Summer is coming! That means holidays and swimming. If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard you will know there is something uniquely refreshing about spending time in the pool, especially when it’s with your loved ones. A backyard pool offers a perfect setting for fun, relaxation, and bonding. We have compiled a list of ways you can spend quality time with your family in and around the pool this summer.

The Classic Pool Games

The first and most obvious option, pool games! Engage your family in some pool games. If you think outside the box and get creative with this it can create a lot of fun for the whole family. Some ideas for pool games can be games like ‘Marco Polo’ and ‘Sharks and Minnows’ are not just fun but also boost teamwork and communication skills. Other games you could try depending on age and numbers are underwater treasure hunts, water balloon toss or pool noodle races. Games for the parents and the older kids can include pool volleyball, water basketball or Waterpolo. Make sure to take turns and mix things up so everyone gets involved.

Poolside Picnics & BBQ

Why not pack a picnic basket and have a meal poolside? Set out blankets or chairs around the pool and enjoy some snacks, sandwiches or even an outdoor BBQ. This is a great way to make use of your backyard space while enjoying quality time with family. You could also bring some tunes and have a mini pool party with your family.

Water Toys & Inflatables

Pool inflatables are always a hit amongst families who own fibreglass pools perth. From simple beach balls to giant unicorns or flamingos, these toys can add hours of fun to any pool day. Other water toys like foam noodles, diving rings, and squirt guns can also make for some fun activities such as relays and obstacle courses. Make sure to supervise younger children at all times when using these toys.

Poolside Movie Night

Host the ultimate family poolside movie night. Set up a movie projector by the pool and have a unique movie night experience with your family. If you have a heated pool you can even turn it into a floating cinema by using a large pool float as your seat. If your pool isn’t heated and the evening water is a bit chilly, grab some popcorn and snacks, lay out some blankets and cushions by the pool, and you are all set for a memorable movie night with your loved ones.

Pool Exercises & Yoga

Take advantage of the water resistance and engage in some pool exercises with your family. This is not only a great way to stay fit but also allows for some quality bonding time. You can do simple exercises like lunges, squats, and arm circles in the pool. You can also try some gentle pool yoga poses together for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience or maybe create a water aerobics routine. Another good pool exercise you and the family can try is aqua jogging or swimming laps, time or race each other to add a bit of competition.

Fun Water Recipes

Get creative with your poolside snacks and drinks. There are many fun and delicious recipes you can make that are perfect for enjoying by the pool. Some popular ones include frozen fruit pops, watermelon pizza, or even making homemade lemonade or fruity slushies. These tasty treats will not only keep you cool but keep everyone happy. To make this idea even more fun is to serve them on a pool toy in the pool and create a floating food and drinks bar.

Relax and Unwind

Sometimes, when it comes to spending quality time together, the best approach is to simply do nothing at all. This can be a great moment to catch up with each other and have meaningful conversations. It’s a perfect way to unwind, recharge and reconnect as a family.

After-Dark Pool Parties

Who says the fun has to stop when the sun goes down? Light up the pool and enjoy a quiet evening swim or a lively night-time pool party. You can use glow sticks, floating pool lights or even LED lights to create a magical atmosphere. Add some music and you have the perfect after-dark pool party.

Pool Cleaning

Okay, we saved the worst for last. It might not be the most fun activity on the list but it is the most important to ensure you and your family can continue having fun all year round. Make sure to regularly clean and maintain your pool to keep it safe for your family to use. Write up a pool cleaning roster and get everyone involved, many hands make light work! This can also be a great opportunity for you and the family to work together and teach the younger ones some responsibility by helping out with small tasks like skimming leaves or brushing the pool walls. Tasks for the older kids and adults would be the trickier tasks like taking care of the chemical balancing and pool filter, there can be something for everyone, and it can be fun when you are all doing it together.

Safety Is Paramount

When enjoying water activities, it is crucial to prioritise safety above all else. Ensure that there is always proper supervision in place, establish clear pool rules, and take the time to educate children about basic water safety practices. By doing so, you can create a secure and enjoyable environment for everyone involved.

Conclusion

In conclusion, having a swimming pool in your backyard doesn’t just mean getting to cool off during the summer months. It is a source of endless fun, relaxation, and bonding for you and your family. From traditional pool games and poolside picnics to pool exercises and after-dark parties, there are a plethora of activities to choose from. Always remember to maintain your pool and uphold safety measures to ensure a secure environment for everyone involved. Embrace this wonderful addition to your home and make the most of the summer with your loved ones.

 

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