It’s officially summer in Foxbank Plantation in Moncks Corner! Which, if you’re a parent, means that you have two priorities: keep cool and keep the kids entertained. One of the best ways to do both? Spend your days at the community pool.
Made for more than just splashing around, the pool is a great place to play games and help your kids practice their swimming skills. Here are a few popular pool games that you can play with your kids all summer long:
- Mermaid/Submarine Race
This is where you and your kids all hold your breath and see who can swim the longest underwater without coming up for air. If you decide to play this game multiple times in a row, make sure you space it out, so you don’t run out of air too quickly.
- Sharks and Minnows
This classic game is best enjoyed when all participants are on the same level swimming-wise. One person (the shark) is put in the middle of the pool. Everyone else (the minnows) post-up on one side of the pool. The minnows swim from one side of the pool to the other and try not to get tagged by the shark. The shark tries to catch as many minnows as possible. If a minnow is tagged, he/she becomes a shark, too. The last remaining minnow is the winner — and also becomes the next shark.
- Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunt is so simple, yet it provides so many hours of entertainment for kids. Basically, you toss coins into the pool and let the kids go dive for them. See who can gather the most. Lather, rinse and repeat.
- Marco Polo
We couldn’t discuss pool games without mentioning this tried and true classic. Similar to tag, one person has his/her eyes closed and yells “Marco.” Everyone else has to respond with “Polo.” Keeping his/her eyes closed, the one person has to try to tag someone else. Once they tag someone, that person is now “it,” and the game continues.
This is basically freeze tag, but in the pool. One person is “it” and tries to tag as many people as possible. If one person is tagged, he/she stands still with their arms straight in the air. The only way he/she can be un-frozen is if another player swims between his/her legs. To keep it interesting, change the “it” person every few minutes.
We hope these games are able to keep you and your kids occupied this summer! For more up-to-date news on what’s happening around the neighborhood, sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter.