Spring is here, which means summer is just around the corner. Parents know that with summer comes kids pool parties. These parties can be fun – and can help children make memories to last a lifetime. Without proper safety precautions, however, it is possible for these memories to be made for the wrong reasons. That is why we have put together a list of how to keep your kids’ pool party safe and fun.

What to do before a kids pool party

1. Clean your pool

Before hosting a kids pool party, you want to do a thorough clean. As you do this, make sure to check the filters and do a once-over to look for any potential safety issues, like loose deck tiles.

2. Check the chemicals in your pool

Kids’ skin is more sensitive than adults; so, even if you have not noticed issues with the chemical levels, it is best to double check them. You want to run tests on the chlorine, pH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness.

3. Make sure everything is in its place

Before inviting any kids over, you should make sure your chemicals are hidden away and your pool safety essentials are in place. If you are going to have young kids or weak swimmers at the party, make sure put a shallow end safety rope divider in.  

4. Pick a theme and make some decorations

It’s always fun to have a theme for your kids’ pool party! This can be as simple as “Fun in the Sun” or more specific, like Harry Potter. Once you have your theme picked out, there are a number of fun DIY crafts you can do to make your party stand out – for all the right reasons!

What to do at a kids pool party

1. Always have adult supervision

There is a lot to do at a kids pool party, so it is important to have more than one adult supervising. No matter what is going on, make sure that at least one adult is watching the pool and surrounding area. Any adult in charge of supervising the party needs to stay sober and mindful throughout the party.

2. Do a quick swim test

If you have kids who you have not seen swim before, do a quick swim test at the beginning of the party. This will allow you to note any weak swimmers, ensuring they stay in the shallow end during the party.

3. Keep safety essentials next to you

You should have a first aid kit, as well as flotation and safety devices within arm’s reach. Scan the pool to ensure you see any issues. If you do see issues, you will have all the tools you need to resolve them before they become crises.    

4. Plan a craft or other land-based activities

Swimming is fun, but it may not be enough to keep kids busy for an entire pool party. To keep things fun, have a couple of land-based activities in place. Crafts can be simple, fun, and creative. Also, if you have a theme, you can choose crafts that line up with it.

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