1. Start With Summer-Themed Invitations

With summer just around the corner, it's time to start planning some fun summer activities for kids. And why not start the summer off right with a pool party with your closest family and friends? From games and activities to snacks and decorations, we have rounded up some of the best pool party ideas for kids that are sure to make a splash. 


If you want to know how to throw an unforgettable pool party your kids will never forget, we are here to help. So continue reading to learn more about our favorite pool party ideas for kids!

1. Start With Summer-Themed Invitations

When planning the perfect pool party for kids, getting creative with the invitations is a great place to start. You can either send pool party invitations digitally or as physical cards, depending on your budget and preference. 


To make your invitation stand out, pick a pool party theme like "Under the Sea" or "Beach Bash" that will get your guests excited. Make sure to include details about the time and location of your party along with anything your guests should bring.


2. Choose Colorful Decor

One of the best parts about throwing a swimming party for kids is having the opportunity to go all out with the pool party decorations! Balloons, streamers, and tablecloths are great for setting the scene, and adding bright and cheerful pool party decor will get your guests extra excited.

Start by infusing the pool area with color. You can add colorful pool noodles, beach balls, beach towels, and pool floaties in an array of bright hues. You can also string up a colorful tassel banner to mark the entrance to the pool area.


The outdoor space around the pool should be filled with vibrant decor too. Set up a few tables and chairs so that guests have a place to lounge between swimming sessions. Then, deck out the area with more balloons, streamers, and paper lanterns in bright colors. If you’re feeling really creative, you could even make some homemade pool party decorations like paper fans or pinwheels to add to the scene.


3. Serve Pool Party Treats

When planning your pool party food, it's important to keep in mind the types of treats that are kid-friendly and pool-safe. While it's tempting to have a full-on barbecue with all the fixings, that can be a bit overwhelming for young swimmers. Instead, opt for fun and easy pool party treats, such as: 


  • Snacks - To start, set up a snack station with bite-size treats like popcorn, pretzels, chips, and trail mix. Add some healthier options like cut fruit, veggie sticks, and yogurt-covered raisins. Include colorful bowls and platters to make the snack station look inviting. 


  • Food - If you'd like to serve something a bit more substantial than snacks, offer up a delicious build-your-own taco bar or create a variety of slider sandwiches. 


  • Beverages - To cool off during the party, make sure to have plenty of refreshing beverages on hand. Set up a lemonade stand or a drink station with cups and pitchers of cold drinks. You could also offer fruity ice pops or fill an inflatable kiddie pool with ice and bottles of water.


  • Dessert - You can’t forget dessert! Serve up traditional pool party treats like ice cream cones or s'mores. You could also create frozen yogurt parfaits in mason jars for a fun twist on the classic dessert. 


4. Plan Splashy Pool Games

There’s no better way to add a splash of fun to your pool party than with some entertaining pool games. Whether you’re hosting a party for toddlers, tweens, or older kids, there are plenty of pool party games to choose from, including:


  • Marco Polo - If you’re looking for something low-key, a game of Marco Polo is always a hit with younger children. 


  • Obstacle Course - You can never go wrong with an obstacle course. Set up floaties and balls in the pool and have the kids complete it for a fun competition. 


  • More Active Games - For older kids, try some more active pool games like diving contests, underwater tag, or a game of pool basketball. 


  • Scavenger Hunt - If you’re feeling creative, you could also create a scavenger hunt by hiding some goodies at the bottom of the pool and having the kids search for them. 


No matter what pool party games you decide to play, make sure to provide ample lifejackets for extra water safety. With these fun and safe activities, your swimming party will be the talk of the neighborhood!


5. Don’t Forget Party Favors

No pool party would be complete without giving away party favors! Kids will love taking home something to remember the fun-filled day. Here are some ideas for pool party favors:


  • Pool-themed toys - Think beach balls, squirt guns, and water balloons. They’re sure to keep kids entertained for hours in the pool.


  • Stylish sunglasses - You can’t go wrong with fun sunglasses that both boys and girls will love. Plus, they will protect your kiddo’s eyes from the summer sun.


  • Pool goggles - Give kids their own set of goggles to take home with them. They’ll be able to use them in the pool again and again.


  • Fun flip-flops - Let kids choose from a selection of colorful and fun flip-flops that they can use all summer long.


6. Wear Pool Party Attire

Let your little ones have fun and get creative with their pool party attire! You can also set a dress code according to the theme you picked for your summer pool party. 


Make sure your kids are wearing their best swimwear and come prepared with their favorite swimming accessories such as their towel and hat. It’s also important that your children have sunscreen and additional UPF clothing to protect them from harsh UV rays.


Dress in Style with RuffleButts

With these fun pool party ideas for kids, your celebration is sure to be unforgettable. No matter what kind of summer pool party theme you decide, make sure your kids wear their own unique pool party attire!


At RuffleButts our collection of swimwear and swim accessories are guaranteed to be loved by your children. Not only is our swimwear made of UPF 50 sun protective material but it is also extremely stylish and fun. Whether it be a boys rash guard, or a girl’s swimsuit,  shop our collection today, and find the perfect pool party wear for your little one.