Everyone can enjoy getting cool in the heat of summer, so think about hosting a Splash Bash! Your hospitality is what counts! If you have a patch of grass and a hose- you are in business. Sometimes people think that they need to impress- when most guest are truly appreciative of a homespun hospitality that is simple and fun-loving. You don't need a pool this summer to have great fun! Invite some kids over, and moms and dads too. Frankly, at our place, the dads need more chaperoning than the kids!!!
For a Splash Bash guests need swim suits, towels, sunscreen, sneakers or secure sandals that can get wet. Have them bring a change of clothes too. If you have a pool, ask about each child's swimming ability and encourage weaker swimmers to bring water wings or life jackets – or provide for your guests.
Try sendomatic's Fish or Pink Duck Or Blue Duck.
Snacks or a full meal – depending on the time of day. What about watermelon?! Juice boxes are great for outdoor events. Goldfish crackers fits the theme too. Fruit kabobs are a fun idea. Simple sandwiches are always a good option. You can always BBQ. One year, we did a “Smoke on the Water” themed Splash Bash that featured the BBQ, lots of purple food (in honor of Deep Purple), pool games and – of course, the theme song playing every ½ hour.
Though water balloons fights might seem like a natural, I shy away from them. The clean up of broken balloons is too troublesome and a risk to the environment.
Like classic tag, except the player who is "It" carries a soaked sponge on the lawn and instead of "tagging" another player with his hand, he tosses the sponge at them. If he hits them with the sponge, they become "It."
Soaker Hose Tug-o-War
Just like it sounds! Using a soaker hose, divide kids into two teams, and they play tug-o-war on the lawn. They are continually getting soaked as they play tug-o-war.
Use a garden hose - turn it on full. Put your thumb over the opening to create one jet of water, or use a sprayer. Kids limbo to music under the water stream. Lower the water after each sequence. Of course, kids get soaked.
Ice Chin Relay Race
Make two lines. The first kid in each line places an ice cube under their chin. Players pass the ice cube down the line using only their chins. This is nearly impossible for the kids- but very fun and giggly. If you have a pool- have kids try to pick up the cubes with their toes.
Bathroom use- your bathroom will get wet, so plan for this, keep the floor dry to avoid injury.
Reapplying sunscreen. Often. On adults too.
Water is precious. Avoid running water when it is not in active use. Plan your watering schedule around the party to use the water wisely in your yard.