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15 Summer Must Haves for Families who have Kids

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No matter what summer might bring, you’ll be prepared for all sorts of fun adventures with these goodies. To help you stay on top of things, we’ve gathered 15 summer must-haves for families.

Summer Must Haves for Families collated by Spaceships and Laser Beams


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Cool off in the backyard with these great ideas: Popsicle Molds/Maker; Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker; Color Croquet Playset; and Boochie Ball Game.

Heading to the park, pool, or beach? Don’t miss SCOUT, The Hard Bottom Cooler; Original Deano Bag; LulyBoo Easy Roll-Up Blanket; Sport-Brella Umbrella; Frisky Boys Shark Aqua Water Shoes; or Tethys Waterproof Case.

Read on for more super summer must-haves, too. Summer sunshine…oh yeah!

Use molds to create DIY popsicles in delicious flavors

1. Popsicle Molds with Attached Caps (Amazon affiliate link)

Keep treats neat and tidy while you cool off with these great popsicle molds with caps. No more leaky drips everywhere! (Or fewer, at least!) They’re also great for kids to make by themselves, and you can make them much healthier than store-bought popsicles. Best of all? Making your own popsicles will save you money in the long run!

What could be better than home-made ice cream? Make DIY ice cream this summer.

2. Electric Ice Cream Maker (Amazon affiliate link)

Now, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like popsicles, but if you don’t (why?!), then try this ice cream maker. It makes up to four quarts at a time, and you’ll have tons of fun trying out new flavors of freshly churned ice cream. It looks pretty easy to use, so you’ll be eating ice cream all summer long!

This beach cooler is perfect for beach trips or barbecues.

3. Hard-Bottom Cooler (Amazon affiliate link)

This hard-bottom cooler would be perfect for picnics, lunches on the beach or snacks by the pool. Storing food in a cooler will keep it fresh, and you won’t have to stress at all about the temperature of any chicken or lunch meat that you’re bringing with.

This large tote bag is perfect for the beach!

4. Large Tote Bag (Amazon affiliate link)

This tote is a great basic, and you can use it for just about anything. They’re the perfect size and fold up flat for easy storage. There are so many colors and designs to choose from, why not get a couple while you’re at it?

Summer Fun Amazon Beach Blanket

5. Colorful Roll-Up Blanket (Amazon affiliate link)

Keep one of these picnic blankets rolled up in the back of your trunk and you’ll be prepared for a picnic all summer long. These are surprisingly useful, especially if you have kids because they make a great surface for play. The best part is that it rolls up into a carry bag with a handle, making it easy to carry around.

This sportbrella sun and wind protection umbrella will keep your family in the shade all summer long.

6. Sport-Brella Umbrella (Amazon affiliate link)

Protecting yourself from the sun is super important. Give the family some shade along with protection with this great umbrella. It would work for all weather, and even turns into a canopy! This would be really great for young kids to play under at the beach.

Baby-safe sunblock with SPF50

7. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen (Amazon affiliate link)

As you know, protecting yourself and your little ones from the sun’s rays is super important. Make sure you’re covered by using 50+ SPF, but don’t forget to reapply as often as needed! This brand won’t irritate sensitive skin, is free of harsh and harmful chemicals, and is water resistant too.

SPF70 sunscreen for kids

8. Watersafe Kids’ Sunblock Spray (Amazon affiliate link)

Reapplying sunscreen is all well and good, but what if you’re having fun in the water by the pool or at the beach? Save yourself the trouble of drying kids off before applying sun lotion by using one which can be applied to wet skin! I love this Neutrogena 70+ SPF, because it works on both wet and dry skin.

Summer Fun Amazon Water Shoes

9. Kid’s Shark-shaped Water Shoes (Amazon affiliate link)

It’s easy to slip and hurt yourself by the pool, and there are all kinds of dangerous sharp objects on the beach. Give kids some water shoes they’ll love wearing with these Frisky Boys Shark Aqua Water shoes. Aren’t they adorable?

Waterproof beach-safe iPhone protector

10.  Waterproof Smart Phone Case (Amazon affiliate link)

Do you use your phone for photos? Times spent by the pool or on the beach can make for great memories, but it can be stressful to snap away when your phone isn’t waterproof and can be damaged, and we don’t all have access to a camera. Get a waterproof case and you never have to worry again!

Summer Fun portable Croquet Set - pool-side games

11. Colorful Croquet Playset (Amazon affiliate link)

This croquet play set would make for a great lawn game, don’t you think? This set is for kids over 36 months, so it would make for some great family fun. You could also take it to the beach or along to a picnic — wherever you are, it’s going to be fun!

Summer Family Fun and Games with this Bocce Ball

12. Boochie, A Whole New Ball Game (Amazon affiliate link)

This would make a fantastic family games night. It’s tons of fun for both kids and adults, so you can get involved or just leave the kids to it — it’s up to you! At under $30, this is a great family investment, and playing games is a great way to spend some quality time together while having fun.

Mini indoor Smores Maker - perfect for summer fun family nights.

13. Indoor S’mores Maker (Amazon affiliate link)

Stuck indoors with some summer rain? Kids complaining? A s’mores maker is a dream come true for moments like this, and will make cabin fever a whole lot more bearable (and delicious)!

Looking for an easy way to fill lots of water balloons fast? Here's your answer.

14. Easy-fill Water Balloons (Amazon affiliate link)

This is an awesome summer find. Water balloon fights are so much fun, both with small groups and large. Why not use a Bunch O Balloons at your next summer birthday party? Kids would love it, and they’re so quick and easy to fill!

Cute and functional toddler sunglasses

15. Toddler Sunglasses (Amazon affiliate link)

Toddlers can have really sensitive eyes, and it’s important to protect them from harmful UV rays. Use these looping toddler sunglasses to keep them out of the glare and protected. Bonus: they can’t take them off and they won’t slip off in the pool or while they’re playing. Perfect!

Keep little hands busy this summer crafting up masterpieces with these sources gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Toni Thomason

Toni is a stay-at-home mom whose life completely revolves around 2 crazy little boys. When she's not defending herself in a light saber battle or saving the day with her little superheroes, she loves crafting and designing things for her house. She loves animals, shopping, traveling and just snuggling on the couch with her family while watching a movie or reading a good book. Catch more of her crazy, hectic life at creativedesignsbytoni.com.