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Water Balloon Activity Ideas

Updated on August 2, 2016
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Pastel colored water balloons contradict their potential.
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Water Balloon Ideas for Summer Events


Summer is the time for outdoor events and there are few activities that top the fun and excitement playing with water balloons provide.

They wipe out the boundaries keeping some from participating in games--age, gender, phobias, you name it--water balloon games have a way of enticing all of your family and friends to join the fun!


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Get your stash ready!A little experience teaches you how much water the balloons will hold--and it gets you wet!  With all sorts of tools available to help you make the most of the water balloons I found it to be a no fail procedure once I learned how much they hold without being too fragile.A small bag of 100 will take your fun a long way!
Get your stash ready!
Get your stash ready! | Source
A little experience teaches you how much water the balloons will hold--and it gets you wet!
A little experience teaches you how much water the balloons will hold--and it gets you wet! | Source
With all sorts of tools available to help you make the most of the water balloons I found it to be a no fail procedure once I learned how much they hold without being too fragile.
With all sorts of tools available to help you make the most of the water balloons I found it to be a no fail procedure once I learned how much they hold without being too fragile. | Source
A small bag of 100 will take your fun a long way!
A small bag of 100 will take your fun a long way! | Source

Occasions for Water Balloon Activities


From birthday parties to family reunions and patriotic holidays to weekend cookouts, water balloon activities can be the highlight of an event. Neighborhoods and communities add water balloon games to their schedules because they are a huge draw for their functions.

Including the fun of water balloons in your next event will result in photos and videos full of action and laughter. Memories of the strategies participants come up with to engage in the games with team members and opponents will motivate you to make the games a regular part of your summer plans.

Whether it’s an all pink water balloon party theme for a girl’s summer birthday, red, white, and blue balloons for a 4th of July family reunion, or a back-to-school-colors water balloon fest, everyone’s sure to enjoy mixing sun and water for summer fun.

Water balloon kits are available to make filling and even tying them off fast and easy. If you decide to check out products to help you plan your parties, be sure to take a look at hot potato styled toys like the Splash Outs.

The following activity ideas can inspire you to spotlight fun at your parties. Read through the 10 idea starters for different age groups and before you know it, you'll be custom designing special games for your family and friends!


• 8. Elementary kids will have no end of fun at reunions with balloon wars that are guys against girls, cousins against uncles, as well as among friends at parties. Contests to see who can throw the highest and farthest, who can hit a target, and who can collect the most in a game of chase are right up their alley. They will generally respond well to organized activities centered around team work for their age group and that have prizes at the end.

• 7. Relays that combine younger and older children are great ways to help teach them to rely on each other as family members and friends. Teaming a 6th grader and a 1st grader with instructions for the older to encourage the younger with a positive attitude can help degrade the sad effects of age segregation. Also, be sure to consider dodge ball type games with interesting contents for the balloons. Keep in mind that surprise ingredients like koolaide, jello, milk, and more will require an outdoor shower area.

• 6. Junior and senior high teens will have typical attitudes that range from mocking to wishing they could get the others to just have fun with the activity. Whether they are cousins or friends, getting them going may require some good leadership from the adults in the group but it will be worth it to see them have fun in spite of their insecurities. Give some thought to a relay that progresses from easy to difficult in either distance or complication. Once those kids are focused the camera shots will make super memories for them.

• 5. Big kids may want to plan ahead for their own balloon activities. Each one (or each family of them) could work together to create an activity for the rest to join in on, then a vote could be cast by a panel of judges (grandparents, great aunts and uncles) to decide which creative activity would receive the winning Tootsie Roll trophy.

Count Down by Age: 10 Idea Starters for Water Balloon Activities


• 10. When babies and toddlers are part of the mix, combining them with water balloons for photo and video ops is stupendous fun. Their first experience with a squishy, colorful blob of curiosity out in the sunshine can provide families with unforgettable pictures for baby books.

Tip: Balloons that are not very full of water will give the most opportunity for photography. If they pop too soon a baby’s attention will disappear. If they are too full the pop might scare them, meaning the activity is over for a long time.

Important safety note: Never leave a baby or young child alone with a balloon. It is unsafe for them to be with balloons in an unsupervised environment at any time. Little ones must always be watched closely when balloons are in their environment. Remove and dispose of all traces of the balloon pieces when the activity is over.

• 9. For preschool through first grade children a simple free-for-all may be the best scenario for their get together. Time to explore the balloons (with supervision) and toss them around with each other in a kiddie pool will satisfy them as much as an attempt at an organized activity. They will enjoy watching and learning about big kid team games at some point.

Going the Distance with Some Serious Fun!

• 4. Whole family balloon ball games on the order of bean bag tosses could include the traditional as well as the extraordinary. Think basketball hoops or grandpa’s swimming trunks, and don’t forget about variations on softball. Family relays could be designed to make the most of piggyback rides and crawling under and over each other.

• 3. Kids like to watch adults compete. (Adults need to be careful to have grownup attitudes.) Parent competitions can include tosses between grandmas with moms against grandpas with dads, relays, and count downs at filling stations to see which parent can fill the most balloons for the kids to play with. Adults could also compete to make up a two-minute story about two balloons for the audience. Storytellers line up at the end and the kids vote best to worst story with their own stash of filled balloons.

• 2. For creative and the engineer types in the group, being prepared to build something with the water balloons can be an energizing experience. Designs can be flat on the ground, or they can be 3D with the right preparation. Beginning in a square frame on the ground, who (or which group) can build the highest pyramid? Who can create the largest water balloon piñata by tying them together?

• 1. My all-time-favorite first-pick water balloon activities include an element of surprise. The unexpected can be incorporated into many of the idea starters in this list, but we can end on a stunning note with one idea. It’s for those who like to give and take practical jokes.

Surprise and cold water are the key elements to this plot. Only the moms know that iced-water balloons are prepared and waiting in coolers for just the right moment. Everyone’s played hard, fed their tummies with a great lunch-time cookout, and they are now resting in the heat of the afternoon. Placid is the scene--until the moms move into action. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, dads are getting hit with frosty splashes. Of course, one of the moms should be ready to video dads yelping and kids laughing.

For pulling this off, guess who gets to clean up the yard, the food, the dishes, and the kids at the end of the day? :)

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Final Instructions for Water Balloon Activities: Have Some Fun!


Here’s to having fun in the heat with your family and friends this summer! Stock up on water balloons and plan to get some great memories into scrap books and videos.

Feel free to list your game ideas in the comments section and maybe you'll decide to have a party just to enjoy water balloon activities. Opportunities to slow down and have fun with the kids are short-lived--don’t pass them up!


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More for Summer Parties


What else can you do for summer parties?

• You really can make DIY glow in the dark balloons!

Paint T-shirts for guests at family reunions and birthday parties.

• Dairy restrictions at your event? Check out a dairy-free ice cream cake!

• This salad recipe with a twist is perfect for picnics and parties.


Have you used water balloons at your summer events?

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thanks for checking out these summer fun activities. Scout camps and water balloons would be a happy match! So appreciate that you shared your experience here and all the positive feedback on the post.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Water fun is always a hit. When I worked at a Girl Scout camp one summer, one of our favorite activities was water play day. The water balloon relays, races, and tosses kept everyone cool and in hysterics.

      Great activities shared here, RTalloni

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      Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ladyguitarpicker:

      Thanks bunches for letting me know you found this useful for your family get together this Easter weekend. It was fun to think through the various activities while putting this hub together. I'm sure it will be warm enough for them in Florida so have loads of fun with the kids. :)

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Sounds like real fun for the kids this weekend. We needed something to do for Saturday. The girls against the boys, what a great ideal.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      So glad to know that you found this informative and useful--such big words for such simple fun, don't you think? :) Thanks much for stopping in. After this last little freeze we'll be facing summertime's good times and I hope you get to use all of these ideas!

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I had no idea there was such a thing as a water balloon kit! This is awesome! You have so many great ideas here, I will definitely be using several of them this summer!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      emi sue:

      Thanks much for letting me know that you enjoyed this hub and especially that it inspired you to make some memories with your kids. :)

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      Emily Lantry 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I definitely see some water balloon fun in my kids future. great hub! :)

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Vellur:

      The kits add a great deal to the fun because they make it possible to build a stockpile of ready to throw balloons very quickly. Thanks for stopping in to check out these activity ideas!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      Thanks kindly! Yes, sometimes, a hose does get involved by the underdogs… ;)

      Should've mentioned that little item on a change of clothes--important to remember, thanks!

      Appreciate your stopping by with your comment!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      AudreyHowitt:

      There's no age limit on the fun to be had with water balloon activities, and they are just one more reason to look forward to summer! :)

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      vocalcoach:

      Thanks so much for letting me know you like these ideas. I hope they can be used to get people thinking about new and different games and activities for water balloon fun this summer. So appreciate all your feedback to help with that goal!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      So glad to hear of the fun you had at your family water balloon fight! :) Water balloon games really are for people of ages and abilities. If EVERYONE does not get wet then a good time was not had by all, yes?

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great idea, water balloon fights are refreshing and great fun. I did not know that were water balloon kits, great hub.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, my goodness--such fun. Everyone can enjoy--even folks with limited mobility who can only toss from a chair can enjoy target games.

      We include water play, both balloons and water cannons at our annual summer barbeque bash. Sometimes even the garden hose gets involved. And yes, the adults get involved, and are the ones most likely to grab the hose! Hahaha

      The invitations have a dress code included : Don't wear anything you don't want wet! (or, bring a change of clothes. LOL)

      Voted up, useful, funny and interesting!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Aww--this looks like fun and it is getting to be that time of the year!!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Such a fun hub! Water balloons are always such fun to play with. I like all of your ideas here. I will share this hub and tweet as well. Enjoy your summer!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love water balloon fights! We just had a family one last weekend...three generations of trying our best to hit the target...other family members, we had a blast and everyone got wet :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks much for your input on this hub. Water balloons offer a wider variety of opportunity than most people realize. :) Maybe this winter you can plan a party for some warm season fun with a group!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds like it would be so much fun! Playing with water balloons would be perfect for a day at the lake or beach or backyard pool party when people would be in bathing suits in most cases. Loved your ideas as to the different age groups. Would surely be an ice breaker at parties! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Mama Kim 8:

      I appreciate your letting me know you like this water balloon activity hub. Hope you get to have an end of summer hurrah using some of the ideas. :)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      These sound so fun!! Makes me want to take a trip to the park today. Thanks for all these great ideas ^_^ voted up, useful and awesome

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      Thanks for letting me know you like these ideas. Yours for putting a small toy inside is a good one for kid's parties. There may be a tool that would open the ends so you could drop the toy through--perhaps a really large funnel? Let us know if you try it and how it works, what you use, etc.

      So appreciate your input!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Water balloons are so much fun! I love all of the ideas you have shared especially the surprise balloons with the kool aide and ice water and things like that. I don't know if it would work but I wonder if you could add a small rubber toy inside the water balloons, like a bouncy ball or something small and squishy? Seems like it could work. Love this hub, sounds like so much fun.. voting up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell

      Thanks much for letting me know you enjoyed this hub! Hope you get to enjoy playing with water balloons this summer. :)

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up and funny! :) I enjoyed reading this post.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      bizwin:

      I hope you have loads of fun with the kids and water balloons this summer! Thanks very much for your visit and input!

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      Great hub about water balloon. I will surely join in with the kids this summer to play this. Voted across and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      CassyLu1981:

      Thanks for letting me know you liked this summer fun hub and for noting that wintertime water balloon idea. I love it! So appreciate your input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Julie DeNeen:

      So glad to know the ideas will be helpful to you! Thanks for stopping by.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Excellent ideas :) I recently came across how to use water balloons in the winter too, you put water in them with a bit of food coloring, freeze them, take them out of the freezer and take the balloon off of the frozen water and you have a huge colored ball that you can use to line a walkway or put in your garden. I love water ballons, my kids are really fond of the surprise effect :) Great hub! Voted up and shared :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      These ideas are going in my back pocket for summer. Thank you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      It is a fun outdoor activity worth taking time to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by with your input! :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh - so much fun!

      Voting up/awesome

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Vellur:

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed this hub on fun water balloon ideas. Maybe you should plan a water balloon event to enjoy!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading your hub.Wish I could take part in one right away. Great hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      Thanks for sharing memories of your kids having fun with water balloons. Activities don't have to be structured, do they? Kids know… :)

      So appreciate your stopping in with your comment!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Water balloons are the best. I remember my kids used to make them by the buckets in the summer. Whether it's water fight or putting them on the trampoline and smashing them as they jump, they add so much fun. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      Thanks for your complimentary comment! I wondered if anyone would be interested in thinking outside the box on water balloon activities.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi RTalloni, all great summer time suggestions that can be done using water balloons, well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      It's some of the best good, clean fun around! :)

      Thanks bunches for adding your experience to this hub. Water balloons do make for great memories!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jennifer Stone:

      Just remember, a hot afternoon works best. :) Thanks very much for coming by and leaving your input!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Good suggestions. I use to have fun with my children and water balloons when they were young. It was great.

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Hehehehe I can just picture my husbands face if I got him with a cold water balloon... also my toddler nephews would love them! Great ideas, voted up and sharing! Jen

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      alissaroberts:

      How lovely to know that you'll be using some of these ideas! How funny that you and your little guys surprised your big guy with water balloons. :)

      Thanks much for stopping in and letting me hear from you!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Love these ideas! Especially that last one about the moms going in for the surprise attack. One time my boys and I had to teach my husband a lesson with water balloons because he was late for dinner and forgot to call again :) Fun and awesome hub - I will be using some of your ideas with my boys this summer!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      No need to be a kid to have this kind of fun---it's for everyone! Thanks for checking out this hub on water balloon activities and for leaving input on it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great, fun suggestions! I wish I was a kid...oh, wait, I guess emotionally I still am! :)