10 Hotel Pool Games That Are Bound to Make a Splash

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kids swimming

The pools at Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels can provide hours of fun for the entire family (and result in a few wrinkled fingers and toes!). Enjoy these 10 fun games that can be played with younger and older kids in our indoor or outdoor hotel pools. Just remember to always be aware of your child’s swimming ability and provide floatation devices and swimming aides when needed.  It is also important to be respectful of other guests that are using the pool or pool area and to abide by all of the pool rules rules posted at the hotel.

1. Relay Race

Soak two large t-shirts in water when you get to the pool. The relay starts with two teams, each with an equal number of players, standing outside each end of the pool. At the signal to start, the first player from each team must put on the t-shirt. Once the shirt is fully on, the player has to jump in the water and swim to the other side of the pool, then take off the shirt and hand it to the next player. The team that finishes the relay first wins!

2. Go Fish

One person is named the “shark” and goes to the middle of the pool. All of the other players are “fish” and must gather at one end of the pool. The shark calls out one color, and any fish who is wearing that color has to try to swim to the other side of the pool without being tagged by the shark. A tagged fish joins the shark in the middle of the pool. The last fish in the water wins and becomes the shark in the next round.

3. Hot Potato

You will need music and a beach ball for this classic game that is usually played outside the water. One person stays outside of the pool to control the music and be the judge. Players stand in a circle in the shallow end of the pool and pass the beach ball to the player to his or her left as the music plays. The player holding the beach ball when the music stops must get out of the pool. The last player standing in the water wins!

4. Popcorn

You will need two teams of at least three players. Each team has one less beach ball than the number of players on the team. For example, you need three beach balls for each team of four players. Each team treads water at one end of the pool and must keep all of their beach balls in the air. A player must leave the team if a ball hits the water or goes out of the pool. The team with players still in the water wins!

5. Hide and Seek

This is a great game for two kids. Peel the labels from three or more plastic soda bottles and fill them with water. This makes the bottles very hard to see when they sink to the bottom of the pool. One person puts the bottles in the pool in various locations while the other player has their back turned. When all the bottles are in place, the other player jumps in and looks underwater to find the bottles. The player that finds all of the bottles in the shortest time wins!

6. Water Tug-of-War

This is the classic game of Tug-of-War, but played in the water. Good luck finding your footing!

7. Dolphin Relay Race

Here’s a fun relay race with a twist – you can’t use your hands! Using your nose, you must push a beach ball to your partner at the other end of the pool. Players swim back and forth until every player has competed. Fastest team wins the race!

8. Marco Polo

This popular water game has been enjoyed by kids for generations! One player is chosen to be “it” and stands in the shallow end of the pool with his or her eyes closed. He or she yells out “Marco!” and the other players must answer with “Polo!” to give up their location. The player who is “it” must swim around the pool searching for the other players and tag them out by touching them. He or she can yell out “Marco!” as many times as they like until all of the players are found.

9. F-I-S-H

This game is like the basketball version of P-I-G or H-O-R-S-E, but it is played in the pool. Each player takes a turn by doing a trick, like a handstand or somersault in the pool, and the other player must mimic the trick perfectly to gain each letter and win.

10. White Whale

One player acts as the “white whale” by floating on their back in the middle of the pool. The other kids swim around the whale until the whale shouts, “Hungry whale!” If the whale tags one of the swimmers, they are now the new whale and a new round begins.

Remember that all pool games should be age appropriate and closely supervised at all times.  You may need to modify some of the games to suit the abilities of younger or beginner swimmers. If your kids aren’t strong swimmers, stick to games in the shallow end of the pool and provide proper flotation devices for their swimming levels.

You don’t have to go far to enjoy a stay and some water play at a Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel. Where will you be making your big splash?