Outside Water Balloon Games for Teens

By Lisa Porter

When the sun and warmth of summer have finally arrived, take the party outside and cool off with water balloon games. Prepare for an all-out water balloon party by purchasing the balloons in bulk and filling them in advance. Store the filled water balloons in large coolers outdoors, in case a few pop. Plan a variety of games that will encourage teens to interact with each other.

Color Guard

Fill a cooler or bucket with at least as many water balloons as you have players. Select one player to be the “color guard,” and ask her to close her eyes while the remaining players select a water balloon from the bucket. The color guard then opens her eyes and calls out a color. Any player holding a water balloon of that color must try to get the balloon back into the bucket or cooler without being tagged. The last player left standing gets to be the color guard next.


This relatively low-key water balloon game appeals to the simple pleasure of popping the balloons. Players take turns holding water balloons as high as they can above a stretch of pavement or sidewalk, and take turns dropping balloons to make as big a splash mark as they can. Designated “judges” mark the splash marks with chalk before they disappear and select a winner at the end of the game.

Balloon Sandwich Relay Race

Divide the group of teens into pairs. Each pair must balance a filled water balloon between their backs and try to reach the finish line and back without popping or dropping the water balloon. If the balloon breaks, the team must get another one and start the race over again.

Towel Water Balloon Toss

Divide the group into teams of two or more, and give each team a towel and a bucket of water balloons. Teams must use their towels to launch water balloons toward their opponents, who then try to catch the water balloons with their towels. All teams launch and try to catch balloons simultaneously. The team that can catch the most water balloons without popping them wins.

About the Author

Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.