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Summer is coming, and it’s time to start thinking ahead to long, lazy days at the local water park. You have already thought about what you might need to wear, eat, and how you will protect from sunburn.

Now it is time to think about how to keep everyone entertained and armed for a fun day in the pool.

Pool noodle

One family favorite at the pool is the standard pool noodle. This hollow three foot long floating is accurately named because its appearance is exactly like a hollow spaghetti noodle. Useful as a flotation device under the arms and legs, it can serve other purposes as well. Your children and their friends can hit each other with them without any fear of injuries. Because they are hollow, they can hold water inside, perfect for attacks even some distance from the pool.

Floating balls

Almost every great game involves a ball of some sort. Perhaps is water polo, keep away, poolside basketball, or a game your children devise based on their own space limitations and creativity. Almost any ball will be put to good use. Beach ball? Fine. Handheld ball? Great. Playground ball? Perfect?

As long as it floats, you should consider packing it in the bag or the car for when the kids seem to be running out of ideas.

Pool divers

Depending on the depth and clarity of the water where you will be swimming , pool divers will be a popular diversion too. These bright weighted rings or rods will sink to the bottom of the pool but still be visible to divers. They are great for practicing diving and holding one’s breath. Your kids can time how long it takes to retrieve them, or take turns throwing and retrieving them into deeper and deeper sections of the pool or lake.

Be courteous

Of course, every poolside game requires the players to be courteous to those around them. Balls can bounce into unexpected places, and will be especially distracting or disruptive to people who are there to sunbathe and not wanting to be interrupted by your children. Help your kids find the right place to play so they can have fun without being a burden on others

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