Summer break is here and the struggle to stay cool in this season’s heat has never been realer. But where’s the fun in lounging around an air-conditioned house when the weather outside isn’t so frightful?
That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite water-related outdoor games that’ll help your family beat the heat this summer. They’re simple, fun, and will get you and your kids into your backyard, front yard, or local park in no time – minimal setup, maximum mommy tanning time!
1. Water Baseball
Little Leaguers or not, your kids will love this game! Put a wet n’ wild twist on America’s favorite pastime by throwing in some water balloon action. Whether you decide on batting practice, playing catch, or even sliding practice with a Slip N’ Slide, you and your kids will get a kick out of the unlimited options that this game offers when you just add a little bit of water.
Learn more about Water Baseball here.
2. Cup Races
Mix some water guns with a little competition and you’ve got the ultimate outdoor summer game. Mimic the popular water race games at carnivals with just a few pieces of string, water guns, and paper cups. Invite your kids’ friends and watch them go head-to-head with each other in a fun, friendly game of cup racing!
Learn more about Cup Races here.
3. Flipper Fill-Up
Who doesn’t love a good relay game? Flipper fill-up is guaranteed fun for the whole family and perfect for those hot summer days. With the intensity and competitiveness of this game, don’t expect to stay dry for long. Any game that involves flippers is bound to get a little crazy.
Learn more Flipper Fill-Up here.
4. Drip, Drip, Drench
Turn a traditional game of Duck, Duck, Goose into a summertime favorite! All you need is a bucket full of water and a sponge, and your kids are ready to try out a few rounds of Drip, Drip, Drench. This game is a great way for the little ones to stay active and still be able beat the heat this summer. What more can you ask for?
Learn more about Drip, Drip, Drench here.
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5. Ready Steady Jump Rope
This simple spin on jumping rope will make things a lot more interesting. Each player gets a cup full of water and must try to retain as much liquid in their cup while jumping rope. Whoever has the most water in their cup by the end of the game wins. As easy as that sounds, there’s bound to be a little (or a lot) of splish-splash!
Learn more about Ready Steady Jump Rope here.
6. Water Balloon Towel Toss
Get a little teamwork going with this easy game of Towel Toss. Pair up with another group and see how long you can keep the water balloon intact while passing it back and forth between your team’s beach towels. Don’t be surprised if it eventually turns into a full-fledged water balloon fight. Can’t say we didn’t warn you!
Learn more about Water Balloon Towel Toss here.
7. Water Limbo
Grab a hose with a straight and steady stream, and play all your kids’ favorite tunes for a fun game of water limbo! Throw in an extra challenge by lowering the hose after each round of shimmying and see who comes out (fairly) dry in the end.
Learn more about Water Limbo here.
8. Glow In The Dark Bowling
The fun doesn’t have to stop once the hot summer sun goes down! Grab a few empty water bottles, some colorful glowsticks, a sturdy ball, and you have yourself a fun DIY game of glow in the dark bowling to end your long summer day.
Learn more about Glow In The Dark Bowling here.
Don’t let a little heat keep you and your family from enjoying some fresh (albeit hardly breathable and plenty humid) air from enjoying what summer has to offer. Go out, make memories, and make waves!