Ready for summer’s outdoor party activities?
Summer is the perfect season to put on bathers and enjoy the sunshine with friends and family. It’s time to get the pool in order, restock your sun cream and dust off your wide-brim hats.
What better way to get your kids to enjoy an outdoor party than with these fun water outdoor party activities.
1. Treasure Freeze
Place some small treasures such as toy cars or rings in a large ice cube tray, add water and freeze overnight. Give a piece of ice to each child and have them melt the cube by rubbing it in their hands until the prize emerges. This game is also great for celebrations such as Halloween, where the treasures can be small plastic bugs, insects and spiders.
2. Frisbee Slide Race
Slip and slides are perfect for summer and can easily be set up in your backyard with a tarp, water and some soap. Turn it into a team game with a frisbee toss at the end so kids can earn points. Set up the tarp with holes cut for the frisbee to pass through (smaller, more difficult holes earn more points).
Want to take it to the next level? Consider having an inflatable water slide set up in your backyard or local park (with permission) to replace the slip and slide. This makes for a fun, memorable party for the kids (and the adults).
3. Sponge Race
Kids get two buckets and a large sponge each. The aim of the game is to empty one full bucket of water into the other, using only a sponge. Have children race against each other, with the winner getting a small prize. This game is also great for solo kids; have them race against the clock to beat their best time.
4. Ping-Pong Dunk for outdoor party activities
Another way to have outdoor party activities is to have an inflatable tube floating in the middle of the pool and scatter a bunch of ping-pong balls in the water. Have children who can swim unassisted jump in the pool, collect the balls and dunk them into the tube. Younger children can join in too with the help of an adult. Time how long it takes the children to collect and dunk all balls and have them try to beat their previous record.
5. Feeling Chilly with outdoor party activities
This one works best on a hot sunny day. Soak some t-shirts with water, squeeze them out and place them individually in plastic bags. Put them in the freezer overnight to cool. The next day, give each kid a frozen t-shirt and see who can defrost it and put it on first.
6. Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Mark out a play area in your backyard or at the local park. Have each team fill up a large bucket with water balloons and place it at the back of their team’s area. Countdown to start the game. If a player is hit by a water balloon, they are out and need to move to the side. The winning team is the one with the most people still standing after running out of water balloons.
After the game, make sure all players help clean up the area by collecting the leftover pieces of plastic and placing them in the bin.
7. Water Balloon Angry Bird Launcher
Follow the steps to create your own angry bird launcher and take it in turns launching large balloons filled with water at the other team. Each time you hit a member of the other team, they are out and move to the side. Try to hit all members of the other team to win. Be careful to only aim at the body and never at people’s faces.
8. Flipper Race
This is a timed game which involves a race between two waddling teams. Set up a large bucket of water at the starting line, and two empty small buckets (one for each team) 5 metres away. The first player on each team straps on a pair of flippers and fills up their cup with water.
When the timer starts, they race to their team’s bucket and empty the water, before racing back to the starting line. Once back, the player removes the flippers, passing them to their teammate. The next player then races to complete the same goal. Once the timer is up, the team with the most water in their bucket wins.
9. Icy Waters
Have kids stand in a kiddie pool which is full of water. Each player has their own bucket behind them which they’re trying to fill. Have an adult pour a bag of ice into the pool and countdown from 3. Once it’s time to go, kids need to scoop up as much ice into their bucket as possible within a set time period. Whoever collects the most ice in their bucket wins.
10. Piñata Splash Down
This is a great summer twist to the usual pinata game. Get some large balloons and place a small toy in each one. Fill them up with water and carefully attach them to string tied between two trees in your backyard. Kids take it in turns blindfolded, swinging a stick to try and hit the balloon to make it pop, winning the prize.
11. Giant Beer Pong – One for the Adults
This is similar to the traditional beer pong; however, the cups are replaced with large bins and the ping-pong ball is replaced with a volleyball. Take it in turns throwing the volleyball at the opposing team’s bins. Each time the volleyball lands in a bin it is removed from the game.
The losing team is the one that runs out of bins on their side. Hire your own dunk machine and have the losing team get dunked by the winners.
You don’t need a party as an excuse. Enjoy these activities on any day during the warmer months as they are a terrific way to get outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather. Always ensure that there is sufficient parent supervision at all times when children are playing around water.