Summer is officially here, and with the kids out of school for a few months, it’s time for the whole family to go outside for some fun. But here’s the thing about kids: they’re bored. Really fast. This is exactly why parents need to stock up on their arsenal of outdoor games and fun hijinks to ensure that the long summer days offer an ever-changing range of activities.
Whether you’re heading into town this summer or spending it by the lake, we have the products that families can use to stay outside all day. As all parents know: the more time children spend in the great outdoors, the earlier they fall asleep!
Hammacher Schlemmer The motorized pool tube
Like the bumper boats that you used to ride in, these motorized pool tubes from Hammacher Schlemmer will liven up your day at the pool or at sea – without any paddles! Controlled by a joystick (made possible by a propeller underneath), the tube can move in any direction pretty quickly and it can make 360-degree rotations. Yes, this is just right for our children. Parents Tip: Buy Two To Add To The Excitement On The Bumper Boat!
Hammacher Schlemmer The Golf Ball Returning Chipping Net
The golf lovers in your family can work on their game all summer, right from your own garden or balcony. The pop-up net has four built-in targets for praising, pitching, chipping, or running, and comes with three golf practice balls, six colored foam balls, and a tri-turf mat. Did we mention that it folds flat and has a handy carry bag? Made and made!
Giggle N Go Flarts outdoor game
Lawn darts were one of our favorite games for the whole family, but now that we are parents we have realized that they are not safe. At all! Fortunately, Giggle N Go developed an inflatable floor version that is portable and super easy to set up. We appreciate the push pegs that keep the mat securely in the grass and that the reversible mat has a dart board on one side and either a unicorn or a funny monster on the other. Bring it to the park, beach, or wherever your family is going this summer.
Ecr4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score giant game
One of our favorite old school games is now in an ultra-interactive, giant version, and yes, our whole family is pretty excited about it. Get everyone to connect (pun intended) with this giant version of the classic Connect Four game where parents and kids can solve problems all summer long to achieve victory.
Joyin inflatable swimming pool set
Pool days are much more fun when sports are added on, and with this inflatable kit you get two things – volleyball and basketball. Once inflated, just place the net and hoop in the pool and your games are ready. More than 3,500 Amazon reviewers agree it’s worth buying.
Intex Splash ‘N Chill Inflatable relaxation island
This product has brought us to the “island of relaxation”. Perfect for lakes, beaches, or large pools, this huge inflatable hangout can accommodate up to seven adults and has four backrests, two entry platforms, six cup holders, and an anchor bag to keep it in place during rough waves and currents. Our favorite detail? The built-in cooler!
Jasonwell Splash Pad Sprinklers for Children
For ridiculously hot summer days, this splash pad is perfect for small children who need to cool off. With more than 8,000 positive Amazon reviews, it’s a top-selling water toy, and we understand why – along with dozens of sprinkler nozzles, the mat also maintains a shallow pool of water that babies love to splash around in. The best part? It’s under $ 20.
Solo Range Ranger Plus Stand
Some of life’s best memories are made around the fire, and this smoke-free, portable fire pit from cult favorite Solo is our favorite way of doing it this summer when we’re (or staying!) On the go. . The ranger comes with a stand to protect your patio or grass, and we think getting a few s’mores going is pretty important, so grab these telescopic skewers that will keep kids safe from flames.
Jasonwell Inflatable Avocado Pool Float
Sometimes all you need is one giant, hilarious swimmer, and this one fits right in. Perfect for Gramm, TikTok, and beyond, this avocado-shaped float stands over five feet tall and even contains the pit – aka the brown inflatable ball. Are you more into unicorns this summer? This is your best choice.
Yard Games Large Tumbling Timbers
Take your competitive performance outside this summer with this jumbo version of Jenga. The game’s “tumbling woods”, available in large and huge sizes, are made of sturdy pine and each set is supplied with a carrying bag that makes it easier to transport to your neighbour’s garden or to take with you on your next camping trip.
Dick’s sporting goods
Lifelong youth wave kayak with paddle
Kids and kayaks aren’t always the best mix, but we’re here to say that Lifetime’s youth-sized option is officially a game changer for ages 5-11. Ultra safe, the 6 foot kayak is lightweight and features an ergonomic cockpit design that improves balance and makes developing skills for novice paddlers super easy – seriously, our kids were there and paddled away in less than a minute! Yes, it’s time to start planning your next family kayaking adventure.
B Branton Ninja Warrior obstacle course for children
Make the dreams of your ninja-loving child come true with this action-packed obstacle course that can be set up right in your garden between two trees or anchor supports. Once the 15 meter long slackline is up, you can start installing the 10 accessories for the course, including gymnastic rings, climbing holds, a climbing net, monkey fists, a swing and a climbing rope. This course is a great way to increase stamina and strength. This summer the whole family will be fit and fun.
Intex Kool Splash children’s inflatable water slide
Are you looking for a quick and (relatively) inexpensive way to upgrade your pool this summer? We found the answer and it is Intex’s Kool Splash inflatable water slide that works with both in-ground and above-ground pools. With more than 3,000 positive Amazon reviews, the slide is popular with parents, also because it has a landing pad extension that extends into the pool and ensures a safe and smooth landing for children. Just put on your bathing suit and off you go!
Intex Rainbow Ring inflatable play center
Nothing keeps young children busy than a play center … with a waterslide! This one is an Amazon favorite with nearly 9,500 positive reviews as it has hours of entertainment in it. In addition to the slide already mentioned, it also includes a sprayer and a paddling pool as well as a ring throw, ball throw and ball roller games (with four rings and six balls supplied). Just inflate and attach a tube and you’ve got an all-day attraction to keep you cool.
Little Tikes Slam ‘N Curve slide
For slightly older kids who need a little more action in their water hose, this slide from Little Tikes is a great option. With a climbing wall, a basketball hoop, a paddling pool and a 1.2 meter high slide, the set is one of our favorites because parents can see everything from a distance (there are no hidden corners!) And because it is also made from an extremely durable material Material that can withstand tons of roughness and last at least a couple of years. More to know: The slide comes with stakes that secure the slide in the ground, a fan to keep the slide constantly inflated, and a carry bag for easy storage when not in use.
Wowmazing Giant Bubble Wands Kit
If you know, you know: children big and small love soap bubbles. Perfect for entertaining everyone in the park, at a barbecue or just in your driveway on a normal Tuesday. This fun bubble spell kit includes a set of wands, a soap bubble solution, and a tips and tricks booklet. Just don’t forget your sunscreen after you’ve been outside for a while.
Wow World of Watersports Giant water slide in the garden
The slip ‘n’ slides of yore have been fundamentally improved. Case in point: This totally cool water slide from Wow World of Watersports! The slide spans a whopping 25 feet and is flanked by inflatable pontoons with sprinklers that keep kids (and parents) centered and slippery. Each slide comes with two inflatable “sledges” for ultra-fast sliding, and if you want to double the length, the pontoons have a connection system that allows multiple slides to be attached.
Spikeball rookie kit
More than 11,000 Amazon reviewers agree that Spikeball is one of the most fun games out there. What is it exactly? Well, the brand can best say it by calling it “when volleyball and foursquare had a baby”. Yes, we are there! The best part of the two-on-two game? It’s portable and can be played anywhere – on the beach, in your yard, in a park, whatever.
GoSports Classic Cornhole Set
Perfect for family gatherings or just hanging out lazy days, Cornhole’s classic game of throwing bags is surprisingly difficult – and will surely highlight the competitive sides of mom and dad! We love this ultra-sturdy MDF set from GoSports because it will definitely stand the test of time, but it’s also portable (each piece folds flat) and comes with a carrying case. If the gridiron design isn’t for you, there are a number of other design options available. Are you looking for a cornhole option that is even more portable? Check out this super light set.
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