The Best New Outdoor Toys & Games for Summer
Online school sessions will be ending soon, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be looking for ways to keep your kids busy during the long, hot days of June, July and August. Keep play time fresh with a few new outdoor toys for kids. From awesome new bubble gear to epic backyard inflatables and giant outdoor games, see our editor’s picks for the best products to add to your outdoor play rotation below.
Gazillion Bubble Rush
Host the ultimate backyard bubble party without giving your lungs an exercise with the new Gazillion Bubble Rush. The high-powered machine blows TONS of bubbles for non-stop fun. If you want to up your bubble game, you'll also want to try out the Gazillion Bubble Tornado, which blows 4,500 bubbles per minute!
Buy it here, $19.99.
Flamingo Ring Toss
Give the classic ring toss a modern update with 2020’s “It Animal”—the flamingo. Perfect to set up on a patio, in the grass or even inside, this fun game will be a hit with preschoolers and grade-school kids alike,
Buy it here, $24.99.
These chic kiddie pools are so popular, they’re hard to keep in stock! Luckily, we spotted some at Target, and they couldn’t be more fun. Choose from three fun patterns, and stay cool with style this summer.
Buy it here, $31.99.
Swirl & Style Tie Dye Studio
It's time for a fresh summer style in the form of tie dye! Take the mess out of the equation with the Swirl & Style Tie Dye Studio that comes with everything you need to whip up some groovy tees. Just rubber band your garment and toss into the orb before using the unique self-sealing holes that contain any spillage. Perfect for an afternoon in the sun!
Buy it here, $19.99.
My Discovery Telescope
Get your kids looking up this summer with a new telescope from Thames & Kosmos. It has 12x magnification power, which means kids will be able to see the moon in a new way. Plus, it’s also good for spying on the local fauna like squirrels, birds, and others!
Buy it here, $19.95.
Wizards and Werewolves
Warm summer nights are calling your name, and this new game, Wizards and Werewolves, from Star Lux Games, is perfect for a family game night! Hunt, hide, and howl! Search for glowing magical crystals, and don’t get caught!
Buy it here, $34.90
Giant Snakes and Ladders
Lawn games are always fun, and this one is easy to play, even for the youngest members of the family. There’s a huge board, four giant playing pieces and one large foam die.
Buy it here, $15.96.
My Audio Pet Bluetooth Animal Speaker
Not exactly a toy or game, but totally essential to fun summer days, the animal speaker from My Audio Pet is too cute for words! It’s also waterproof, which means you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. Choose between four H20-loving creatures: a narwhal, an octopus, polar bear and a shark!
Buy it here, $39.99.
Epic Pool Floats
If you have access to a pool this summer, an epic pool float is a must. Our editors have picked their favorite, and you can see them all here.
Jakks Pacific & ReDo Skateboard
Skateboards are at the top of this summer's must-have list, and this new line from Jakks Pacific and ReDo Skateboards is a lot of fun. Made of high-quality maple, this skateboard has a wider shape for increased control (perfect for new learners), smooth wheels for a nice ride and a tighter turn radius.
Buy it here, $34.99.
Learn to Swim Dive Sticks
These diving sticks come with a twist—literally. One is a set of unicorns, the other is a set of monsters, and you can alternately have them sink or float by simply giving them a twist. A fun addition to your water play arsenal for summer!
Buy a pack here, $5.99.
Bean Bag Bucketz
It’s like frisbee golf got mixed up with corn hole to make a fun and new game! You’ll get 16 bean bags, and to win, toss them in one of seven bags. The first person to make it to 21 points wins the game! Easy to store and set up, this is a fun game for an outdoor family night.
Buy it here, $59.99.
Hit the birdie with golf clubs! This fun new game from Hog Wild combines two classic outdoor games, but with this, you can create your own course. The weighted flag can go just about anywhere, too.
Buy it here, $39.99.
Funboy Rocketship Sprinkler
This seven-foot rocketship will blast your kids into hours of fun. With four sprayers and 360-degree coverage, there’s nowhere they can hide! Find out more by clicking here, and click here for our editor’s other top backyard inflatables.
Buy it here, $69.
Before you panic and think “mess!” just hear us out. This new foam-based soap won’t hurt eyes, sprays up to eight feet and has a fun scent. You can let the kids run around the back yard, keep it contained in a kiddie pool or water table, or even take it to the bath!
Buy it here, $9.99.
Flying a kite is a fun way to spend the afternoon. We love this rainbow kite spotted at The Kite Loft, an iconic kite store located on the Ocean City, MD boardwalk. Choose this one or pick from dozens of others.
Buy it here, $21.99.
Just Add Nature Fishing Kit
For your budding fishing buddy, this adorable little Rig-A-Dinger bucket will get you started. Designed to teach young kids how to fish safely, you’ll be able to teach them to bait a barbless hook, learn the proper way to tie a lure and learn what you might catch with the fish identification poster. Plus, there are two other kits to choose from Wiggly Worm Kit and Hoppin’ Things Kit!
Buy it here, $7.88.
Ice Cream Ball
Kids can kick, roll and move their way to homemade ice cream! You simply add ingredients to one side and ice and salt to the other. Then, it’s ready in about 30 minutes. Talk about a great way to keep the kids busy while you finish dinner!
Buy it here, $44.99.
— Gabby Cullen
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Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.