Have some backyard fun with these family friendly swimming pool activities!

Looking to enjoy the extended swimming season that comes courtesy of the Texas climate? Then here are some of the fan favorites that are sure to “go swimmingly”with your friends and family:

1. Marco Polo

This well known pool game is a huge hit across the globe. While the seeker has his or her eyes closed, they shout out the word, “Marco!” and listen to the response, “Polo!” which is received from the other players in the pool. Based on what they hear, the seeker then has blindly to swim, walk, or run through the water to find those hiding in different locations throughout the pool

2. Belly Flops Contests

This is a great game for anyone who’s brave enough to put their abs to the test (and who may have a low pain tolerance!). One person will be the judge and determine how contestants will be ranked: will the highest jumper win? Will it be the person with the most unique “flopping” style? Or will the winner be determined by how much pain they’re in after they leave the water (the redness of their belly can be the judge of that!).

3. Play Chicken

For this game, you’ll need a fairly wide pool and for four friends or family members to break up into teams of two. One person will be on the bottom, and the other will be sitting atop the shoulders of the person on the bottom. When a buzzer or bell rings, then each of the top players will work to wrestling, tussle, and wrangle the other player down into the pool. Whoever remains standing is the ultimate victor.

4. Relay Races

Is there anything more fun than a good old fashion water relay? If you have a family full of fantastic swimmers, then your relays can include traditional swim styles. If you feel like getting a bit more creative, throw in some floaties or pool noodles and make up your own crazy and creative relays. Whoever makes it to the other end of the pool first, wins!

For more pool family fun, stop by our facility on Friday afternoons from 4-6 pm for Fun Fridays, which is unstructured swim time, which allow parents and children to enjoy our indoor, heated pool together.  


Texas Swim Academy is the best swim school near me offering result-oriented swimming lessons in Katy that cater to all ages and abilities. Our well-trained and experienced swimming instructors provide a variety of programs for infants through adulthood. For the little ones, we offer swimming lessons for babies and swimming lessons for toddlers focused on survival swimming skills to build a strong water safety foundation and foster water confidence at a young age. Once your child knows how to swim, our swim lessons for children will help refine techniques and build endurance, as the consistent practice of their swimming skills is an imperative part of becoming a strong swimmer. 

Our adaptive aquatics program is designed for children of all ages and abilities to ensure every child, including children on the autism spectrum, can benefit from these fundamental skills and enjoy the water in a safe and comfortable environment. Adults seeking to improve their swimming prowess or learn how to swim for the first time can enroll in adult swim lessons tailored to their specific goals.

Our swim lessons near me are a convenient and accessible way for you and your family to learn how to swim in a comfortable environment. Our dedicated instructors are passionate about teaching and ensuring your progress in the water. Take a few minutes to view Our Swimmer Stories to learn more about what other families are saying about their experience with Texas Swim Academy. 

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