The Best Backyard Toys for Kids and Families

Playing with the neighbourhood kids isn't possible right now, but kids can still have fun in their own backyards with these fun water and outdoor toys to keep their imaginations flowing. We found some great summer toys that will keep them occupied for hours on end. 

Sunnylife Kids Croquet Set - Zoo
Turn the Great Outdoors into the GREATER Outdoors with Sunnykid's outdoor playtime collection. It's game on for your little ones with the Kids Croquet Set. Includes x4 wooden animal wickets, x2 wooden balls and x2 wooden mallets. Promotes hand and eye co-ordination and motor skills. Made from natural wood and plywood. $49.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Step 2 Waterpark Arcade
Bring exciting arcade-themed water play fun to your backyard with the Step2 Waterpark Arcade. Tons of kids water game targets are lined up and ready for little ones to splash them down with the water blaster. $79.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Whirly Whale Sprinkler
Time to get gigglin' and wigglin'! An all-time favourite, to enjoy on a hot summer day! Compatible with all standard water hoses. Easy and quick to set up. Ready, set, whirl! Water sprays from the fishes, for a whimscial water show. This whale is sure to keep kids cool and running around for hours! $19.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Super Soaker Barracuda
Swamp the competition with dual drenching. Blasts 2 continuous streams of water. Tank holds up to 35 fluid ounces (1 litre). $21.99 at Toys R Us.

Birdie Golf Play Set
Birdie Golf is real golf action with a twist! It's the newest game on the green. Create your own course with real golf action, any place you choose! Toss the flag out to create each hole, set the ball up on its built-in stand, and 1-2-3-FORE! $34.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Sunny Dayz Refresh Water Balloon Pumper
Enjoy the summer weather with this easy to use Sunny Dayz Water Balloon Pumper. No more trying to fill balloons from a tap and getting yourself wet in the process, just fill this pumper with water and pump directly into your balloons! $14.99 at Kitchen Stuff Plus.

Little Tikes Splash Hit Tennis
This innovative new sports activity game has two unique modes of gameplay: 1) Pop-Up Tennis, where the included tee lobs the ball for kids to hit and 2) Splash Tennis, an all new game combining tennis with water play into a game that's sure to be a splash hit with kids! $39.98 at

Shark Velcro Ball Catcher
Throw, catch and release … Gotta be quick! There's no catch to it. Just lotsa fun! Easy to bring anywhere, from the backyard to the beach. Improve eye-hand coordination while having a ball! Easy-grip with adjustable strap. Perfect for itty bitty hands. $17.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Water Splash Play Mat Splash Pool
This Inflatable Kids pool is made of non toxic PVC. Easy to install and connects to a standard garden hose. Water sprays slightly in all directions towards the center. Rounded edge design keeps the kids in the safe circle. Base is thickened so kids can jump and play inside. $25.89 at

Sunnylife Ring Toss - Zoo
It's game on for your little ones with the Kids Ring Toss. Includes x3 wooden animal targets, x3 jute rings. Promotes hand and eye co-ordination and motor skills. Made from natural wood. $49.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Baby Splash Mat
This Baby Splash Mat is perfect for introducing 6 to 36 month old children to water. Removable canopy provides sun shade. Comfortable back rest allows for seated play. Includes three stacking play rings. $39.99 at Canadian Tire.

Rain Showers Splash Pond Sand and Water Table
Kiddos can make it rain in their own water park with the Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table. Little ones can use the big bucket to scoop up water from the pond and pour it into the top tray to make a showering splash below! $149.99 at

Shark Bite Water Slide
Slide, sprinkle and splash all summer long with the Banzai Shark Bite Water Slide. Features water-powered chomping action and endless hours of backyard fun. $24.99 at Canadian Tire.

Tiki Bug Retreat
Watch your little one discover nature and all its tiny crawlers! This high-quality critter catching set comes with 1 dome-shaped critter case and a pair of tweezers that double as a magnifier. Watch the bugs lounge on the chair or crawl up the palm tree! $19.95 at Chapters-Indigo.

Prices were accurate at time of publication, but are subject to change. Check company website for final pricing.
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