Kids Pool Party Ideas

Kids pool party ideas can be theme based or just filled with some fun pool games and good food.  Pool party themes for kids help to give direction to the invitations, decoration, cake and party favors.

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The theme depends on the ages of the guest and whether it will be girls only, boys only or a mixed group.

A Little Mermaid party can become an Under the Sea party for boys and girls. Our Butterfly Party turned into Bullfrogs and Butterflies.

Here are real pool parties that we've hosted with real ideas that are simple, fun and inexpensive.

Jungle Kids Pool Party Ideas

Let your kids monkey around with a jungle pool party theme.

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This pool party idea for kids appeals to both girls and boys.

Inflatable monkeys, giraffes and lions along with safari animal beach balls will have your kids enjoying a safari in the back yard.

Lions, and tigers and bears Oh, My!

For some great ideas for pool games for kids to jungle party invitations to jungle party favors click here:

Jungle Swimming Pool Party Ideas

Beach Pool Party Ideas for Kids

A kids beach party at your pool starts with a beach ball invitation on stock paper or actually written on a beach ball that has been deflated.

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Use beach balls for pool party decorations and props for swimming pool games.

Serve fruit kebabs and sandwich cutouts for food. Goldfish in a bucket lined with a colorful napkin can serve as a snack for hungry swimmers.

Send the kids home with party favors in a little sand bucket.

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Beach Themed Pool Party 

Dolphin Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Dolphin themed fun pool floats greeted guests when they first arrived for our dolphin kids pool party.

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But they weren't the only dolphins at the party. 

Dive to the bottom "of the sea" and swim with the dolphins with this kids pool party idea.

Find out what made for a memorable dolphin pool party theme with games, decorations and party favors here:

Dolphin Kids Pool Party Ideas

Cars Pool Party Ideas

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Floating stop signs, tire inner tube floats and traffic cones attracted more characters than just Lightening McQueen or Tow Mater. Boys and girls will love this themed pool party thanks to some great games in and out of the pool with splash bombs, scavenger hunt, and tire races. 

Cars Themed Kids Pool Party Ideas

Under the Sea Pool Party

An Under the Sea pool party will have you swimming with Sebastian and Ariel for a fun pool party theme. 

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Pool party games will have guests diving in "the sea" to find sunken treasure and searching for sea horses.

Under the Sea Pool Party

Western Kids Pool Party Ideas

Lasso your favorite friends and round'em up for a fun time of Corralling the Horses and Sittin' in the Saddle.

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A bunch of cowboy hats and bandanas can turn any party area into the Wild West.

Start your western party decorations at the pool gate. Post a Reward Poster of the birthday boy/girl and hang it along with a cowboy hat.

Hang vinyl red bandana pennants and red barn doors for the perfect photo op.

Find out how fun inflatable horses can be when you combine them with a swimming pool and a diving board :)

Western Pool Party Ideas

Ice Cream Pool Party Ideas

Get out the ice cream - that is ice cream floats and inflatables for a fun pool party theme. 

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Of course - after the pool party games serve ice cream cones or make your own ice cream sundaes. 

See more pics and get more ideas here....

Ice Cream Pool Party Ideas and Tips

Kids Pool Party Ideas for Boys

Gear your boys pool party ideas to the interests of your special boy. 

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Whether it's dinosaurs or basketball check out some fun ideas here .... Boys Pool Party ideas

Pirate Pool Party

A pirate pool party will have your guests diving for gold coins and other sunken treasures as well as Walking the Plank and Swabbing the Deck.

kids pool party ideas with a pirate theme

Provide pirate eye patches for each guest along with a pirate hat and a plastic waterproof sword. We used foam pirate hats so that it didn't matter if they got wet.

Pirate swords and skulls placed on the pool gate "warn" guests that they are entering pirate territory.

For more fun ideas and pictures ....

Pirate Pool Party

Shark Pool Party Ideas for Kids

Shark infested waters doesn't mean there is no swimming in the swimming pool!

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Swim with the sharks, but don't get attacked with this pool party theme.

Get ideas for lots of pool party games with inflatable sharks, splash bombs and Max Liquidator water guns!

Shark Pool Party Ideas For Pool Party Games & Supplies

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Frog Pool Party Theme

One special friend of ours requested a frog pool party theme. 

kids pool party ideas with a frog theme

We found him a frog hat that he wore for almost the entire party - in and out of the pool.

Who wouldn't have fun doing the Lily Pad Leap, diving for frogs (some of them real) and eating frog birthday cake.

For pictures, tips and ideas  for games, decorations, and party favors check out

Frog Pool Birthday Party Ideas

Kids Pool Party Ideas for Girls

Ladybug Party Ideas

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Ladybug beach balls and splash bombs provide fun in the water and cupcakes and party bags out of the water.

The contrasting deep red and bold black colors are repeated in the invites, paper goods and party bags.

See how you can turn red nylon hanging lanterns into ladybugs,  make a cute foam visor craft idea, and race with inflatable ladybugs. 

Ladybug Kids Pool Party Ideas

Butterfly Kids Pool Party Ideas

Girls were all a'flutter with their wings and pinwheel flowers. A butterfly scavenger hunt and a dive game for butterfly rings made the day truly memorable.

Of course sunshine and 85 degrees helps alot.

Decorate the pool gate and place butterflies on low hanging branches and on top of shrubs.

Before getting into the pool, start out with a Butterfly parade. Let the birthday girl pick out her favorite song and play it using an outdoor ipod player with speakers.

butterfly pool float

These bright colored butterfly pool floats were perfect for our butterfly themed pool party. 

We used the floats for pool party decorations, swimming pool games and because we got several at Five Below, the butterfly floats went home with the guests as pool party favors.

See pictures of this great pool party theme here:

Butterfly Pool Party Ideas

Minnie Mouse Kids Pool Party ideas

Who wouldn't want to celebrate with Minnie? 

Minnie Mouse beach balls, floats and kickboards are waiting for kids in the pool.

A scavenger hunt using pink, purple and yellow Easter eggs have kids searching the pool perimeter.

pink and white striped Minnie Mouse Pool float

Paper lanterns with ears hang from the umbrella poles and pink and white polka dot gift bags decorate the party tables. 

Even Minnie will kick off her pink shoes and polka dot hair bow to join in the fun.

Get ideas for decorations, party supplies and games right here:

Minnie Mouse Kids Pool Party Ideas

Fairy Pool Party Ideas for Kids

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I believe in fairies! You would too if you had been at our fairy birthday party.

Decorate with lots of fairy wings. Tie them to the pool gate, hang them from tree branches or patio umbrella ribs, and use them for your centerpiece.

Sprinkle pixie dust on the sidewalk leading to the party area and have extra to sprinkle on little girls who earn their fairy wings.

Of course you need wings, wands and great weather for a fun afternoon by the pool. Get ideas for a Peter Pan race, Fairy Gold Hunt, and a Pixie Dust Relay:

Fairy Swimming Pool Party Ideas

Mermaid Pool Party Ideas

With two pre-school granddaughters who love the Little Mermaid, I know first hand what a big hit this themed pool party provides.

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Have fun with the Trinket Dive and Under the Sea games and party favors. Our two little granddaughters helped to plan this summer's Little Mermaid party - starting with the Mermaid Parade to the Disney song, "Under the Sea."

Fish were painted and hung from the patio umbrella and Ariel adorned the cupcakes.

Pool party games for kids, like "Poor Unfortunate Souls", Trinket Dive and Mermaid Splash made for a memorable pool party. Kids went home with inexpensive goodie bags made from sea blue lunch bags decorated with foam stickers of sea waves and crabs, and tropical fish. 

For ideas and pictures...

Mermaid Pool Party Ideas

Pool Birthday Party Ideas Using Inflatable Pool Toys

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Pool birthday party ideas using inflatable pool slides, fun pool floats and cool pool toys make for a memorable time with friends, neighbors and family. 

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Kids Pool Party Ideas for Games

Fun pool floats and exciting pool dive toys add a fresh excitement to an afternoon at the pool.

kids pool party ideas for games

Turn a swimming pool noodle into a monkey and a parrot to see who can swim to the other side of the pool the fastest.

Rescue an innocent rubber duckie from a swarm of snakes or just enjoy playing with a lion shaped beach ball.

A few inexpensive pool toys can keep kids busy and entertained without much effort.

Pool Games for Kids

Make it a great party with one of these themed kids pool party ideas. 

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