Top 10 Summer Water Activities – No Pool Required

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

Summer is now in full swing, which means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the great weather. One of the best things to do during the summer is spend time on, near or in the water. That said, much like boats, in many ways it is better to have a friend with a pool than to own one yourself. On the days that you can't find a friend or neighbor willing to share their pool, here are a few ways for you and the rest of the family to cool down with these fun water activities.


Trampoline Water Balloon Jumping

Combine trampolines with water balloons for a fun and wet backyard activity, courtesy of A Subtle Revelry. You definitely have to be safe with this one (put up the trampoline net, if you have one), but it will pay dividends with tons of fun.

Walter balloons on trampoline for jumping summer activity
Trampoline Water Balloon Jumping

DIY Slip N' Slide

Purchase a good size tarp, add a small amount of dish soap and then the water. This will prove to be a great cooling off activity the whole family would enjoy!  Wired also offers a very detailed tutorial on putting together a slip and slide game yourself with a few “over-the-counter” materials like plastic sheeting and pool noodles.

Homemade Slip N' Slide

Mini Water Blobs

For this project, iron together the edges of plastic sheeting (like the drop cloths you lay down to protect the carpet when painting), but leave a small opening to be able to fill your plastic blob with water (and a little food coloring). Grab some tips for this project from Hello Wonderful.

Colored water blobs made from plastic sheets with an iron
Homemade Colored Water Blobs

Bobbing for Nemo

Use colorful kitchen sponges to create a school of Finding Nemo-inspired fish. Use this twist on bobbing for apples as a fun filled and relaxing hit at home.

Fishing and bobbing for fish shaped sponges
Bobbing for Nemo

Water Baseball

As long as you can find a willing participant, this can be a very simple and fun activity. Just fill water balloons, and toss them at a swimsuit-wearing batter. This idea (and many others) can be found on the River’s Edge Curriculum blog.

Father and son playing baseball with water balloons
Water Balloon Baseball

DIY Water Slide

Another super simple solution if you already have a swing set or slide at home. Attach a hose to your play set and create a homemade water slide! Children will likely go up and down the slide for as long as you allow them to run the water.

Parents and children using playground slide and water to create waterslide
DIY Water Slide

Sprinkler Limbo

With PVC pipe and a garden hose, you can create this slippery twist on one of everyone's favorite party game. Not to mention it is much easier and more fun to limbo when you are young. Kimber of The Pinning Mama shared this idea on the Home Depot blog.