No Pool? No Problem.


Beat the Summer Heat with These Water Play IdeasAhh, Spring. Birds are chirping, flowers and trees are blooming. The weather starts to heat up…and next thing you know, Spring is taken over by Summer. Here in Nashville, Spring is more like a quick tease of mild temperatures and cool, sunny breezes before the southern heat takes over, fast. There’s really no in between.

For some of us, neighborhood or back yard pools quickly become the main attraction- but what if you don’t have a pool easily accessible? Well, don’t fret- that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the water fun. Here are some of the best ways to beat the Summer heat with water play, without a pool:

Water Balloon Fights

Quite the classic, water balloon fights are easy to improvise and provide fun for the whole family. While this is one activity that requires some planning ahead, and may go quick depending on the level of competitiveness in your family, it’s a crowd pleaser. There are several kits available for sale, or you can simply get regular balloons and fill them up with water in the sink or with a hose. To make things more interesting, get different colors, create teams, and maybe even create a points system for furthest throw or least soaked player. The possibilities are endless, and the clean up isn’t too bad. 

Sprinkler Races

This option kills two birds with one stone- water your lawn and create an enthralling water obstacle course (be sure to abide by any water ordinances, of course!). Different sprinklers will provide different challenges. One option is to set objects to be “rescued” down around the lawn, and players should take turns avoiding the water to catch them. Different items can be assigned different points. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to just run through a sprinkler or two?

Trampoline Hose-Down

If your children are old enough to safely jump on a trampoline, try placing a sprinkler under the trampoline or even outside of it causing a “rain” effect. Depending on how big your trampoline is, you can enjoy sitting on the side catching some rays and getting splashed while watching the kids jump and slide.   Bring beach balls, footballs, or even add a basketball hoop to the trampoline netting for a competitive edge. 

Slip and Slides

Now this one is pretty self explanatory, and can be fun for the whole family. This is where sloped back yards get to shine, just make sure this is set up away from fencing or any hard obstacles. There are several types of slip and slides, varying from lengths, to with or without water splashers. To involve the whole family, develop a scoring system for most creative slide, longest slide, and more. Most importantly….wear well fitting bottoms. 

DIY Car Wash

While this may take longer than the three-minute drive through wash, it will also be much more fun. Pick a playlist and dance along while taking turns, sudsing, scrubbing, rinsing, and drying. The trip to get supplies can also be its own fun activity- let the kids pick out the bucket, soap, rags, etc. Break out the lawn chairs and fruity drinks to celebrate the clean car as it dries in the sun. 

What is your favorite kind of water play? Share with us! And don’t forget your sunscreen!

Also check out our guide to Nashville Splash Pads + Pools!

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Carolina Guske
Hey there! My name is Carolina Guske, and I am originally from São Paulo, Brazil. My family moved to Houston, TX one day after my 11th birthday, and we lived there for about a year before planting our roots in Nashville, TN. My husband Kyle and I met at Independence High School and started dating our senior year. Fast forward and we have been together for 13 years and married for 7. We have a daughter named Blair, who turns 4 in June and our furry daughter Jessie who is 7. I graduated from Belmont University with a double major in Marketing and Management, and came back for more, receiving my MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Go Bruins! I am still involved with my alma matter through the inaugural year of the Purpose Mentorship program- where I have the honor of mentoring college students in truly finding not just their career of choice, but their true purpose beyond accolades. As for my career, I am District Manager for ALDI (caw caw to those of you who are avid fans…IYKYK), and love what I do and the teams I serve. I assumed my first District in the Memphis market, where we lived from 2016-2021. Now, I am proud to be over the Murfreesboro and Spring Hill, TN regions in the Nashville market. Between a fast-paced career and motherhood, caffeine is my rock (well, and my husband of course). I am addicted to coffee and caffeine, and my daily drink of choice from Starbucks is a Grande shaken espresso with blonde shots, no classic syrup, one pump of white mocha, three pumps of sugar free vanilla, 2% milk and extra ice. Most days just one is not enough.


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