Kid Wash

***Full Instructions- Below keep Reading!!!***

We made a Kid Wash for the kids to enjoy all summer long. We also thought it would be perfect for Mikey’s Super MESSY Birthday party. We need a way for the kids to get clean after going down the Shaving cream slide and across the shaving cream tarp, right?!! Well here it is a Kid Wash.

It turned out even better than I thought it would.

We added a slip n slide underneath which I highly recommend doing or at the very least a tarp unless you have fake grass. Otherwise it becomes a mud pit which is fun in its own right. But our grass was already completely torn up from last time so we decided to put down the slip n slide

All PVC is 3/4 inch

  • 8x 10 feet 3/4” PVC pipe
  • 11 T’s
  • 2 crosses
  • 7 elbows
  • 4 caps
  • 1 straight fitting
  • 1 female hose adapter (threaded)
  • pool noodle (s)
  •  large sponges, shower curtains,  and rope/ fasteners (car wash accessories)
  • misters (found mine at Lowe’s in the PVC pipe section)(optional)
  • rubber mallet
  • PVC pipe cutter
  • tape measure
  • drill with 1/8 inch drill bit
  • marker

1. Prep all the PVC pipe to the lengths listed below. Sometimes the store will cut it for free you can always ask. We used the PVC pipe cutter I highly suggest getting one.

  • 20x 30” long (shown as blue below)
  • 2x 5 feet long (shown as gray below)
  • 3x 3 feet long (shown as red below)
  • 2x 1 feet long (shown as orange below)
  • 3x 6” long  (shown as purple)

2. Drill holes for the water to come out! You can do this however you like. We drilled 15 holes (all in a row) each in two of the 3 foot pieces (labeled X and Y), 3 holes on four of the 30” pieces( top side bars between Y and Z connected by the cross joints), and 3 holes in two of the caps.

3. Use the drill to make a hole in each of the two PVC caps for the misters to stick in if you choose to use a mister or just drill three holes for water to spray out of

4. Once everything is ready, assemble it according to the image below. Use the mallet to secure your pieces to ensure they have a tight fit

  • 20x 30” long (shown as blue below)
  • 2x 5 feet long (shown as gray below)
  • 4x 3 feet long (shown as red below)
  • 2x 1 feet long (shown as orange below)
  • 3x 6” long  (shown as purple)
  • The caps go on the two orange and two purple sticking up
  • the purple on the ground attaches the hose so this is where the female connector goes
  • if you want to add misters these can be placed anywhere you drill a hole

kid wash demo

Remember, the more holes there are, the less water pressure. So don’t go to crazy drilling holes I would follow my instructions then add holes a few at a time and keep checking to make sure you don’t lose to much water pressure. If you drill to many holes and find you lose to much water pressure use some duct tape to cover uop the hole just wrap it well this should bring back any lost water pressure.

Note: We didn’t do any holes in the third cross bar (labeled Z) we just decorated it, but you could add them there too if you want!

5. Start Decorating use sponges, pool noodles, shower curtains. Anything you like. We bought most of these items at the dollar store.



  1. that is so cute!

  2. This looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the instructions too. We are gonna try this out.

  3. Very cool. Who wouldn’t want this in their back garden!

  4. That is so fun! I love it!!!

  5. What an awesome idea! And it turned out so cute. Love it. I found you at it’s playtime

  6. Holy cow that is AWESOME! What a fabulous mama you are! I bet that is going to be so much fun all summer long!

  7. What a fun way to get clean after messy play! I’m featuring this at the Kid’s Co-op this week.

  8. This is an amazing post thank you just found you on a linky party and glad that I did now pinning this idea to the “summer pin it list”
    Thank you

  9. Oh my gosh, I just love this! I saw one on pinterest last year and thought I’d love to make one, but it looked hard. Was it? We’re not at all handy in this house, but I would really love to have one for the little peas. Thanks for linking it up to the Outdoor Play Party – I can’t think of anything more fun to play with outdoors than this!

  10. So fun! I need to make one of these, our neighbor kids would love this too! 🙂 We’d love for you to join the party at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers will like your ideas as well! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  11. This has been on my to-do list, but I haven’t gotten around to making one yet. Yours is great!
    Stopping by from the TGIF Linky Party. 🙂

  12. Oh, how fun!! I would love it if you would share at Sharing Saturday: Thank you!!

  13. Very cool. My son would absolutely love this

  14. Love it! Looks super fun. And what a great idea to use it to clean up after the shaving cream slide. Thanks for linking up with the Weekly Kids Co-Op.

  15. That looks like tons of fun. What an awesome touch for your big birthday party!

  16. Becky H. says:

    We made a very simple one with just PVC last Summer, but I wanted to dress it up a little with pool noodles too. How did you attach them? And did they hold up well? I would be afraid they would tear off easily…

    • debra92691 says:

      I used rings. I am not sure what exactly they are called but I used to use them for book making with my class. you could also use shower rings I think. they hold up pretty well. We did have some rough and tumble boys over who actually purposefully pulled them off but even then I just punched a new hole through and hung them back up…with a warning of no more pulling on them =)

  17. This is SO cool! I want to run through it myself, and I know my kids would love it! I’m going to pin it and share it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page–thank you so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!! I hope we see you again tonight!

  18. Debra-

    What a fun idea for the kids…and PVC is pretty rampant in our leftovers from our renovation.

    I’m featuring your project at Creative Juice tonight, and sharing at Pinterest on both my accounts. Also, my sister site, The Classroom Creative, will showcase your post for our summer projects and outdoor projects. I’ll pop back and let you know when that runs…

    Have a great week!

  19. LOVE this! I’ll be featuring it with the Kids Co-Op Friday. 🙂

  20. Love this. I will be featuring it in my roundup of last week’s weekly kids co-op 🙂

  21. This is amazing!!! What a super fun idea! I am featuring you at TGIF this week –! Thanks for linking up and I look forward to seeing you again this week =-)

  22. Ok. It’s on! I bought the PVC today. I am determined to get this made in the next few weeks for my daughters birthday party (I might be the very definition of getting carried away but this looks too fun to miss). A few questions. Did you glue the pieces together? Or do you just fit them together and then you can break the whole thing down (eventually)? Would you recommend about half the number of holes that they say to make? Lastly I read somewhere to make smaller holes than the 1/8th that they recommend. Did you use a 1/8th bit or smaller? THANKS for all the help. I’m downright giddy to make this happen.

    • debra92691 says:

      I used 1/8th but I think 1 /16th would have been better. I did not glue any of the pipes because I did want it to be easy to break down in the fall. I think half the amount of holes would be better. You can try it and always add more if you like. Let me know how it turns out it was easy for us and we are not the handiest of families. This is such a great project. Just make sure you use a PVC cutter it makes everything so much easier.

  23. I just got one and cutting through the pipes was a breeze. The hardest part was finding the dang thing the hardware store with my 1.5 yr old “helping”. Thanks for the reply. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  24. Great stuff!! Are those noodles a dollar a piece at the dollar store? They make it look so much more “fun” but that’s like $20 just in noodles.. How much was the total cost with all the PVC etc?

    I plan on making it tomorrow with my kiddos.. Thanks!

    • debra92691 says:

      Yes, the sponges and pool noodles are all from the dollar store. The PVC was more than they had said as well though I think on the site it says around $30 for everything for just our PVC it was around $55 and then I bought all the decorations I liked. It was a little expensive but could have been much more. I figure we will use this all summer and again in following summers so it is definitely worth it.

  25. OMG! This looks like so much fun!

  26. Where can I find the instructions on the kid wash?

  27. Super cool!! I just love how the adults got to play too!! 🙂 I would so totally be in there too.

  28. This is a great idea! Looks like awesome fun!!! Visiting from TGIF!

  29. Looks great!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  30. So cool! Love the pool noodles!!!

  31. vivian barahona says:

    the instructions dont open, could you please let me know what page that is? or could you show me your instructions?

  32. Linda Modelfino says:

    I made it today in a couple of hours and it turned out fantastic!! My son loves it! Thank you!!!


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