I’ll be the first, but certainly not the last, to admit that with the economy in a tailspin, pay cuts, lay-offs, rising gas-prices and all the other factors that make living comfortably today not so comfortable, I’m not looking forward to the summer as much as I have in the past.
For me, the summer was always a time when I finally was able to get out of the house and start enjoying things like vacations, eating out, day trips, flea markets, etc. Now, I think I rather stay home and save my money. Not only are these activities expensive, but the gas to fill up the tank or the money for transportation is a burden in itself. Am I right?
This year I will be spending a lot of time in my backyard (the benefits of being in a borough of NYC) with my daughter just trying to keep her busy…on a budget. So when Fisher-Price sent over their list of new for 2009 outdoor toys, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share a list of the “under $30” selection. Because if my daughter could stay occupied for three months for $24.99…I’m in!
1. Lil’ Princess Ride-On – Sweet melodies, chirping birds, magical sounds and flashing lights accompany a princess as she scoots around town with her Little People® friends on her pretty pink ride-on. Other features include push bar handle, under seat storage and extra wide wheels for stability – $19.99 at Amazon.com
2. Froggy Fun Sprinkler– Connect the eight foot Froggy Fun SprinklerTM to any garden hose and watch the ten spraying water bugs and four foot-friendly frogs come to life. This adorable frog themed sprinkler gently sprays several streams of water and is guaranteed to get your little one cool and wet. $17. 00 at FisherPrice.com
3. Deluxe Sprinkle ‘n Splash Play Mat – A perfect way for young children to splash safely in just the right amount of water! Kids stay cool with gentle sprays from the water filled sprinkler ring. This fun ocean themed graphic mat measures approximately three feet six inches in diameter. Made with durable vinyl construction, it attaches easily to any garden hose. $15.00 at FisherPrice.com
4. Kawasaki Tough Trike – Tough enough for years of fun with all the features you look for and more: a wide, stable wheel base, easy-grip handlebars, big foot pedals, durable tires with rugged treads for “off-road” fun plus cool Kawasaki styling. There’s even a secret storage compartment under the seat! $27.00 at FisherPrice.com
5. Bubble Mower – One-touch refill system keeps bubbles blowin’ for a whole lotta mowin’! The all-new one-touch refill system features a bigger bubble dispenser for less fill-ups-and a one-press, no-mess refill. Just press it once and you’re good to go for a yard full of bubble fun! Bubble solution included. $17.00 at FisherPrice.com.
6. Lil’ Adventures Bug Park– Kids will enjoy catching bugs and placing them in their very own bug park! Bug park includes monkey bars, real working ferris wheel and teeter totter. Once your Lil’ Explorer has enjoyed watching their bug friends at play, they can then release them back to nature! Features easy-open cap for little hands and includes four plastic bugs. $17.00 – Find a retailer
7. Spray N’ Play Seal – Playful seal balances ball in the air as kids watch in amazement and enjoy the gentle water spraying action! Includes inflatable ball and patch kit for repairs. Features durable vinyl construction. Easily attaches to any garden hose. $15.00 – Find a retailer
8. School Bus Play Center – Kids will laugh all the way to school with their Little People® friends! Features include fun peek-a-boo windows, soft squishy steering wheel, durable vinyl construction and 25 soft touch balls. Great for indoor or outdoor play. Includes 25 soft touch balls and a repair patch. $29.88 at Walmart.com
9. Barbie My First Skates– These inline-style skates help kids learn to skate, keeping pace with growing feet and growing skill. Start with setting #1 so beginners can walk in the skates with one wheel locked. As confidence and ability increase, advance to level #2, where the adjustment wheel rolls forward but not back. Then it’s on to #3 for “freewheeling” fun! Rear wheels are spaced apart for added stability. Padded boot collar ensures comfort, with hook-and-loop straps for easy on and off. Size adjustable, from child’s shoe sizes 6 – 12. $23.49 at Amazon.com
10. ESPN Super Sounds Soccer – Two levels of fun soccer play encourage and reward developing children’s sports skills! Beginner soccer players score fun sounds whenever they kick the ball into the net. The challenge grows along with kids’ growing skills – “pros” have to hit the adjustable target with the ball to score fun sounds and hear the announcer shout “Goal!” What a ball! Includes soccer goal (approx. 2 feet tall x 3½ feet wide!), plus net, adjustable target, two-player score keeper and inflatable ball. $24.99 at FisherPrice.com
11. Infant to Toddler Swing –This outdoor baby swing is as friendly to parents as it is to kids. And now it can be reclined for use with an infant as young as six months. A dual restraint system, with three-point harness and tray, keeps infants and toddlers secure. The swing’s tray holds baby’s toys or snacks, and lifts up out of the way for easy in and out. $23.00 at FisherPrice.com
12. Rainbow Shade Pool – Keep your little ones cool, out of the sun and swimming all summer long with the Rainbow Shade PoolTM. This fun and colorful inflatable baby pool measures approximately 40 inches wide and is constructed with durable vinyl. The detachable sunshade canopy makes a delightful rainbow arch over the pool-and helps protect baby from the sun’s rays. $25.00 at FisherPrice.com
13. Turbo Fill Blasters – No more in-and-out of the house to fill up at the sink, no more wasting water at the spigot and no more pumping to pressurize! Turbo Fill Blasters make it fun and easy for kids as young as three to have a blast, blasting their competition! $20.00 & up at FisherPrice.com
14. Squirt Friends Animal Sprayers – The Fisher-PriceTM Squirt Friend Animal SprayersTMare adorable, animal shaped water squirters. Kids squeeze the easy-pull trigger to open the animal’s mouth and spray gentle bursts of cool water. Collect all four characters: Cute Cow, Hilarious Hippo, Playful Pig, and Zany Zebra. $4.00 – Find a retailer
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15. Lil’ Fire Truck Ride-On – Calling all little firefighters to the rescue! Lights, sounds and music add to the excitement of saving the day. Other features include under seat storage and extra wide wheels for stability. $19.99 at Amazon.com
*This is not a review or paid advertisement or anything of that nature, just some personal recommendations from me…a mom who misses shopping at outdoor flea markets and eating out at The Boathouse in the summer and happens to love Fisher Price. Just trying to find ways to stay busy at home without breaking the bank or going insane. – Nicole =)