Top 8 Backyard Pools and Play Areas for Kids

Girl on backyard slip and slide
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What can be better on a hot summer's day than lounging around in a swimming pool or splashing around in the sprinklers in the comfort of yard? These are the most popular backyard pools and play areas for kids.

These great activities can be easily set up in a private backyard area, and are generally much more affordable than installing a permanent pool.

With these portable pools and play areas, both the children will love splashing around the pool, playing with water and cooling off during the...MORE warmer summer months. 

In addition to shopping for a pool, do not forget to purchase new unique pool toys and games and water balloons for family fun time in the pool.

Always make sure to supervise children near water and any during water play, as all children and adults are at risk for drowning.

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    This inflatable play area for Little Tikes is able to accommodate up to 3 children, or 350 lbs. at one time. Kids will love climbing up the rock wall, sliding down the slide, playing in the splash pool, and tossing the basketball into the hoop. 

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    Backyard inflatable pools from Intex can be purchased in many different sizes from 8 feet to 18 feet. Depending upon the size, within 15-30 minutes, the pool can be inflated, then filled with water for family use. The walls are sturdy and made from PVC sidewalls. Each size also includes a filter pump for clean swimming water. Additional chemicals and pool supplies may be required. Do not forget the pool toys and the bumper boat!

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    This colorful pool/play center is a great buy for the backyard. The kids will love the various accessories, which include a water slide, wading pool with a 4 ft water capacity, and a water sprayer. It also includes games like ring toss, sea snake and ball toss. The water sprayer attaches to the garden hose and helps wet the slide area. There are drain plugs in the main floor and in the wading pool. This toy is an all-in-one pool and water activity center perfect for kids who enjoy a wading pool...MORE experience with small depths of water.

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    While the Jungle Jumparoo is mainly a trampoline and climbing structure that can be used both indoors and outdoors, there is even a great sprinkler attachment that can be placed on the top of the toy. Kids can jump around and cool off at the same time! 

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    The Pirates Bay Inflatable Play Park will have children entertained while sliding into the splash pool, crawling through a tunnel, bouncing up and down, and even splashing their friends and siblings with 1 of the 2 water cannons. 

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    Run through the obstacle course, that includes 4 different sprinkler stations, then finish it off with an intense ride down the 12 foot slide! 

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    This might be the ultimate outdoor inflatable play area with water. The Ultra Croc is great for large families and parties. It includes 13 different activities for kids, and can accommodate 6 children at the same time. Activities include a climbing wall, 3 slides, 3 splash pools, and 2 spray tunnels.

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    Planing a backyard family event or birthday party? Keep the active kids entertained with an outdoor water obstacle course. There are water slide with limbo pole, inflatable hurdles, and a water filled tire jump with sprinklers.

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