Throwing a Pool Party as a Kid’s Birthday Party

Though it’s officially fall, many folks across the U.S. are still experiencing very warm temperatures. If your child’s birthday is coming up, a pool party is still in the cards and will be a fun and exciting way o celebrate for both the child and their friends. And if you don’t live in a warmer part of the country, not to worry. You can still have a great fall birthday pool party at one of your town’s local indoor pools. The best part is that pool parties can be thrown with a minimal budget with some careful planning.

Decorations, food, and beverages can all be bought on the cheap, but what about entertainment? Sure, the kids will probably entertain themselves for a while, but if you want your party to be a hit, activities are a must. Here are a few fun pool games to entertain your guests.



Diving for Coins

Diving for Pennies is a pool game that literally costs mere pennies. However, if you wanted to make the game a little more complex, you could throw different kinds of coins for the kids to find. Whichever child comes up with the biggest sum of money wins. Prizes for winning these games can be very simple. Head to your local dollar store and pick up small, inexpensive toys or candy for the winners of each game.

Finding the Invisible Bottle

Another fun, competitive, and cheap game to play with your guests is Find the Bottle. Take a large, clear plastic bottle, such as a leftover two-liter soda bottle, and fill it with water. Try to use a cap that blends into the pool floor well. Have all the swimmers line up on the edge of the pool with their backs turned to the water. Toss the bottle in and allow them the turn around and jump in. The water makes the bottle nearly invisible and tricky to find. Whoever finds the bottle first, wins.

Sharks and Minnows

This game is a version of tag. The person who is “it” is the shark. They are supposed to chase the minnows and tag them, turning that person into the shark. Minnows can jump out of the pool for up to five seconds at a time in order to avoid the shark. To give this game a winner, you can change the rules and have the minnows sit out until the last minnow standing wins.

Pool Noodle Crafts

Pool noodles are inexpensive toys that kids love. While they can certainly be thrown into the pool for kids to use as they please, pool noodles can also make great crafts. Cutting a noodle into sections then slicing each in half gives you the base to a sail boat. Add straws and foam sheets for sails, and your guests have made their own pool toys – and they had fun while doing it. Tape some noodles into circles and invest in some ping pong balls. Floating ring toss is suddenly yours to enjoy. There are innumerable possibilities.

Hosting a fun and memorable pool party for kids does not have to break the bank. Many pool games do not even require you to purchase anything at all and those that do can be bought for cheap. Utilize a nearby dollar store for prizes, fish your spare change out of your wallet, and head to a superstore for some pool noodles. For just a few dollars, you already have the essentials for a wonderful pool party. Time to send out those invites and gear up to play the role of the host with the most.

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