School's out and the kids are bouncing off the walls. You want them to go outside and play, but to be fair, the toys out there are sun-bleached and well-worn due to years of hard play.
Here are some summer fun toys that are sure to be a hit — and won't break the bank. (You can see how those high credit card balances may be affecting your credit scores by viewing two of your credit scores for free, updated each month, on Credit.com.) Stock up on a few of these terrific toys and you'll likely find that the kids may never want to come inside.
1. Critical Cycles The Cub
Price: $59.99 at CriticalCycles.com
A balance bike provides an easy road to a "big bike"! The stylish Cub is lightweight, sturdy and adjustable, so it will grow with your child until they are ready for the real deal. Critical Cycles are delivered right to your door — so convenient! Ages 20 months and up.
2. Eric Carle Garden Tote Bag With Accessories
Price: $12.99 at Toys R Us
Want to keep the little ones occupied while you work in the garden? This adorable Eric Carle tote holds a shovel, small rake and spray bottle. They'll love "gardening" right beside you. Ages 3 and up.
3. Roseart Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint Rainbow Glitter Roller
Price: $7.99 on Amazon
This tri-color roller set makes emblazoning the driveway with shimmering rainbows a piece of cake. Once the (non-toxic and easy to clean) rainbows are created, kids' imaginations will run wild. Ages 3 and up.
4. Plan Toys Mini Golf Set
Price: $30 at Giggle.com
This eco-friendly set allows kids to create a different mini golf adventure every time they play. It includes clubs, balls and tracks to guide the course, all in a handy canvas travel tote. Ages 3 and up.
5. Funrise Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Blaster
Price: $9.99 at Toys R Us
Kids can make bubbles galore with this hand-held bubble machine. The Blaster comes with a 4-oz. bottle of Funrise's fabulous bubble solution. Simply pour the solution in, press the button and you've got bubbles! Note: three AAA batteries are required. Ages 3 and up.
6. Bunch O Balloons Launcher
Price: $13.99 at Toys R Us
Fill and tie 100 water balloons in under a minute and then launch them up to 60 feet in the air? Yes, please! Ages 3 and up.
7. BigMouth Giant Pink Flamingo Pool Float
Price: $34.99 at Alwaysfits.com
A giant pink flamingo to float on — need I say more? This sturdy float will last and last, and provide endless joy. Ages 8 and up.
(Keep in mind if you're headed to a beach or pool out of town this summer, you may want to consider making the most of your travel expenses by earning credit card rewards.)
Need more options to keep your kids busy this summer? Check out the rest of our outdoor toy roundup on Credit.com.
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