It’s August. It’s hot. And there’s a month left until school starts. Which means that parents across the country are still trying to keep their kids cool, wet, and, most importantly, occupied.
And while, sure, nothing beats a day at the beach, pool, or water park, there’s also something to be said for a little old fashioned (and inexpensive) water fun in the backyard. Considering you’ve already got the water blasters, and the water slides, all you need now are the sprinklers. The most fun of which ⏤ from a spinning fire hydrant to a whale with an active blowhole ⏤ we’ve rounded up here. Sure your kids will get just as wet running through the ‘ole oscilating sprinkler, but that’s not shaped like a beach ball or flower patch now is it? The fine details add to the drench.
Fun Splashers Fire Hydrant Sprinkler
Kids in the city have long known the joy of a popped fire hydrant on a sweltering summer’s day. And with this pint-sized plastic fire plug, kids in the ‘burbs can too. Known as ‘Splashy”, the free-wheeling johnny pump spins, swirls, and shoots a steady stream of water up to eight feet in the air, ensuring the kids get thoroughly soaked in a matter of minutes.
Little Tikes Beach Ball Sprinkler
There are a bunch of different beach-ball sprinklers on the market from various manufacturers, but the Little Tikes is one the cheapest and scores the best reviews. Not to mention, it won a Parents’ Choice Award! Simply attach a garden hose to the inflated 88-inch beach ball (it remains stationary, by the way) and let the water fun ensue.
Hydro Stomp Splash Rocket
Because kids can only run through a sprinkler so many times before they get bored and want to fire off water-propelled projectiles, the Hydro Stomp is exactly that: a water-propelled rocket that launches 35-feet in the air on a geyser of H20 ⏤ a geyser that then comes pouring down on the kids’ heads. It hooks into a garden hose and is fired, as the name suggests, by stomping on the foot pad.
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler
You can always count on Melissa & Doug to sell high-quality stuff, and the Sunny Patch Blossom Bright is no exception ⏤ it may not be fancy but it’s great at what it does. Set-up wise, it’s pretty much sprinkler dressed up like a cartoon bouquet of flowers, each one of which sprays water up to six-feet in the air depending on the pressure. Bonus: You can bust out a quality “stop and smell the flowers” joke when your kid inevitably gets a face full of water.
Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler
Not only does the Hydro Swirl spin and spray water, but it also rocks six wild “Tidal Storm Wiggle Tubes” guaranteed to flail around like the snakes on Medusa’s head — ensuring no kid escape its reach. You can almost already hear the squeals of delight emanating from the backyard.
Little Tikes Super Spiral Sprinkler
Kids get wet and can work on shagging pop flies at the same timeThe fun here comes from dropping the four included balls into the Super Spiral and watching them shoot out on a plume of water. Even cooler, at least according to one online reviewer: “If you get the water pressure and angle just right, the balls will actually float on the water stream.” Kids get wet and can work on shagging pop flies at the same time
Kleeger Kids Whale Water Sprinkler/Pool Float
The beauty of the Kleeger Kids Whale Water Sprinkler ⏤ other than that it shoots water out of the whale’s blowhole which, duh, is awesome ⏤ is that it doubles as a pool float. The gentle giant measures 16-inches by 16-inches by 43-inches with weighted-water base, inflates automatically once attached to the hose, and even comes with a one-year warranty (along with a patch kit) which will come in handy when one of your kid case one of the kids accidentally pops it.