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7 Water Balloon Games for Kids

Water balloons are a summer staple for Monkey Joe! They are great for those summer days outside, keeping everyone cool and laughing for hours. Try out these fun water balloon games for kids.

Water Balloon Basketball

Grab a bucket or box and take turns throwing the water balloons in the bucket. Then take a few steps back for the next round. Keep going and see how far back you can make it! You can also play a round of HORSE with the same setup.

Water Balloon Baseball

You’ll need a baseball bat for this game. Take turns hitting the water balloons and watching the water splatter!

Water Balloon Squat Race

Set up a starting line a few feet from water balloons. Have the kids race to the water balloons and try to be the first to squat on the water balloons to pop them.

Duck, Duck, Splash

Just like Duck, Duck, Goose, but instead of Goose, you break the water balloon on the person’s head.

Water Balloon Ring Toss

You’ll need a hula hoop or sidewalk chalk for this one. Lay the hula hoop on the ground and use it as your target for the balloon/ring toss. If you’re using chalk, just draw a circle for your target.

Musical Chairs

Play musical chairs like normal, but put water balloons in the chairs. When the music stops and everyone rushes to grab their chair, they’ll smash their water balloon by sitting on it!

Water Balloon Pinata

Hang a large water balloon from a tree with a string and take turns trying to break it open. Depending on the ages of the kids, you might want to use blindfolds.

Pro tip: Make a game to see which kid can find the most water balloon pieces at the end of the day. That way you’ll get some help cleaning up the yard!