DIY {PVC water park}

I survived the first day of kindergarten…I’ll be honest it was horrible for me, but he loved it. He said, “Mommy, it’s like a birthday party, but it’s not.” Our original plan was to homeschool this year, but a great opportunity came up and we’re trying it out…

I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine and have been waiting for a day that my hubby was home to help us with it. The basic idea is to use PVC pipe, PVC connectors & adaptors and tubing to construct a ‘water park’. I used all 3/4 inch tubing and PVC pipes. We cut the pipes down using a saw and drilled holes in the pipe, tubing and caps. We really needed more “T” joints and smaller pieces of pipe….next time I am at Lowe’s I plan to pick up more of those. We didn’t use any glue to hold it together…which allowed us all to take turns taking it apart and builiding our own designs. Chris, Biggest Brother and I all enjoyed the building aspect. Big Brother and Littlest Brother loved playing in our creations. This was a really fun family project.

I really threw the Lowe’s guys for a loop when I went in asking questions about what adaptors I needed. They kept wanting me to draw out my plans for what I was building and I kept telling them there were no plans and I just needed to know what connected my hose to a PVC pipe. They were gracious, though I know I frustrated and confused them. They really wanted me to buy glue and bury my PVC to create a real sprinkler. I guess they don’t get many women with babies coming in asking for PVC pipe and so on to build a toy with…

Baby sister chilled out in her leg warmers (they actually have pink bows on them, but you can’t see them in this pic). Cracks me up everytime I put them on her:)

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  • Andy - What an awesome idea! We get Family Fun, but I missed this one. It’s going to be my project for this weekend, the kids will love it. Our baby (14 months) will love it too, just like when I sent him down the slip and slide.

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    I really enjoy your blog!

  • Jesse - Great idea.

  • Trinity - looks like a ton of fun!

  • Whitney - I ? your punkins leg warmers!!!

  • Whitney - What!!! that ? was suppose to be a heart….dern computer

  • Kelly - LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing my little dude would love this, I’m sending my husband to the store this weekend.

  • Carrie - Your kids are going to grow up and be engineers!

  • trish - i SOOOO love leg warmers, i need to just give in and order some online. i’ve looked EVERYWHERE for some and can’t find any. what a fun idea with the pipes! my boys would love to live next door to you guys, haha!

  • Lisa - this is fabulous!!! I love it!

  • Jeannette Swan - Are you kidding me…you made your own water park…if you didn’t have pictures to prove some of the stuff you do, I just wouldn’t believe it. Not that you aren’t capable, it’s just that I don’t know how you find the time, energy, brain power, etc to do some of the things you do!! You are awesome!!

  • Ayesha Riaz - first things how cool is a water park i need to come live in your kneck of the woods lol and i love baby legs its so ad we dont get them here

  • PamperingBeki - This is such a cute idea!

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  • Shantel - So, what DOES connect your hose to the PVC pipe? You never gave us the answer to that questions. This activity looks awesome. I made my own floor gym for my baby out of PVC floor pipe, so I love your idea. Let me know what connects the hose and pipe. Thanks.

  • jackie - so cute!

  • Heather - I wanted to do this last year but didn’t really have the money in August and then couldn’t remember how to do it this year. I found your blog along with the Family Fun article though. I was in Lowe’s today asking the same questions about how to connect the PVC to the hose. I got a couple of funny looks and a friendly, albeit skeptical, “good luck!” The guy showed me a brass fitting that would connect the “male” end of the hose, which apparently has different threads than the PVC threads. What did you end up using to connect the hose? Should I return my brass do-hickey? I know it would work, but it was nearly $5. I can’t wait to get this up and running! Thanks for showing your “real life” application of this project!

  • Grace - I’m not the builder here, but have done similar work in home plumbing and barn plumbing. One idea is to skip the screw connector – and cut the hose – how you have 1/2 inch rubber flexible line – and you use clamps to make the transition to 1/2 pvc water line.

  • Jodi - Leg warmers are my MOST favorite thing right now!! I’m expecting my first girl (after two boys) and I am SOOOOOOOOO excited!! I just found your site after searching for baby girl nurseries. I absolutely LOVE what you did in yours. Did you end up keeping it that way? You had said that you might change it. It’s fabulous.

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  • Uri - Wow! So fun! Sure you’re the best mom ever! You have a beautiful family, when your kids grow up they will remember everything you did for them to have fun and how much you love them! I hope to be so when I have children.

    Greetings from Mexico

  • Una - I really like your idea.It is so amazing!

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