blow a whistle to signal the other players to get in the water to collect as many bottles as they can for their team. The team with the most bottles wins.

swimming-poolSubmarine Races This one is for more experienced swimmers. Divide the swimmers into two groups — one half goes to one end of the pool and the other half goes to the other side. Select an “it” person to stand in the middle of the pool. Select another person to be the referee. The referee signals the swimmers from one side of the pool to swim across — but they have to do it without being tagged by the “it” person. If a person is tagged he joins the “it” person in the middle of the pool. Repeat this until there’s only one free swimmer left — that person is it for the next round.

In or out of the pool, we’re celebrating summer here at LTD! From outdoor parties to water toys, we have what you need to make this summer a blast.

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