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You've waited all year and now it's here: summer vacation! We've got your checklist of must-do's.
You Will Need
- A pool
Grab some friends
Marco Polo works best if you’ve got a ton of friends with you. Pick a sunny day, organize a trip to a local pool or a back yard oasis, and dive on in.
Pick a Marco
Pick someone to be 'it' or 'Marco,' and have them swim to the opposite end of the pool. As is tradition, feel free to taunt this person mercilessly.
Marco has to close their eyes, and keep them closed throughout the game. Marco then counts to ten, which is everyone’s first chance to scatter around the pool. Be creative with your hiding place, and always keep moving, but whatever you do, don’t get out of the water!
Heed the call of Marco
When the Marco is done counting to ten, they’ll shout 'Marco!' Everyone then has to shout the response call, 'Polo.' This shouting process is like sonar, and Marco can call out as much as he or she wants. Everyone has to respond.
Don't get caught
Now, it’s Marco’s job to swim around the pool trying to find a victim. Just like tag, if Marco touches you, you’re the new Marco.
Be a fish out of water
In one version of the game, only Marco has to remain fully in the pool at all times. Everyone else can slip in and out as they want—but if Marco shouts 'Fish out of water!' while someone is out of the pool, they become the new Marco. If there is more than one person caught, Marco chooses the loser.