Last year for a few weeks we lived in the paddling pool, but this year I didn't know where the blue plug sockets were, and didn't have the good sense to ask Daddy if he knew. Last week, I found them with his help, and the very next day I couldn't fill up the pool quick enough, so this was us all day Friday. It's the cheapest fab day "out" you could have. All refreshments, and towels just indoors, and no travelling home at the end of a lovely day.
I'd recommend getting a large one, as adults get hot too yeah? If you only have one for your little ones, you won't believe how much you can cool off and chill out (and enjoy the sun) if you get one you can fit in too. We've even now converted Daddy and he spent Friday evening in there. He now understands why being in there chills me out so much. It's bliss to lie back in it.
Ours is a Bestway. Daddy bought it last Summer in B&Q. It's either 8 or 10 ft (not sure) and I think it cost him about 40 pounds. We got it as we were having friends round that day and it was 32 degrees. It's money well spent as it has a lid (well more of a drawstring cover) but it means you can leave it full overnight. I find it only stays clean for about 3 days, but if you have 3 days of good weather in a row, like we often did last year, it really works. You can actually buy a pump which means you only have to fill it once at the beginning of the Summer and that's it. We've not done that yet.
I even had a hot chocolate in the pool:
Daddy popped out to get water pistols as all of ours from last year had broken. He and Aaron had hours of fun with those. When he wasn't playing with water he was driving round and round and round the patio on his trike. I had thought we paid 130 for it but it seems it's only 79.99 Schwinn Roadster - while getting the link for the trike just now I noticed that Toys R Us does a 10 ft pool that comes WITH a pump: Sizzlin Cool 10 ft pool. That'd be a great one to get. This post isn't a collaboration with anyone, I genuinely just noticed it while looking for a link to show you our trike, but better still let me show you him on it :-)
It was a fab way to spend a day and I hope the mercury goes high enough in the coming days/weeks for us to do it again, hopefully with his cousins.