Are you planning your last swimming pool party? Are you looking for fun, new games for the children (and the adults!) to play? Or maybe you want to enjoy traditional favorite in-pool games? No matter if you’re looking for brand new games to play in the pool or if you want to teach the younger set the pool games from your youth, here are some games to play, have fun and make memories before you close the pool for the season.

Fun Swimming Pool Games For Your Party

Pool Hacks For Parents Of Young Children

Dance Tag

  • Get your players together.
  • Choose a person to be “it.” This person chases other players and touches them.
  • When a player is touched, he must do a dance move for five seconds. Every time the person is touched, this must be a different move, or the person is out.
  • Other players judge whether the move is different enough to be a winner
  • Change who is “it” frequently, even if the moves are all the same.

Marco Polo

  • Pick a person to be “it.” This person has wears a blindfold so they won’t peek.
  • The “it” player has to try to catch the other players.
  • If the “it” player calls out “Marco!”, then the other players have to reply back “Polo!”
  • The first person to be touched by the “it” player becomes “it” in turn.
  • Continue until everyone’s had enough.

Sea Monster

Get three or more players who just act like people enjoying a swim in summer while the oldest is a mysterious sea monster, appearing whenever they please to try to “eat” the other players. The swimmers are unaware of the sea monster’s presence, until the first attack.

  • After that the swimmers are always scared and the story line changes to “We have to stop the monster!”
  • Once a swimmer is grabbed by the sea monster, the player is out.
  • The game is played in a role-play fashion, it’s like you are acting in a movie. There is a plot, there are characters. The game does not end until all the swimmers are dead or the monster is killed.
  • The monster is killed only by being held on land by the swimmers for one full minute, which can only be done after one hour or when all players decide to stop the game. This game ideally lasts two hours.
  • You need to truly be committed to this game before you start it since it is kind of intense and long-lasting.

swimming pool safetyThrow, Dive, Retrieve

Diving for objects in the pool is always fun.

Diving sticks or diving rings can be sunk and brought back to the surface, time-and-time-again. You can even toss in other items and make the game a treasure hunt and whomever finds the most pieces of treasure is the “winner.”

 Underwater Movie

  • Buy a cheap waterproof camera and film an underwater movie. Make it about a scary sea monster, fish in the ocean, or just a person who loves to swim, the possibilities are endless! You can ask your guests to call out ideas or you can draw ideas from slips of paper you’ve previously prepared and cut out.
  • If you are talented with editing software, you can even add special effects and make it look like you were shot out of a cannon and into the pool!
  • Once the movie is done, hang a sheet in the backyard, grab some chairs, and blankets and have a “drive-in” movie viewing. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Other ideas

  • Have a race! See who’s the fastest while doing slow-mo swimming etc.
  • Practice your swimming. You might get better!
  • Blow up some beach balls and play beach ball volleyball or give each player a beach ball and have them move it across the pool without using their hands.
  • Toss in some ping pong balls and try to move the balls from one side of the pool to the other by making waves to move it.
  • Use your imagination and just have fun!