A swimming pool is the pinnacle of backyard fun and adventure for adults and kids alike.
Well, maybe more for our little monsters than ourselves, as having a pool is the perfect solution for tiring them out and just making their childhood all that more enjoyable.
However, while having a pool is great, if you want to create a playing area that is both fun and safe for your children, you need to introduce some essential features of a kid-friendly pool. While we as parents, might just want to lounge around the pool’s edge, your little munchkins are bound to want to jump, slide, race, tumble and fall, so here’s how to turn their backyard fun into a backyard adventure!
Get a slide or two
Let’s start this list off strong. If they had to choose, a slide would probably be the single feature your kids would want you to install in your pool. While you could make a traditional slide with stairs, contemporary designs include dynamic twists and drops and can be incorporated into rocky grotto schemes as well.
For an added touch of creativity, you can by a colourful slide rather than a plain white one, or better yet, paint it with your kids and turn a regular afternoon into a fun DIY project. Your kids can paint whatever they wish and make the pool their artistic masterpiece.
Make a beach-like entry
A beach entry is a great solution if your children are still toddlers, or if you simply want to be able to slide gracefully into the warm water. In case your kids are still learning how to swim or are afraid of jumping into the pool, then this is a perfect solution.
A precisely built deck that eases into a set of underwater steps, or even onto a ramp is the best solution that mimics the feeling of a beach water entry. You can even add real sand to the surface to complete the setting or even blend the entry with the rest of your pool’s surface.
Install fun water features
If there is something the kids are crazy about, it’s creating chaos while playing in the water. You can make their fun time even more enjoyable by installing fun water features such as waterfalls, fountains and jets that will have them jump and splash around all day long.
In case you’re under the impression that combining water features with your children’s inexhaustible energy supplies is not a good idea, there is an added benefit. Water features are beautiful and imbue the setting with soothing sounds of running streams, so don’t worry, you’ll immediately feel happier with your decision when you turn them on.
Get the design just right
This one is essential in providing your backyard with the perfect pool for your specific needs. Backyards vary in size and you want your pool to be large enough to provide comfort for the entire family, but you also don’t want it to take up your entire yard. Moreover, the installation process can be quite difficult and expensive, and you need something that won’t take a toll on your budget.
Plus, the design of your pool will play a pivotal role in ensuring safety for your children. The best contemporary solution lies in fibreglass swimming pools that are easy to install and can last you a lifetime. They’re more durable than any other pool type and can withstand all weather conditions and are especially safe for children, as the fibreglass material cannot chip or break. Most of these inground pools are even treated with special gel coats to prevent algae and bacteria growth.
Additional safety features
Finally, if you’re feeling extra vigilant, you can install additional safety features such as edge barriers and in-pool rails for the children to grab onto. Typically, your pool should have a gradual descent from a shallow to a deeper area as a primary safety feature, but it’s a good idea to install exits on each side of the pool as well.
Additionally, you can install alarms that go off if your kids jump into the pool without your knowledge, while a sturdy pool cover that can withstand the weight of two adults and a child is a must in ensuring safety and peace of mind.
Pools are a modern-day backyard necessity, as they bring joy and adventure to the entire family. Be sure to follow these essential tips for making your pool kid-friendly and your backyard will become the talk of the entire neighbourhood.
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