Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Hot yet? Look, we won't blame you if you are! But now, it's time to do something about it. Get wet! And no, you don't need a beach for that.
Here are five awesome ways to get wet this summer -- no matter where you are.
If you close your eyes and think back, you can probably hear the squeals of delight that accompanied water balloon fights as a kid. And there's a reason for that: Water balloon fights are ridiculously fun and exciting. Why not let your kids have some of the fun? Try Pool Kids Pool Bombs (SwimOutlet.com, $6.95).
Water gun fights
The only downside to water balloon fights for kids is that eventually the balloons run out, and then mom and dad have to pick up all the debris! Not so with water guns. These you can refill with water again and again for endless afternoon fun. Check out Nerf Super Soakers. (ToysRUs.com, starting at $7.19)
Pools and summertime go hand in hand. Naturally, having a pool in the backyard is a total boon for water-loving kids. But don't worry, you don't have to go huge. Mini pools are a fabulous alternative that lets kids get wet without the stress of big pool upkeep. Try Blue Paradise Lagoon Inflatable Kiddie Pool (Walmart.com, $20).
Of course, if you are really into swimming and water and pools, having a full size pool in your backyard can be absolutely awesome. But you should know that it takes some work and needs to be a family effort. Prices vary, but are usually in the thousands.
Forget the lawn soaking sprinklers. They are fine, but not fabulous. Instead, go for something that's going to keep your kids cool and wet -- and excited. There are tons of awesome sprinklers out there for every interest. Check out Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler (amazon.com, $15.08).
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