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Jun 5, 2012
Pool and Beach Toys, Clothes and Gear for Kids
Your family can make a splash in style with these cool finds – from eco toys to DIY beach bag totes; even an underwater surfboard? We've got the gear.
June has finally arrived and the weather is heating up! Soon, kids will be on summer vacation en masse – and southeast Michigan pools and beaches will be packed with families looking to cool off. Hoping to soak up some extra fun, too? These six supplies, from toys to clothes, definitely get the job done. Never get bored on the beach with these goodies!
Surf's up: Grab this underwater surfboard and head for the pool or beach! Recommended for kids ages 8 and up, this SubSurfer (which runs about $22 from Toy Splash) is great for learning cool new underwater tricks.
The sun's rays can be harsh during the summertime, but these swim shirts from UV Skinz can help protect your family from that harmful UV stuff. They've been seen worn by the kids of celebrities including Matthew McConaughey and Marcia Cross. But these UV protectant swim-shirts aren't only for kids; they make them to fit moms and dads too! Kids' versions run about $30.95.
Do you ever wonder what sorts of things live beneath the waves? This underwater telescope from Fat Brain Toys magnifies the different creatures in streams, lakes and ponds. For a little over $27, SeaScope will keep curious kids occupied for hours.
Your little one can make sandcastles all summer long with these beach toys from Pottery Barn kids. For $20, you don't have to worry about loosing these in the sand or in water – because they're biodegradable! Breathe easy knowing that your carbon footprint is clean.
Let your little fashionista stand out this summer with a beach tote that will be one-of-a-kind. This crafty bag from Alex Toys, which runs about $26, comes with six brightly colored markers, so your budding artist can color and customize this bag however she'd like.
When you can't get to a pool or beach, there are other ways to help your kids get through those hot days. This inflatable game combines basketball with the cool-down classic: the Slip 'N Slide! Try shooting the ball in the hoop as you're sliding the yellow lane. You can get this "Splash Dunk" game from Toys "R" Us for just under $18.