Mark Roemer Oakland knows you undoubtedly still have a few items on your summer bucket list that you haven’t crossed off as the end of the season draws near. Maybe a trip to the pool is in order. There is no such thing as too much pool time, even if you’ve spent most of the summer there. Make sure you complete these five pool activities before fall arrives and the kids return to school.
Mermaid races—also known as dolphin or submarine races—are a terrific method to keep your young children entertained if they enjoy Disney movies. Call them whatever will interest your audience. This game is excellent for older children who are proficient at swimming underwater. Select a starting point, then begin swimming while holding your breath. The winner is the person who swims the furthest without stopping to breathe.
Although Marco Polo can be a little annoying for onlookers, this is your last chance to play until the following year. You deserve it. Choose a Marco, then have the Marco wander around the pool with his eyes closed, searching for the ever-moving “Polos.” The point is to have “Marco” say his name. The other players respond, “Polo,” so Marco can try to figure out their position based on sound. This game won’t work in a crowded public pool, but if you’re fortunate enough to swim at a private pool or have the area to yourself, it’s a hit with swimmers of all ages.
If you’ve had enough of genuinely floating while supported by pool noodles, stop worrying about their primary purpose and start having fun. Invite your pool friends to a duel where you’ll only use fragile foam pool noodles as “swords.” Alternately, sneak up on your family and blow bubbles or water streams at them from the noodles. Just a word of caution: you might start a splash war.
The aquatic version of freeze tag is another game better suitable for a private pool and enjoyable for children and adults. Label someone as “it” and swim as far away from them as you can. If you are tagged, you must remain motionless until help arrives to defrost you. Even though you might be familiar with playing this game on land, playing it in the pool adds a new level of difficulty because you’ll need to navigate the water to get away from whoever’s “it.”
The summer is almost done beautiful summer. Take a moment to enjoy the last few warm days. Just a lounge chair, some sunglasses, and an excellent book are all you should bring to the pool. Find a sunny location and unwind while others splash around. As the sun warms your skin and the summer breeze tousles your hair, enjoy a dose of vitamin D. After all, October will soon arrive with its chilly temps and bonfires.
Mark Roemer knows it is still a few months away, but summer is fleeting. Before long, the long summer days will give way to the long nights of winter. So, get out there and have some fun before it’s too late!