Make a Splash with These 5 Swimming Games

Lazy sunny afternoons will be here all too soon! Once the kids are out of school, you know they'll be begging to take daily dips in the pool. As you shop for new swimsuits and pack the kids' swim bags with sunscreen and goggles, tell your little ones about these exciting games you can play together in the pool.

Red Light, Green Light

After the kids get in the pool, play this classic start and stop game. Yell "green light" for the kids to begin marching with high knees across the pool. When you yell "red light" they have to freeze in place like a statue, even if one leg is up in the air. Anyone who keeps marching or falls over in the water is out!

Hot Beach Ball

If you have a group of three or four kids playing in the water, initiate a round of hot potato using a beach ball. Get everyone to stand in a circle and toss the ball to one another. Like the classic game of hot potato, the goal is to keep the ball moving from person to person as fast as possible without dropping it into the water.

Diving for Treasures

Stash a few swimming pool dive toys/sticks in your swim bag and (with permission) toss them into the pool. Encourage the kids who know how to hold their breath under the water to dive down and retrieve the sunken treasures. Make the game progressively more difficult by throwing them into deeper water or tossing more than one dive toy at a time.

Big Splash Contest

No summer is complete without a cannonball contest. Line up the kids and have them one by one jump into the pool and make the biggest splash possible. Be courteous of fellow swimmers by waiting for a clear spot in the water and inviting other children to join the contest. This is a contest they will want to repeat over and over until a “winner” is decided.

Pool Noodle Race

Whether you have two or twelve kids, they can participate in a wobbly pool noodle race. Instruct each child to straddle a noodle like a cowboy and ride the noodle from one side of the pool to the other. They can use their arms and legs to move faster, but help from others is not allowed, and they can’t use the bottom of the pool to push off. Lastly, whether it’s this game or any of the others listed, don't forget to join in on the fun! The kids aren’t the only ones allowed to have a good time.


Mark your calendar, swim season is just about to kick off at Copperleaf! The Copperleaf pool opens for residents on May 27, 2017 and will close on Labor Day, September 4, 2017. Be sure to check out the pool rules and schedule for information on pool hours, swim lessons, patio reservations and more!