July 4th Fun: How to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park

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Posted on 06/26/2013

By the time you pay for admission, locker rental and a five dollar snow cone, a family trip to the water park is enough to wash out your stash of spending money. Instead, invest in a few DIY projects and you can turn your backyard into a water park in time for the July 4th holiday.


Slip N' Slide Triple Racer
Every good water park needs a slide. Let little ones race each other down the slide with the Slip N' Slide Triple Racer. Not quite as exciting as the water park's slide, but there's no line to wait in with this one and it's only $29.99 on Amazon. Or if you'd rather, you can make your own with a plastic shower curtain and some dish soap.

Water PiƱatas
Finally, another use for plastic grocery bags other than picking up after Fido. Layer a few bags, fill them with water and hang them up. Let the little ones go wild with a tennis racquet. They'll be wet in no time! Check out donswife.blogspot.jp for the full details.

Misting Station
The misting station is a fun water park feature that can easily be replicated in your backyard with some PVC piping. Get the full step-by-step at instructables.com. Not only will the kids have a blast, but your grass will get some water too.

Water Balloon Bombs
You won't find water balloons at the water park, but you can offer a huge pile of them in your backyard. Get nearly 500 water bombs from orientaltrading.com for only $6.

Pop Bottle Sprinkler
Turn an old two-liter soda bottle into a backyard water feature by poking some holes into it and attaching a garden hose with duct tape, just like it's explained at simplyrebekah.com. It's another added water station that will help create some fourth of July summer fun at home.

By Alison Storm

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