Whether it’s setting up an inflatable pool, installing a splash pad, or hooking up a sprinkler to a garden hose, there are ways to stay wonderfully wet, cool and refreshed this summer without a swimming pool. Check out these suggestions and this equipment to turn a backyard into your own water park.
Sprinkle, sprinkle little fun
Get soaked using lawn-soaking sprinklers or sprinklers designed for children’s outdoor water play. Consider oscillating sprinklers that rotate the spray from side to side or the old-fashioned rotating three-arm sprinkler that sprays in a swirling fashion. Set a timer so you don’t forget to turn off the water.
You don’t have to go huge. Mini-inflatable pools are a fun alternative that let you and the children get wet without the cost of an inground or above-ground pool. If you are looking at more of a water park environment, inflatable water slides combine the functionality of a shallow pool with the thrill of a slide.
Splash pads can make a splash in your backyard. The pad is a base area, usually with a non-slip covering, with overhead nozzles that shoot water downward, with floor spray jets that shoot water upward or from water features such as fire hydrants. You can have one installed or do it yourself with a splash pad kit.
Mother Earth News says you can build a natural swimming pool on your property without too many materials. If you have a larger backyard, you will be able to enjoy a cool back-to-nature retreat just outside your back door.
For a closer look at some of this equipment or for other ideas on how to outfit your backyard for aquatic fun, check out Pinterest. Then grab you towel and sunscreen, and dive in!