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18 Ridiculously Awesome Things to Do with a Kiddie Pool

Have your little ones outgrown the kiddie pool? Wondering what to do with one that’s worn out? Some people choose to go ahead and invest in above ground pools just to upgrade that kiddie pool into something awesome. The kids will love it, the grown ups will love it and the value of your home improves. But if you need some ideas for that old kiddie pool, you’re in luck! We’re in the same boat, so I’ve put together this fun list of 18 ridiculously awesome things to do with your kiddie pool. You’ll find everything from outdoor DIYs to alternative ways for kids to play with their pools!

18 Awesome Things to Do with a Kiddie Pool

Kiddie Pool Hacks You Need to Try

Turn your inflatable kiddie pool into a ball pit in the playroom. What kid wouldn’t love this? You’ll need one of these pools and some plastic balls for hours of fun!

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via Thrive 360 Living

Or put a bubbly ball pit out on the deck or in the grass for some slippery, sudsy fun.

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via My Small Potatoes

Make a sandbox for way cheaper than buying one at the store.

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via All for the Boys

Set up a critter pit for the kids to dig around in. Some dirt, plastic bugs, rubber snakes, etc. are all you need for hours of busy fun.

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via Chalkboards to Strollers

Create giant bubbles with a kiddie pool, hula hoop and a strong bubble solution.

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via One Charming Party

Take a small, inflatable pool to the beach to keep your toddlers and babies corralled with their toys. (Get more beach hacks here!)

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Put together an extra-large Easter basket for the entire family. Yes, it’s huge, but it includes items for everyone, so it’s not that over the top.

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Build a bird’s nest with giant plastic eggs and shredded paper for your little birdies to play in. Fun!

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Watch television with your honey in your own private love nest in a large inflatable pool with soft blankets and big, fluffy pillows. Or set one up for the kids if lying in a kiddie pool doesn’t appeal to you. Get a similar pool here (affiliate).

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Or put one outside for stargazing on a warm summer night.

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via Family Days Tried and Tested

Having an outdoor party or reunion? Fill kiddie pools with ice to keep the food and drinks cool.

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via Beauty and Bedlam

Pan for gold in your kiddie pool. Great idea for a cowboy birthday party!

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via Restless Risa

Or fill one with feed corn (for livestock) for a tractor-themed party.

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via Raising Up Arrows

Provide a pool full of water balloons to have the most epic water fight ever at your next kids’ party.

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Use an old pool as a container garden for flowers, herbs or anything else you might want to grow. (Get more creative ways to start a garden using kiddie pools.)

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via Container Gardening

Create a brooder for your baby chicks. Pictures of a figure-eight brooder here.

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via Pixie Chickens

Build an easy-to-clean duck pond out of your kiddie pool.

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via Survivalist Boards

Or a nice swimming pool for your dogs. It looks much better when placed in ground than when left above ground, doesn’t it?

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Which idea do you want to try?

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  • I'm Donella, the voice, heart, and wit (sometimes) behind this blog. I homeschool my pre-teen son by day and moonlight as a blogger and freelance writer. I'm a Diet Pepsi aficionado with a bookshelf that's always overflowing. My two dogs—a German Shepherd and a Beagle—are my fluffy shadows. I love planning in my bullet journal almost as much as I love hoarding notebooks and pens. I may be an introvert who missed her calling as a desert hermit, but that just gives me more time to write, right?

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Monday 13th of June 2022

I use them under the kids beds. For toys when they were younger. For shoes and bags now that they are older. Easy to slide out and grab what you need.

Donella Crigger

Monday 13th of June 2022

That's really smart. Thanks for the tip, Rhonda!


Thursday 24th of March 2022

These are amazing! I love these ideas. Thanks!


Sunday 6th of May 2018

We discovered that a small broken plastic kiddie pool made the most wonderful picker upper for autumn leaves..

Donella Crigger

Thursday 10th of May 2018

That's a genius idea! Our yard gets absolutely covered every fall. Thanks for the tip!

Karin C.

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

We use ours for a duck pond already, but above ground is definately better since ducks are very messy and poop in it all the time. Makes it easier to dump out and clean, but I love the idea to make it look nice around it! Your other ideas to up cycle are great too, I'm going to forward your site with these great ideas!

Donella Crigger

Sunday 25th of September 2016

Thanks, Karin! And yes, ducks are definitely messy... We had some when I was a child, and I still remember that! LOL


Wednesday 1st of June 2016

Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the Easter Basket idea, and the pan-handling for gold one as well! The kiddie pool often loses its appeal in a matter of days so it will be great to be able to re-purpose it! Thanks, CC!