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Pool Party Games for the Family

Whether you have a pool in your backyard or have to take a vacation to swim, pool party games for families are a great way to get active and spend time with each other during the hot summer months.

These pool party games are perfect for all members of the family.

Tug of War

The idea of this game is just like the tug-o-war you'd play sand-side but instead of falling into the mud, you fall into the pool.

It'll only work with an in-ground pool, but it's a blast!

How to Play:

Pick two teams and try to balance out ages between each. Have the teams stand on opposite sides of the pool. Then, have each player hold onto one end of a piece of rope or long board stretching across the pool.

Once each team is ready, yell tug! and have each side tug the rope as hard as possible. The team that pulls the hardest will cause the other team to topple into the water like dominos.

Water Relay Races

These races can be as simple or as difficult as you want, which makes them fun for all ages, and they can incorporate whatever rules you want, so get creative.

It can be something silly such as riding a pool noodle across the pool or crawling along the bottom of the pool. For an older group you're not worried about slipping and getting injured badly, you can even require participants get out of the pool, grab goggles, put them on and do a fun dive into the pool.

For more structured contests, try races using different swimming styles like the butterfly or backstroke.

Piranha Ball

This pool party game is all about avoidance - sort of like you played with the shark in the pool when you were younger.

Form a circle in the swimming pool by having each family member hold hands with other family members. Put a beach ball in the middle of the circle. Try to keep the ball from touching you as it floats around.

Whenever the ball touches someone, that person is out and the circle gets smaller. The last person in the pool wins!


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