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26 Ways To Turn Your Backyard Into The Playground Of Your Kid’s Dreams

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1. A tricked-out pool for a splash in a flash.

Promising Review: "Got this for my son's third birthday party. Kids had a blast. One parent noted that his son was in the pool for four-plus hours! Way better bang for our buck compared to renting a bounce house." —Caitrin CGet it on Amazon for $39.13.
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Promising Review: "Got this for my son's third birthday party. Kids had a blast. One parent noted that his son was in the pool for four-plus hours! Way better bang for our buck compared to renting a bounce house." —Caitrin C

Get it on Amazon for $39.13.

2. A literal trampoline waterpark attachment to really make your own childhood dreams come true.

Promising Review: "Perfect affordable addition to our backyard! Because we are in Florida, it will be usable most of the year, but our intention was to add some extra fun for summer break." —Amazon CustomerGet it on Amazon for $29.97.
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Promising Review: "Perfect affordable addition to our backyard! Because we are in Florida, it will be usable most of the year, but our intention was to add some extra fun for summer break." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $29.97.

3. A game of cactoss (if flying metal horseshoes plus children doesn't have a nice *ring* to it).

Get it on ModCloth for $24.99.
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Get it on ModCloth for $24.99.

4. A patch of flowers so both you and your kid can have an afternoon spritzer.

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Promising Review: "My daughter LOVES this! Connects easily to any hose nozzle, and depending on the pressure of the water, determines how high the water sprays. The sprinkler stays flat on the ground and all of the nozzles flow water through easily." —Lauren Osborne

Get it from Amazon for $17.72.

5. An inflatable bouncer for a *crash course* in sumo wrestling.

Get it on Jet for $59.99.
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Get it on Jet for $59.99.

6. An inflatable soccer field, because building a stadium might take a little longer than the summer.

Promising Review: "My kids LOVE this! They love playing soccer and hockey, and they play both games on this court. My kids want to play on it every day." —Amazon Customer Get it on Amazon for $141.60
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Promising Review: "My kids LOVE this! They love playing soccer and hockey, and they play both games on this court. My kids want to play on it every day." —Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $141.60

7. A group of balloons that fill 100 at a time for a battle you've waited for your whole life.

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Promising Review: "For all of the water balloon lovers in the world, this is exactly what you need! No more tediously tying the ends of balloon together, only to have them burst in an instant. Now they all fill up at once, in minutes." —Mikayla

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

8. A larger-than-life drawing stick if your kid walks the walk and chalks the chalk.

Promising Review: "My 5-year-old granddaughter thoroughly enjoys playing with this toy! She loves drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, and really likes the different perspective of drawing from a distance. The 'stick' comes in sections, and can be used as one unit or in different lengths." —MimiGet it on Uncommon Goods for $15.
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Promising Review: "My 5-year-old granddaughter thoroughly enjoys playing with this toy! She loves drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, and really likes the different perspective of drawing from a distance. The 'stick' comes in sections, and can be used as one unit or in different lengths." —Mimi

Get it on Uncommon Goods for $15.

9. A blow-up waterslide to save your budget from going down a slippery slope.

Promising Review: "We purchased this slide for our 8-year-old's birthday party. Half the price of a bounce house rental, and we get to keep it. I was concerned whether it could take the abuse, but it held up well. Thick material and looks well-constructed." —Matt C.Get it on Amazon for $88+.
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Promising Review: "We purchased this slide for our 8-year-old's birthday party. Half the price of a bounce house rental, and we get to keep it. I was concerned whether it could take the abuse, but it held up well. Thick material and looks well-constructed." —Matt C.

Get it on Amazon for $88+.

10. A gaping fish who'll gargle your baby, but in a good way.

Promising Review: "Perfect for shading my infant at the beach! Padded bottom made it comfy! Next, we will use it as a pool and ball pit for inside play, too!" —NatalieGet it on Amazon for $17.75.
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Promising Review: "Perfect for shading my infant at the beach! Padded bottom made it comfy! Next, we will use it as a pool and ball pit for inside play, too!" —Natalie

Get it on Amazon for $17.75.

11. A Rocky Mountain River Race... without the long car ride to an amusement park.

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Promising Review: "Threw a backyard mermaid second-birthday party for my daughter, and this was a hit! Better than a bounce house rental. All her cousins and the kids loved it and basically ignored the rest of the water play areas to stay there." —Leeloo

Get it on Amazon for $392.75.

12. A glow-in-the-dark game of capture the flag so the party doesn't have to stop once the sun goes down.

Promising Review: "So much fun! We played with 20 kids and six adults in a gymnasium. It was a blast running around in the dark and trying to get a strategy together while being attacked by the other team. This is a great way to get kids moving!" —MollyGet it on Amazon for $59.90.
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Promising Review: "So much fun! We played with 20 kids and six adults in a gymnasium. It was a blast running around in the dark and trying to get a strategy together while being attacked by the other team. This is a great way to get kids moving!" —Molly

Get it on Amazon for $59.90.

13. A floating basketball hoop for a big ~swam dunk~.

Promising Review: "Hours of fun. We've been using this for a few weeks now and it's held up very well, and our four kids aren't gentle with anything." —Ronda HutchinsGet it on Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising Review: "Hours of fun. We've been using this for a few weeks now and it's held up very well, and our four kids aren't gentle with anything." —Ronda Hutchins

Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

14. An ice cream truck that you and your tyke don't have to run after.

Promising Review: "They absolutely love it." —MereGet it on Uncommon Goods for $69.
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Promising Review: "They absolutely love it." —Mere

Get it on Uncommon Goods for $69.

15. A classic see-saw, because ain't no good days like the old days.

Promising Review: "This has been a HUGE hit in our neighborhood. My daughter is six, and we have kids ranging in age from four to 12 playing on it daily. It is a lot of fun." —Mary J. NeidichGet it on Amazon for $69.95.
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Promising Review: "This has been a HUGE hit in our neighborhood. My daughter is six, and we have kids ranging in age from four to 12 playing on it daily. It is a lot of fun." —Mary J. Neidich

Get it on Amazon for $69.95.

16. A monster swing with enough support for the whole litter.

Promising Review: "This is the best thing I've ever bought for myself. Okay, it was intended to be for grandkids, but it's big enough for me to curl up on and swing in the sunshine by the river. It safely held all three of the neighbor kids swinging like mad men all at once, and my husband (205 lbs.) swings on it with no problem -- other than when I want him to get off so I can swing." —jltdubsGet it on Amazon for $88.26.
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Promising Review: "This is the best thing I've ever bought for myself. Okay, it was intended to be for grandkids, but it's big enough for me to curl up on and swing in the sunshine by the river. It safely held all three of the neighbor kids swinging like mad men all at once, and my husband (205 lbs.) swings on it with no problem -- other than when I want him to get off so I can swing." —jltdubs

Get it on Amazon for $88.26.

17. A princess play tent so your majesty can reign over her land properly.

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Promising Review: "This play tent is ADORABLE! I never like putting tents together, but this was beyond easy! I was surprised at how roomy the inside is! Several little ones could easily fit in there! I put it together on my back deck, in like two minutes!" —J. G

Get it on Amazon for $21.99.

18. A pool volleyball net that saves the soft serve for the ice cream man.

Promising Review: "This was the best purchase I have made in a long time! Everyone loves playing it in the pool. Lots of fun times and laughs! It is easy to set up and take down." —Sally JoanGet it from Amazon for $10.77.
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Promising Review: "This was the best purchase I have made in a long time! Everyone loves playing it in the pool. Lots of fun times and laughs! It is easy to set up and take down." —Sally Joan

Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

19. A 12-foot parachute as the simplest solution to entertaining the kids for hours.

Promising Review: "We bought this for our rowdy Daisy troop of 15 girls. Let me tell you, this parachute is sturdy. This is our backup if we feel our meeting might run short of our two-hour plan, because they all love the parachute." —TheCook8n8Get it on Amazon for $17.98.
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Promising Review: "We bought this for our rowdy Daisy troop of 15 girls. Let me tell you, this parachute is sturdy. This is our backup if we feel our meeting might run short of our two-hour plan, because they all love the parachute." —TheCook8n8

Get it on Amazon for $17.98.

20. A towering T-Rex who thankfully does not have a taste for children.

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Promising Review: "This was a HUGE hit at my 3-year-old's birthday party. This thing held up to hours of fun with five toddlers without getting a single hole. We used this back in April and to this day (August 6th), this dinosaur still stands inflated in the corner of our son's bedroom." —kayjaytee7114

Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

21. A shaded pool with a mister so scorching summer days don't slow you down.

Promising Review: "Absolutely love this pool! It is the perfect size for my littles. It went up much easier than I anticipated. My kids love having shade and the mister has been a wonderful feature! I foresee years of use from this pool. I have already had a lot of people asking where I got it!" —Heather ColumboGet it on Amazon for $139.59.
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Promising Review: "Absolutely love this pool! It is the perfect size for my littles. It went up much easier than I anticipated. My kids love having shade and the mister has been a wonderful feature! I foresee years of use from this pool. I have already had a lot of people asking where I got it!" —Heather Columbo

Get it on Amazon for $139.59.

22. A giant wand and mix for bubbles larger than your own children.

Promising Review: "My daughter loves these larger-than-life bubbles. We made them on a nice spring day and these have created the largest bubbles I've ever seen. Actually, my daughter liked them, but I think I had more fun making them." —MarkGet them on Amazon for $16.45.
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Promising Review: "My daughter loves these larger-than-life bubbles. We made them on a nice spring day and these have created the largest bubbles I've ever seen. Actually, my daughter liked them, but I think I had more fun making them." —Mark

Get them on Amazon for $16.45.

23. A swirling sprinkler that'll send your kids twirling.

Promising Review: "Bought this as a gift for a 3-year-old friend of my daughter's from daycare. His mom made a point to tell me how much he and his 1.5-year-old brother love it and has sent me pictures of them enjoying it." —BreGet it on Target for $12.99.
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Promising Review: "Bought this as a gift for a 3-year-old friend of my daughter's from daycare. His mom made a point to tell me how much he and his 1.5-year-old brother love it and has sent me pictures of them enjoying it." —Bre

Get it on Target for $12.99.

24. A couple of UFOs as a super-galactic battle without NASA's budget.

Promising Review: "My 5-year-old loves it! Durable material, as well. It has been dragged on the stones around the pool, and not a single hole or tear." —kwc0813Get a two-pack on Amazon for $54.
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Promising Review: "My 5-year-old loves it! Durable material, as well. It has been dragged on the stones around the pool, and not a single hole or tear." —kwc0813

Get a two-pack on Amazon for $54.

25. A water arcade without any required tickets or creepy life-size rodent (here's looking at you, Chucky).

Get it on Target for $32.49.
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Get it on Target for $32.49.

26. A mini rollercoaster for your little adventurer's ride of their young life.

Promising Review: "Got this for my 2-year-old grandson. The first day he got it, he wore himself out to the point that he just couldn't push it back up anymore. I would recommend it for any toddler-aged child." —Chris BlackburnGet it on Amazon for $257.99.
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Promising Review: "Got this for my 2-year-old grandson. The first day he got it, he wore himself out to the point that he just couldn't push it back up anymore. I would recommend it for any toddler-aged child." —Chris Blackburn

Get it on Amazon for $257.99.

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