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Pool Party Ideas

Pool parties can be fun in the sun or a way to beat the winter cold! A kids pool party makes a great birthday theme, too. We have pool party invitations, pool party games, and lots of pool party supplies to help you host a great swimming pool party!

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Where to Hold the Party – Reserve the local community pool (indoor or out); rent the indoor pool at a local hotel; or your own pool;

Safety First - Party hosts are responsible for the safety of the children. The hosts must be sure that adults or trained lifeguards are supervising the pool at all times during the party. Keep a phone nearby just in case of emergency.


Pool Party InvitationsTo make the invitations yourself, use wording like this:

  1. Dive in for Fun at [name]’s Pool Party!
  2. It’s a Birthday Pool Party for [name]! Dive in for Fun!
  3. Splish, Splash It’s a Birthday Bash!
  4. Catch a Wave Over to [name]’s Pool Party!

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Pool Party Decorations

  • The pool is the main attraction at this party, so decorate the pool area with clusters of balloons. Choose blue and yellow as the colors for streamers, balloons, and table covers.
  • Play summer theme music like the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, and Bob Marley.
  • Set out extra chairs, shade umbrellas and sunscreen.
  • Stock up on beach balls, inflatable rafts and pool toys.
  • Have clean spray bottles filled with cold water for the kids to cool off.
  • Use a pop-up tent to create some shade as a play area for the youngest guests.
  • Hang a colorful piñata that matches your theme as a decoration. Later it will become an activity when the kids break it open.


Pool Party Games

  1. Marco Polo, water tag, pool volleyball, pool basketball, limbo and swimming races.
  2. Diving Game – Toss quarters into the pool and let the kids dive in two at a time to see who can retrieve the most coins.
  3. Navy Seals – Race across the pool while pushing a beach ball with their nose (like a seal).
  4. Shark Attack – Have all the kids climb on two or three pool rafts and then try to pull other teams into the water. The team with someone still on their raft at the end is the winner.
  5. Hula Hoop Contest – Play some lively music while the guests use the hula hoops. See who can hula the longest, who can hula using their arms, who can stand on one foot, etc.
  6. Water Balloon Toss – Divide the guests into pairs who then toss a water balloon to each other. Take a step back after each throw. The last pair with their water balloon intact is the winner.
  7. Wheel Barrow Race – Fill two wheel barrows with beach balls and have the kids race across the yard. If a ball falls out they must stop and get it.

More Games for Kids Who Aren’t Swimming

  1. Squirt Gun Target Practice – Hang a target on the fence and let the kids shoot it with a squirt gun.
  2. Chalk Art – Set out a bucket of sidewalk chalk and let the guests draw an ocean scene.
  3. Paper Plate Fish Craft – Let the kids make a fish using a paper plate and these directions.
  4. Shell Ankle Bracelets – Buy a bag of shells and a roll of 1” wide ribbon at the craft store. Let the guests glue shells onto a piece of ribbon and when it’s dry, tie it around their ankle to wear during the party.
  5. Seashell Hunt – Fill a sandbox, a kiddie pool or a wheel barrow with clean play sand and hide lots of small sea shells. Let the children hunt in the sand to find the shells.
  6. Set up a table with crayons and these free printable swimming coloring pages as a quiet activity.
  7. A matching piñata is always a hit with the kids! Fill it with LifeSavers gummy candies.


Pool Party Food

  • Serve snacks in clean beach pails and sand castle molds. You’ll also need lots of ice to keep food and drinks cold.
  • Mini Burgers served on dinner rolls
  • Hot Dogs
  • Fruit kabobs made with a piece of pineapple, maraschino cherry, and a marshmallow.
  • Watermelon slices
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Tortilla chips and Salsa
  • Pita Chips and Hummus Dip
  • Drinks – Have plenty of drinks available to keep the kids hydrated. Serve small bottles of water, juice, lemonade and orange soda.
  • Popsicles and Ice Cream Bars
  • Snow Cones – Rent a snow cone maker for the day.
  • Sand Dollar Cookies
  • Make this fun Pool Party Cake from FamilyFun.
  • They also have a beautiful Fish Cake that you can make at home.
  • Or choose this mermaid cake design from


Pool Party Favors

Choose fun party favors like beach balls, a new pool toy, a bottle of aloe lotion, or a pair of flip flops.

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