Popular Swimming Pool Games for Kids

Fill your kid’s hot summer day with an exciting day in the pool. Invite their friends over to join in the fun and encourage them to play fun pool games. While there are plenty of games children will make up themselves, there are a few that stand out from the rest. The following games are considered the most popular for kids.

Bobbing Heads – This pool game is similar to the whack-a-mole game you see at carnivals. Choose one child to hold a pool noodle and have the other children bob their heads up and down in the water as if they are jumping upwards. The child holding the noodle will gently tap the bobbing heads until he or she has tagged them all.

Treasure Hunt – This popular game is fun for children of all ages. Depending how young, you may need to scale it according to the children’s swimming capabilities. Throw a few pool safe objects into the pool and allow the children to gather as many as they can within certain time frame such as 1 or 2 minutes. For young children, you may want to scatter the items on the stairs closest to the surface of the water until they get older or their swimming abilities improve.

Sharks and Minnows – This is an excellent pool game for more than 3 children. One child is chosen to be the shark and enters the pool. The remaining children are considered the minnows. The shark shouts out “minnows in” and the remaining children jump into the pool and try to swim to the other side of the pool without getting tagged by the shark.

Handstand Contest – This game is suitable for tweens and experienced swimmers. Challenge other swimmers to a handstand contest. The last child to still be doing a handstand wins.

Dolphin Race – Children who are experienced swimmers, hold their breath and swim under water as far as they can then rise to the top for fresh air. Similar to a dolphin poking their head out of the water. The child who has gone the longest distance wins the game.

Children are creative and will develop their own games. But these popular pool games for children will spark their creativity and provide plenty of fun. Remember to provide a safe and clean pool environment for your family by hiring a pool cleaning service such as Tiki Pool Service to conduct maintenance and repairs on your pool year round.