Kids Pool Party

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated February 4, 2011

While swimming pools are fun for all ages, kid pool parties are especially entertaining and amusing to enjoy a swimming pool. If you have a kid with a special occasion coming up, say a birthday or graduation, consider throwing him/her a pool party. What better way to celebrate his/her special day than swimming, splashing around, or floating on an inflatable toy, friends in toy?

Recruit extra able-bodied grownups.

Throwing a kid's birthday party can be tough, and downright dangerous if you don’t have help chaperoning. Ask your family, friends or even co-workers if they are willing to commit to helping you. You should have at least one grown up for every three kids.

Find a pool.

If you have a pool in your backyard and it's summertime, this one's easy for you. Otherwise, check out all of the local public pools. Keep in mind that you will most likely have to pay a fee to hold your party at a public pool. Depending upon the pool, though, this fee could include your very own lifeguard or even food, decorations and music. In addition to learning the individual perks, you should also ask about the rules. Some may not allow any food inside, some won't allow music and most will have rules about how many kids you can bring per adult.

Maintain communication with other parents.

In a perfect world, all of the parents of the kids you invited would tell you if their kids can't swim, have medical conditions or have already been banned from every local public pool. In reality, though, you are probably going to have to ask parents about safety concerns. Make sure that you are aware of anyone who has never had swimming lessons. You'll also want to know about things like who has asthma and who has food allergies. If you happen to speak to any particularly concerned parents, you can invite them to help you supervise.

Have fun.

Once you take care of all the important safety and logistical concerns for your kid's pool party, remember to make it fun. Bring lots of inflatable devices, if they're allowed at your pool. You can also organize some fun party games in the pool, like Red Rover and Marco Polo. Also, don't forget to bring your camera and plenty of extra sunscreen!

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