Kid-Friendly Backyard Activities to Stay Cool

Cover photo by Michael Bustamante

Summer is a kid’s dream. But with cancelled vacations and delayed school starting times, it takes a little more creativity to keep kids cool and entertained.

If you’ve run out of inspiration for kid-friendly backyard fun, we’ve rounded up some activities, gadgets, and recipes kids (and parents) are sure to love.

Fun and Games

Duck, Duck, Splash

A spin on the classic Duck, Duck, Goose, with water splashes abound. Instead of shouting “It!'”, the leader drenches the other person with a bucket of water.

Watermelon Ball

Photo by Watermelon Ball

The makers of Watermelon Ball say it’s the “ultimate swimming pool” game. It’s a ball that floats like a watermelon, without the fear of making a mess in your pool. The ball can be passed up to ten feet and dribbled like a basketball— all under water.

Giant Inflatable Sprinklers

Sprinklers have never been this over-the-top. Check out some of these larger-than-life designs from BigMouth Inc., some up to nine feet tall! (There’s even a Demogorgon for Stranger Things fans)

Summertime Sweets

Summer is pretty much a synonym for ice cream, popsicles, and s’mores. These recipes will undoubtedly become your part of your summer dessert rotation.

Tie-Dye Fruit Popsicles

Photo and recipe by Tasty

Fruits and vegetables, all in technicolor.

Galaxy Ice Cream

Photo and recipe by Some of This and That

An out-of-this world treat that’s as much fun to make as it is to eat.

Pop Tart Cookie Dough S’mores

Photo and recipe by The Domestic Rebel

It wouldn’t be summer (or a Solo Stove recipe list) without a s’more, and this is one of the wildest s’more recipes we’ve ever seen. Cookie dough sandwiched by S’mores flavored Pop Tarts? It’s like a s’moreception.

Check out our livestream archive on Facebook for more s’more recipes from resident s’more connoisseur, Chris.