Forget that old beach ball — it’s time to break out the latest in swimming pool toys.
Get your drink on
No need to get out of the pool to hydrate yourself. The Big Bobber® Floating Cooler holds up to 12 cans with ice. Use it in the pool, as well as at the lake, when boating and more! Features a built-in handle that makes it easy to carry. Great for kids and adults alike. $31 at Bed, Bath & Beyond®.
Ready, aim, fire!
The Blaster Board is a great all-in-one pool toy for fun, fierce water battles. The kickboard is not only a defense shield but also a weapon. Pull back the liquidator and blast water up to 30 feet! Comes in blue and orange and is ideal for ages 6 and up. $29.95 at PoolRafts.com.
Make a splash
Who will be the cannonball champion? The Aviva Splash-O-Meter Inflatable Pool Splash lets kids 4 and up compete to see who produces the biggest splash! $10 at Wayfair.com.
Perform cool stunts
The Sub-Jumpa Underwater Pogo Stick by Swimsportz — the world’s first underwater pogo stick — lets swimmers perform the coolest water stunts for hours of healthy and physical fun for all ages. $36 at Amazon.com.
Turn up the music
Disney iHome water-resistant portable MP3 speakers let the kids enjoy music while swimming the day away. The speakers, which feature Minnie Mouse, Jack Skellington, Phineas & Ferb or Kermit the Frog, protect your iPod or iPhone while playing your kids favorite tunes. $40 at eKids.com.
Let’s play house
You’ve heard of house boats, and now there’s a boat house! The Heritage Pools Boat House Floating Pool Habitat will entertain your kids for hours on end. It’s big enough for everyone to fit inside and includes the inflatable boat, buoy rings and removable roof raft. $98 at Sears.com.
Dive in for a treasure hunt
Maritime Mates Undersea Treasure Hunt pool toy by Melissa and Doug takes kids on an exciting underwater adventure. Swashbucklers dive in to retrieve the booty (four coins and two giant gems) and slot them into the floating treasure chest. Directions and extension activities for ages 6 and up are included. $17 at MelissaandDoug.com.
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