The August sun burned overhead as a noisy bunch of Laguna youngsters
showed off their cache of water guns, and waited as others lugged
heavy red buckets filled with an arsenal of fun.
"Water balloons," 7-year-old Cora Bowers called out excitedly when
she saw the dozens of balloons, just waiting to be tossed at her and
The children at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
commemorated "Water Blast Day" on Friday by playing three games,
which became more frenzied as the day went on. The event started on a
calm note with a water balloon toss, but got more hectic when it was
time for the water balloon fight -- when it was time to bring the
squirt guns into play, all bets were off.
During the toss, children paired up and tossed a balloon back and
forth. The teams had three "lives."
"If you drop it and it explodes, you're out," explained Athletic
Director Hans Laroche at the start of the game.
With each successful toss, the children upped the challenge by
taking a step back and making the next throw longer. When the players
caught the balloon, they cheered excitedly like 10-year-old Tyler
Brooks and 9-year-old Avery Crowl, who high-fived each other and
pumped fists after their catches.
"It's fun, I love playing with Avery, we're almost in the finals,"
But when the children were out of the game, they had to pay a
price. As the crowd of children shouted "Get her wet," 6-year-old
Cayla Henderson and 7-year-old Crystal Coinon were drenched with a
bucket of water after three of their balloons popped.
"We got soaked because we dropped three balloons," Cayla said.
After the toss, the children ran around the blacktop in a hectic
effort to peg their friends with balloons.
"It's pretty fun," 11-year-old Devin Kent said. "You just run
around and smash water balloons over kids' heads. It's definitely
worth coming to."
The flurry of the water balloons was followed by an all-out squirt
gun face-off. Many of the children brought brightly colored high-tech
toys powered by air pressure, capable of a higher level of soakage
than old-fashioned water pistols.
"You can bring any toys you want," 9-year-old Sarah Mohanna said
just before she was soaked by a stream of water.
The children ran wildly, blasting each other and having a blast
themselves. The only rules were to have fun and drench each other.
"You just have to run around and shoot people without getting shot
yourself," 10-year-old Keynon Jackson said. "It's kind of like
survival, survival of the fittest."