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What are your kid's favorite pool toys?

Posted by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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What are your kid's favorite pool toys?



10 Musts for Pulling Off the Perfect Pool Party

on Jun 22, 2011 

There's probably not much that is more fun than a summer pool party. Dogs on the grill, kids in the pool, and people drinking daiquiris and margaritas usually make it about the best way possible to have a summer blast. Bonus points if it's so hot, the pool is actually used.

But throwing a pool party is no small thing. There are fun and decorations to consider, but there is also safety to consider. If children are coming, it's a must that they be supervised by sober, responsible adults, whether they can swim or not. Not to be a total downer, but children drown every year, and it would make your pool party a lot less fun to have to rush a child (or an adult) to the hospital.

If you're planning a pool party, then most likely, you already have a pool. If you don't, then wherever you're headed probably has its own set of rules for the party, but at home, you're on your own. So here is a list of 10 Musts for Pulling Off the Perfect Pool Party:

  1. Know the capacity of the pool: Don't over-invite. Most people would love to come to a pool party in the summer and will thus plan to be there. If you pool says "do not exceed 30," then don't.
  2. Clean: Make sure the pool is vacuumed, skimmed, and treated, not just right before the party, but also in the days and weeks leading up to it. It'll look perfect for the big day and cleaning will prevent any build-up or funky green look.
  3. Toys: Make sure you have pool noodles. They are a must at every pool party. Beyond that, have rafts and flotation devices handy, not necessarily for safety, though. Also have some flippers and goggles.
  4. Food: Watermelon and popsicles are great at a pool party because you get sticky and want to dive in. But you can also theme it with luau foods or you can get creative with tropical fruit salads and grilled pizzas. The sky is really the limit!
  5. Safety: Have life jackets and arm floaties for kids and encourage parents to bring them along as well. Encourage all adults to keep an eye on the pool and at least one or two to refrain from drinking in order to be the designated "lifeguard." Small children shouldn't be in the pool unattended.
  6. Drinks: Frozen, fruity drinks are always a big hit at pool parties. Have rum and vodka on hand, but also many mocktails and virgin drinks that are still fun for those who may abstain around a pool.
  7. Get creative: Try a vodka watermelon or grilled fruits (peaches and pineapple are my faves). Be creative and festive with your food choices.
  8. Decorate: Tiki torches and giant flowers are always fun, but colored balloons and streamers do just as well. Make it festive and colorful. It's summer, after all!
  9. Games: If you have an expansive lawn, you may want to consider croquet and a badminton net. But make sure you also have the supplies for pool volleyball, which is always a big hit, and rings and jewels for diving games. Kids also always love Marco Polo.
  10. Weather: Check the weather. If lightning is in the forecast, move it inside. If you have a covered deck, put out a kiddie pool so the kids still get some water play, but not if there is an active thunderstorm. Always smart to have a rain date in mind.

Have fun!

What do you do for your pool party?

by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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mem82
by Member on Jul. 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

My kids like the pool noodles. 8)

jen113000
by Jenna on Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

 My kids love balls to throw! The noodles are a big hit as well!

itsallabtthem84
by ~B~ on Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM

My kids are not into toys while swimming. 

Jess1231
by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM
They just love the water! My oldest occasionally takes a boat to play with and my youngest a ball.
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nngmommy83
by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Noodles, water squirters, and balls for the most part but they enjoy just swimming =) my oldest plays games like marco polo and colors

sew4fun
by on Jul. 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM

When we were on vacation this year ( Disney World in Fl. ) we went to the Walmart there to get some food and such. My girls found Disney princess and Mickey pool sticks they love those ! They also like little squirters like rubber ducks

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Jul. 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

My kids always seem to go back to the pool noodles, they have intubes, floating chairs but they seem to favor the noodles.

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Jul. 5, 2011 at 4:17 PM


Quoting nngmommy83:

Noodles, water squirters, and balls for the most part but they enjoy just swimming =) my oldest plays games like marco polo and colors

Noodles are the best at our house as well.

bhwrn1
by Bronze Member on Jul. 6, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Noodles and diving rings.

Miranda1127
by on Jul. 6, 2011 at 9:38 PM

 Ds is a July b-day so we have a pool party every year. They could play in that thing all day w/o much toy help. We are generally a little more organized during parties though. We do a lot of prize pool games. Liking diving for this or that. Pool scavenger hunts, marco polo, and so on.

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