These must-haves make an ordinary backyard feel like a mini vacation.

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Backyard Waterpark
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No pool? No problem. Create a cooling oasis with some clever water-centric activities. Amp up the joy of running through sprinklers by tossing beach balls back and forth through the spray. A water table filled with plastic bowls, measuring cups, and floating toys will keep toddlers engaged for hours (or close to it). Offer extra shade with umbrellas: If half your yard is shaded, estimate one umbrella per eight to 10 people; if you have zero coverage, go with one umbrella per five or six people. Once the shade and sprinklers are set, get ready for summer fun.

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Enchanted Sprinkler

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The only thing better than a sprinkler in the summertime? How about a sprinkler that's also a giant inflatable unicorn. Talk about magical!

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Oversized Umbrella

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As you watch your kids splash in the sprinkler, lounge under this luxurious striped umbrella. It will protect you from the sun—and make you feel like you're on a tropical island.

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Balloon Bunch

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Water balloon fights are fun, but the prep required to fill dozens of balloons is not. A quick solution? Just hook up the hose to these self-sealing balloons and turn on the water—they do the rest of the work for you.

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Vibrant Hose

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If you're building an at-home water park in your own backyard, you're going to want to upgrade your ugly outdoor hose. This vibrant yellow option does the trick.

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This powerful gas grill heats up quickly (in just 5 minutes or less), while flame control taps let you select a precise heat setting. The fact that it comes in three stylish colors, including orange, is just an added bonus.

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Lounge in style in a beautiful teak sling chair, available in your choice of nine fabric options to match your outdoor space.

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Play Station

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The surefire way to have a fun summer (no vacation necessary): order this sand and water table for your kids. It will provide hours of fun, and it doesn't even require leaving the backyard.

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Pretty Petals Sprinkler

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This flower-themed sprinkler is a must-have on the hottest summer days. Plus, it easily connects to a garden hose and is small enough to stash away when not in use. And did we mention it's only 13 bucks?