10 Must-Try Games for a Splashing Good Pool Party

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1. Water Balloon Toss

Number of Players:
Even number of players, as they’ll be divided into pairs.

Setup and Supplies:
You’ll need water balloons and a place to fill them up.

Instructions and Rules:
Pair up the guests and have them toss the water balloon back and forth. After each successful toss and catch, they take a step back. The game continues until only one pair remains with their balloon unburst.

2. Pool Volleyball

Number of Players:
At least 4 players to have two teams, but more can play if the pool is large enough.

Setup and Supplies:
You’ll need a pool volleyball set, which includes a net and a water-friendly ball.

Instructions and Rules:
Divide your guests into two teams. The aim is to get the ball over the net without letting it hit the water in your team’s area. Set a point limit to decide the winner.

3. Treasure Dive

Number of Players:
This game can be played with as few as two players, and up to as many as can safely dive in the pool at once.

Setup and Supplies:
You’ll need coins, diving rings, or other sinkable items.

Instructions and Rules:
Toss the treasures into the pool and on the signal, players dive to collect them. The player with the most treasures at the end of the game wins.

4. Marco Polo

Number of Players:
At least three for a fun game, but the more, the merrier.

Setup and Supplies:
No extra supplies are needed for this game.

Instructions and Rules:
One person is chosen as “Marco”. They must close their eyes and try to tag the other players by listening to their voices and their splashes. The first person tagged becomes the new “Marco”.

 


5. Inflatable Raft Races

Number of Players: At least two for a race, but you can include as many as your pool can safely accommodate.

Setup and Supplies: Inflatable rafts or large pool floats for each participant.

Instructions and Rules: Players must race from one side of the pool to the other using only their hands to paddle. The first one to reach the other side wins.

 

6. Duck Push

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Number of Players:
As many as can safely swim in the pool at the same time.

Setup and Supplies:
One rubber duck (or any small floating item) per player.

Instructions and Rules:
Players must push their duck from one end of the pool to the other using only their noses. Hands or arms can’t be used. The first one to reach the other side wins.

7. Watermelon Push Relay

Number of Players: At least four players to have two teams.

Setup and Supplies: A watermelon and some petroleum jelly to make it slippery.

Instructions and Rules: Divide your guests into teams. The teams must push their watermelon from one end of the pool to the other. The catch is they can’t let the watermelon touch the bottom of the pool, and they can’t carry it–it has to be pushed along the surface of the water. The first team to get their watermelon to the other end of the pool wins.

8. Floating Ping-Pong

Floating Ping Pong game in the swimming pool

Number of Players:
As many as can safely swim in the pool at once.

Setup and Supplies:
Ping-pong balls and something to collect them in, like a small bucket.

Instructions and Rules:
Toss the balls into the pool. On the signal, players race to collect as many balls as they can in a specified time limit. The player with the most balls at the end of the time limit wins.

9. Noodle Jousting

Number of Players: This game can be played one-on-one, or in larger groups if there’s enough space.

Setup and Supplies:
Two pool noodles and a large float or a pair of connected pool noodles for each player to ride on.

Instructions and Rules:
Players ride on their floats and try to knock each other off using the pool noodles. The last one remaining on their float wins.

10. Ring Toss

Number of Players:
This game can be played with as few as two players, but it’s more fun with more players.

Setup and Supplies:
Inflatable rings and inflatable posts or pool toys to toss them onto.

Instructions and Rules:
Players toss the rings and try to get them around the posts or the necks of the pool toys. The player with the most successful tosses after a certain number of rounds wins.


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