(Ages 5 and up/$19.99)
With the Slip ‘n Slide Sports Touchdown Splash, kids can slide into the end zone with a big splash. It comes with a 16-foot water slide, an inflatable football, two inflatable linebackers, two anchors, and two repair patches. One side of the slide features a bumper that sprays water to keep kids and the slide wet. There is also a mini splash pool at the end of the slide. Kids can carry the football and slide down past the linebackers and into the splash pool for a touchdown.
The KAOS Nemesis is a water balloon launcher that lets kids engage in serious water balloon battles—a time-honored summer tradition. It’s easy to fill up the balloons and throw them. The KAOS Nemesis sort of resembles a lacrosse stick, and balloons are launched in a way similar to that of lacrosse players except that you have the option to use just one hand to throw. (We also thought of Jai-Alai.) The filled balloon rests in the top of the KAOS Nemesis, which is a cup. Hold the Nemesis by the grip handle and hurl the water balloon toward your opponent. The KAOS Nemesis can launch balloons up to 100 feet, depending on the strength of your arm. One KAOS Nemesis water balloon launcher comes with 50 textured water balloons and one deluxe water filler. (If you want to have a real water balloon battle, you’ll need to buy two sets so you have two KAOS Nemesis launchers.)
(Ages 5 and up/$14.99)
The Soak ‘n Splash Water Limbo Sprinkler tests how low you can go under a "bar" of water. This outdoor game combines traditional limbo with water spraying action. Insert the limbo stick into the ground (There is a ground stake on the bottom.) and attach a hose to the nozzle at the bottom. The Water Limbo Sprinkler will shoot a stream of water up to 10 feet, creating the bar under which kids can limbo. Press the button to turn on the limbo music and you’re ready to limbo. You can adjust the height of the water spray (up to four feet) to make it easier to pass under or harder.
(Ages 6 and up/$24.99)
The Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm comes with a super-sized water drum that holds 37 ounces of water. It is easy to fill the drum and attach it to the blaster. Make sure the drum is locked in place (You’ll hear a click.) and you’re ready to play. Pull the trigger and, after a few seconds, a stream of water will shoot out up to 25 feet. This blaster comes with a blast shield to stop your opponent’s water from hitting you. Additional water clips, sold separately, can also be added for a higher soaking capacity.
Air Stor Z-X Crossbow
The Air Storm Z-X Cross Bow is a new foam arrow shooter that makes it easy and safe for kids to shoot arrows. Current safety regulations prevent manufacturers from creating bowstrings, but Zing Toys has cleverly solved the problem by creating elastic loops and placing hooks on the foam arrows. Attach an arrow to the elastic loops, pull back on the arrow, and release. You can also attach the back of the arrow to the catch on the bow and pull the trigger to launch the arrow. Kids can send the arrows flying up to 45 feet. The Air Storm Z- X Cross Bow comes with two arrows: one arrow with a suction cup tip that will stick to anything and another arrow called a bounce-back arrow that will bounce off the target.