Summer Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Summer Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Summer…nobody can stop talking about it—and for good reason. It's the season of hot days and cold drinks, beach trips and barbeque .

As told by Emma Straub in The Vacationers ,"A good swimming pool could do that—make the rest of the world seem impossibly insignificant, as far away as the surface of the moon."  , Here are some ideas for throwing a pool party this summer.

Setting:

Balloons in a pool

 Make your pool extra colorful and fun by throwing balloons into the mix! It’s a fun and affordable idea that’ll get kids rushing for more water play.

Wow With Insanely Cool Pool Floats

 From flamingoes to donuts, pool inflatables come in all shapes and sizes. They can add a splash of color to the main attraction—your pool—and smaller ones can serve as DIY ice chests or just whimsical table décor. 

Pool Floats 

Let there  be Selfies

Every kid wants to be snapped while splashing around at a pool party. Colorful floats and decorations make perfect backdrops, but also consider setting up a DIY selfie station complete with flower leis, beach balls and oversize sunglasses. Let party-goers follow the fun by creating a party-specific hashtag to tag on photos, like #Vian'sepicpoolbash.

Set Out Kid-Friendly Party Treats:

You’ll want to offer plenty of snacks and treats to keep your guests energized. Check out all the cute and clever ways to keep them fueled up below.

On-the-Go Desserts

 Let's face it, a party with store-bought goodies is still a great party. If you're short on time, consider buying something from your local grocer and calling it a day. From dairy-free offerings to chocolate waffles, you can run the gamut from totally unique to classic with a healthy twist—depending on your party theme. 

Fish Food Snack Mix

 Kids can fuel up as they play the afternoon away with this genius snack mix from Mama Cheaps. With some “fishy” ingredients mixed in, it’s perfectly on theme. Click here to get the recipe.

 Watermelon Shark

 How cute is this edible idea from Inspirational Mama?! It’ll look amazing as the centerpiece of your party, and kids are sure to gobble up all the fruit. And it’s easier to pull off than you might expect—click here for a step-by-step guide, plus some tips on picking the perfect watermelon.

Keep Kids Active With Pool Games :

There are so many great pool games out there, but one of our favorites involves numbered ping pong balls. Intrigued? Click here to find out more from Life of a Homebody, plus a bunch more awesome games.

Sponge Ball Toss

 Move aside water balloons, there’s a new wet and wild game that’ll last much longer! Follow Crazy Adventures in Parenting to learn how to make these squishy, fun-soaked sponge bombs.

Classic Pool Party Games

 You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on planning some awesome activities for your guests. Keep them entertained and splashing with something as simple as a cannonball competition or a good old-fashioned game of Marco Polo. Check out more classic water games here.

Pump Up the Party Jams

No pool party is complete without the right music. Turn up the beat with your own summer playlist or look to online music services, like Spotify or Pandora, to create one for you.

Bring On the Party Favors:

Every kid will remember the incredible pool party at your house when they take home fun favors, like sand pails filled with candy or brightly-colored beach towels. Look to a party store website to buy favors in bulk.

Stock Up on Party Supplies

Make a shopping list so you can stock up on all the party-specific supplies you need, like sunscreen, beach towels, pool noodles and extra goggles. It's also a good idea to have a few life vests and armband floaties on hand, just in case anyone forgets to bring their own. 

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