If you want to see a group of toddlers go absolutely batshit crazy, rain bubbles down on their little heads. They’ll jump, and squeal, frantically race around in circles like kittens chasing a ball of yarn. It’s adorable and entertaining. But it can also be frustrating as hell. That’s because standard bubble bottles/wands usually suck. You blow, the bubble breaks. And that’s if you were lucky enough to get any mix on the wand in the first place. Go ahead, dip it back in, just make sure you pinch the handle so it gets the bottom. Son of a…
Luckily, blowing bubbles doesn’t have to be like this. There are plenty of giant wands, bubble guns, and machines on the market that not only blow massive bubbles, but also hundreds of them at a time ⏤ and in different colors. So to make your kid’s next backyard bubble bash more fun than frustrating, here are seven of the best, including a gun that looks like a dinosaur and a $100 professional blaster technically made for DJs.
WOWmazing Giant Bubble Wand Kit
Little-known fact: The key to blowing world-record-sized bubbles is to use two wands, not one. And that’s what the WOWmazing does. It’s a “tri-string” bubble maker (as they say in the biz) that uses two separate wands connected by a giant string loop. The concentrated solution is mixed in a separate bucket, and it’s recommended for kids 6-years old and up.
Haktoys Dinosaur Bubble Gun Shooter
Pull the trigger and this battery powered (3 AAs) bubble gun unleashes a barrage of bubbles from the dino’s mouth. Doesn’t get any easier than that. It’s made for kids age 3-years-old, lights up when fired, and also comes in a non-dinosaur design. Even better: Haktoys recently removed the sound to make it “parent-friendly.”
Crayola Colored Bubbles Machine
The beauty of Crayola’s “messy fun” bubbles is that they come in a bunch of bright colors; and, despite being messy, they’re advertised to easily rub off of skin and less-easily wash out of clothes. The portable bubble Gatling gun is for outdoor use only (naturally), requires 4 ‘C’ batteries, and can shoot up to three colors (bottles included) at once.
Fisher-Price Bubble Mower
Not only does Fisher-Price’s tried-and-true classic generate a ton of bubbles simply by pushing it, but it also gets kids excited about mowing the lawn ⏤ because you can never get ’em started too young. The mower boasts realistic sounds, a ‘motor’ that spins, and works as well in the driveway as it does on the grass. Better still, they can start ‘mowing’ at age two.
Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Machine
Heavily reviewed and highly ranked, the Gazillion Hurricane Machine makes more bubbles than an army of kids could pop in a day ⏤ a ridiculous 500 per minute. Simply insert the 8-ounce bottle of “top secret” Gazillion Bubble solution ⏤ yes, it comes with its own proprietary bubble mix but can use others ⏤ turn it on, and watch a 20-minute Category 5 bubble storm engulf the backyard.
Fubbles Monster Bubble Maker Wand
According to the company, the Fubbles Monster Wand can make bubbles as “big as you are!” And thus, presumably, many times bigger than the actual small child waving it. In addition to the wand, the kit comes with four ounces of bubble concentrate (that makes 28 ounces of solution) and an inflatable dip tray.
The kind of bubble maker you’d enlist if you were shooting a video for Akon, the Bubbletron is a portable (4-pound), professional-grade bubble maker that rains an inordinate number of bubbles down on your backyard birthday bash and/or dance floor. It has an easy access fluid tank, a wired remote with 25-foot cord, and runs for two hours on a quart of any brand of bubble mix.