Tub Time for Timmy
January 10, 2015 5:03 PM   Subscribe

I have a huge 100+ gallon tub with jets and such. What are some fun things I can add to my bath time to make it more enjoyable? I already do bubblebath and salts, and have a few floating toys and a water pipe (pan pipes you can play in the tub).. For various reasons I spend hours in there at a time. Generally I read beater books or watch Netflix on my otherwise decommissioned iPhone 4. Assume I am bathing alone and am not afraid of anything
posted by cjorgensen to Grab Bag (20 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I like to listen to audiobooks in the tub
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 5:09 PM on January 10, 2015

Iced water to drink. Tub crayons to draw with.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 5:11 PM on January 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Glow sticks or floating pool lights.
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:13 PM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Oh man, it's so funny because I was just thinking about this this morning, how I used to have so much fun playing in the tub. There were three toys that kept me completely entertained.

The first was the Fisher Price Tubtown, which as fun as it was I'm pretty sure wouldn't do it for me anymore.

#2 was a set of floating foam blocks. I'd try to build increasingly large structures and see how big they could get before topple. I could see myself being entertained by that as an adult.

The third was a waterworks thing with moving parts you could fuss with to make physics happen. That was awesome.

I realize you're an adult but you're asking a fun question so yeah I recommended kids' toys.
posted by phunniemee at 5:15 PM on January 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Ziploc bags are pretty great for bringing Kindles and iPads into the bath.
posted by cecic at 5:45 PM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Bath crayons! Assuming there's tile around you, or space at the top of the tub, you can have a pretty good time drawing (and erasing, and re-drawing..) all sort of good things.

Soap bubble sculptures. If you've used bubble bath and have enough foam, try to make various things out of it - animals, people's heads, whatever works for you.

Zen garden-style raking of the aforementioned bubbles. A small plastic children's rake (not meant for actual working, but for playing in sand) will work for 'arranging' the bubbles into pleasing patterns.
posted by VioletU at 5:51 PM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

My wife got me a Hexbug shark for the tub this Christmas; it alternates between swimming at the bottom and the top of the water, so every now and then this little fin will pop up out of the water and cruise around me and that is awesome.

I'm also quite fond of Crayola Color Drops.
posted by DingoMutt at 5:54 PM on January 10, 2015 [10 favorites]

One classic rubber ducky
posted by sammyo at 6:00 PM on January 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: I had no idea there were such things as tub crayons. That alone has made the question worthwhile.

A friend.

I did say assume I am bathing alone, but I should have said, "My preferred tub buddy hates baths." This is kinda sad, since this tub would service five. I'm as likely to get her in there as I am an additional three individuals.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:11 PM on January 10, 2015

A cat. Obviously you probably shouldn't just get one for the bath time laughs, but if you have cats and you haven't been letting (ok maybe coaxing) them into the bathroom already, you should try it. Mine likes to alternately sit on the edge of the tub, occasionally dipping in a paw or tail, roll around luxuriously on the bathmat, or bat the bubbles around, chasing them and pouncing when she can scoop them onto the floor.
posted by lollusc at 6:16 PM on January 10, 2015

A pepperoni pizza! Honestly: Surprisingly bath friendly.

Is your friend willing to sit on the edge and read to you?
posted by mochapickle at 6:21 PM on January 10, 2015 [3 favorites]

Clearly what you need is a collection of Projector Domes that float and only work when placed in water! You can project a whole solar system on your ceiling! It would be awesome!!

(wait. they make mechanical sharks that swim in the bath with you? THANK YOU for asking this question!!)
posted by jbenben at 7:50 PM on January 10, 2015 [5 favorites]

A closed cell backpacking pad can float you so just your face is above water , you can relax nearly every muscle in your body .
posted by hortense at 8:00 PM on January 10, 2015 [5 favorites]

Shaving cream is great fun to play with in the bath.
posted by SLC Mom at 8:21 PM on January 10, 2015

There are lots of very fun waterproof vibrators and other adult toys!
(hey, you said you weren't afraid of anything...)
posted by rubster at 8:54 PM on January 10, 2015

Eat pomegranates.
posted by bonkydog at 10:10 PM on January 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

An unbreakable pitcher so you can fill it with cool water and dump it over your head. Nothing better in a steaming hot tub
posted by ottereroticist at 10:58 PM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

I came in to say eat mangoes. The are so messy but so much fun to eat in the tub.
posted by wwax at 7:22 AM on January 11, 2015

Seconding a cat. I have one who let's me make her a bubble unicorn horn! The others cats are so amazed...
posted by LaBellaStella at 4:41 PM on January 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

Some kind of remote control boat? Floating candles? Colorful foam soap.. For sculpting. Waterproof drawing implements. A waterproof tablet case. Maybe some kind of exercise equipment.. Like those stretchy rubber tubing resistance bands.

Silicone based lube. Because, you know, we're all adults here.
posted by ostranenie at 9:50 PM on January 11, 2015

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