Cool items to add hours of fun in your own backyard.
Cedar Sandbox with Canopy and Two Bench Seats (pictured above)
Badger Basket | badgerbasket.com | Ages 3 and older | $168.98
This roomy sandbox has lots of space for several kids to play and includes built-in benches and a canopy for shade. The benches fold to cover the sand pit when playtime is over. — cy
KidKraft | kidkraft.com
Ages 3 and older | $299.99
Ahoy, Mates! This fun pirate ship sandbox has lots of play and storage space, and the shady canopy keeps delicate skin out of the sun. — cy
Race ‘n Re-Fuel Pit Stop Playhouse
Little Tikes | littletikes.com | Ages 2 and older | $199.99
This outdoor playhouse is packed full of racing fun for little ones! Kids can race their favorite small cars on the ramps and tracks. There’s even two crawl-through tunnels. Don’t fear it’s size … as it is an outdoor play space. So, when you put it together, be sure to do so outside. It’s pretty easy to put together, too. The section that has the car ramps/slides also features a drawer to hold extra cars, an elevator and parking area. That section is also set on a hinge so that it can swing open or close to make a fully enclosed area under the roof. Kids will also love driving up to the pit stop on their little bikes to “fill up” with the fun gas pump handle on the side of the structure. — ka
Mega Play My Knight’s Castle
MEGA Brands | megabloks.com | Ages 1 – 5 | $99.99
With 44 pieces, children can build a castle playhouse and pretend to be knights defending their realm. Knock it down, as most little guys like to do, and rebuild it again. — ka
Camping with the Family
Get ready for fun family camping trips! You’ll need a good tent. One of our favorites is the Elite WeatherMaster Screened 6 Tent by Coleman ($349). It features a 100-lumen battery-powered LED light, self-rolling windows, a hinged door and more. The light is perfect for getting ready for bed, and the hinged door makes it easy for little ones to get in and out of the tent when it’s unzipped.
Here are some of the top selling brands that are sure to have the perfect tent for your family: