We feel you, it's a long summer. And besides the cool new hobbies and educational toys, every kid needs some excuse to play in the hose. Or games for the pool. Or both. So here are the funnest cool-down sprayers, floats and water tables on the market today. Because ultimately, don't you want to be remembered as the cool mom with the seven-foot spurting dinosaur on her lawn? Pro tip: Since many toys are inflatable, save your lungs and get an air pump.
The 21 Best Water Toys for Kids (Because All That Energy Needs a Soaking)
8. Costzon Inflatable Bounce House, Castle Jumping Bouncer With Water Slide (3 To 5 Years)
This castle comes with its own blower, so it's fast and easy to inflate—and it has a hose that creates a water slide to splash down into a kiddle pool. (Bonus: It's even a fun bounce-and-slide experience when you don't have water running.)
10. Vepower Water Guns For Kids, 2 Pack (4 To 8 Years)
It holds a lot of water (900 cc) and has a powerful stream that shoots up to 35 feet. So by all means, watch out when you're walking across the yard. (We're buying a set to let the tweens work out disagreements among themselves, aka a water duel at five paces.)
$29 at Amazon
13. Turnmeon 4 In 1 Set Giant 36'' Inflatable Pool Basketball Hoop With 3 Balls (6 Years And Up)
It's hoops with something extra—the hole your ball rolls out of determines how many points you get for your shot. Since the water will be swirling the hoop around, players are going to be surprised by how much luck comes into play.
15. Wallabout Inflatable Floating Water Toys (10 Years And Up)
Suitable for strong swimmers of elementary school age and above, this four-piece set has players balance on two inflatable logs, while bopping each other with even more inflatable logs. So if you've ever wanted to be a suburban logger in a PVC jungle, you're in luck.
Buy It ($58)