Water toys are lots of fun for kids of all ages. Consider Super Soaker water guns, splash paddles, and of course, the good old Slip 'N Slide. Water balloon launchers, kids' sprinklers, kiddie pools and an assortment of other water toys are available without breaking the bank, at Walmart, Target and other retailers.
Swimming is so much fun for the kids in the summer, and it's a fantastic way to keep them active too. For summer birthdays, a new swimsuit, cover-up, swim goggles, swim vest or other swim accessories are great choices. You can also give your child toys to play with in the pool -- from water basketball to sinking rings. If you don't have a pool in your own backyard, most areas have a community pool that is free or very low cost for families in the neighborhood.
Even if you aren't taking a big summer vacation this year, you can take your family on a road trip for a quick weekend getaway to celebrate your child's birthday. A trip to the lake or beach for camping, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities can be a great bonding experience for the whole family -- and overnight or weekend trips can be very affordable.
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