Collapsible Beach Pail
You’ve already got a huge beach bag, an umbrella, a cooler, and more to schlep to the beach—you probably don’t want to carry yet another thing. This beach pail will be a lifesaver: it collapses compactly so you can easily tuck it into a tote bag and get ready for some epic sandcastle-making.
To buy: $15, uncommongoods.com.
Kids’ NPW Glow-in-the-Dark Ping-Pong Set
Set up a classic game of Ping-Pong in your backyard with this kid-friendly set—it comes with two paddles, one ball, and a net. The best part: It glows in the dark!
To buy: $14, jcrew.com.
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set
Your littlest baker can create some sand “baked goods” during a day at the beach. The 12-piece set can be stored together compactly so you don’t have to worry about missing pieces.
To buy: $13, amazon.com.
Pacific Play Tents Hide & Seek Dome Tent
Pitch this tent in the backyard, or tote along with you to the beach to act as a shady refuge. The mesh ventilation panels let the breeze in so your kid won’t get too hot while playing inside.
To buy: $30, toysrus.com.
Kid Made Modern Driveway Party Outdoor Kit
This outdoor chalk set is fun for the whole family. It comes with everything you need to create a beautiful sidewalk masterpiece: chalk paint, sticks, and cubes, plus a brush.
To buy: $20, target.com.
Prism Pica Kite
Take advantage of a breezy day at the beach or park and unfurl this colorful diamond-style kite. It has a superlight frame so that it can catch some air even if it’s not gusty outside.
To buy: $30, llbean.com.
PlanToys Mini Golf Set
Even the little ones (ages four and up) can enjoy tee time. Set up the different tracks and hole in your backyard, depending on the players’ skill and age. There’s also a handy bag for storage when the game’s over.