Pool Games for Adults
As an adult, it can be hard to have fun in the pool without resorting to a childish game of Marco Polo (that everyone cheats at anyway) or trying to drown each other in a chicken fight. Instead, try these adult friendly games out for size at your next pool party.
Floating Ping Pong
You can purchase a floating ping pong table to play a few rounds while staying cool. You can also use the table to play a game of floating beer pong, or purchase a separate floating beer pong game.
This game is a variation of water polo, but with a watermelon instead of a ball. Divide up into two teams, and then drop a watermelon covered in petroleum jelly or vegetable oil in the middle of the pool. You then essentially play soccer, but in a pool, and with your hands. However, you are not allowed to lift the watermelon out of the pool and throw it, and you might want to set other ground rules (such as no holding players under the water, or have a way to “tap out” if someone is being too rough) so that no one gets hurt.
This game is a combination of your childhood truth-or-dare and the basketball game H-O-R-S-E. Each player takes a turn doing a stunt, such as diving into the pool a certain way, shooting a hoop, singing a silly song, etc. Everyone else has to then repeat what they did, or get a letter.
Blow up two rafts and place them in the middle of the pool. Put a player on each raft, and hand them a pool noodle. Push the two players towards each other and have them try to knock the other player off their raft using only the pool noodle. Host a jousting tournament and give the winner a sweet prize.
Gather as many inflatable pool toys as you can and spread them out evenly across a pool. Divide the pool in half, and put half your friends on one side, and half on the other. Set a timer for one minute, and then have everyone throw the toys to the other side as fast as they can. The team with the least amount of toys at the end wins.
A popular favorite is pool volleyball. Set up a volleyball net across your pool, and then play just like normal volleyball, but in the water. If you want to slow things down a bit, play with a beach ball instead of a volleyball. And if you have to, ban spiking the ball so that no one gets a bloody nose in the pool.