When the summer heat hits, there's nothing quite as enjoyable as cooling off with some water games. Whether you're hosting a backyard party, organizing a summer camp, or simply looking for some outdoor entertainment for your family reunion, water games are a fantastic way to have fun in the sun.
Grab your swimsuit and let's dive right in!
Fun Water Games
Whether you need water games for field day, backyard water games, or outdoor water games for adults, this list includes all the best summer water games you will have a blast playing.
Supplies To Use For Water Games
- Rapid fill water balloons
- Reusable water balloons
- Water Blasters
- Large bowls
- Beach towels
Water Balloon Games
Grab some water balloons (like these easy fill water balloons) and get ready for some fun! These games with water balloons will keep everyone cool.
1. Water Balloon Toss
Divide players into pairs, and have them toss water balloons back and forth without breaking them. The last pair with an intact balloon wins!
2. Water Balloon Spoon Race
Place water balloons on spoons, and players race to a designated point without dropping their balloon. If the balloon pops, they must start over.
3. Soak the Parent
Children team up and take turns throwing water balloons at their parents who are seated in chairs. The parent who stays driest wins!
4. Water Balloon Piñata
Hang a water balloon from a tree branch and blindfolded players take turns trying to burst it with a bat, just like a traditional piñata.
5. Water Balloon Spoon Tag
Players try to tag each other with water balloons using spoons instead of hands. Once tagged, they're out, and the last person remaining wins.
6. Water Balloon Hot Potato
Players stand in a circle and pass a water balloon around while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the balloon is out, and the game continues until only one player remains.
7. Water Balloon Spoon Duel
Players pair up and stand on opposite sides of a table. Each player holds a spoon with a water balloon on it and tries to knock their opponent's balloon off without dropping their own.
8. Water Balloon Volleyball
Use a tarp as a makeshift volleyball court and play with water balloons instead of a ball. Players must catch and throw the balloons without letting them burst.
9. Water Dodgeball
Instead of using regular dodgeballs, players throw water balloons at each other. If hit, they're out, and the last person standing wins.
10. Drip, Drip, Splash
Similar to "Duck Duck Goose," players walk around in a circle saying "drip" until someone is chosen to shout "splash!" and chase the others, trying to catch them with a water balloon.
Water Relay Races
1. Sponge Relay
Create two teams and place buckets filled with water at the starting line. Players use sponges to soak up water from the bucket and then squeeze it into an empty bucket at the finish line. The team to fill their bucket first wins.
2. Watermelon Relay
Teams compete in a relay race, passing a watermelon over their heads and between their legs while trying not to drop it. The first team to complete the relay without dropping the watermelon wins.
3. Water Bucket Race
Players fill a cup with water, race to the finish line, and dump it into a bucket. The team that fills their bucket first wins.
4. Sponge Squeeze Relay
Teams stand in a line, and the first player dips a sponge into a bucket of water, squeezes it into a cup, and passes the sponge to the next player. The team that fills their cup first wins.
5. Water Bucket Challenge
Players form a line and pass a bucket of water over their heads, trying to fill a bucket at the end of the line. The team that fills their bucket first wins.
6. Frozen T-Shirt Race
Soak T-shirts in water, fold them, and freeze them overnight. The next day, players race to unfold and wear the frozen T-shirt. The first person to put it on wins.
7. Water Relay Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course with various water-themed challenges, such as crawling through a sprinkler, jumping over water-filled pools, and sliding down a slip 'n slide.
Water Gun Games
Fill up those squirt guns and get ready for some fun! Playing with water guns is fun in and of itself, but here are some fun water party games you can play with kids or adults!
1. Duck Duck Splash
Play a classic game of Duck Duck Goose, but instead of tagging players, use a water gun to give a refreshing splash to the chosen "goose."
2. Water Gun Freeze Tag
Play a classic game of freeze tag, but instead of touching players to freeze them, use water guns. To unfreeze, players must be sprayed with water.
3. Water Gun Target Practice
Set up various targets around the yard, such as cups or balloons, and have players use water guns to hit as many targets as they can within a given time limit.
4. Squirt Gun Tic-Tac-Toe
Draw a tic-tac-toe board on the ground and have players use squirt guns to shoot water into the squares, trying to get three in a row.
5. Water Tag
Designate one player as "It," armed with a water gun. The "It" player tries to tag other players by spraying them with water. Once tagged, the player becomes the new "It."
Water Games For Groups
Looking for water games for youth? Here's some fun water day games perfect for groups.
1. Beach Ball Volleyball
Set up a net and play volleyball with a beach ball. To make it more challenging, players must throw water balloons over the net instead of hitting the ball.
2. Slip 'n Slide Baseball
Set up a slip 'n slide and use a sprinkler as the pitcher. Players slide into inflatable bases, and the first team to score a set number of runs wins.
3. Capture the Sponge
Play a water-themed version of Capture the Flag using sponges soaked in water as the flags. Players try to capture the opposing team's sponge without getting tagged.
4. Water Slide Races
Set up multiple slip 'n slides side by side and have players race to the finish line. The fastest slider wins!
More Water Game Ideas
Looking for games to play in the sprinklers?
1. Water Limbo
Use a garden hose as the limbo stick and have players take turns bending backward and passing underneath it without getting wet.
2. Sprinkler Limbo
Set up a sprinkler system and have players take turns doing the limbo dance underneath the water spray. Lower the water stream each round to increase the difficulty.
3. Wet Sponge Darts
Use a large sheet as the target and have players throw wet sponges at it, trying to hit specific areas for points.
4. Water Bottle Flip Game
Grab some water bottles and see who can flip the most over and have them land on right-side up.
We hope these water game ideas will help you beat the heat and create unforgettable memories with family and friends. Now go make a splash!