Marco Polo Game

Marco Polo game is one of the fun outdoor games for kids and teen games.

This fun activity played in water will test kids' concentration and listening skills.

Players have to be good swimmers when they can only use their sense of hearing to tag players.

Adult supervision is needed for this activity.

Young kids and weak or non-swimmers should stay in shallow water.

Older kids and strong swimmers may venture to the deeper end of the pool.

Have fun with this on a hot summer day!

Before You Begin

4 or more players
Ages: 6 and up


One player is Marco and is "it". He closes his eyes while the other players swim away from him.

With closed eyes, Marco has to try and tag the other players. If he's unsuccessful, he shouts out "Marco!"

The other players have to shout "Polo!" He then swims after players after hearing their voices.

This water tag play idea continues with the swimmers trying to avoid "it", and "it" trying to tag them (with eyes closed!).

Swimmers can shout "Polo" whenever they want, tricking "it" into swimming towards their voices while they swim away from him.

A player who gets tagged is out of the round. He gets out of the water while the play continues.


The winner is the last remaining swimmer after all others have been tagged. He is now the new Marco for the next round.

Marco needs to be a strong swimmer and have lots of stamina as it may take a while to have all the players tagged.


This activity can go on for a while depending on the number of players and how big the swimming pool is!

You can set a time limit, too. It's up to the kids how they want to play.

That way, more of the kids have a chance to be Marco.

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