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    46 Things You And Your Family Will Enjoy This Summer

    A fire pit, a karaoke microphone, a blow-up pool, and a bug-catching tool to ensure you have the best summer ever.

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    1. Spikeball, an easy-to-transport game that is kinda like volleyball and will have your friends asking you to bring it on every beach trip.

    a group of people being very active while trying to hit a small yellow ball onto a small netted trampoline
    a small circular netted trampoline with a black and yellow storage bag and three small yellow balls

    My friends are OBSESSED with Spikeball. While I'm not super coordinated and prefer to be a cheerleader (I'm accident-prone, OK!), this game is one of the most fun beach activities I've seen in a minute. It has been described as "if volleyball and foursquare had a baby" and can be played in a variety of ways.

    Promising review: "This is a great beach game. Its simplicity as a spin on volleyball will have you and your friends be the envy of the beach. On multiple occasions I was asked where I bought this game. Great fun, and a great product. Assembly was simple enough. It's just plastic clips and then finding a way to get the net tight enough onto the hoop. You might think it isn't springy enough but it will be. Remember... This isn't a trampoline!" —Btschultz

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    2. A mini pool even adults can enjoy, so you can pretend you're on vacation in the Hamptons instead of your apartment's tiny patio.

    a reviewer filling the rectangular blue pool with a hose
    a reviewer laying in a pool float in the pool

    Promising review: "2020... need I say more? Stuck at home, vacation cancelled, now also furloughed... oh, and my central AC just completely died as well. I needed something to make being home for months on end more bearable, so I decided to get myself a pool for some sunbathing/ relaxing. I love this thing!! I got an electric pump to blow it up, so that's easy. Got a tarp to cover it with when I'm not using it. Got a cheap net to scoop out leaves and bugs that find their way inside. It's awesome! Highly recommend. I've already sent the link to inquiring friends who have the same idea as me. Do it!!" —MDG

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    3. A tabletop fireplace with removable glass so you can enjoy a freshly made s'more any time of year — yum.

    The small tabletop fireplace with rocks and a small flame
    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    You can order this with or without the sand and rocks. The only thing that you will need to purchase separately is the 2.6-oz. gel fuel cans, which you can get from Amazon. 1Man1Garage is a small business based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Promising review: "Soooo cute and easy to put together. We bought a clear spray to put on to protect it and because we actually really liked the look of the burned side. Boyfriend and I bought it to make s'mores for Valentine's. It was a perfect night in." —Bethany Schneider

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $18+ (available in three styles).

    4. An oversized blanket you can spread out on your lawn to catch some rays, read a book, or have a spontaneous picnic with your S.O.

    Promising review: "Purchased this blanket to keep in my car for the impromptu picnic or beach visit. I love the colors and that it has a handmade look to it. It’s lightweight and softer than other blankets this style. All and all very happy with my purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in eight styles).

    5. A playhouse for your kids (or friends' kids) that looks like an actual lil' seaside shack and'll make your backyard the go-to destination of the summer.

    a cute child-sized play house with a light blue tiled roof, white windows, a darker wooden door with windows, and tan wooden like walls
    Target

    Promising review: "Purchased for my granddaughter. It was surprisingly easy to build. I was able to do everything aside from the roof by myself. She’s happily playing away" —ABW

    Get it from Target for $299.99.

    6. A supersized version of Connect Four that'll provide your squad with hours upon hours of simple fun in the sun. The only downfall is you might never want to play the regular version again!

    a couple is kneeling in the grass playing with an oversized version of the game connect four. the board includes many open circle slots where blue and red tiles are place inside
    a wooden oversized connect four board game with the open circles filled with either red or blue tokens

    Promising review: "Best purchase! We bought it for the kids but my husband and I stayed up until 1 a.m. playing!! It was a hit at our party! Great quality. Yes, you can hit the bar and release the discs, but it hasn't happened to us and wouldn't be a big deal if it did! Totally worth it! So glad we got it!!" —Rechel B

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    7. The 90th Anniversary Mickey Waffle Maker so you can recreate the classic Parks staple and chow down while planning your next magical vacation.

    a reviewer's mickey waffles
    a waffle maker with mickey's face on it
    shopDisney / Dinglehopper84, shopDisney

    It's a double-sided waffle maker that makes three Mickey-shaped breakfast treats on each side, so you can make six all at once! It also features an adjustable browning dial so you can make them *just* the way you like 'em. To the surprise of no one that has ever had a conversation with me, I have this exact waffle maker and it's one of my most prized possessions.

    Get it from shopDisney for $74.95.

    Check out my full review of the 90th Anniversary Mickey Waffle Maker.

    8. A critter catcher you can use to safely trap and remove any unwanted creature that wanders into your home — a perfect compromise that'll please every member of your family whether they detest bugs or wish them well.

    a gif of someone using the critter catcher to encase a spider
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! Initially I was hesitant that it would squish the little guys or they would fall out in transport but it's great! Highly recommend! Sorry little guy your GPS brought you into my house, I will help you find your way back outside :)" —Crystal R

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in three colors).

    9. An air purifier, a must-have for any pet owners who spend all of their time snuggling up with their furry friend — especially during summer when it's simply far too hot to venture outdoors. This lil' gadget will capture unwanted pet dander, pollen, dust, and more.

    Promising review: "I foster kittens for a rescue, and no matter how often I clean the boxes, two or three times daily, and general cleaning, I still have an odor in the room. I got this product out of desperation. It was a good size and weight for kitties bouncing around. I am truly shocked and enormously happy with how it works! My husband was at wits' end with his sensitive nose. He goes in there now and is astonished, no smell. We are getting another for the kitchen! The room is 10×10, and I use it one the two setting. I also enjoy the night light. Very helpful without disturbing sick sleepy babies recovering from illness." —victoria Mohagen

    Get it from Amazon for $76.99 (available in two colors).

    10. An oversized outdoor umbrella complete with lighting that'll let you continue to make use out of your outdoor patio even when the sun goes down.

    patio with round glass table and a striped umbrella on it
    umbrella at night with lights underneath it

    Note that this includes just the umbrella, not the table!

    Promising review: "I normally don’t like buying products like this sight unseen, but I’m very pleased with the look and especially with the solar lighting. We enjoyed a pleasant evening on the deck with just the right amount of ambient light tonight, and we are hopeful that it will prove to be durable." —Dee Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $71.99 (available in five color combos).

    11. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with an anti-glare screen so any bookworm can happily virtually flip through the pages of a novel while basking in the sun.

    a gif of a buzzfeed writer's kindle under water
    the kindle
    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    It's the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it's 100% waterproof. I'm typically a hardcover girl through-and-through, but I recently gave the Kindle a whirl. It's very convenient to be able to slip it into any bag without it taking up much real estate and the transition between pages is very smooth.

    Promising review: "I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    And check out our full breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

    12. Kan Jam, an outdoor frisbee toss game that'll start as a casual game of catch and most likely evolve into a SUPER competitive battle for greatness.

    a pair of black plastic tubes with a slot cut out towards the top of it designed so you can throw a frisbee through it. each tube says
    a person lunging over a black kan jam tube while throwing a yellow frisbee to someone across from them in a grassy field
    Amazon

    This is another game my friends have been playing at the beach since we were in high school — it's always been a big hit. The rules are quite simple: break into two pairs but position yourselves across from one another. Then all you have to do is aim your frisbee toss at the "kan." If your teammate deflects the frisbee to hit the kan, you get one point. If the disc hits the kan on its own, that is two points. If your teammate taps the frisbee into the kan that's three points. If by some lucky chance you throw the disc RIGHT INTO THE SLOT, you win!

    Promising review: "This is a ridiculously fun and easy lawn game. It's got the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity. The rules are simple, the equipment is made to last — if you are looking for a semi-active game to bring to the beach, family barbecue, or even company picnic, this is it!" —J. Caldwell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three styles).

    13. A margarita cocktail kit you can pair with your favorite tequila and enjoy without the added sugar you'd usually get from a drink like this. You're welcome ;).

    the strawberry margarita packet
    a strawberry margarita
    InBooze / Etsy

    InBooze is a Black woman–owned small business based out of Grandville, Michigan that sells cocktail kits to infuse your booze (fun!).

    Promising review: "This was my first InBooze kit which I infused into a full bottle of tequila. I saw the infusion start to impart that gorgeous strawberry color within minutes and it only deepened over the 5 days I let it steep! This makes a lovely cocktail with lime or grapefruit sparkling water with some lemon or lime juice to boot. I liked this infusion so much, I bought 3 more from this shop to try out more flavors." —Joy

    Get it from InBooze on Etsy for $18.

    14. A pop-up tunnel play set that'll keep little ones busy so you can kick back and enjoy an ice cold beverage.

    Promising review: "Easy to set up and tear down, and I like that it comes with a storage bag. I also love that it can be configured different ways and you can just use pieces and not the whole thing if you want. The addition of stakes for using outside is also handy. Overall a great product and my kids love it. They got it for Christmas and two months later it is still holding up well after regular use. Even the cat loves it!" —Azure

    Get it from Amazon for $66.95.

    15. A portable karaoke microphone that'll transform your outdoor patio into a party from the moment you connect it to the app of your choosing. Ahem, that's just me clearing my throat to treat you all to my rendition of Aladdin's "A Whole New World."

    a reviewer using the microphone
    the microphone in gold

    Promising review: "We need something to let the kids sing without having to turn on the whole karaoke system. This works like a charm. The Bluetooth connection helps as well. You can just turn on YouTube and look for any song and they probably have a karaoke version or a sing-a-long they can sing to. The range is also great. We were outside and the volume can be heard nicely." —Phong Bui

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in 11 colors).

    16. A flying LED disco ball that might just become the light of your, ahem I mean, your kid's life. No dance party would be complete without it!

    Promising review: "My kids love this flying glow ball! It’s easy to control, just keep your hand underneath and it will hover right over. I would only use indoors as we took outside and it flew over our neighbor’s fence! A little bit of wind is not good for this toy! Luckily we got it back, however learned our lesson to keep inside. It looks beautiful when it’s flying as the colors illuminate on the ceiling! Very cool in the dark too! Great price and a lot of fun!" —Brian "SpookYouLaterz" Lubecki

    Get it from Amazon for $9.96.

    17. Waterproof playing cards, so you can get a fierce game of Go Fish going without fear of the moment your kids inevitably spill their drink all over the table.

    transparent playing cards made of a plastic material so they won't get ruined if they get wet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These playing cards are a HIT. I take them out with me for social events and when visiting people, even to the beach. We just play and play. So you can get them wet and they won't soggy up and tear, it just becomes a little hard to shuffle. It is so cool that they look like you can see right straight through them but you can't." —Tabitha

    Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

    18. An Uno "Nothin’ But Paper" card game made from fully recyclable materials that'll teach your tykes to respect Mother Earth and kick your partner's butt in a classic card game.

    Models playing Uno card game
    Green packaging of Uno cards
    Amazon

    Me (29), my husband (29), my sister (25), and her boyfriend (25) recently broke out a pack of Uno cards and had a surprisingly fun time as a group of adults who hadn't played this game in years and years. Highly recommend!

    Promising review: "Pretty and lightweight, these cards are just as fun as the original deck. They are not as durable so be gentle but otherwise I'm pleased with my purchase." —Ronnie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. A "Build-a-Flower" toy set your kiddo will love if they have big dreams of becoming a florist or simply love ripping dandelions out of the ground and sweetly presenting them to you while getting clumps of dirt all over the house. These flowers will last a *little* longer and be keep play time a *touch* cleaner.

    Child model's hand holding multi-colored plastic toy flowers
    Axel Adventures / Etsy

    Axel Adventures is family-run small business based in Nevada.

    Promising review: "The flowers are a big hit, and arrived on time!" —Dean

    Get it from Axel Adventures on Etsy for $30.03.

    20. A standard swing set you'll pat yourself on the back for setting up when you see how much time your kids will want to spend outside on it — and it'll save you a trip to the park!

    a swing set with two swings and a trapeze bar in the middle
    Amazon

    Each swing can support 115 pounds and is ideal for ages 3 months to 10 years. You can also purchase a baby swing attachment so little ones can join in on the fun!

    Promising review: "This swing set was easy to assemble and our kids love it! My husband and son had it done in under two hours. The *only* minor complaint I have is the photos featured on the product page are a little misleading. The set is not as large as it appears. For us, this was totally okay, but if you are expecting something very tall, this is not that. We have only had it up for a few days, but my husband and I are both so happy with this purchase and so are our children. We love it so much we are purchasing a second set for when friends come over." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $246.94.

    21. A glow-in-the-dark mini golf set complete with five holes, two putters, LED golf balls, five tee mats, five obstacles, and black lights to transform your yard into Entertainment City.

    a family playing with the golf set in the dark indoors
    two model kids playing with the golf set outside
    Bed Bath and Beyond

    This kit would be perfect for kiddos who are interested in golf or just for families looking to have another activity on-hand at home. I would honestly play with this myself on a summer day in my backyard — why not?! You can reconfigure the lay out of the holes each time to make it interesting.

    Get it from Bed Bath and Beyond for $159.99.