As we all wait patiently for the COVID-19 curve to flatten, and with some states keeping public pools closed, for now, summer 2020 is all about trying to stay cool within the confines of our very own backyards. If you managed to snag the hottest item of the summer of 2020—a backyard kiddie pool—you’ll want to kick the fun up a notch with pool toys that guarantee a summer of fun in your backyard oasis.
Aqua Stingray Underwater Glider
Catch it if you can! This brightly colored stingray propels itself and glides through the water—traveling over 60 feet!
Available at amazon.com, $12.53.
GoSports Splash Hoop 360
Basketball is always cool ... but it's even cooler in the pool! Make a splash as you try to beat the buzzer and the heat this summer with the Go Sports Splash Hoop 360. The set includes one splash hoop, two water basketballs, and a ball pump. Swish!
Available at amazon.com, $33.41.
Splash Bombs Treasure Hunter Dive Set
Sunken treasure? Yes, please! Little treasure hunters will enjoy searching for this underwater treasure hunter set's shiny gold and silver coins, faux jewels and stones. They all glitter at the bottom of your pool, just waiting to be discovered.
Available at target.com, $10.
This incredible ball is designed to look, feel and behave just like a watermelon in the water! Since real watermelons are nearly neutrally buoyant, first sinking to the bottom, and then slowly rising back to the top, they're ideal for all kinds of water games. But real watermelons break pretty easily; this faux fruit is made with an extremely durable vinyl membrane, so kids can dribble, kick, bounce, pass and intercept the ball without busting it open.
Available at fatbraintoys.com, $19.95.
Sunny Patch Spark Shark Fish Hunt Pool Game
These hungry sharks want to gobble up all the tasty fish in your kiddie pool. Just grab onto the handle of a Spark Shark net and swim through the pool to scoop up some fishy snacks.
Available at melissanddoug.com, $16.99.
Lites Up! Squiggles
Lite UP! Squiggles light up underwater for easy visibility, making for a fun nighttime sea creature search and rescue mission in your kiddie pool.
Available at bedbathandbeyond.com, $7.99.
Pool Noodle Attachable Heads
Transform your boring old pool noodles into flamingos, narwhals and seahorses: simply attach the heads and tails to the top and bottom holes of your pool noodles for the ultimate summer toy.
Available at orientaltrading.com, $12.97.
Louie Lobster Claw Catcher Pool Toy
Squeeze the handle and—SNAP!—Louie Lobster's claws clamp shut. This colorful playset comes with three fishy sinkers to grab.
Available at melissaanddoug.com, $12.99.
Splash and Play Mermaid
Soft and cuddly, this Madame Alexander 12-Inch baby doll is the perfect size for a child's hands. Her fully submersible cloth body and mermaid swim set mean she can swim for hours in your kiddie pool—just hang her up to dry!
Available at amazon.com, $49.95.
Make this summer a little more magical by adding three new mermaid friends to your kiddie pool. Press the button on her back, and she'll race you across the pool!
Available at fivebelow.com, $3.25.
Floating LED Light Show
Crank up the music and turn your pool into the ultimate party space with this floating LED light. There are six fun designs, including 'Happy Birthday" and "Congrats," that let you customize your pool lights to your family backyard celebrations!
Available at lesliespool.com, $29.99.
This ship comes ready to sail the high seas of your backyard kiddie pool. An integrated air chamber in the interior of the ship means it won't ever sink to the bottom, even if it is filled up with water.
Available at playmobil.com, $18.74.
Remote Control Shark
Because every kiddie pool needs its very own resident Jaws, this remote-controlled shark can navigate through the water thanks to its moveable tail. 12" in length, it comes with a controller unit allowing for user-controlled movement
Available at walmart.com, $29.97.
Unicorn Pool Battle Game
Get ready to battle it out medieval-style, as you ride atop your unicorn into the kiddie pool battle of the summer. Two inflatable unicorns and two gladiator-style battle boppers allow for two players in the most splash-worthy kiddie pool toy of the summer.
Available at michaels.com, $24.99.
Pool Volleyball Set
Cool off with a quick game of volleyball in your kiddie pool. Made from sturdy 10-gauge vinyl with a 7-gauge vinyl ball, this kiddie pool volleyball set also features weighted pole bases so it won't tip over.
Available at amazon.com, $20.98.
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase at the listed price.
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