How to Play Marco Polo


This swimming pool game is fun for kids of all ages.

Things You'll Need

  • Swimsuits For Children
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towels
  • Swimming Fins


  • Get in the pool.

  • Close your eyes and call out "Marco."

  • Listen for the other players to answer with "Polo."

  • Swim with your eyes closed in the direction of a voice.

  • Call out "Marco" several more times if you like, always waiting to hear "Polo" in response.

  • Tag any player, and you are no longer Marco.

The Other Players

Tips & Warnings

  • You must answer every shout of "Marco" that you hear.
  • You cannot get out of the pool to escape being tagged. If Marco thinks someone has gotten out of the pool, he or she shouts, "Fish out of water!" A player outside the pool when this is called becomes the new Marco.
  • Only play in a pool with a lifeguard or responsible adult watching.

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