A swimming pool in your backyard is a great way to have a ready-made venue for fun activities with your family. However, paddling around in the water and doing laps is eventually going to get old. If you want to have more fun in your pool, here’s a few games to brighten up your family’s day.
Marco Polo. The classic pool version of Blind Man’s Bluff, and the rules are pretty simple. Requiring at least two players, the person who is designated as “Marco” closes his eyes and shouts “Marco!” while everyone shouts “Polo!” The Marco then uses the shouts to pinpoint where people are and then he tries to tag someone. If someone is tagged, they become the next “Marco.”
Shark Attack. This game requires several players. The oldest player is the shark, and the remaining players are divers. The divers then jump in one edge of the pool and try to get to the other end without being tagged. Everyone who gets tagged has to leave the pool until the next round. If any divers reach the end, they get the reward of daring the shark to do something embarrassing.
Dive for Treasure. Buy some goggles for your kids and play this great diving game. Get a handful of pennies and throw them into the pool and challenge the kids to get as much pennies they can find. If you want some more fun and make the dive more challenging, you could buy dive rings and dive sticks.