Family Fun With Inflatable Pools and Accessories

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The Year Was 1946 - A New Product Was The Inflatable Swimming Pool

Nothing says fun more than a cool dip in an inflatable pool, especially on a hot day. .And it was back in 1946 when the "above ground" pool was first welcomed, partly because of the assent in plastic. Although this "welcomed relief" from those hot summer days was beginning to take form, it wasn't until the 70's and 80's that various colors and designs were offered. And that's when it really took off.

Today all shapes and sizes are available and the larger pools even offer slides. Plus the convenience and ease with a click of the mouse will bring it right to your doorstep.

One thing is for sure. There is plenty of family fun with inflatable pools and accessories. The best buy is online for kids inflatable pools.

Heart-Healthy Swimming For Children

Swimming is considered one of the best forms of exercise for children and adults.
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How To Disassemble An Inflatable Pool

Children's inflatable swimming pools are easy to disassemble and only takes minutes to complete.

  • Drain all the water completely out of the pool.
  • Then simply deflate the pool (make sure it is completely drained).
  • Next, let the liner dry thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew build up.

And there you have it. Just fold it up and store it for next year. These inflatable swimming pools are so convenient and providing you take proper care of them they will last for many years.

Swimming - A Childs Favorite Form Of Exercise

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The Old Garden Hose

When I was a child I would have given anything to have an inflatable pool on a hot day in Los Angeles California. The best we kids could do is to squirt each other down with the garden hose. But back then, that was so much fun.

For variety, we would run back and forth across the lawn sprinkler giggling and yelling out loud. It was a fun way to cool off. Sometimes we would even open our little mouths wide to catch a few drops of water from the spray of the sprinkler.

Our little dog, 'Jeep' loved to be cooled down on those hot summer days using the sprayer attached to the garden hose.


How To Sanitize a Small Inflated Pool

If you have small children and a simple inflatable pool you will want to know how to keep it clean. Bacteria as well as other harmful substances can collect if the pool isn't regularly cleaned.

Small pools need regular care. Here are some things you will need to keep on hand:

  • A test kit that measures chlorine and pH levels.
  • A plastic brush for cleaning the sides of the pool
  • A pool algaecide
  • Chlorine - (Stabilized form)
  • Bleach
  • Borax

You may also want a pool skimmer and a filter to aid in pool cleanliness.

Read the manufactures directions carefully both for safety and for care of your pool. Also, visit a local pool shop for more information. Combining the above ingredients must only be done under the supervision of an adult who knows what their doing.

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Capture Fun Times With Your Camera

Family fun with inflatable pools and accessories will bring some lasting and precious memories. Be sure to keep your camera ready for capturing some great times. Or you might prefer to use your video camera for longer viewing moments. Either way your family will enjoy re-living these once-in-a-lifetime experiences again and again.


Safety Tips For Inflatable Pools

To keep your family safe follow these tips:

  • Never leave children unattended while they are in the pool
  • Apply a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF on the face, shoulders, arms or any exposed areas.
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around the pool to keep young children out of the area.
  • Limit children's activities in high temperatures.
  • Use 'approved' life vests instead of 'floaties'.
  • Be careful of entrapment - suction from pool drains and such.
  • Talk with your children about pool safety.

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Above Ground Or In-Ground Pool?

A study done by The Association of Pool And Spa Professionals found that there are about 5 million in-ground pools in the United States and only 3.5 million above ground pools. But the market for above ground pools has grown so rapidly its pretty much a toss up these days.

When you're trying to decide on the right pool to buy think about this list of factors:

  • Cost. There's no two ways about it...an in-ground (built in) pool is far more expensive than an above ground pool.
  • Upkeep. Both in-ground and above ground pools require just about the same maintenance. You have the cleaning, the chemical balance and the filtering for both. Also consider the fact that you're pretty much stuck as far as expenses go with an in-ground pool. But if you own an above ground pool you can simply take it apart when it wears out and replace it.
  • Ad on Features. Above ground pools do not offer as many shapes and sizes as an in-ground pool. Besides diving boards in-ground pools have add-on features such as spas.
  • Safety. Above ground pools have walls extending above the ground which is a great safety feature. Half of fatal drownings happen in built in pools. About 10 per cent occur in above ground pools.

If you're just not sure which type of pool to invest in you may want to start off with an above the ground pool. If you find that a pool is major enjoyment for the whole family you can commit to am in-ground later.

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Important Extra's For The Swimmers

  • Sunscreen - With skin cancer at an all-time high in adults even children must be protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Always apply sunscreen generously to the skin before entering the pool. The face, neck, ears and shoulders are especially vulnerable.
  • Towels - Fluffy absorbent towels for dying off after swimming.
  • Water - Children must be encouraged and reminded to drink plenty of water during outside activities. Provide a bottle of water for each child. Using a pen marker, print the name of each child on their bottled water.
  • Goggles - These are very inexpensive and most children will want a pair.
  • Pool toys and noodles - Be sure all items used in the pool are pool safe.

Lay down some ground rules for pool safety. Children may get a bit carried away while playing in the pool with friends and family members. Remind each one to avoid shoving or pushing, ducking, wrestling...you get the idea

An adult should always be present when children are in the pool. Make this a top priority!

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http://www.poolpricer.com/above-ground-vs-inground-pools/

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Okay, I have a pet peeve to air right now: our family never had an inflatable pool when I was growing up. I'm feeling very cheated right now. In fact, I'm thinking many of my problems in life stem from this traumatic deficiency in my life. :)

Great hub; looks so much fun! I want to be a kid again!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Audrey,

Very convenient hub! Especially when the temps are at record highs right now! :) Informative hub, thanks for the share! I had no idea the above ground pool came out in the 1940s; I guess you learn something new every day! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Audrey - omg! I was smiling the whole way through this!

My girls have had two of the pools above - where I have the gazebo now used to be the pool! Lol. I had the Intex pool and the big rectangular one. So I'd like to tell anyone who is interested - the Intex is fabulous! It doesn't fall over or lose water...I'd have 5 kids in that thing and man there were many good times:

I always had a pool for them because they love to play outside (and I love that too) but it gets pretty hot here in the Midwest in summer. They wouldn't "play" in 107 degree weather! Lol


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Audrey - I enjoyed reading this hub because it made me reminisce for summer days in the late 1990s when my daughter was still small enough to enjoy being out in the garden and we filled her little pool and she played in it all day. We were both sitting in it some days and she had friends around and her slide went down into it. It was just great. We have had no summer to speak of in the UK yet - must be waiting for the Olympics for the sun to start shining!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Oh what fun Audrey. To be five, or six and playing on a summer day. I bet this brought back some happy memories for you.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Wow... I didn't know they had been around since the 1940s. Excellent for kids at this time of the year and parents (they can sit back and relax). I love the tips you gave on cleaning/safety, particularly measuring Chlorine levels.

You've put me in a summer mood. :-)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

My kids had so much fun in their little inflatable pools, and I have to admit that I used the excuse of playing with them to join them in the wading pool on hot summer days! Good advice for keeping these pools clean as the bigger inflatable pools that don't get emptied every day need daily attention to keep them sanitary.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear billy - I'm still giggling myself silly. I'm quite sure that not having your own little inflatable pool is the major cause of your problems in life. And so was mine. At least, I had a garden hose :) And as far as your final comment goes - billy, you ARE still a kid. And we love you for that!

josh3418 - Well, I know I still learn something new everyday. As an example, each time I read one of your fabulous hubs I am grateful for what I have learned. You're so kind to take time to read and comment here.

realhousewife - How I would love to meet your little family. They sound so adorable - but how could they be any other way when they have a Mommy like you? I can see them now, playing in their intex pool, splashing and laughing as the hot midwest sun raised the temperature to a sweating 90+ degrees and above. :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jools99 - Hello my friend. Is the sun out yet in the UK? :) I so loved your comments covering the days in the late 1990s when your daughter played in her little pool. Those pool slides were so much fun and a wonderful addition to the pool itself. What precious memories and I thank you for allowing me "in."

mcbirdbks - Those days really are a joy to live again. It's quite amazing how we kids were dirt poor, but didn't know the difference. All the neighbors were hurting too. We discovered such creative ways to have so much fun. Thank you dear friend for the visit!

Lady_E - Hi there. I understand the sun is still hiding in your part of the world. Whew! Very hot here. Thank you for reading my hub and for appreciating the information on cleaning/safety etc. And it's quite surprising to know how long these inflatables have been around. See you soon!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

These are great tips Vocal Coach. All of my children wanted a pool every summer. I struggled to keep the bigger ones clean. Of course the boys always had rocks in their pockets. This is very useful and helpful!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Inflatable pools are awesome. We had one when my kis was small but now gotta invest in a big one.

Voted up as useful hub.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

We have a 15 by 42 pool....that we put up every summer....we highly highly recommend it....we have watched as our two little ones have grown in that pool....my almost 6 year can finally stand up on her own....she is very proud of this accomplishment....now the 3 year wants to stand up but she still needs about 10 inches.

Our pool has lasted 4 years....and it cost us $199.....so for an average of $50 a year we have a pool.....we looked into a inground pool....and the cheapest price we could find(major problems with utility lines in the backyard) was about $25,000....I think we got a bargain.

Voted up and very useful.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

Okay, I will admit I still enjoy this pool in the summer. I have a bigger Bestway, so filter pump, skimmer, and vacuum are absolutely of the essence. Great Hub, vocalcoach! Thanks. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I'm loving this hub, Audrey, because we have been discussing getting one this year. It is such a scorcher of a summer and I want quick relief when I get home from work. :) Great info and fun, too. Thanks for sharing the timely topic. Rated up and USEFUL! hee hee


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Stephanie Henkel - Watching our children and grandchildren playing in their inflatable pool is addicting. And I, just like you, always end up sharing the cool water and fun with them. Even my grandbabies who frollick in their tiny little pool want grandma to get in the pool too. With barely enough room to stand...I hop in. And of course, grama is the one who usually cleans and sanitizes their glorious pool! :)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Totally had inflatable pools growing up, because my dad did not want the hassle of what he called a real pool! Loved the fact you gave earlier of when they first came about too. Definitely voted up and shared too.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is such an enjoyable read. I always wanted one of these growing up as a kid, but we had to settle for the hose and sprinkler to cool off. Great information for those who are considering buying one of these for their family.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tammyswallow - Hello sweet lady. Sounds like you've had a lot of experience and fun times with inflatable pools. I could sit and watch kids play all day. They know how to enjoy themselves. And boys with rocks in their pockets go hand-in-hand. Bless their hearts:) Thanks tammy for your constant support!

Ruchira - You must have some wonderful memores of your kids splashing around in their pool. And it would be marvelous to have a built in pool. Just be sure that you're not the one that gets stuck with keeping it clean:) Thank you for the vote up and useful.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cogerson - How precious are your little ones - a 6 and a 3 yr old. I imagine the 3 yr old thinks she's just as big as her older sister. What a joy to watch them play in the pool to say nothing of watching each one grow. Treasure this time (I know you do) as it only happens once and is gone way to soon.

I appreciate your feedback and valuable information on your pool and the comparison between an inflatable and an in-ground. Thank you for voting up and useful my friend!

Haunty - I'm glad to hear that you are still enjoying your pool. Thanks for the confirmation on the necerssity for a pump, etc. Appreciate that. Very nice to see you here and I will drop by your hubplace!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wonderful tips and variety for anyone's pocket. Today's kids take these inflatable pools for granted. I agree with billy, I missed some of the fun, when I was a kid. Later on, I was already in college and kept myself busy with my science books. Thanks for taking your time in putting this hub together VocalCoach!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

We just bought one this summer and it has been a lifesaver! Nicely done :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Denise - Great to see you! I hear that the "Intex" brand is the best for inflatable pools. When you get one let me know and I'll come by for a nice cool dip. It's too darn hot! Thanks for rating up and useful!

Janine - How good to hear that you liked my little bit of history on the inflatable pool. And you have a collection of memories yourself of your days spent playing in your pools:) So nice to see you here Janine and thanks for your vote up and for sharing!

teaches12345 - I sure like you - yes I do! You manage to read and comment on every new hub (and some of the old ones too.) I know how time consuming it is and I appreciate it very much. You and I never had the luxury of an inflatable pool did we? Well, the garden hose was a whole lot of fun too. Thanks, my friend!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I used to LOVE visiting my grandparents in upstate new york because they had an inflatable pool and so did all the neighbors. We had pool parties at each house every weekend. Summers were heaven there! :) Thanks for bringing back those memories, VC!!! :)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub....and I can second your opinion that this is the way to go....my wife wanted an in ground pool....but after all the estimates to build a pool were nearly 30,000 dollars....we decided to go this route when it came to our pool. We bought a pool very similar to the one in your hub for about 300 dollars 4 years ago...it lasted those 4 years but will need to be replaced next year...but it was a blast and was used almost every day of the summer....and we got to watch our little ones learn how to swim in the pool...as well as get big enough to stand up in the pool...that was a proud day for our current 6 year old.

Thanks for including some of the history of inflatable pools...hard to believe they are already 66 years old...makes me wonder why my parents did not get one for my youth...lol.

Voted up and useful.....too bad the hot weather is behind us this year.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Cogerson - Oh how I enjoyed picturing your little ones splashing and playing in the pool with your 6 yr old proudly standing up on his own.

It's great that your family has cooled off in that pool for 4 years. I'd say you got your moneys worth:)

And I didn't get an inflatable pool either during my youth either. Well here we are now enduring the cold weather and dreaming of playing in the pool. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

An inflatable pool is a great way to have fun in the summer time. Great hub.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Vellur - Very nice to see you here and to read your comments. Thank you for your support. Have a great day!

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