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Sadly, scheduling visits to the waterpark is a bit harder than it should be. Our schedules are insanely busy this summer, and I just can't justify paying admission for 5 of us if we could only stay for an hour or so. That would get expensive, and rather quickly!
I have always liked the idea of having a pool to bring the waterpark to my own backyard. We don't have a huge yard, though, and the kids are still pretty little. I wouldn't want to invest in a huge, deep pool just yet. Maybe in a few more years when the kids are more proficient swimmers.
For now, I will settle for something smaller and easier to manage, like a float-to-fill ring pool. We've been splashing away in a great 8' x 26" Float to Fill™ Ring Pool from Backyard Ocean. This budget-friendly ring pool offers a 480 gallon capacity swimming area that's the perfect size for preschool-aged kids like Sophie and Xander.
8' x 26" Float to Fill™ Ring PoolEasy Summer FunBackyard Ocean's Float to Fill™ Ring Pools make it incredibly easy to enjoy all of the benefits of a quality pool without any of the installation costs and hassles. All you have to do is lay out the pool on a flat surface, fill the inflatable ring with air, then fill the pool with water. The ring rises as you fill the pool, pulling up the rugged walls with it, making setup a breeze!
This 8 ft diameter x 26 in high Float to Fill™ ring pool will quickly bring endless summer fun to your own backyard with its easy setup. We even give you two free beach balls to get the fun started!
- 485 Gallon Capacity (at 80% full)
- Strong Sidewalls: Extra-strong 24-gauge sidewalls made from three layers of vinyl for extreme durability
- Ring Pool: 8 ft diameter x 26 in high to the top of the ring
- Quick Instructions Sheet
- Beach Balls: Two 20" beach balls for instant summer fun!
- Note: This pool does not include a drain plug or opening to attach a pool pump. To keep your pool water clean and sanitary we recommend the use of the Ring and Frame Pool Maintenance Kit and 1" Chlorine Tablets which can be placed in a Floating Chlorine Dispenser (items sold separately).
It has been pretty rainy here in Ohio, so finding a day that was suitable for swimming has been a true test of patience. Not for me, of course, but for the kids. They have been so eager to "go swimming", and they're a bit too young to understand that it's not a good idea to splash around in the pool during a lightning storm. That is one lesson I won't be letting them learn the hard way!
Finally, we had a nice stretch of sunshine, so we decided to break out the pool so the kids could finally enjoy it. Setting up this pool was super-easy. Just inflate the ring, lay the pool flat on the ground, and place a standard hose into the pool to fill. As the water level rises, so does the pool. It took a couple of hours to pump almost 500 gallons of water into the pool, so be sure to start early! Otherwise, you might have to hear cries of "Mom, is it done yet?" over and over and over again.
While there is no filter for this pool, it is recommended that users purchase Chlorine tablets and a floating Chlorine dispenser to help keep the water clean and fresh. Backyard Ocean carries these items, as well as a convenient 8 ft Easy Set Pool Cover. These items must be purchased separately, but are definitely a worthwhile investment if you plan on spending lots of time in the pool this summer.
We did have one tiny issue when setting up the pool. You see, my yard doesn't have any totally level surface. There is a very slight slope. My husband was absolutely convinced that the pool would never hold water and would collapse as it filled, or as soon as little people got in. Thankfully, he was wrong. Even with a slight slope underneath, the pool is holding water just fine.
So if you're looking for an economical way to beat the summer heat, definitely check out Backyard Ocean. They have something for every age, every yard size, and yes, every budget!