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    Updated on Aug 6, 2020. Posted on Aug 6, 2020

    19 Products For Anyone Who Wants To Play In The Water But Doesn't Have A Pool

    No pool? No problem. 😎💦

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    1. A mini sprinkler pool that'll be easy to set up in the yard so the kids — or dogs, per the reviews — will get plenty of water time at the house this summer. Plus, it's got cartoon letters and animals at the bottom of it so kids can get a little learning done in between splashes.

    A small inflatable pool with water shooting up from the squirters all around the rim of it. It's sitting in a yard, attached to a hose.

    Several reviewers shared that this little pool kept their kids engaged for hours.

    Promising review: "My kids love this. It is soo easy to plug the hose into and turn the water on and the kids can have hours of fun. Once the kids are done playing, I disconnect the hose, let the water drain, and hang it over the porch." —Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    2. The Dunk Hat game! It's a hat designed with a small tub of water at the top and TWO targets so players can take turns hitting them with foam balls to see who can dunk the water. Basically, it'll be like a mini version of an amusement park dunking booth.


    The game will come with goggles, two targets, three foam balls, and instructions.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how well this worked! It was easy to put together and adjust for different head sizes. Six of us took a turn and it worked perfectly every time. Balls are so light that it's painless for even a young child to be hit in the face by them, yet if they hit the target, the water spills! Great fun for all!!!" —Lorrie Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $23.62.

    3. A water gun so you don't end the summer without having at LEAST one really epic water fight. Have one in your yard or in a spacious park. Either way, it's definitely a summer requirement.

    two kids spraying water from the water guns

    The gun is made of thick nontoxic plastic. Its shooting range is between 26 and 33 feet (woot!). The brand recommends you fill up 90% of the way with water to ensure sufficient air pressure is inside and water comes out with ease.

    Promising review: "This is a fun gun with a blast that soaks the opponent (usually me). I bought this one for the grandson and will have to buy one for myself for self-defense, I guess. It's easy to fill so my grandson can do it himself outside instead of running to the bathroom sink every time it's empty. I'm not sure the dog loves having the extra baths but this keeps my grandson busy and happy. No trigger. Cool pump action." —Steve & Peggy St. Clair

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. OR a set of foam water blasters if you've got a no-toy-gun house or just prefer something that's of a lighter weight for smaller kids.,

    Promising review: "The best I got this for my son's birthday party. All the kids had a blast. These were a perfect size for them and safe to run and play with. They're built pretty sturdily. These kids are hard on toys so I was very impressed with this product and the distance it shoots is way better then almost every squirt gun I have gotten. This was a great buy at the best price." —Some guy that buys stuff

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    5. A water balloon set so you can fill up a TON at a time. This way, you'll have no excuses for not staying loaded and ready to go during that water fight you're due for., Amazon

    The balloons are designed in a single bunch, as in 100 of them are connected by a single secure attachment that you pull over a water hose. You can fill 100 at the same time! 🎈💦

    Promising review: "This is SO much fun for kids and adults too! I love the fact that it fills up so many balloons at once. It is fantastic not having to bother with tying the balloons! Great invention! The best part is seeing the smiles on my kids' faces and watching them play outside with these!" —HappilyEverAfter

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95 (available in three packs of 100 balloons each).

    6. And! A massive water balloon slingshot for anyone planning to go ALL OUT with their splash launches.

    two people holding the slingshot on two sides while a third person pulls the slingshot back behind them

    This baby can launch water balloons up to 300 yards away so your opponents can run but they'll never be able to hide from its long reach. Of course, the farther you pull it back, the farther the water balloon will go so if you're working with a smaller yard, then just be sure not to snatch it allll the way back so the water balloons will go where you want 'em to go.

    Promising review: "Incredible! This was more fun than we've had in years! We broke this bad boy out at the family lake house and before long, we had a crowd from all over the block. This thing brought us together like nothing ever has before! I'm actually on my way to get more water balloons because we've already gone through 50 or so, so STOCK UP!" —M.H.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88.

    7. A Finding Dory Dive and Catch game that is perfect for pools BUUUUT its size will also work in the tub for kids who turn bath time into playtime.


    ALSO! If you haven't watched Finding Dory and/or shown the kid in your life that movie, then this is your friendly reminder to go watch it for a hilarious water-filled adventure.

    Promising review: "My son enjoys playing with it in the pool, tub, and around the house. My niece fell in love with it so I bought her one also. Both kiddos are very happy with this toy. Keep in mind that out of the five fishes, only three of them sink. The other two float which is nice cause it gives the kids the opportunity to play with the two that float above the water. The others that sink, they can go swim deep for them. Great toy, I recommend it! Plus it’s super cute :)" —GrayB

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    8. Or a larger set of water toys to account for the kids who'll need more because they'll undoubtedly lose a few toys to all those black holes that manage to pop up in your home.

    You could also put these toys in a container of water for kids to play with even when it's not bathtime. The set comes with 25 pieces.

    Promising review: "We took these toys out today. They were perfect! We love that there is a variety, at a great price, and they seem to be well made. We will totally purchase again when we lose these😂" —RN Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A gigantic bubble maker that's not *quite* playing in water but will be super similar and require less cleanup. It'll also be a cool thing to accompany the outdoor water fun you do have.

    two kids playing with the bubble maker with a giant bubble coming out of their net

    Just mix the solution with water to create the bubbles! ALSO, proceeds from the brand go towards supporting people with autism including research and raising awareness. ❤️

    Promising review: "We mixed these for gigantic bubbles and had SO much fun seeing who could make the biggest ones! I will definitely buy this bubble solution again!" —Rosaleigh Simpson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in five different styles).

    10. A waterfall discovery wall to allow smaller kids to get their playtime in too. It'll appeal to their sensory development since they get to pull things out of their slots, fit them back in, pour water out of them, and enjoy little splashes.

    two kids playing on opposite sides of the waterfall discovery wall

    The discovery wall starts a chain reaction once water is poured from the top, triggering all the other movable pieces as it falls down. It's also double-sided so more than one kid can play at a time. The wall comes with 13 accessory pieces including pails and removable levers. It's designed for kids who are ages 1-6 and adult supervision is required.

    Promising review: "This is a godsend! The little one loves being outside, especially when there’s water Involved to play with. This keeps her entertained and interested. There are so many different ways you can set this up, hence why she so interested in it. It’s double-sided so two kiddos can play and it comes with plenty of buckets so there's enough to go around. This was very easy to assemble and took about five minutes to put together. There are no sharp edges and no toys that can poke or scratch the little ones. It also has a nice wide base which makes it nice and sturdy, especially when water is filled in it. Honestly, this is a great toy, especially for summer." —B. Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (free shipping).

    11. Plant-based bug repellent that you'll need while you enjoy water time outside! Per the reviews, it smells so good that you may think it won't actually do its ~real~ job of blocking the bugs but it'll be equal parts effective and nose-friendly.

    a reviewer's hand holding the bug spray bottle

    Promising review: "This stuff works fantastic. It lasts for hours and no chemical smell. It has a definite lemon smell but not like a furniture polish lemon smell. I had no bites and I was out for about three hours. Bugs didn't bug me at all and it has no DEET. You would need to reapply if you're getting in and out of the water so just keep that in mind. Mosquitoes LOVE me so if it works on me, then it should work on anyone." —Gina Central

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    12. Waterproof sunscreen — because if you're gonna have some fun in the sun and the water, then you'll still need to protect your skin while you're at it so sunburn doesn't cannonball the party.

    reviewer's hand holding the sunscreen bottle

    The sunscreen has SPF 30, is unscented, and designed to not irritate sensitive skin. It's even designed to be gentle enough to put on babies! Also, you can expect up 80 minutes of sun protection plus water and sweat resistance!

    Promising review: "Just a little background: I get sunburned quickly. I mean, extremely quick. Usually around 10 minutes on a cloudy day. The summer sun is my worst enemy. That being said, I used this sunscreen a couple of minutes before going outside on a bright, sunny, cloudless afternoon. I hung out at the pool and went swimming with the family for around two hours and didn't get burned at all. Even my daughter (who definitely got her sunburn ability from me) came out unscathed! The sunscreen itself has no smell at all which is great because I don't want to smell like bananas or cocoa butter all day. It's also not greasy, unlike most of the sunscreens I've used in the past. It's also thicker than most sunscreens, so you don't need to use as much. Great product! This will definitely be my family's go-to sunscreen!" —Brian Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    13. OR, Black Girl Sunscreen which is designed specifically for people with deeper skin tones. It'll dry completely clear so you won't have a white or gray cast after applying it.

    the bottle of sunscreen sitting beside a candle

    It has SPF 30 and is paraben-, fragrance, and cruelty-free free. The product is also vegan and meant to help even out skin tone!

    Promising review: "I love this sunscreen! We’re very diligent about using sunscreen at our house and all the others leave a white or silvery haze on our dark skin. Black Girl Sunscreen doesn’t do that. I even use it as a daily facial moisturizer!" —Mrcreader
    Get it from Target for $15.99.

    14. A blow-up water playground to transform your yard into a shark-themed water park whenever you want and drop the kids' JAWS🦈 while you're at it.

    the blow-up slide with has a shark mouth at the top of the slide and a climbing slide on the side with foot rungs for climbing. Both slides have a small sitting area. The two slides are also connected by an open tunnel to crawl through.

    Can you imagine the look on the kids' faces when you surprise them with a day at the water park that literally only requires them to suit up and step into their yard? The neighborhood is about to be jellyyyyy. Also, you'll be happy to know SEVERAL parents noted that it turned out to be worth its price tag since it's built to last. Parents also shared that this was the cure to the kids feeling bummed out about having to stay home more this summer.

    Promising review: "This product arrived pretty fast and met our expectations. It’s brought my little boy so much happiness during these crazy times. He wants to use it every day! It comes with a blower (score!) and a storage bag. I told myself there was no way I’d get the slide into the bag BUT IT FITS! Thankful for a good product." —K. Hugh

    Get it from Amazon for $499.99 (free shipping and returns).

    15. Waterproof workout socks that'll be perfect for the time you or the kids will spend outdoors playing in the water. Reviewers raved about how good these shoes will be for A TON OF THINGS including yoga, hydrotherapy, water aerobics, grocery store runs, gardening, working in hospitals and classrooms, hiking, walking on the beach, chilling around the house, etc.

    Three reviewers' feet wearing the workout socks in blue, light blue, and pink

    Promising review: "I purchased these with the intention of wearing them just for kayaking. Now, they've become my favorite house shoe. I couldn't take them off after trying them on. They were so comfortable and fit so well. I can't stand the feeling of being barefoot in the house and with spring being upon us, slippers are out of the question... So far so good in the house and they survived their first trip through the washing machine as well. I will most likely be buying more of these. Excellent!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $6.68+ (available in 4-13 in women's and 3-12 in men; comes in 44 color options; free shipping).

    16. A high-cut, sporty bikini to have you feeling hotter than the weather outside. A really bomb bathing suit because so what if you can't get to a pool this year?! You can still serve water balloons, water squirts, and a LEWK, OK?!,

    Promising review: "I actually feel confident in this. Like WOW. I bought this on a whim because I really love the style, but I’ve always been way too scared to actually try something like it. I’m a size 12, I have stretch marks, and honestly, I'm very self-conscious. But I’m going to say that this is the year of the thick girl. This will make you look bomb whether you have all the curves or none of them." —Christino

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and in 10 colors and prints).

    17. Uno Splash cards that are waterproof and very cool-looking so you can play 'em outside on the splash pad, waterslides, and other outdoor surfaces that could get wet.

    Each Uno Splash card has a perforated hole in it for a clip that will hold all the cards together or attach them to a bag or pants belt hole; the clip comes with the deck.

    Promising review: "We love these! This is actually the second set I have bought because my extended family loves them too and has forever 'borrowed' our last set. We take these everywhere and they have held up perfectly in hot tubs, pools, beaches, boats, parks, etc — you name it and they have gone. We especially like that whenever we bring them, other folks want to play so it makes sharing a pool or hot tub a more social (read: less awkward) activity. The cards are well constructed and are definitely waterproof. They can be submerged because they are made out of thin plastic. We also haven't had any issues with the print coming off or showing wear and tear. The individual cards will float momentarily if placed horizontally but will sink if the water's surface tension is broken or they are vertical. So we don't use them directly in the lake/ocean water because there is nowhere to put the discard pile and the risk of losing cards is high but in the pool, hot tub or beach this isn't a concern. I highly recommend these for anyone who loves UNO and water activities!" —Samantha
    Get them from Amazon for $9.97.

    18. A waterproof phone pouch to protect your phones from all the water splashing going on in-between selfies.

    An image of a turtle taken underwater

    Promising review: "It works great. I tested it in the sink first with my wife's junk phone, then I brought it to the pool, dropped it in the deep end around 11 feet for about five minutes, then dove down and got it. No water got into the bag." —Greg Peters

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 14 colors).

    19. OR?!! A blow-up pool to solve your no-pool problems instantly!

    the blow-up pool has a rectangle shape and is sitting in a grassy yard beside a lounging chair and small table with drinks on it

    The pool has three layers with individual air chambers to make it easier to blow up and to minimize the risk of deflating. They're also supposed to help the pool withstand the weight. An air pump is not included but luckily, you can either just use one you may already own for blowing up air mattresses OR get a brand-new air pump one for a decent price.

    Promising review: "I bought this for our twin college daughters so they could keep cool on hot summer days. It turns out my wife and I go in it even more than the girls! It's well-made and easy to drain." —Alan J. Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (free shipping) and the electric air pump for $15.98.

    You and the gang enjoying the water some kinda (and still VERY fun) way before summer ends this year! 💦😎

    Giphy / Disney / Pixar / Via

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