By Alyssa Clough

Published on May 12, 2016

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It’s not summer without a kiddie pool. And though we’re all for grabbing the brightest pink, circular pool you can find and watching your kids frolic (or taking a dip yourself!), these kiddie pools really stepped up their game. Take this raised deck look for instance. It’s a fairly easy way to create a personal-sized pool for your little one while you lounge stylishly nearby. That’s what we like to call a win-win. Keep reading to see 23 more impressive kiddie pools!

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We’ve all seen the flamingo and swan inflatables for the pool, but there’s a kiddie pool version, too! Tbh, we might even buy this one for ourselves!

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This family made a miniature beach for their adorable toddler—kiddie pool and canopy included. 

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It doesn’t get cuter than this hungry hippo slide and pool

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Have you ever heard of “water blobs”?? It’s okay, neither had we. They’re made from plastic sheeting with the help of parchment paper and an iron… Learn how to make individual ones like you see here at HelloWonderful.co and a larger, pool-sized version at HomeMadeToast.com.

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Buy your average kiddie pool, add a puppy, and you’ll suddenly have the best pool EVER. This is a great way to give your pup a bath—and enlist your kids to help.

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Although this inflatable pool—complete with a slide—is filled with plastic balls, we imagine it would be just as fun when filled with water on a hot summer day.

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Make taking turns playing with the hose a thing of the past with this PVC pipe and pool noodle hack where the kids become the sprinkler.

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To say we wish we had this inflatable pool as children would be a gross understatement. Play The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” on repeat, cool off, and enjoy a nice summer afternoon.

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Bringing (clean) kiddie pools indoors can be fun, too. Whether you add balls, like you see here, or blow the pool up to serve as a type of mattress for a sleepover or move night, your kids are guaranteed to have a blast.

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Learn how to make this seriously impressive kiddie pool fountain and give your kids the experience of playing in a fountain without trespassing on public property… 

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Make your child’s summer with the help of this inflatable dinosaur play land. Bonus: It’s only $49.95.

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It’s amazing what a bit of PVC pipe and creativity can create! Learn how to craft your own sprinkler to place over a slide—with a plastic (or inflatable!) pool at the bottom—for a fun summer DIY

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Instead of filling your plastic pool with water, opt for plastic balls and some bubbles! The combination will keep kids occupied forever

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Sharks aren’t so scary when they’re the design of your inflatable pool, now are they? 

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If your kids are bored of their plastic pool, or even grew out of it, turn it into a human bubble factory. All you need is a lot of bubbles, a hula hoop, plastic pool, and you’re set!

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We bet playing in this pool is a whale of a good time… Complete with a sprinkler and everything! 

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You won’t believe what this cement patio looked like before the DIY sprinkler, slide, and pool were added! See how one family made a “splash pad” for their toddler at LittleWhiteHouseBlog.com.

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An inflatable castle fit for a backyard full of children. The slide will help make sure they don’t get bored—and most likely have them doing circles around the play center. 

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Have access to a real pool? Inflatables are still fun—especially the big blowup animals growing in popularity. We bet your little one will have a blast riding around (and lounging on!) a swan like you see here.

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A kiddie pool big enough for the whole family? You’re in luck. It even has comfy chair-like features so adults can lay back and relax while kids frolic.

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DIY your own kiddie car wash (with a pool off to the side if you’re looking to host a few neighbor kids!) and you’ll no doubt be the hero of your kids’ summer. 

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This solo dinosaur baby pool (made for children ages one to three) is an adorable way to keep your baby cool and get them used to the water. 

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It’s inflatable, so it counts, right? Not quite—this GIANT water play slide for your lake will set you back a sweet 10k.