These outdoor water games will keep your kids entertained (and cool!) on the hottest days of summer. 

By Emily Hsieh
Updated June 19, 2018
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The kids are home from school, the temperature keeps creeping higher, and summertime boredom is at risk of setting in. The easiest solution: Set up one of these super simple backyard games. Let the kids invite their friends over (and don't forget to call a few of your own), then try one of these upgrades to a good old-fashioned water balloon fight. Best. Summer. Ever.

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1
Water Arcade

Balance Ping-Pong balls atop golf tees stuck into a brick of floral foam (sold at craft stores). Have players blow water through straws to knock them over.

2
Water Balloon Dodgeball

Set up a line of water balloons across the middle of your playing field and divide players into two teams. The last team standing wins.

3
Drip, Drip, Douse

Try a summertime version of Duck, Duck, Goose. Whoever is “It” carries a bucket of water around the circle, dripping a little water onto each player’s head. Eventually, “It” picks someone to douse with the remaining water. “Douse” must tag “It” before “It” makes it around the circle, or else “Douse” becomes the new “It.”