Fun water games might just be the fun you need at your next children’s event. Here is an arsenal of popular water activities for kids to use at your next Vacation Bible School, Day Camp, church picnic, family day, or in your own backyard.

Water games for kids is a good way to stay outside while still being able to cool off. Use the hose for a good game of limbo, or invite the neighbors over for a good old-fashioned water balloon fight. Regardless of the activity of the day, you can relax with a nice refreshing drink, preferably in a lawn chair under a sun umbrella, while the kids kill time playing games.

A Few wonderful and wacky water games for kids parties are a must for any outdoor summer time birthday or holiday gathering. Even if you don’t have a pool, it’s an easy surefire way to cool off a group of kids off on a hot summers day. Most outdoor water games for kids are very inexpensive (easy on your party budget), and don’t require a lot of time to set up. Two more excellent reasons to include at least one or two of them to your games and activities list.

Outdoor Water Games For Kids

Outdoor Water Games For Kids


My kids like it when I set up the sprinkler next to the driveawy for them to ride bikes through. Sometimes though I”ll just sit in my chair ont he deck holding the hose with the sprayer attachment and spray them while they run around screaming. This would be a fun twist on Red Light Green Light, Mother May I or Simon Says as well.

Water Gun Tag

Put those water guns to good use by launching a tag offensive the person who is “It” gets the water pistol, while all other players attempt to evade her. Because a successful “tag” will leave discernible evidence, there’s no disputing a changing of the guard. Don’t be surprised, however, if the chance to wield a water gun inspires kids to compete for the honor of being named.

Water Balloon Teamwork

Divide children into two teams. Have the children pair up within their team with a partner, back to back and linking arms. Place a water balloon between the two players. Have them carefully walk to a designated spot with a bucket. Together, they must get the water balloon in the bucket without popping it. After they run back, the next two players can go. The team with the most intact water balloons is the winner at the end.

Water Limbo

All this game needs is a running hose and a few friends willing to get soaked, even though the goal of the game is to run beneath the running stream of water games the most times without getting wet. Each round takes the stream lower and lower, making kids work on their flexibility in order to stay dry. An alternative to limbo would be to start out low and move higher as kids attempt to jump over the stream, making them even more active.

jump water games

jump water games

Wishy-Washy Station

Bring toys outside that can get wet. Fill up a deep tray with warm, soapy water and another one with clear water games. Using cleaning utensils such as toothbrushes, nail brushes, sponges and bottle brushes, have the kids scrub away the grime and grit that built up over time. Bonus you won’t have to do it yourself.

Jump water

Run a strong stream from a garden hose back and forth like a snake under your child’s feet, allowing him to jump over it. With more kids, turn it into a competition whoever’s feet don’t get drenched wins.

Sponge Toss

The players are divided into two teams placed at arm’s length apart, with one end having a full bucket of water games and the bucket at the other end empty. Quickly fill the small bucket by soaking the sponge and tossing it down the line to be wrung out, helping students with their hand-eye coordination and teamwork skills. Continuously rotate the line so each team member has a chance to pull the sponge out first. Whoever fills the bucket first or has the most water games at the end of a full rotation wins.