backyard waterpark

Who needs the water park when you can create one just as fun in your own backyard?

It all started when my oldest was 3 and I didn’t want to haul all our gear to the local water park so I decided to fill the backyard blow up pool with water and call it good.  We invited over some friends and eventually the Little Tykes slide ended up landing in the pool and we had our very own water park perfect for a 3 year old.  Funny thing is, the tradition stuck and every year our Backyard Water Park opens for business every summer.

Here are some pics of some ideas to create some water park fun.

This year the water balloons were definitely the hit of the party.

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Luckily one of the neighbor kids could fill and tie them – my fingers were sore after filling two coolers full!  Look at the line!  This lasted for over an hour of fun!

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Two coolers full of water balloons, going, going, GONE in world record time!

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The little blow up pool was perfect for the toddlers,

Splash O Rama

Look at those cute toes:) backyard waterpark

Here is our homemade water slide, the ever popular,

Wedgie Drop

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Shelley recommended this next water toy because her little ones LOVE it.  I bought my own and I am glad I did because it was all the toddler’s highlight,

Super Spiral Soakenator

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Okay maybe it was the MOM’s highlight because we were laughing so hard when the ball sneaks out and bops them in the head.  Too funny.

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If you get the water pressure just right, you can get the ball to float at just the right level to be used as a baseball T.  I didn’t get  a good picture of this, but it was FUN!

This makes the toy fun for all ages!

Here is a link to to get it on Amazon, you might find it cheaper somewhere else, but this is what it looks like, Little Tikes Super Spiral.

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While I was looking for the Super Spiral, I got distracted with these other fun water toys I need to add to my collection…

Little Tikes Beach Ball Sprayer

and then the

SW Express Geyser Blast Sprinkler

and then the

Banzai Cannonball Splash Water Slide

Just had to throw in this adorable picture of one of Shelley’s cuties.

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And last, but not least…

the Slip N Slide!

The water parks can’t compete with this back yard staple!

Ready, Set… backyard waterpark GO!!!

I didn’t get these out because I didn’t have enough for everyone, but don’t forget your

water squirt bottles

I posted about here.

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This is Shelley’s homemade version – a big black tarp sprayed with water from the hose – it doesn’t get any easier, or better, than that!

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Now that you have all the ideas, no excuses – open up your own backyard water park and

beat that summer heat!

backyard waterpark

16 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. June 29th, 2010 at 11:41 am
    Jen says:
    We had the spiral soaker when my boys were younger...they loved it! We also used it for water t-ball :) Now I am finding you can't go wrong with squirters of all shapes and sizes along with water balloons!
  2. June 29th, 2010 at 11:54 am
    Amanda says:
    This looks great and like a ton of fun! I love parties like this!
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  3. June 29th, 2010 at 11:56 am
    Amanda says:
    Great pics by the way. I love the one of the little girl in her patriotic swimsuit!!!
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  4. June 29th, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:
    Love this and do it all the time! Cute photos. Going to Stumble:-)
    .-= Amy @ Living Locurto´s last blog ..Water Play Time Indoors =-.
  5. June 29th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    Carrie says:
    Great ideas - i love the idea of the spray bottles - i hate guns so what a great alterative!!! and i have that slide too - blow up pool here we come!!!
  6. June 29th, 2010 at 5:36 pm
    Nesleirbag says:
    Lots of pent-up energy can be expended in a good, pretty much harmless water fight! Perfect for kids out of school for summer.
  7. June 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy says:
    That looks like it was sooooo much fun! Inspired. :)
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  8. June 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Green Gracie Home says:
    Fun! The best thing I did was buy a slip n slide for the last day of school, now every day when they get that "its hot, now what" look, I hook it up and they have a ball. Best 20 bucks ever spent.
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  9. June 29th, 2010 at 8:37 pm
    corine says:
    Looks like fun! We have a super spiral, we bought it last year at Walmart for only five dollars! I'm pretty sure it is still pretty cheap (less than ten dollars) Of course I live in Missouri and the prices could be different other. Either way it was a great purchase, my kiddos LOVE it!
  10. June 30th, 2010 at 11:34 pm
    stacy says:
    I love these ideas! I can't wait to try them out in my backyard. I love your blog!!!
  11. July 2nd, 2010 at 1:30 am
    Dianne says:
    Great Ideas - unfortunately we are in a drought in Australia and are not allowed to use water in this way. It was fun to read though and brought memories back of my childhood and water fights etc. Keep bringing your great ideas.
  12. July 2nd, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    Jill says:
    Wow! What a great idea!! I would laugh so much when all the little ones got bonked on the head by the ball!! lol
  13. July 4th, 2010 at 12:05 am
    Mother Lode says:
    way, super, over the top FUN!
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  14. August 22nd, 2010 at 11:08 pm
    Keith Martin says:
    I really like the Little Tykes slide in the blow up pool That's creative thinking put to use.

    I agree with you sometimes as a parent I don't feel like going to a water park and hauling all of that stuff that we have to take so that everyone is OK.

    I think that I will be following your lead for the remaining hot days here in Texas and let the little ones have a water park in our back yard.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Keith Martin
    Publisher, InfiniteWaterFountains.com
    .-= Keith Martin´s last blog ..Bond Napa Valley Water Fountain – Make an Impressive Splash In Your Backyard =-.
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