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On a hot day, there’s nothing that cools you down faster than a dip in the pool. But with the weather warming up and pool season indefinitely delayed (thanks, quarantine!), we’re forced to find other ways to beat the heat at home. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who owns a pool — or if you just want a cool sprinkler for your yard — water toys that hook up to your hose are an easy way to provide hours of fun.
Whether you’re shopping for your kids, grandkids, or just want to be the “fun house” in the neighborhood, these outdoor water toys will keep everyone cool this summer.
This super-cute sprinkler ball shoots water in all directions to be enjoyed by several kids (or adults!) at once. It’s made of heavy duty, fade-resistent PVC material, so you won’t have to worry about it popping.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “Kids loved it! Shoots out a great deal of water, at a reasonable distance.”
This humongous unicorn sprinkler (almost five feet tall!) will be the hit of any party. It comes with stakes so it wont blow away, and requires an air pump to inflate. Just attach a hose and watch its horn shoot magic (and water) into the air.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “We ordered this item for our grandkids to use during our upcoming Father’s Day festivities. We tried it out several days before to make sure it worked and we didn’t need to order a replacement before the event. It inflated easily with the auxiliary air-pump we also ordered. Once inflated, it was taller than I was! I connected the hose, turned the water on to check the spray…it sprayed out a LOT more water than I thought it would!”
Splash pads are like giant sprinklers that you can jump on, so in other words, a blast. About five feet in diameter, this pad is large enough to accommodate several kids, and gentle enough for the littlest ones to enjoy. Just hook it up to your hose and it does the rest!
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “This item really exceeded my expectations!! This was so easy to set up for my children, all you do is attach the hose, and what’s great is the outside tube fills with water to create a shallow pool. It’s perfect because the sprinkler water then fills in the pool for more water play !! My kids did not want to stop playing in it.”
If you have a trampoline, you’re already cool in the eyes of a kid. Add a sprinkler? They might even invite you to jump along with them! This trampoline sprinkler is easy to set up — simply attach to the trampoline net with the zip ties and connect a hose. It comes with an on/off value so you won’t have to go far to switch it off.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “What better way to turn your trampoline into a water park?! Love love love! Super easy to set up. … Much better than using the sprinkler underneath (that’s what we used to do). I highly recommend this product!”
From $590.83, Amazon
Combining the fun of a bouncy house with a climbing wall, two slides, and splash pool, this is definitely the the Cadillac of backyard water toys. It measures 13′ x 14′ x 8′, so you’ll need quite a big yard to make it fit. The bouncer comes with stakes to hold it in place, a heavy-duty blower with a GFCI plug, a repair kit, and a storage bag.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “Wet- hook up the hose and get ready to have fun. The water sprays down both slides and also fills a bucket above the rock wall which can be poured on unsuspecting climbers. The wet slides make for a slippery fun slide down into the shallow pool. This is a huge hit with our kids and all the neighbor kids. We have had about 6 kids playing on this at one time and it held up great. The air flow is even and keeps everything inflated and bouncy.”
Batter up! This 14′ x 14′ baseball diamond shoots water on both sizes of its durable PVC slides, so your little sluggers will get good and soaked while practicing sliding into home. It even comes with a baseball and bat so they’ll have everything they need for a pick-up game.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “This was SUPER fun and lasted a tough several days of play time. My four cousins ranging from 6yrs to 16yrs played with this in the hot sun of early August, on rough tall grass and it did not break or spring a leak! At the end of the few days of play we rolled it up and will be sure to play with it next year!”
Be prepared to get soaked when you run through this backyard waterpark. It comes with an automatic dump bucket, twisty funnel, bubble maker, rainfall and side sprayers, water table and sand table. Buckets of Fun may look complicated to build, but all you need is a rubber mallet and a screw driver to attach the included pipes, connectors, and O-rings.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, “Bought this for my grandchildren. My son assembled it easily and the kids absolutely loved it. Drove their foot pedal cars through it, and loved the dumping bucket of water. Had to drag them inside after 2 hours of playing with it and they wanted more. A really worthwhile purchase for the money. Tired them out so much, they actually put themselves upstairs for a nap when they came in. A win, win purchase for adults and children alike!”