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Kids wearing goggles underwater in a swimming pool

Summer is in full force here in Texas and the heat has been bristling here in Houston. Luckily, one of our key amenities here at Driscoll Place is our fantastic and cool swimming pool. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon or a fun evening swim, our pool is accessible to all residents of our apartment community. This month we’ve decided to highlight our pool with some of our favorite pool games! Just remember to keep the pool rules in mind before you embark in some summer fun.



This pool game is rather like Red Rover in that swimmers try to get from one side of the pool to the other side without being tagged by “it.” Once a swimmer is tagged, he or she joins hands with the other tagged players, thus becoming an “octopus” stretching across the pool who altogether attempts to tag all of the swimmers. Play until one swimmer is left, then start again with the last player becoming the new “it.” 


Dolphin Relay Race 

Each team (or two individual racers) receives a beach ball. At the starting signal, each player works to move the beachball across the pool — with just their nose. This game may be played as a relay race with two teams. Anyone who uses their hands has to return to the starting line! 



It’s like the basketball game, H-O-R-S-E, but in the water. The objective is to copy the actions/moves of your opponent in the water. For example, player one does an underwater handstand for five seconds, player two has to match it or get a letter. The first player to spell out F-I-S-H loses. Note: You can do each action/move only once. 


Chicken Fight

This classic pool game is one of our favorites. “A chicken fight in the pool is like double-decker wrestling. There are two teams consisting of two people each. Each team has a "bottom" and a "top." The "top" climbs onto the "bottom's" shoulders. The two "top" people are the only ones who actively fight. The object is to knock your opponent into the water, either by toppling just the "top" or both "top" and "bottom" together.” the goal of the game is to knock your opponent off of the shoulders of their teammate and into the water. Be sure to play safely.