Summer Vibes: Water Fun with the Family

With the warm season approaching, now’s the time to start thinking about vacations and fun in the sun. When it comes to family fun activities, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to go any further than your own backyard.

That’s right! You can pack a whole lot in a day spent outdoors, without even leaving your property. Water activities in the backyard can help the whole family keep cool and have fun.

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with some fun water activities to keep both parents and their children busy and happy this summer season!

Backyard Water Activities for Parents and Children

You may need to stock up on supplies before the warm months come, but these backyard activities don’t require much besides a source of water. Here are some fun ideas for you and your family.

Water Balloon Games

Water balloons are the must-have of the summer. A package of balloons and a hose or faucet to fill them is enough to keep the kids (and you) happy for hours. Plan a water balloon war with your neighbors or invite your friends and family over to double the fun. It’s a great way to keep the kids cool and active, while you get some things done around the house.

If you’re not keen on having the kids throwing water balloon, have a water balloon toss where the goal is to keep the balloons from popping.

Pro Tip: When your war is over, have a contest for the children. Offer a prize to the child who picks up the most pieces of popped balloons. Get clean-up done quickly without lifting a finger.


Who doesn’t love a pool party? Not only do pools keep you and your family cool, it’s the perfect centerpiece for a barbecue. If you don’t have a built-in pool, that’s okay!

From large above or in-ground pools to kiddy pools, there’s something for every budget and backyard. If you are considering making a pool a permanent fixture of your backyard, be sure to install a safety fence to help prevent younger children from entering the pool unattended.

Water Toys

There is an entire category of toys dedicated to summer fun — within them lies fan favorites like the Super Soaker, sprinklers, and slip n’ slides. Before you go all in and purchase a bunch of these toys, be sure to do your research. You want to ensure all toys are safe for the ages of your children to play with (especially if you have a toddler).

Toys like water guns and sprinklers can be used over and over. And sprinklers can serve the dual purpose of watering your backyard and keeping your kids cool.

Final Thoughts

A day filled with fun and games will likely have your family tuckered out. You’ll be craving a delicious meal and lots of rest. However, that doesn’t mean you have to return indoors.

Having a place to eat outside can help you and your family get the most out of the summer months. Whether you’re serving up hotdogs or steaks, sharing a meal around an outdoor dining table can help you create memories that last a lifetime.