Fun In The Sun: 5 Must Have Items For Outdoor Summer Fun (You’ll love number 4!)

Family Fun in the Sun

It’s finally summer and it seems to be here to stay! Hip Hip Hooray!

Most of us as parents are thinking about what activities will entertain our kids for the entire day.

Back in our day, we would go outside to play. We would ride our bikes, build forts, and do all sorts of things that would make our parent’s eyes roll back in their heads if they only knew!   

Today all of that has changed.

As parents, we want to know that our kids are safe and have the added security of knowing the kids are healthy, happy, and unharmed (what more could a mother hope for?).

Here are 5 MUST HAVE items that will make your summer adventures easier, safer, and best of all FUN!

1. Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon

Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon

The Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon is perfect for all of our summer adventures. This baby collapses to the size of a small suitcase and can easily fit in the trunk of my little car.

Folded Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon

The storage case is undeniably handy. It not only keeps the dirt and dust of the wagon, but it also keeps the sand from the wagon out of my car. That way we aren’t bringing the entire beach with us when we leave.

For only being 22 pounds this puppy is exceptionally sturdy. The handle adjusts, and it can hold a whopping 150 pounds (should we feel the need to pack a week’s worth of supplies for a day trip).

Now, remember, it is not made to carry children, but it has two mesh cup holders to free up your hands, so you’re not spilling your beverages.

2. HUGE Sand Proof Quick Drying Travel Family Beach Blanket



Mad Grit Sand Proof Quick Drying Travel Family Beach Blanket

This beach blanket is AMAZING!

The blanket is so big you can fit your whole crew on it.  At a whopping 9’ X 10’ it is most definitely the largest beach blanket you will find. The MAD GRIT FAMILY BEACH BLANKET can seat 12 adults, or 7 if they lay down on it.

With a blanket this size, you would expect to fill your entire utility wagon with it as you haul your gear to the perfect beach spot.

Not so.

This lightweight blanket packs so small in a handy stuff sack that you still have plenty of room for the other essentials. It also has a carrying strap on the storage bag making it easy to sling over a shoulder.

Once you are at your destination, pull the blanket out of its stuff sack, spread it on the ground, fill the corner bags with sand or rocks, and VOILA – you’re in business.

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Mad Grit Beach Blanket Anchor Pocket

Fill those handy anchor pockets to keep your MAD GRIT FAMILY BEACH BLANKET from blowing away(other folks might be amused, but nobody wants to be chasing after the blanket on a windy day).

For a bonus, they threw in a bottle opener, so you won’t ever find yourself missing out on a beverage while at the beach!

This blanket is lightweight, 100% quick dry ripstop parachute nylon. Sounds fancy right? Just give it a quick shake, and it will be sand free(life-saver).

A few last comments about this fantastic blanket. 10% of their proceeds go to charity, and they offer a 100% refund if you are not completely satisfied. With those benefits, how can you go wrong?

3. Bunch O Balloons WATER BALLOONS

Bunch O BalloonsKids are going bonkers for these balloons!

For those hot summer days, this awesome gadget will help keep everyone cool.

Why is it so awesome you ask? BUNCH O BALLOONS rapid fill water balloons can fill up to 100 balloons with water in under 60 seconds! Now that is FAST!  

The best part is they are self-tying(Wait, What?)! Yep, you heard that right! You don’t have to fill and tie each one.

Anyone who has had a water balloon fight knows the hardest and most time-consuming part is filling and tying them off(because we all have tons of time to spare). Now you won’t have to spend hours filling balloons for a 10-minute fight.

This tool makes water balloon fights so simple you will want to keep a supply on hand all summer long. With this cool summer gadget, you can be sure you have the best weapon in your water war arsenal.

4. The Beach Behemoth Giant Inflatable 12-Foot Pole-to-Pole Beach Ball by Sol Coastal

Beach Behemoth Giant 12 Foot Beach Ball

This ginormous beach ball is simply phenomenal!

The BEHEMOTH BEACH BALL is an outrageous 12 feet across!  Unbelievable!

All other beach balls pale in comparison to the BEHEMOTH BEACH BALL.

You’ll entice the entire beach to a rousing game of beach volleyball.

When you want to go crazy with it, I recommend taking it out to the water for some real fun.

This bad boy is made of sturdy vinyl with reinforced seams, and an airtight valve keeping it inflated for hours of fun (the kids are not going to pop this beast easily).

I wouldn’t suggest trying to blow it up with just lung power.  I highly recommend using an electric pump. PS. Do NOT inflate this humongous ball in your living room(I promise it is not worth it)!

This bouncing baby is deceivingly large and is bound to be the main attraction at any event. Just look at it! Amazing! Oh, the fun you will have!

5. Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand

Kinetic Sand

For the rainy days(unfortunately they do happen sometimes), don’t fret, you can bring the beach to your home. With KINETIC BEACH SAND, those rainy days don’t have to be a bummer.

This magical sand sticks to itself and not to you, your clothes, or even your hair.  

KINETIC BEACH SAND feels like wet beach sand. I actually let my kids make a sand castle right on the dining room table!

Let your creativity flow and build whatever sculptures come to mind. The sand stays where you put it.

Who would have ever thought building sand castles in your kitchen would be possible and so much fun!

Unlike other fine grain kinetic sand, this KINETIC BEACH SAND is a courser grain that has a look and feels of actual sand from the beach. You can use a variety of sand molds for some amazingly creative sculptures.

Two cute little girls playing with kinetic sand


Let me add; it is as fun for adults as it is for kids! You can have hours to yourself as the kids play, or join in the fun building the granddaddy of all sand castles.

This sand has so many perks I don’t have time to mention them all, but a few of the best are:

  • It will never dry out.
  • It doesn’t leave your hands or table feeling greasy.
  • It’s super easy to clean up.
  • I’m telling you, this Kinetic Sand will never get old.

Don’t waste anymore time wondering about fun things to do in the summer. Click the links throughout the article, grab these items, pack up the car, and head to the beach or the backyard for a day of fun in the sun!


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