Splish Splash – Summertime Means Wet & Wild Birthday Parties

Birthdays that fall during the long sunny days of summer are open to all sorts of possibilities for outdoor fun. But most kids will agree that the best summer birthday parties are those where there is the potential to get wet!

Splash parties can be tailored to fit any age and any budget. You can keep younger kids happy for hours just by hooking up a sprinkler in the backyard.

Let the kids decorate themselves with colored sunscreen, run relay races through the water and have water balloon tosses. You can find cheap water toys and pool noodles at a dollar store to hand out instead of party favors.

Keep the snacks water-themed with goldfish crackers and Swedish fish gummies.

A visit to the local pool makes for a great birthday party. The family aquatic centers at Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland parks have features such as slides, pirate ships and splash pools.

Although you cannot bring your own food into the pool area, many of them have picnic areas outside the pool where you can enjoy birthday cake. Check out the new Better Bites menu at

Lexington pools for healthy options for birthday fare.

Consider taking a day trip to Splashin’ Safari at Holiday World, in Santa Claus, Indiana or to Great Wolf Lodge near Cincinnati for the ultimate in splashing birthday parties.