Splish, Splash, Fun: 4 Exciting Pool Game Ideas for the Whole Family

Marco! Polo! Tag, you’re it! This is an all-time favourite water game for the whole family. But there’s more you can do than just run around the pool. There are so many unique games that have been adapted for water fun. Let’s go down and see the best sports you can transform from land to water.

1. Grip Ball

Who’s got sticky hands? Grip ball is an excellent water game to bring from the grass to the pool. This Australian sport can be enjoyed by the whole family for hours on end. Grip balls can also help children improve their gross motor skills, movement, and balance. In addition, like most games, kids learn to work well with others. These are terrific benefits to a game for your happy family. 

How to Play 

Grip ball sets are usually made up of two mitts and a ball. This can easily be expanded to more mitts, and another ball can be thrown in there. 

You will be happy to know there are water grip ball sets made of neoprene, which makes them waterproof. You don’t have to worry about your ball absorbing water and being ruined. 

This game gets a little sticky. It’s more than just a game of catch and throw. It’s like baseball but without the bat. The objective of a grip ball is to catch the ball in your mitt. The mitts are relatively small, so it’s a great way to work on hand-eye coordination. 

Once you catch the ball, you detach and throw again. Now, what can make this more interesting is increasing the distance or throwing it as high as the sky to be surprised by its landing. 

The most important thing with a grip ball is to have fun. You can create easy, new, and creative games for all. One game can be a water version of hot potato. Whoever drops the ball first is out. Do this until you are left with one winner. The possibilities are as much as you can think of. 

two kids playing grip ball in their backyard
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2. Pool Pong

 Did I mean ping pong? No, I meant pool pong. Pool-pong isn’t the same thing as table tennis. Instead, it’s much like a game of skeeball, minus the slopes and different-sized holes. Pool pong is inflatable and can double as a floating device with ease. You can play it alone or with people.  

How to Play 

In your pool pong kit, you will see four balls of two different colours, a rope and two floats. The game’s objective is to get a pong ball in one of their team’s holes before the other team does.

This is a game for adults and kids. You can always spice it up with higher stakes. For example, if you get the ball in, you’re the one buying dessert. Make fun ways to entertain your family with this versatile water sport. 

In addition, you don’t have to worry about it taking up space in your pool as most pool pong games are 1.8m long and 90cm wide. This is more than enough space to enjoy some healthy competition. 

You can buy a pool pong game online and not waste time going to the store. Trust me, you will love it. 

two children in a swimming pool picking pong balls
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3. Swim and Hoop

Basketball is my favourite sport. I like the way it dribbles up and down the court. Or should I say water? Swim and hoop is my second favourite sport as it brings basketball, and soccer to the water. You can stack a kid or two on your shoulders and let them slam dunk without worrying they’ll land on the ground. Water sports take the cake when it comes to roughing it in the water. 

How to Play 

Basketball games such as 21, and Make It Take It can come to the water. You will be amazed at how many calories the whole family will burn running after the ball. You will also like that this nett can be set up in the water. So you don’t have to worry about your child running into a ledge of concrete. 

Although you can’t play traditional soccer with your feet, this is where we use our hands and heads. Soccer in a swim and hoop can have a goalie who’s meant to deny all attempts to invade his territory. I would put your most defensive kid there. 

kid about to slam dunk on a swimming pool basketball hoop
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4. Tube Wars

It’s time to joust! Tube wars are a fun and energetic activity for everyone.

How to Play

If you are playing with your young ones, challenge their strength with a duo. Place one of your children on your shoulders and let the games begin. This may be a good way for siblings to duke it out without anyone getting harmed. The first one to drop is out. 

kids playing tube wars in the swimming pool
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It’s Time to Get Wet 

The best activity is being together, even your happy family dog can join in on the fun. Bringing sports from the land to the water is making the best of both worlds. Your kids will create lasting memories of having fun with their parents. Though it may seem simple to you, you will be amazed at how these moments shape your children. 

So, are you ready? The last one to the water is a rotten egg. 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.