Our TOP items are enjoyed by parents and kids over and over again, perfect for the playground or beach! And low-priced for us cost-conscious parents.
1. BACKYARD SUMMERTIME FUNTime for fun in the sun!
Talk about cute as well as safe! This Swimways® Baby Spring Float™ offers comfort and convenience for baby with fun and unique styles. It has a mesh playspace for toys and splashing and a low seat for a secure center of gravity. Three adorable styles: waterlilly, ladybug and sports!
Little Tikes are experts on safe, family fun. Their Super Spiral Bouncer Sprinkler is selling out everywhere and for good reason! Families tell us it's one of the best for backyard sprinkler fun.
Little Tikes Beach Ball Sprinkler is another great choice. Roll around the giant 88" beach ball for a splashing good time! This cool sprinkler combines fast and fun beach ball action with wild water play. Inflate it, hook it up to a water hose and then watch the fun begin! Awarded Parents' Choice Award by Parents' Choice Foundation. Hours of summertime fun for boys and girls!
For backyard pool fun, parents recommend the Rainbow Ring Play Center. This 117" x 76" x 53" water play center includes water slide, wading pool, water sprayer, ring toss game (with 4 inflatable rings) ball roller game and toss ball game (six plastic play balls included).
How about a pool for baby? Try the 40"x 35" Mushroom Baby Pool. A soft floor allows for gentle play. Baby's own pool with built in mushroom sunshade. Great for babies that are reluctant to go into bigger pools or who don't have a backyard pool. Great reviews at amazon and low price!
Star Baby Float with Canopy is the perfect solution for a baby float with shade. Great reviews at amazon for this item and very reasonably priced.
2. SANDALS, RASH GUARDS (SUN SHIRTS), SWIM GOGGLESYou told us that high quality sandals, rash guards, and goggles are an absolute summer essential! And San Diego parents had some great suggestions.
Climbing? No problem! Wading? Let's go! Teva Psyclone Sandals for Toddlers & Infants help little explorers keep their footing on rough, hot ground and slick, wet surfaces. Teva means quality! Great reviews on these at amazon and at a price you can afford.
Tired of applying sunscreen every 2 hours? Liberate yourself and your little one from sun screen applications with Body Glove RASH GUARDS. Extra sun protection, without extra weight! Body Glove makes the best quality rash guards. Sleek and lightweight, kids love wearing these swim shirts. Offers terrific shoulder, arm, and torso coverage. Perfect reviews at amazon and price is much cheaper than sports stores. Assorted youth sizes and colors.
This is an incredible value! Three kid swim goggles for about the price of one! Cool colors and styles. And with Speedo, you know their eyes will be safe in the water.
3. TODDLER & KID THRILL TOYSYou told us what we already knew: kids love to jump and ride!
Not ready to pay the big bucks for a family-sized trampoline? Give the Bazoongi a try. 3.5" Galvanized Springs (30). Easy to Assemble Toprail System. Adjustable Handle. Oversized Frame Pad. Terrific reviews at Amazon.
Parents love the jumpolene! It's a safe, inflated, trampoline for indoors or out. Add balls to make it a bounce-house. For toddlers to age six.
Looking for a small, affordable, durable bounce house? Little Tikes Bounce House Trampoline is perfect. This inflatable fun center is soft, safe, and provides hours of trampoline bounce-ability. Enclosed bounce area lets kids jump around without worry of falling off. Inflatable walls and netting keep kids from bouncing out of the play area.
And Toddlers with a notion for motion will love the UP & DOWN COASTER. Perfect for indoor fun during those long cold winter months, this rollicking roller coaster is powered by gravity, not electricity, and is a fun ride toddlers can do themselves! It includes three piece snap-together track, non-slip steps, and a fully assembled coaster car. Built for safety, the coaster features a retainer that keeps the car still until your child is seated. Securely designed car features high back, handrail and footrests. Sturdy enough for indoor/outdoor use. Ages 2 and up. Outstanding reviews at Amazon.
4. SPORTS ACCESSORIESYour kids play sports all year round, get what they need right here!
Perfect for keeping all that sports equipment in one place, the Rubbermaid sports gear storage station holds bats, sticks, helmets and balls with ease. A removable mesh bag stays open wide to catch balls for storage, then cinches up when it's time to pack the balls off to the court, field, or beach. The unit also organizes all loose sporting goods such as bats, gloves, hockey sticks, and skateboards. Molded side racks offer perfect housing for baseball bats, hockey sticks, and skateboards. Handy hooks offer easy access to helmets, goggles, and rackets. Measuring 36 by 18 by 5 inches, the station assembles in a snap without tools, so you're up and running out of the box.
Parents tell us that the absolute best kids golf club set Future Tour Pee Wee Junior Golf Set. Designed with the beginning golfer in mind, the Intech Future Tour set includes all the clubs your child needs to get started. The set--which is designed for children ages 5 and under--is equipped with an oversized 20-degree driver for greater distance, along with oversized, wide-sole 5 and 9 irons to handle the basic fairway situations. The heel-toe, ceramic-faced junior putter, meanwhile, is weighted nicely to give your kid's a putts a smooth, steady feel. Best of all, every club offers a lightweight, easy-to-control composite graphite shaft. Other features include a driver head cover and a collapsible nylon carrying bag. The Future Tour set carries a one-year warranty.
Looking for an affordable quality pitching machine? Very hard to fine. Most quality machines are upwards of $100. But the FRANKLIN MLB YOUTH PITCHING MACHINE offers the fun and excitement of a baseball batting cage for young developing players at a reasonable price. It's height adjustable and pitches Aero-Strike plastic balls at 10-second intervals. Perfect for practice in the backyard or warming up before a big game.
And what about carting all that sports gear or cooler to and from the park or beach? The WONDER WHEELER is the answer! It's the easy way to cart your family's gear. Why put your back at risk? Or make multiple trips unloading the car? This all-terrain cart makes it a cinch to transport up to 100 lbs. of gear - even on sand or stairs! It holds a large cooler and up to four beach chairs, and includes a roomy storage tote for towels, toys, and more. Unlike the other models, this one features front swivel wheels for the easiest maneuvering. Folds compactly to fit in your trunk. Perfect for hauling gear to and from your kids' sport events too!
5. TRIKES, BIKES & SCOOTERSParents agree that bikes & scooters are outdoor essentials!
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Is your little one ready for his or her first bike? The Kettrike Navigator is the absolute best first bike! Great value and easier to steer than other handle tricycles! Outstanding quality, state-of-the-art features, luxury extras...one great price! The safe, sturdy Kettrike grows to fit kids ages 1-5.
If your child is a little older than a toddler but not quite ready for a razor scooter, try the Razor Jr. Folding Kiddie Kick Scooter. Available in Pink and Blue (blue shown). It has 3 wheels for extra stability. Now your young one can ride like the big kids.
And don't forget about parking and storing your scooters! SCOOTER STAND is the clever answer! Stand, and never trip over a prone scooter, with scooterstand! Holds all brands.
Kid love electric scooters! Razor's motorized scooter delivers a thrilling ride and speeds of up to 10 MPH. Easy to control-both accelerator and brake are on the handlebar, which adjusts 28.5"-37.25"H. With a quiet, high torque motor, smooth-riding pneumatic tire, and non-skid footrest. Two 12V batteries and recharger included; runs 40 minutes per charge. Available in pink or red.
What about biking as a family with a toddler? It can be challenging. Do you have a toddler who's too big for a carrier but not ready to bike alone? Don't give up those precious family bike rides because your child is in that "in between" stage. Just hitch the PATHFINDER to your bike, and you're ready to hit the road together. You control steering, braking, and speed, while your child stays safe and close. He can't stray or swerve into traffic; he can even choose to pedal or coast! A great way to teach your child the rules of cycling. Made of sturdy chrome steel, with a 20" pneumatic tube tire and ball bearings. Safety flags and reflectors included. Folds to fit easily in your trunk. Seat and handlebars adjust to support kids 40-75 lbs.
Do you need a bike seat that you can actually SEE WHILE YOU RIDE? Then consider the iBert Safe-T Front Mounted Child Bicycle Seat. A safer way to bike--with baby up front. Want to see your precious passenger at all times? Unlike rear-mounted bike seats, this clever front-mounted model lets you keep a constant eye on baby. Designed for safety and comfort, with a three-point harness and protective stirrups. Cushy seat pad removes for machine washing. Very easy to install and detach; mounting bracket included. Fits most bikes.
6. SNACK & SAFETY SOLUTIONSThese items make being out and about with your child a whole lot easier & safer!
With Juice Box Buddies there's no more spurting and spilling juices. Everyone loves take-along juices, but one little squeeze can squirt juice onto carpets, car upholstery--everywhere. These hard-to-find juice holders neatly contain most types of juice boxes and pouches, and kids squeeze the handles...not the juice!
And how about snacks on-the-go? The absolute best solution is the Snack Catchers! No more spilled snacks! Tired of chasing Cheerios? The spill-proof Snack-Catcher keeps munchies from tipping and spilling (keeps snacks clean, too!). Domed container holds 9 oz. of dry snacks. Protective bottom keeps tabletops scratch-free. A place to write child's name on the bottom. Contains 2 Snack-Catchers. Assorted gender-neutral colors. Low-price and high reviews on Amazon.
How about a neat and easy way to keep snacks, drinks, and toys within your child's reache AND your car clutter-free at the same time? The SIDE RIDER does just that! It keeps travel toys, snacks, & drinks close...and passengers happy! These pop-open "saddlebags" clip to baby's car seat or booster, stashing toys within reach--and keeping back seats neat.
Recommended for on-the-go families, The Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray provides flat, safe area to eat and play. Fits most booster seats; buckles around children, car seats, and strollers. Soft, durable, 100% nylon; soft foam reinforcement folds on impact. Includes 2 large side pockets and 2-inch wall stop
7. PORTABLE CABANAS, PICNIC BLANKETS & TOTESBe ready for family fun-in-the-sun! Instant shade, anywhere!
Protection for the whole family. This lightweight and portable Beach Cabana is great for Beach, Backyard, and Camping! Fast and Easy setup for SPF 50 uv protection. Box Dimensions (inches): 22L x 4H x 4W * Weight of 3.7 lbs.
Or how about something smaller to protect your little one? NEVER let baby get caught out in the sun! The bright, multi-colored Lil' Nursery Tent is ideal portable shelter for your child. Designed for UV protection with an SPF 30 rating, this handy accessory keeps your little one safe from the sun's rays. Tent features a roll-up front mesh door with Velcro closure and a side mesh panel for flow-through air ventilation. Its durable, polyethylene floor is easy to clean, and shock-corded poles make set-up a cinch. It is made with flame-retardant70 denier nylon and meets CPAI-84 standards and it measures 30" x 30" x 30".
And what about a dry place to eat a picnic lunch or to put your baby down to play with toys? The Tuffo Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket is the solution! This generously sized all-weather blanket can mean the difference between picnicking at the park on a wet-grass day or keeping your child cooped up indoors. The durable construction, water-resistant backing, and light layer of padding make it perfect for tossing down on the sand, campground, or soccer sidelines. Easy to carry around with its shoulder straps and storage pockets, the blanket folds up to a compact and convenient size.
And what about carting all that gear to and from the beach or park? The WONDER WHEELER is the answer! The easy way to cart your family's gear. Why put your back at risk this summer? Or make multiple trips unloading the car? This all-terrain cart makes it a cinch to transport up to 100 lbs. of gear - even on sand or stairs! It holds a large cooler and up to four beach chairs, and includes a roomy storage tote for towels, toys, and more. Unlike the other models, this one features front swivel wheels for the easiest maneuvering. Folds compactly to fit in your trunk. Great for hauling gear to and from your kids' sport events too!
8. SANDBOXES AND ACTIVITY TABLESIn the Spring and Summer a good sandbox is a backyard basic! And for fun, originality, and price One Step Ahead has the best!
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Great for indoor or outdoor play, the I-play Sand & Water Table features: Lights, sounds and 9 happy songs, Over 10 scooping, straining, sailing and squirting activities. Lightweight table is easy to assemble- no tools required. High positive reviews on Amazon.
Ranked high by parents, the Naturally Playful Sand & Water Table has two separate sides, for 2 gallons of water, and 20 lbs of sand (not included), eight piece accessory set includes boats, bridges, pots, shovel, and umbrella. Durable cover keeps with die-cast track. Umbrella for shaded play.
For more conventional sandboxes, you told us that Amazon.com had the most, like the NATURALLY PLAYFUL SUMMERTIME PLAY CENTER by STEP2. Sailors and land-lubbers alike will love this shaded sand and water combo! With a combination picnic table and sandbox/pool, this play center also sports a large umbrella for protection from the sun. The sandbox side includes a cover, and can be used as a pool if desired. Includes built-in drain plug for water removal.
And what about a picnic table that holds EIGHT kids?! The FOLD N STORE PICNIC TABLE is big enough to hold eight kids, yet folds flat for compact storage! Rugged and sturdy, for a childhood's worth of picnics and play dates. The UV-blocking market umbrella adds charm, while keeping kids cool and protected. At summer's end, remove the wing nuts, and it collapses flat to hang in the garage.
9. HEALTH & TRAVEL SOLUTIONSThese items make taking care of your little one a whole lot easier.
The TRAVEL'N TRUNDLE is an ideal toddler/transitional bed or a perfect portable bed for sleepovers! More substantial than a sleeping bag...and easier to carry, too! This extra-large bed is ideal for trips, overnights at Grandma's, and sleepovers at home. So lightweight, your child will take pride in carrying it himself. The Travel N Trundle beds are great for the "On-the-Go" family. Away from home they are perfect at a hotel. It assembles in seconds and comes with a fitted sheet.
It's very difficult to find a toddler pillow. And standard pillows are so big and uncomfortable most toddlers end up sleeping flat on the bed in front of the pillow. The Wee Little Pillow is the solution! It's a little bed pillow made in the perfect size for toddlers, very cuddly yet not overstuffed, machine washable, has a soft 100% cotton flannel cover. Available in pink and blue.
Want an easy and fullproof way to take your baby's temperature? With the PACIFIER THERMOMETER baby won't even know you're taking her temperature. Easily read baby's temperature and conveniently give them medicine. Great for infants, features comfortable silicone orthodontic nipples Thermometer has digital readout, audible beep when reading is complete and auto power off Medi-Dispenser dispenses medication without baby fussing. Storage case included for thermometer.
Ready to potty train your toddler? Skip the messy potty seat and use a toilet seat that works for everyone in the family! Finally, a potty training product that KIDS LOVE TO USE. This uniquely designed dual-seat potty training product replaces your current toilet seat, eliminating forever the need for separate, messy potty training devices and unstable toilet seat attachments! The Xpress Trainer Pro incorporates two solidly constructed custom seating areas, one for adults, and one for children, into a single unit that is built to last. The stability and comfort of the smaller seating area allows your potty training child to sit up front, hands free, in a relaxed position, ensuring the quickest potty training possible with minimal fear and frustration. The larger seating area is the same as a standard toilet seat and will prove completely comfortable for adult use.
10. QUALITY HARDWOOD HIGHCHAIR WITHOUT THE STOKKE PRICEBest highchair on the market!
At half the price of Stokke, the Kettler Junior High Chair Lite is a great value! It's the same furniture eurostyle, but so much more affordable. It's a highchair for baby and a chair for toddlers. The seat and footrest adjust vertically, and can be lowered as your child grows. And it comes with its own seat padding; you don't have to buy it separately (as you do with Stokke).