While we wait for the Vancouver weather to get better, we have been searching for fun games to make this pool season with your family unforgettable.

Bookmark this blog for when it gets warm outside and try these activities with the kids.

Fun and easy kids games to try in your Vancouver pool this summer

1. Squirt gun races

Photo credit: Design Dazzle

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Solo cups, 2 water guns
  • 2 strings or wires
  • (or 3 of each to have 3 people play at once)

How to make it:

Carefully punch a hole in the bottom of each Solo cup. Thread the string or wire through each cup, and tie the string across the pool. You can attach it to a strong or post on either side of the pool deck. Tie the string tightly so there isn’t much slack. Give one water gun to each person who will play, and fill the water guns up with fresh water (or pool water).

How to play:

Each player uses the water gun to shoot at his or her Solo cup. Standing at one side of the pool, next to the string or wire, aim the water at the Solo cup to push it across the pool! Whoever gets their cup to the opposite side first wins!

2. Floating targets

What you’ll need:

  • 5 or 6 Frisbees (or more)
  • a black indelible marker, like a Sharpie
  • about 12 clean, colourful sponges – enough to make 5 or 6 sponge balls
  • some string

How to make it:

Write a number on the back side (the concave side) of each Frisbee. These numbers are the number of points you’ll get when your sponge ball lands on that Frisbee. Place the Frisbees in the pool with the number sides up.

Make the “balls” by cutting the clean sponges into strips and tying them together in the middle.

How to play:

Players can either stand on the pool deck, or in the shallow end of the pool, with the Frisbees in the deep end. Aim for the Frisbees and see how many points you can get! The player with the most points wins.

3. Ping pong dash

Image credit: Not My Own Life

What you’ll need:

  • 20 ping pong balls
  • an indelible market, like a Sharpie

How to make it:

Write a number on each ping pong ball – these numbers represent points. Each ball should get a different number. When the marker dries, throw the balls in the pool.

How to play:

With the kids at the edge of the pool, yell “1-2-3 GO!” and let the kids jump in. Each child tries to collect as many balls as possible, and go for the balls with the highest points! Whoever collects the most points is the winner.

Remember to always play safe in the pool. Children should wear water wings or life jackets and an adult who can swim should always supervise the games. Have fun!