Stash away the winter coats and boots, summer is on the horizon! Before you know it, your little water bugs will be begging for the chance to log hours of pool time and play outdoors till the crickets chirp. Get prepped with gear for activities that love summer as much as the kiddos: kites, pool noodles and the ultimate in cool treats are only a few. Scroll through the flip book below for the scoop on stuff promising to put major smiles on the minis—and making you a superstar source of summer joy.

Go Fly a Kite

Warm sunny day, check. Slight wind from the south, check. Wide open space, check. All that’s left is a killer kite that’ll give the young’uns a flair for flight. Beautifully designed, with easy-assemble instructions, it'll take to the air with ease---Mary Poppins' got nothing on your kiddo's wind-chasing skills.

Available at Hapticlab, $40.

Photo: Michael Newton via flickr creative commons

What’s your favorite summer activity? Share with us in the Comments!

—Sarah Greene