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Why do you own a hot tub? For relaxation, hydrotherapy or romance? Because you wanted to impress someone? How about for playing games? I’m willing to bet that didn’t even cross your mind when you decided to buy your hot tub.
Playing games in a hot tub is nothing new, but my friend Pierre came up with a great collection of water-based games you, your friends and family can play in the hot tub.
1. Hot Tub Hockey
The Object: To get the floating object to touch the opposing team’s side of the hot tub using only water or air.
How to Play
Place the floating object in the middle of the tub. Create two teams and each sit on opposite ends of the tub. When someone blows the whistle, each team must get the object to touch the opposing team’s wall to earn one point.
You can blow or create waves, but you cannot touch the object. Splashing is allowed and actually makes the game quite fun. The team that scores three points first is the winner and gets to impose a penalty on all members of the losing team.
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Advanced: Set up two-person teams and have a mini tournament where you have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize. One on one is also very fun but be careful not to hyperventilate by blowing too much. Goal!
2. Pass The Bottle
What You Need: A hard plastic bottle filled with water and capped.
The Object: To pass the can completely around the tub without using your hands.
How to Play
Pass the bottle completely around the tub without using your hands. You may use any other parts of your body, including your backside, but you can’t use the same body part between players. For example, you can’t pass the bottle from your armpit to another player’s armpit, but instead, you can pass it from your neck to her knee.
The person who drops the can must suffer a penalty and then start the game over again using a different body part than the last time.
Advanced: Once you become adept at passing around an unopened can, try passing around an open one without spilling a drop. Even better, try passing around a can that has been in the freezer or in the snow for the last 20 minutes. Brrrr!
What You Need: Two large plastic cups.
The Object: Each player must pour water into the floating cup without it sinking to the bottom of the hot tub.
How to Play
First, turn down the power of your jets in the tub or shut them off completely. Take a cup (preferably plastic) and set it in the middle of the tub so that it floats and bobs around (you may have to put a little water in the cup to stabilize it).
Take a second cup and fill it with water. Using only one hand, each person now takes a turn pouring water into the floating cup for two seconds. Whoever pours the drop that causes the cup to sink to the bottom of the tub is the loser and must therefore suffer a penalty (there really are no losers in hot tub games, only degrees of embarrassment).
After you pour your drops in the glass, you must count four seconds before passing the cup to the next player, if the glass sinks during those four seconds you lose. Otherwise, you successfully complete your turn and get to sit back and watch the other players tremble and suffer (no fair making waves).
Advanced: You can use empty beer cans instead of plastic cups. This way, you can’t see how much liquid is in the floating can and so you really must “feel” how much liquid is safe to pour out of your own can. Practice those pours!
4. Ping Pong Panic
What You Need: Five ping pong balls
The Object: Players must not touch the ping pong balls with any part of their bodies.
How to Play
Begin with five ping pong balls. Drop the balls into the center of the tub and then scramble like mad to get out of the way. The only rule is that you must keep both feet inside the tub at all times.
If a ball touches you then you must sit outside of the tub (and freeze) until there is only one player left. Continue to add two balls to the tub every 15 seconds until there is only one person left. The last person remaining in the tub is the winner and may then impose whatever penalty they choose onto all the losers.
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How to Play
Each person must come up with a sign that represents them (i.e. scratching your chin or picking your nose).
The game begins with everyone sitting in a circle and continuously slapping the water with their hands. While this is going on, pick someone to start and they’ll perform their sign. The person to the left will do their sign, and so on, until everyone has gotten a turn.
Now the game really gets crazy.
The person that started the game must now perform their sign, then immediately follow it by doing someone else’s sign. Now the person who just had their sign performed, must now quickly perform their own sign, and then someone else’s without making any mistakes or else they lose and must suffer a penalty.
Everyone must continue to slap the water with their hands while the game is going on as this provides a little more distraction and helps to cause more errors.
If you get knocked down, you can get up again.
6. Musical Jets
What You’ll Need: Waterproof stereo.
The Object: To not be caught sitting in the seat where the jets are not running when the music stops.
How to Play
This game is exactly like musical chairs but instead of using chairs you use the jets from inside the tub.
Have someone (hopefully a dry person) play a song on the stereo while everyone in the tub moves around in a clockwise motion. This person must then randomly stop the music and then everyone must freeze where they are at. If there is not a jet blowing up against you when you freeze then you are out and must remove yourself from the tub and suffer a penalty.
In order for this game to work properly you need to shut down half the jets in your tub otherwise every seat would still have jets running in it and no one would ever lose. This game works really well with a remote control for your stereo so you can stop the music from inside the tub. Remember, you must keep moving in a clockwise motion as long as the music is playing, no fair just shuffling your feet and hanging around the nearest jet until the music stops.
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7. Water Cards
How to Play
Grab a Frisbee and flip it upside down to use as a playing table and you should use plastic (waterproof) cards.
You can play any card game you want, but here’s one you might like:
Deal out the entire deck of cards to all the players. Someone then begins and has to lay face down all the 2’s they have. Then, the player to the right must lay down all the 3’s they have and then the next player must lay down all their 4’s and so on until you have gone through all the values up to the aces.
If someone gets rid of all the cards in their hand then they are declared the winner and may impose a penalty on whoever they choose. If everyone still has cards in their hand when you reach the aces then you just start over at the 2’s again and climb up the values until someone gets rid of all their cards.
The great trick to this game is that you can LIE and lay down whatever you want. Let’s say it’s your turn and you have to lay down 6’s but you have none. You can lay down a jack and a king and just say that you are laying down two 6’s. If no one questions you then you have gotten away with it and the game moves on.
However, if someone yells “LIAR,” then you are required to flip over your two cards — everyone will see that you lied and you have to pick up the entire pile from the middle. On the other hand, if someone yells “LIAR” and you were telling the truth, then the person that called you out must pick up the entire pile from the middle.
This game can sometimes go on for quite a while if there are no good liars in the group.
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013