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What To Do This Summer - Giant Slip-n-Slide

Updated on June 10, 2012

The pool gets old. Sprinklers were for when we were 7-years-old. Dad won't let us take the boat out. But it's so hot - there's got be some way to have fun in the water and cool down. Why not try something new and exciting, like, say, a giant Slip-n-Slide?

Rather than doing the activity injustice by attempting to explain how fun a giant Slip-n-Slide can be, I'll do readers a favor: I'll show you. The following video was filmed and edited by Kevin Kartchner and shows the Slip-n-Slide party we had on the campus of Utah State University.

I'd like to meet the person who says that doesn't look like a good time and teach them a thing or two about having fun.

Making a giant Slip-n-Slide shouldn't be rocket science (I hope not, at least), but it does take some preparation and a little know-how if your slipping and sliding event is going to be a success.

What You Need For Your Giant Slip-n-Slide

Before you hurdle yourself down the side of a hill, there are some things you'll need to create your giant Slip-N-Slide:

  1. Plastic sheeting. "Husky" brand of plastic sheeting works perfectly and can be found at stores like Home Depot. Remember, this is a giant Slip-n-Slide; the bigger your slide, the better. Sizes like 10ft x 100ft work extremely well. 2 of these should be plenty. Sheeting can tend to be expensive, but thanks to price-matching, that problem can be avoided.
  2. Stakes. Also available at stores like Home Depot, 10-15 stakes will be used for holding down your plastic sheeting.
  3. Water. Access to a hose is absolutely ideal. If hose access is nearby, your water source is readily available for the rest of the day. If a hose isn't close by, don't worry. Large buckets work wonderfully. Fill up as many buckets as possibly and bring them to the top of the hill. You'll find the sheets stay slippery for a long time.
  4. Tear-free soap. Soap is the reason behind the 'slip' in a Slip-n-Slide. Dish soap does work and it is cheaper, but spending a couple extra bucks on baby tear-free soap is well worth it. Dish soap in the eyes. Ouch. Buy about 4-5 bottles of the soap of your choice.

The above list are the only 4 things necessary for creating the Slip-n-Slide, but there are some other things you'll want to consider if you're wanting to maximize the fun of your party:

  1. People. A party is only as fun as the people participating in it. Spread the word through text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, phone calls, whatever--just let people know when and where and tell them to bring a friend.
  2. Refreshments. Keep the crowd happy with cans of soda and plenty of popsicles.
  3. Music. Make a playlist of the best summer party songs, put them on your iPod, and hook it up to a pair of speakers, bump it from your car, or blast it from a stereo. It's a widely accepted fact that good music makes any event better.
  4. Cameras. This is bound to be a memorable summer experience. Bring a camera to take pictures of all those attending and be sure to film the best slides, tricks, and flips!

Making Your Giant Slip-n-Slide

Getting the materials for your Slip-n-Slide is the hardest and most time consuming part of the process, but making the slide is easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Unravel the plastic down the side of your chosen hill. Pull the plastic tight for ultimate sliding distance and then stake in the sides about every 10 feet on each side to hold the plastic in place.
  2. Grab a bottle of soap and drizzle down the entire length of the slide, applying the soap in a kind of zig-zag shape. Apply more soap as needed. The first person to go down the slide may want to put soap on their body and any one who wants more 'slip' should do the same.
  3. Wet the slide. If you have a hose, leave it running from the top of the slide. If you're using buckets, wet the entire slide and then add more water as needed. You'll find that a bucket of water will keep the slide wet for a long time.

Share Your Story!

Let me know how your Slip-n-Slide experience goes! If you're looking for other fun things to do this summer, be sure to check out this list of 44 Things To Do This Summer!


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      Skycandice 9 months ago

      How thick was your plastic.. 4mil, 6 mil, 8 mil?

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      Matt Wanamaker 5 years ago

      I tried this. It's much easier to get a Wahii water slide. And they last longer than one use! We've used ours over a dozen times over the last two years.

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      Karen Shiley 5 years ago from Washington

      Wow this looks like fun. I will definitely need to set one of these up the kids this summer!

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      Holly 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try it.