Summer is approaching fast and that means the kids will be looking for things to do. Here is a list activities for the pool to keep the children amused.
Marco Polo with a twist
We will start with a classic, Marco Polo with a twist. Step up the Marco Polo game with the kids using animal noises. For instance, someone yells dolphin and the rest answer using a dolphin sound.
Sharks And Minows
The game starts out with one person selected as the shark and the rest as the minnows. The shark starts in the water on one side of the pool and the minnows usually start on the deck of the other side (if they are playing in water deep enough to dive into). The game starts by the shark calling out "Sharks and minnows, one two three, fishies, fishies swim to me!" at which point the minnows may begin to dive in to swim to the other wall. If the shark manages to tag a minnow before he touches the wall, then that minnow becomes a shark in the next round. After all the minnows have either reached the wall or been tagged the shark(s) swim to the other wall and the cycle starts again. If the some of the minnows refuse to enter the pool, the shark may swim to the other wall and tag it, whoever was still out of the pool when the shark tags the wall becomes a shark. The game is played until all of the minnows have been tagged, then the first person tagged becomes the shark who starts the next round.
What time is it MR. Fox?
One person is MR. Fox and stands at the end of the pool. The others stand at the opposite end of the pool and yell "what time is it MR. Fox?" Mr. Fox chooses a time, and the others move forward that amount of steps. (4:00 means 4 steps) At anytime MR. Fox can decide it's lunchtime and can tag any of the players. Whoever gets tagged is the new MR. Fox.
Diving for treasure
An adult tosses change into the pool and the kids swim to pick it up. Whoever has the most at the end wins
Choose your floatie, on your marks, get ready, get set, GO! See who can get across the pool the quickest.
Beach air ball
Keep the ball above the water at all times. Pass the ball to each player in the air. If the ball touches the water that person is out.
Use a clear, 2-liter bottle, remove the wrapper and fill it with pool water. Find a bottle with the same color as the floor tiles of the pool. Divide everyone into two teams and line them up, in the water, on opposite ends of the pool — facing away from the water. An adult, or one of the players, stands outside the pool and tosses the bottle in the water. When they hear the splash, the players turn around and try to find the bottle. Sounds easy, right? Think again! The clear bottle blends in and becomes almost invisible on the bottom of the pool. It’s a fun, challenging game for everyone!
Certified Pool Operator and Technician Mike Sullivan