Summer is officially here and with the kids out of school for a few months, it’s time for the whole family to get out there for some old school fun. But here’s the thing with kids: they’re bored. Very fast. This is exactly why parents need to increase their arsenal of outdoor games and fun entertainment, making sure long summer days feature an ever-changing list of activities.
Whether you’re in town this summer or hanging out by the lake, we’ve got the products that will keep families friendly all day long. Because as all parents know, the more time children spend spending energy outdoors… the earlier they fall asleep at night!
Hammacher Schlemmer Motorized Pool Tube
Like the bumper boats you used to use, these Hammacher Schlemmer motorized pool tubes will brighten up your pool or lake day – no paddling needed! Controlled via a joystick (activated by a propeller wrapped underneath), the tube can move fairly quickly in any direction and it can rotate 360 degrees. Yes, it’s in our children’s alley. Advice for parents: buy two to increase the excitement of the bumper boat!
Hammacher Schlemmer The golf ball return chip net
Golf enthusiasts in your family can practice their game all summer long, right from your own backyard or balcony. The retractable net has four built-in targets for lobing, pitching, chipping or running shot, and it 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 carrying case? Done and done!
Giggle N Go Flarts Outdoor Game
Lawn darts were one of our favorite family games growing up, but now that we’re parents we’ve realized that, uh, they weren’t safe. At all! Fortunately, Giggle N Go has come up with a version of the inflatable that is portable and very easy to install. We love the stakes that hold the mat in place in the grass and that the reversible mat features a dart board on one side and a fun unicorn or monster on the other. Bring it to the park, the beach, or wherever your family goes this summer.
Giant game Ecr4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score
One of our favorite old-school games is now available in an ultra-interactive giant version, and yes, our whole family is ecstatic. Get everyone connected (pun intended) with this giant version of the classic Connect Four game, which will have parents and kids solving their problems all summer long.
Joyin Inflatable Pool Float Set
Pool days are a lot more fun when sport is added to the mix, and with this inflatable set you have two of them: volleyball and basketball. Once inflated, simply place the net and hoop in the pool and your games will be good to go. Over 3,500 Amazon reviewers agree the purchase is worth it.
Intex Splash ‘N Chill Inflatable Relaxation Island
This product brought us to “the island of relaxation”. Perfect for lakes, beaches or large pools, this giant inflatable hangout can accommodate up to seven adults, features four backrests, two boarding platforms, six cup holders and a bag anchor to hold it in place in the midst of waves and choppy currents. Our favorite detail? The integrated cooler!
Jasonwell Splash Pad Kids Sprinkler
For those incredibly hot summer days, this splash pad is perfect for little kids who need to cool off. With over 8,000 positive reviews on Amazon, it’s a top-selling water toy and we understand why – in addition to featuring dozens of watering spouts, the mat also maintains a shallow water basin, in which babies will love to splash around. The best part? It’s less than $ 20.
Stand Solo Stove Ranger Plus
Some of life’s best memories are created around a fire, and this low-smoke portable fireplace from cult brand Solo is our favorite way to get there when we’re on the go (or stay put! ) this summer . The Ranger comes with a stand that will protect your patio or weed, and we think it’s pretty much mandatory to throw s’mores, so you’ll want to grab those telescoping skewers that will keep kids safe from the flames.
Jasonwell Avocado Inflatable Pool Float
Sometimes you just need a gigantic, hilarious pool float, and this one fits that bill. Perfect for Gram, TikTok and beyond, this avocado-shaped float stands over five feet tall and even includes the pit – aka the brown inflatable balloon. Fancy some unicorns this summer? This one is your best bet.
Garden games Large tumbling woods
Take your competitive prowess outside this summer with this giant version of the Jenga. Available in large and giant sizes, the game’s “tumble timbers” are made from sturdy pine wood and each set comes with a carrying case, making it easy to carry around your neighbor’s yard or to take on your next camping trip.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Lifetime Wave Wave Kayak with Paddle
Kids and kayaks aren’t always the best mix, but we’re here to say that this Lifetime Youth Option is officially a game-changer for ages 5-11. Ultra-safe, the six-foot-long kayak is lightweight and features an ergonomic cockpit that improves balance and makes developing the skills of novice paddlers super easy – seriously, our kids were on it and paddled in less than a day. minute! Yes, it’s time to plan your next family kayaking adventure.
B Branton Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course for Kids
Make your ninja-loving kid’s dreams come true with this action-packed obstacle course that can be set up right in your yard between two trees or anchor brackets. Once the 50-foot slackline is stretched out, you can begin setting up the 10 course accessories, including gymnastic rings, monkey bar holds, climbing net, monkey fists, swing and rope. ‘climbing. A great way to increase endurance and strength, this class will get the whole family in shape and have fun together this summer.
Intex Kool Splash Kids Inflatable Pool Slide
Looking for a quick and (relatively) inexpensive way to expand your pool this summer? We’ve found the answer and it’s the Intex Kool Splash Inflatable Slide that works with both inground and above ground pools. With over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon, the slide is a favorite among parents, in part because it has a landing platform extension that goes into the pool, ensuring a safe and smooth landing for kids. children. Just put on your swimsuit and go!
Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center
Nothing occupies the little ones more than a play center… with a water slide! This one is an Amazon favorite with almost 9,500 positive reviews because it packs so much entertainment. In addition to the aforementioned slide, it also includes a sprayer and a paddling pool, in addition to a set of ring toss, ball toss and ball roll (with four included rings and six balls). Just inflate, attach a hose, and you’ve got a ride all day to keep cool.
Little Tikes Slam ‘N Curve Slide
For slightly older kids who need more action in their inflatable water, this slide from Little Tikes is a great option. Boasting a climbing wall, basketball hoop, wading pool, and four-foot-high slide, the set is one of our favorites as parents can see everything from afar (there is no there are no hidden nooks and crannies!) from an ultra-durable material that can withstand tons of rough housing, for at least a few years. More to know: The slide comes with stakes that secure the slide into the ground, a fan that keeps the slide constantly inflated, and a carrying case for easy storage when not in use.
Wowmazing Giant Bubble Wand Kit
If you know, you know: kids big and small love bubbles. Perfect for entertaining everyone at the park, at a barbecue, or just a regular Tuesday down your driveway, this fun bubble wand set includes a chopstick set, bubble solution, and tips and tricks booklet. Don’t forget your sunscreen if you are going to be outside for a while.
Wow World of Watersports Giant backyard slide
The slides of yesteryear have been greatly improved. Case in point: this totally awesome water slide from Wow World of Watersports! At an impressive 25 feet in length, the slide is flanked by inflatable pontoons with sprayers that keep kids (and parents) centered and slippery. Each slide comes with two inflatable “sleds” for super-fast glide, and if you want to double the length, the pontoons have a connection system that allows multiple slides to be attached.
Spikeball Starter Kit
Over 11,000 Amazon reviewers agree that Spikeball is one of the funniest games. What is it exactly? Well, maybe the brand says it best, calling it, “If 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 – the beach, your backyard, in a park, you name it.
GoSports Classic Cornhole Set
Perfect for family celebrations or just lazy days outside, the classic cornhole bag toss game is surprisingly challenging – and is sure to bring out the competitive sides of mom and dad! We love this super-sturdy MDF set from GoSports because it will certainly stand the test of time, but it’s also portable (each piece folds flat) and comes with a carrying case. If grid design is not for you, there are a host of other design options available. Looking for an even more portable cornhole option? Check out this super light set.