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10 Best Pool Toys for 2021

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We Take a Look At The Best Pool Toys of 2021

Currently, a majority of individuals are looking for ways to make their homes more entertaining for their children. Aside from installing quality pools, homeowners are now purchasing pool toys to offer more hours of pool play. There is a wide range of pool toys you can buy. Each offers unique pros and cons. Let’s take a look at some of the best pool toys for 2021.

10 Best Pool Toys for 2021

Perfect for divers: Diving Masters Treasure Chest Pool Diving Game

This pool toy makes diving experiences more fun. The Diving Masters Treasure Chest is generally a sinkable chest that contains treasure (in the form of 39 coins). Once dropped into the pool, swimmers or rather divers have to find it. So, this treasure chest not only provides more hours of fun pool play but also helps you improve your diving skills. This pool toy is ideal for children aged six and above. You can find the treasure chest for as low as $19.99 on Amazon.

Intex Inflatable Wave Rider

This wave rider makes swimming more enjoyable. It has a wide surface area for children to sit as they ride across the whole pool. This pool toy incorporates strong handles for children to support themselves., it can support up to 70 pounds. You can find this inflatable wave rider for approximately $18 on Amazon. It is clear to see the best pool toys for 2021. However, before you select one of these options, ensure you evaluate your requirements.

ToyerBee Water Blasters

These pool toys often come as a pack of six. Each water blaster measures 15.9 inches in length and can shoot over long distances. The ToyerBee Water Blasters are pretty lightweight. Hence, small children can also use them. They function like water guns and are eco-friendly. These water blasters are perfect for family hangouts. Besides, they are very affordable; you can find them for as low as $15 on Amazon.

Joyin Inflatable Volleyball Net and Basketball Hoop

If your child loves basketball or volleyball, consider buying this pool toy. The Joyin Inflatable Volleyball Net and Basketball Hoop provide more hours of pool play. However, it is only ideal for children aged eight years and above. The best thing about this pool toy is that it is simple to install and set down. The nets in the pool toy are also strong enough to withstand harsh conditions.

Water Sports Swim Thru Rings (Set of 3)

These swim-through rings come as a set of three. They provide athletic pool play for your children. These rings are relatively simple to operate. It only takes a couple of minutes to inflate and deflate them. They are ideal for children above eight years. Expect to spend around $20 or more when purchasing this pool toy.

H2OGO! Pool Play Game Center

This pool play game center enables you to bond with your family for hours. Your little ones will undoubtedly enjoy this pool toy. This pool toy incorporates strong and thick PVC; hence, it can survive for long periods. Also, it contains a basketball hoop and a ring toss. Children as little as three years can use this pool toy. You can find this pool toy for about $18.98 on amazon.

Poolmaster Swimming Pool Underwater Surf Board

This pool toy enables you to surf underneath the pool water. The underwater surfboard is strong enough to withstand any weight. Also, it is durable and incorporates a curved design for proper balancing. Users report that the underwater surfboard functions pretty well since they accommodate different people. Also, this underwater surfboard can last for years without any signs of wear and tear. This pool toy is suitable for children aged eight and above.

SwimWays Gobble Gobble Guppies Water Toy

These guppies are affordable and keep your children occupied for hours. If your child has not yet started school, this pool toy will help improve their mathematical skills. This pool toy is specially designed for little fingers; hence perfect for children age two and above. These guppies often go for $5.99.

Intex Inflatable Watermelon Island

Are you looking for a good party floater for your pool? This Inflatable Watermelon Island is perfect for you. This floater can accommodate up to four adults. It makes swimming experiences and pool parties more fun. You can simply inflate this floater using an air pump. This floater has a lot of positive reviews and ratings online. A good percentage of individuals say that you can also use it on the beach. Kids aged four and above can use this pool toy. The Inflatable Watermelon Island costs approximately $32 on Amazon.

Milliard X-Large Dog Float

Does your dog love swimming? Consider purchasing this pool toy. This large dog float can accommodate dogs weighing up to 220 pounds. It is very strong and highly resistant to UV rays. Once your dog is tired from swimming, you can place it here to rest. Unfortunately, this dog float is pretty expensive compared to other pool toys since it goes for approximately $55.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Christmas Pool Party Ideas Straight From Santas Workshop

Decorate your pool and patio area for the holiday season with these great Christmas pool party ideas…

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This holiday season, I’ll be slammed as usual. While the pool industry may have had a busy year, nobody has it tougher than me, let me tell you. If you think your schedule is hectic, try hitting 396 million homes in a single night.

When I’m not racking up frequent flyer miles on my sled, I enjoy getting a chance to check out some truly beautifully decorated homes. It always makes me smile how folks get into the spirit by going all out to make their homes a warm and festive place for the holidays. Mrs. Kringle and I sure know a thing or two about that.

This season we thought we’d share some of our favorite decorations and some great Christmas pool party ideas to help you throw the ultimate holiday-themed pool party.

Christmas Pool Party Decoration Ideas

Creating your own holiday-themed pool party is a snap with the right Christmas decorations.
Creating your own holiday-themed pool party is a snap with the right Christmas decorations. (Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth)

One of the best ideas for turning your pool and patio into a holiday wonderland is incorporating lights, giant ornaments, and Christmas trees into the backdrop. Adding a few accents like signs, LED votive candles, and getting the firepit going will set the tone for a beautiful holiday-themed pool party.

Pool Christmas Lights - Add a beautiful Christmas light display to make your landscaping pop.
Add a beautiful Christmas light display to make your landscaping pop. (Photo Credit: Christmas Designers)

Creating a gorgeous holiday light show in your backyard is a snap with the right equipment. A beautiful and sophisticated Christmas light display in your pool and patio area creates the ambiance and atmosphere that just put you in the holiday spirit.

When considering which lighting to add, LED lights are always a popular and energy-efficient option. RGB lighting gives you vibrant and colorful displays that make your landscaping pop and add festive accents around the pool area.

Holiday Pool Decor

Christmas Pool Party Idea - Create a beautiful and festive backdrop for making great holiday memories.
Create a beautiful and festive backdrop for making great holiday memories. (Photo Credit: Texas Pools & Patios)

Building a beautiful inground pool with the right features for a fabulous pool party is always a good call. Decorating your backyard with simple elegant white Christmas lights on the trees, and uplighting in your landscaping creates a joyous holiday atmosphere. Sitting with my friends and loved ones by the firepit and enjoying a cup of egg nog is one of my popular pass times up in the North Pole.

Christmas Pool Party Decor
A sophisticated and elegant Christmas Pool Party with all the right decor. (Photo Credit: Special Event Lighting)

If you’re throwing a pool party outdoors, there are lots of options for creating atmosphere in the backyard. Putting up a Christmas tree and adding decor like boxed presents, lighting, and decorations help bring the indoors outdoors. Turning on the water features like deck jets creates a harmonious back setting, especially if they are LED lit. Adding rope lighting to your pergola, pavilion or outdoor kitchen area adds the perfect accent lighting.

Pro Tip on Christmas Trees by the Pool

Christmas Pool Decorations
Adding the right accents and decorations around the pool area is important. (Photo Credit: Blue Whale Tile)

Now when discussing adding holiday decor to your pool and spa area, one thing I’ve found is that artificial Christmas trees tend to be the best call around the pool. For one thing, if you heat your pool and are actively using it during the winter months, splashing pool chemicals and real Christmas trees aren’t always the best mix. Aside from a tendency for pine needles to migrate into the pool, water can also be splashed about by swimmers. This fact makes using artificial trees for outdoor Christmas decor the better call when decorating for the holidays.

Elf on The Shelf - Pool
You’re bound to find an Elf on the Shelf by the pool once you’ve decorated it properly. (Photo Credit: Merlin Industries)

Now if you’ve followed these holiday decorating tips to the letter, you’re sure to attract a few elves. A tastefully decorated backyard is the perfect oasis for your family and friends. Consequently, once you’ve added your holiday decor don’t be surprised if guests drop in. Finding an elf or two lounging pool side is always a good sign. It means that you’ve checked all the right boxes and your backyard is ready for the holidays.

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Florida Man Throws Turkey In Pool To Thaw Every Thanksgiving

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Clearwater Man Thaws Turkey in Pool

We’re all for crazy holiday traditions but you’ll have to file this one under “that’s so Florida” – one Clearwater native says it’s become a yearly routine to thaw their thanksgiving turkey in the pool. While plenty of folks have their own way of preparing turkey, Mark O’Donnell says thawing his bird in the pool has been a Thanksgiving tradition for a generation.

“One Thanksgiving we realized we forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer, and our uncle was here from up north. And we just said, ‘hey let’s throw it in the pool,’”, O’Donnell told reporters.

Each year, a different cousin in the family is chosen to hurl the turkey into the pool in order to defrost it.

“Honors to chuck it in the pool are kind of the ridiculousness of it,” O’Donnell said.

Uncle Chuck received the award last year in 2020.

Bullock stated, “I threw it in the water and let it fly.”

The previous year, Aunt Mary Frances had the honor in 2019.

“And that ladies and gentlemen is how you thaw a turkey,” you can hear in one of their videos.

This is obviously an uncommon practice and one you’re bound to only find going on when searching for this type of content. Don’t judge us, we’re into weird holiday traditions. Whether or not thawing your turkey in the pool is completely safe, O’Donnell seems to think it’s legit and it doesn’t seem to have harmed his family in the 18 years they’ve been doing it.

Should You Thaw Your Turkey In The Pool?

O’Donnell said that folks have a lot of questions about the practice. “The turkeys are sealed and we always check for any leaks. So far in 18 years, we’ve only had one that we’ve had to double bag, so there’s no blood in the pool or chlorine in the turkey.”

While we don’t know if we’ll be thawing our bird quite the same way as Mark, we can certainly say that we were quite amused by their holiday tradition.

“If we made somebody smile, good for us. Hopefully they’ll smile Thanksgiving, too,” said O’Donnell. Their family dinner is bound to create lasting memories. His plans to create his ultimate thanksgiving feast will commence after the turkey has a chance to towel off.

Thanksgiving Turkey
“Turned out great!” – Mark O’Donnell

Are We Advising You To Thaw Your Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner In The Pool?

Is this method of thawing your holiday bird FDA approved? Absolutely not! Is it hilarious to watch, it absolutely is. If you’re thinking about making this one your holiday tradition let us remind you that the safest approach to thaw your frozen turkey is to put it in the refrigerator and leave it there for one full day for every five pounds of bird (per the U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Whether O’Donnell and his family will be holding their annual tradition this year, time will tell. Their thanksgiving ritual went viral last year. Guess we’ll all just have to wait for Mark O’Donnell to go live again and find out.

Photo Credits: Mark O’Donnell

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Animals In The Pool

Animals In The Pool – Finding wildlife in your pool might actually be more common than you think.

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Animals In The Pool - Jake Paul Actually Wants Giant Snakes In His Swimming Pool

Homeowners go to great lengths to ensure that animals don’t get in the pool. When animals get into your swimming pool, havoc can ensue. Installing a pool fence or wall around your backyard is no guarantee that wildlife won’t pay a visit. Let’s face it, your swimming pool is a natural watering hole for all sorts of wildlife. Animals may be prone to want to visit your pool when you’re not around.

Animals in the pool - raccoons, squirrels, frogs, lizards, birds are the most common.

Statistically speaking, the most common animals you’ll find in your swimming pool are creatures like frogs, snakes, raccoons, squirrels, and birds. However, there are plenty of other larger wildlife that are eager to make use of your swimming pool as well.

Bears Are Naturally Drawn To Swimming Pools

Making it a habitable environment for creatures to visit is never a good idea. Keeping snacks about and your pool cover open when you’re not home is practically an engraved invitation for animals to want to visit your pool.

Yogi came for the snacks you left out and to take a dip. No big deal, just leave him a towel.

Finding a bear in your backyard is a very realistic proposition for homeowners that live up in bear country. Leaving food items unattended, and an oasis, like a swimming pool is very inviting for bears. If you do happen to live in area where bears are prevalent, take precautions. Spraying animal repellant, bringing food indoors, using an automatic pool cover and automatic sprinkler system are both great ways to keep bears away.

Bambi & His Abormal Love For Pools

Deer are another form of wildlife that are naturally drawn to swimming pools. The fact that they can easily jump over a fence means that they are not an effective deterrent for these animals. During hot summer months, deer may be drawn to your swimming pool, thinking it is a watering hole.

You may wake up one morning and say ‘Bambi, what are you doing here?’

While they may be beautiful to look at, deer aren’t very good swimmers. You’re just as likely to find one on the bottom of your pool as you are to hear one frolicking about in the shallow end. A smart way to deter deer from entering your backyard is to use deer deterrent spray. The animals find the scent repulsive and will definitely give your swimming pool a wide berth.

Cougars & Mountain Lions

Another animal that may naturally be drawn to your pool are cougars and mountain lions. In rural parts of the country, these creatures may come down from the hills to want to use your swimming pool as their own personal watering hole. The typical animal repellants we’ve recommended should keep a mountain lion from wanting to make your swimming pool, their swimming pool

Animals in the pool - cougars and mountain lions are naturally drawn to water.
Animals in the pool – cougars and mountain lions are naturally drawn to water.

Homeowners that live in places like California, Oregon, and Colorado have the highest populations of mountain lions in the country. While certainly not as likely as finding a bear or deer in your pool, you could quite likely come across one of these animals if you live in a state known for high populations of mountain lions.

Alligators In The Pool

Finding an alligator in your swimming pool may sound far-fetched, but not if you live in Florida. The sunshine state is known for a prolific amount of alligators. Over 1.3 million alligators live in Florida right along side homeowners with luxurious pools.

Finding an alligator in your pool is entirely possible in Florida.
Finding an alligator in your pool is entirely possible in Florida.

While by no means a common occurrence, at least a few times each year, a local down in Florida or elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, will report finding an alligator swimming around in their pool. One story that recently comes to mind are the homeowners in Florida who came outside one evening to find a 9-foot gator doing laps in their pool.

Pigs In The Pool

Boars and wild pigs can get trapped in your pool.
Boars and wild pigs can get trapped in your pool.

Okay, this one isn’t very likely to happen unless you happen to live in a place known for wild pigs. It has been known to happen though. Some homeowners who live in areas known for wild boars or feral pigs have woken up to the surprise squealing of a pig in their pool.

Swimming with the pigs actually sounds kind of fun.
Swimming with the pigs actually sounds kind of fun. Credit: Pinterest

Pigs are actually pretty terrific swimmers. The famous Swimming Pigs in the Exumas are a testament to how these animals love swimming. Consequently, they are naturally drawn to pools.

Hippos In The Pool – Hey… It Could Happen.

While certainly uncommon, one homeowner in Botswana woke up to find a hippopotamus using his inground pool. Okay, we’ve got nothing here. If you live in an area of the world prone to hippo invasions, you’re on your own.

Don't let hippos get in your pool even for a dip!
Don’t let hippos get in your pool even for a dip! – Credit: Reddit

After the hippo was through using the pool as his own personal oasis, the homeowner had their hands full removing over 100 pounds of hippo dung from the bottom of his pool. That’s definitely not a job any pool service guy in the United States wants to try and tackle.

Sharks In The Pool

Finally, there are the sharks in the pool. What, wait a minute… yeah, we’re just kidding about that last one. Thankfully ‘Jaws’ is the last animal on earth you’ll find hanging out in the deep end of your pool. While some sharks have been known to leap out of the water in pursuit of prey, the odds of one hopping into your pool are nil. Still, there are a fair amount of people who have some abnormal fear about sharks in the pool. There’s actually a clinic name for this weird fear called Galeophobia.

Finding a shark in the pool isn't very likely.
Finding a shark in the pool isn’t very likely. Credit: Buzzfeed

Then There’s The People Who Actually Want Animals In Their Pool

Some people like YouTubers Dudeson and Jake Paul actually went to great lengths to get animals in their swimming pool. The video below shows them swimming with not one but two 10 foot snakes in the pool.

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