The Best Kiddie Play Pools

Find the Perfect Kiddie Pool for Your Yard

Girl playing in backyard pool
Small pools are big on fun. WANDER WOMEN COLLECTIVE / Getty Images

Kiddie pools are the least expensive and smallest swimming pools you can buy. But their shallowness and simplicity may be what appeals to their target market―children, aka "kiddies." They're the type of pool in which many of us got our first introductions to the concept of swimming, cooling off and splashing our siblings and neighborhood friends.

The current wave of the kiddie pool sports themes, bold graphics, interactive water features and, safety features.

Before you go shopping,...MORE keep safety in mind, and practice the 'Pool Safely' method, however, big― or small―the pool.

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    For kiddie pools, this is pretty elaborate, transforming your backyard into a water theme park. Your children will splash and giggle as they slide down the back of a big blue whale, climb aboard a turtle or splash under the sprinkles from an elephant's trunk. Kids can also challenge friends to a game of ring toss, or stay cool under the palm tree. With the included continuous airflow blower, all this fun inflates in less than three minutes.


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    Not just an inflatable swimming pool for children, the Spray 'n Splash includes a peppy whale perched on the side that engages in a fun splashing game among your kids and their parents. Who wouldn't want a cheerful whale in their backyard pool, especially one that splashes and sprays? Play away while the happy whale sprays water to keep you cool. The built-in sprayer attaches easily to a standard garden hose. Includes a repair patch.

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    The Intex Swim Center Pinwheel Pool is big enough for children and adults. Featuring a bright and colorful pinwheel design, this large-size (by kiddie pool standards) holds around 204 gallons of water and includes a drain plug. It also has an inflatable floor that provides extra cushioning to make your pinwheel pool experience more comfortable and relaxing.

    Here's what's included:

    • For ages 6 years and up
    • Extra-wide sidewalls that are clear (see-through) and with a colorful design
    • Inflatable;...MORE packs for easy storage
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    Intex is in the pool business―can you tell? The Windmill Water Slide Play Center includes a water slide, wading pool that holds up to 34 gallons, the main pool that holds up to 50 gallons, an attached inflatable palm tree for added decor, a water sprayer to keep the windmill moving, and six balls for extra fun and games. It also comes equipped with a landing mat, which will provide extra padding near the water slide.

    Attach the water sprayer to a garden hose, and you're good to go. The...MORE Windmill Water Slide Play Center assembles and inflates quickly, which should make parents and children happy.

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    PB Kids Sailboat Pool. &copy Pottery Barn Kids

    It may not do a lot, but it sure is cute! This adorable sailboat pool leaves lots of room for imagination and play of the old-fashioned variety.

    The details:

    • 85.5 inches wide x 47 inches deep x 52 inches high
    • Requires a pump to inflate (not included)
    • For ages 3 years old and up
    • Vinyl repair kit included
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    The shark sprinkler by Pottery Barn Kids. &copy PB Kids

    The next best thing to a play pool is running though the sprinkler. So why not do it in style, the fun way? Pottery Barn Kids' inflatable silver shark will make water play a scream! Bring it out each year for Shark Week!

    Here are the details:

    • Fully inflated, measures 59 inches long x 31 inches deep x 26 inches high
    • Attaches easily to a standard garden hose
    • Water is sprayed through reinforced spouts
    • Requires a pump to inflate (not included)
    • Vinyl repair kit included
    • Ages 3 and up