Water activities are sure to be a hit for your kid’s upcoming summer birthday party. When it’s brutally hot outside, it’s a lot more fun heading to the slip ‘n slide or playing a game of water limbo than working up a sweat playing basketball or tug of war. Set up one or more of the following activities to keep your kid and their guests cool and happy for hours.
You can purchase a traditional slip ‘n slide at a big box store or online for about $20 or can make your own out of plastic sheeting for even cheaper. Give kids inflatable pool toys, such as rings and rafts, to make sliding even more fun. You can also heighten the adrenaline element by positioning the slip ‘n slide at a slight downward angle. Challenge kids to see who can slide the farthest.
Water balloon toss or water balloon fight
Some of the simplest birthday party activities are the most fun, and a water balloon toss is no exception. Why mess with the classic summer party games, right? If you like the idea of water balloons but don’t think the crew will be into the idea of a water balloon toss, plan a water balloon fight instead. Solicit your kids to help you fill the water balloons ahead of time, so you can get the game going quickly when the guests arrive.
Using a stream of water adds a fun twist to the standard limbo game. Instead of doing the limbo under a pole, the participants will be doing the limbo under a stream of running water.
Kiddie pool kickball
If you have a large backyard, kiddie pool kickball is a great option. Use kiddie pools for the bases, and run plastic sheeting between the bases to mark out where the kids will be running. Pull the sheeting tight as you fill the pools to keep it in place. Assign a couple of adults to fill the pools periodically throughout the game. Give the outfielders pool noodles to tag the infielders as they run. More instructions on kiddie pool kickball can be found at Ministry to Youth.
Squirt gun races
String up red Solo cups around the yard to create an obstacle course of sorts for the squirt gun races. You can create as many obstacle course stages or tasks as you like. Then kids will face off against one another, using their squirt guns to push the cups through each obstacle. There are endless variations to make the game more challenging, such as using your non-dominant hand for the squirt gun or hopping on one foot while operating the squirt gun. Read more about squirt gun races at This Grandma is Fun.
Bicycle or tricycle car wash
For younger kids, a bicycle or tricycle car wash provides endless entertainment. Once they understand how the activity works, they won’t want to stop riding their vehicles through the water, particularly on a scorching day. The only supplies you need to transform your driveway into an operating carwash are PVC pipes, a garden horse, a MIP hose adapter, and a slip x threaded tee. The tutorial is available at Lowe’s. Most likely kids will be content to let their bicycles and tricycles air dry, but you can provide towels if they’d like to complete the car wash experience.
While these water activities are primarily geared toward kids, you shouldn’t feel limited to setting up these activities for younger children. Depending on the group, teenagers, college-aged kids, and adults may enjoy water games as well. A water slide or game of water balloon toss may make a really fun addition to an adult birthday party, bachelor party, or couples bridal shower.
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