For your child's birthday, why not use the seasons for inspiration? If it's summer, how about a pool party? Or consider an indoor roller skating party during the winter. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

You donít need a swimming pool to host a wet and wild water party for the birthday boy or girl.

A hose, a sprinkler, buckets, sponges, balloons, water pistols, and even ice cubes can set the scene for countless summertime games. A word to the wise: make sure party guests come prepared with a change of clothing and a dry towel.

Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, watermelon, popsicles, ice cream. You might even consider renting a snow cone machine for around $50.

Water Balloon Toss
Divide the children into pairs. Give each pair a water balloon. Starting 4 feet apart, teammates toss the balloon to each other. After each successful catch, the players take a step back. The last team with an unpopped balloon wins.

Fill the Cup
Give each child a 16 ounce plastic drinking cup. Set an oscillating sprinkler so that the water will fan from one side to the other. Without touching the sprinkler, the kids must fill their cups with water ó a task thatís harder than it sounds. The first one to fill the cup wins.

Water Relay Race
Divide party guests into equal teams. Each team will need two buckets, and each child will need one dry sponge. For each team, fill one bucket with water and place it at the starting line, and position the empty buckets 20 or 30 feet away. One by one, each child dunks their sponge into the bucket of water, runs to the second bucket, squeezes the sponge into it and runs back. When the starting buckets are empty, the team who transferred the most water wins.

Target Practice
Divide party guests into pairs. One partner holds an empty bucket while the other sprays the hose into it from some distance away (distance should be determined by the water pressure). Each team has 30 seconds to fill the bucket. When everyone is done, the team with the most water in their bucket wins.