The Master Pools Guild Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series! Where we share a fun activity & a great poolside snack each week.
Summer Fun Week # 2 Celebrating Independence Day
Even if you don’t reside in the USA, you can have a splashing good time with this set of games & poolside fun.
Crossing the Potomac Race:
Putting a new spin on a pool time favorite – the raft race, Crossing the Potomac can be performed solo or by teams. Each team needs a raft. Teams begin at one end of the pool & race to the other end. One team member pushes the raft while the remainder of the team members are on the raft either laying across or sitting.. Team members on the raft can help push along or not. Make your own rules & change this up. For example, let the raft riders only use their legs to help.
Cannon Ball Splash Contest:
Nothing brings everyone together more than a cannon ball contest. Get your contestants, find a prize for the winner & have the audience judge by applause. ALWAYS exercise caution when jumping off the side of a pool.
Cannon Ball Run Relay Race:
Divide into teams. Each team needs a beach ball which will be the cannon ball. The object of the game is for each swimmer to move the cannon ball from one end of the pool to the other but only using their nose! Another great race for a relay!
Star Spangled Splash Dance:
Divide into teams (or individuals can complete). Have teams choreograph an Independence Day themed water ballet (use pool noodles/floats etc. for props). Then invite family, friends & neighbors to watch the premiere. Great to have in the evening with pool lights adding that dramatic flair to the presentation. Have multiple “awards” so each team is a winner (i.e most original, most patriotic, most “red,white & blue”).
Star Spangle the Food & Beverages:
Avoid the mix up of cups (which typically happens at parties) by providing guests with a cup station. Set up a table that has plastic cups (solid color), markers, in black, blue, silver & star stickers in patriotic colors & have everyone decorate & place their names on their cups. The kids can help decorate cups for their parents too. This not only avoids cup confusion but will also help reduce the overall number of cups you use.
We loved the star shaped ice cube trays we found (at Wal-Mart for .98 Cents!)
We used them to make red, star shaped ice cubes (we used Crystal Light
Pomegranate Sugar Free) which will be kid fun & friendly served poolside in lemonade.
Next, grab a star shaped cookie cutter (or hand it off to a kid helper) & dive into the watermelon.
Add blueberries & a few strawberries for a super star fruit salad! Another possibility would be to skewer the fruit & put those star shapes on the top of the skewer.
Whatever you do to celebrate, here’s to celebrating your holiday & Living Poolside!