Pool Games

Memorial Day Pool Games

Try these pool games for summer fun.

Memorial Day will be here before you know it, and with it comes the traditional start of the summer pool season. Unless, of course, you’re one of those lucky people living in an area where you can keep your pool open nearly all year long.

One thing is for certain, though. You can make this year’s Memorial Day pool party – and the rest of the summer – one to remember with some fun pool games for the young, and the young at heart. Just be sure to always remember the first rule of pooltime fun – safety first!

Find the Invisible Bottle

Fill an empty two-liter bottle with water. If the cap is the same color as the bottom of your pool, that’s even better. Have everyone who’s playing stand with their backs to the pool, then drop the bottle. Give them the “go,” and the first to find the bottle wins! It’s harder than you think.


Just like in Medieval times. Ok, not really. But it’s still fun. Have players face each other, two at a time, as they straddle inflatable rafts. Give each a pool noodle. The first to knock his or her opponent from their mount, wins!


If you have a smaller pool, this game is perfect for you. Have everyone start moving slowly in a circle, and then go faster and faster until a whirlpool forms in the center. When that happens, you can actually float in it for a time.


You’re probably familiar with the game of H O R S E in basketball. F I S H takes that concept to the pool. Set up a poolside basketball goal, and have everyone take trick shots. As players miss shots, they earn a letter. The first person to spell out F I S H loses.

Scavenger Hunt

Gather up a collection of items in pairs – coins, dive sticks, small invisible bottles from earlier in this article, etc. They just have to be things that will sink. Toss the items into the pool randomly, and have teams or two players collect one of each. First to complete the list, wins!

Anytime you get to spend in the pool is fun. But adding new games to the mix can help keep everyone entertained and part of the party.