What could be better than a pool party? The answer, of course, is splash-tastic pool party games for teens, youth, kids & adults! Have a blast with these fun aquatic activities and pool party theme ideas.
Summer birthdays mean cooling off in the pool with fun pool party games! Whether you’re entertaining a group of five or 25, these ideas will create some splash-tastic fun. Enjoy these pool party themes and must have pool games that will make a splash at your next pool party.
What can I do at a pool party?
Adults and kids alike enjoy a dip in the pool on a hot day, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with activities that everyone will enjoy. Yes, many memories include flipping through a magazine listening to the latest pop songs… but do you remember any of those Seventeen magazine articles… I don’t!
Step up your pool party with some fun pool party activities and ideas.
- See who can make the biggest splash in a cannonball contest
- Lay on your favorite rafts and use a projector for a movie night in the pool
- Toss in glow sticks and enjoy swimming in the dark at night
- Have a dance challenge in the pool – no touching the bottom
- Have an extra beach towels, flip flops and sunscreen station for guests
- Have a lounge area with shade for those guests that like to relax
- Use low-cost pool party decorations including beach balls, tropical flowers, an inflatable palm tree and plastic flamingos
- Introduce some fun pool games to keep the mood lively
I’ve put together a list of exciting games to play at a pool party that are sure to get your guests moving and laughing. So dive into fun with these pool party games!
What are some fun games to play in the pool?
Ready for a list of fun pool games. Don’t be a fish outta water when it comes to your aqualfic activities for your next pool gathering. We put together 18 of the best swimming pool games perfect for teens, tween, kids and even adults.
DIY Pool Party Games
Take a look at just a few of these popular swimming pool game examples…
Pool Noodle Relay
This is a classic relay race with a pool twist! Divide your guests into teams of two and give each team a pool noodle. Players take turns paddling to the other end of the pool. First person on the team begins the game and tags the next player. The first team to make it through all of their team members wins!
Who can get their duck to the other side of the pool first? This is a simple yet fun game that can be played with any number of players. All you need is a few plastic ducks and a pool. Oh, and no hands!
In this high adrenaline game, players will rush to jump in the pool and grab ping pong balls with point values written on them. Rush them back to the team bucket to get the points. When all of the balls are gone, it’s time to add up the points and declare the victor!
So You Think You Can Dance?
Let’s see those dancing skills as teams of two choreograph their underwater dance routine. The team with the best dance moves wins!
The Greasy Watermelon
Coat a watermelon with petroleum jelly and toss it in the deep end of the pool. Divide players and give each a challenge of retrieving the melon first. The winner takes all!
In this invisible bottle game, fill a 2-L bottle with clear water and put the cap back on (best if not a colored top.) Have players move to opposite sides of the pool hanging on the edge of the pool. Throw the bottle on to the bottom of the pool. On the start of go, players can turn around and try to find the water bottle.
These games are all perfect as adult pool party games (pool party drinking games, anyone?) or pool party games for teenagers, youth and tweens. Birthday or summer pool party, you can’t have much more fun at the pool than this!
More games include
Sea Horse Relay
Sharks and Minnows
Octopus Pool Tag
Pick-Up Sticks Relay
Wet Shirt Relay
Safety Tip: If you are hosting a pool party, make sure to hire lifeguards and/or have adults who’s only responsibility is watching the safety of the pool! Especially if this an an adult cocktail party. Many of these games are not suitable for younger kids or anyone that is not a strong swimmer.
Planning crazy pool party games could not be easier with this printable pool party games PDF. It’s filled with everything you need to know to set up, plan, and run the games. It also includes a supply list to make shopping easy.
Supplies include easy to find items like:
Ping pong balls
Do you find you have many of these pool accessories or can you easily get them? The Dollar Store is a great resource!
Pool Party Games Printable
Intrigued? Check out the printable for all the details on how to play these pool party games. Whether you’re looking for the best pool party games ideas for adults or kids, these will keep your guests entertained. With a variety of swimming party games, from classic relay races to more creative options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
What you get with purchase: 18 Family Friendly Pool Party Games. This list is formatted on a PDF and you can instantly download as soon as you purchase.
Pool Party Themes
Need some inspiration for your pool party? We have brought the pool party activities, now choose a fun themed pool party. Check out these fun and festive pool party themes:
Serve up some delicious Hawaiian food, play some island music, add lots of pineapples pool party decorations and don’t forget the leis! This is a perfect fun pool party theme to add a tiki bar bar cart for adult beverages.
Under the Sea
Transform your pool into an underwater paradise with decorations like seashells, jelly fish paper lanterns, coral, and fish sea creatures. Incorporate the beach party ideas to fit the themed party.
Argh, matey! This pool party theme is perfect for a summer birthday party. You could bring forth any of these pirate party ideas including a fun treasure hunt! Your birthday party invitation might even bee a rolled treasure map.
Go for the gold with this fun and competitive pool party theme. Get into the summer competition vibe with a first, second and third tired stand setup for pool game winners. Adorn your guests with Dollar Store gold, silver and bronze medals. Easily craf the Olympic rings using pool ring toys or hula hoops.
Fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious burgers and hot dogs poolside. In addition, a dessert table menu might include popsicles, BBQ grill cupcakes, snacks, treats or even a candy station.
Backyard Beach Party
Set up a sand volleyball net, make some homemade snow cones, and enjoy the sun! Instead of pool party games, enjoy these backyard party games – water balloons and pool water involved!
Wet ‘n’ Wild
This is the perfect theme for a pool party that’s all about fun and games. You can even bring in these Wet and Wild Water Minute to Win it games.
With these games and pool party ideas, your pool party is sure to be a hit! Do you have any other favorite pool party games? Share them in the comments below!
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More Fun in the Sun!
Hosting a dry party? I don’t mean boring. I mean on land. If you need activities for kids, take a look at these kids party games. They are memorable and fun and will liven any kids birthday celebration. Pin to Pinterest.
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Last Updated on September 11, 2022 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living