Those lucky kids with summer birthdays have a lot more options when it comes to party ideas with the warmer weather bringing the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor fun, including a water-tastic event. From water parks and community pools to backyard water balloon fights, these water-filled birthday party ideas will help make the celebration one that the birthday girl or boy will never forget.
If you want to keep the party at home, how about creating a waterpark in your own backyard? You don’t need to have a pool and it’s a great way to keep the kids cool and entertained on a hot summer day. If you already have water toys, bust them out, otherwise you can purchase some new ones on a budget, like a Slip ‘N Slide, a wading pool and even a basic sprinkler. You can plan a “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Little Mermaid” theme to add to the fun, decorating accordingly.
One of the benefits of a swimming pool party is using it for the games. The kids can play things like water tag using a splash ball to tag other players. Just throw the ball and whoever the ball hits becomes the new “it.” Or, you might have a Rubber Ducky Race with each child pushing a floating rubber duck from one side of the pool to the other using their nose. The first duck to reach the other side is the winner.
If you’d rather put the birthday budget to other use, there are a ton of free outdoor water games you can play with simply a hose and some items you’d find around the house (sponges, buckets, bubble bath, etc.) A lot of families prefer to go the route of building a waterpark in the backyard to keep costs down and make the birthday party location more convenient for the guests.
A birthday getaway is always a fun idea and what better way to celebrate than by taking the guest of honor, the family, and perhaps a friend or two to a waterpark? Of course, taking an entire group would get pricey pretty quick, but if you live in the Midwest, it may be more affordable than you think. Wisconsin Dells is a prime vacation spot with more than 20 waterpark hotels. Better yet, most of the resorts offer discounted seasonal packages. For example, the Atlantis Waterpark Hotel & Suites package includes free passes to Chula Vista Waterpark and Noah’s Ark Waterpark with your stay in addition to having its own pool and a poolside bar for the grownups. There are lots of other things to do in the area as well, including magic shows, zipline tours, duck rides, and more.
Community pool party
Many cities and small towns across the country have public community pools that are available for pool parties. In fact, in addition to a swimming pool that the kids can splash around in, they may offer packages that include lunch, drinks, cake and ice cream. All you have to do is create the invitations and show up, easing the stress of party planning as well as hosting, not to mention clean up.