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Last week my sister texted me in a panic. "Don't forget to buy EVERYTHING you need for backyard summer fun." And she was right. It is already June. It's time. As much as I love summer, apart from when the kids are at camp, they need things to DO when we're home. That doesn't mean I think I have to entertain them at all times, but I do want to have some summer must-haves ready for them to play with when they need to run off some energy.

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And as my local Facebook moms group pointed out, we need to look now before all the cool stuff is sold out. Those words definitely struck a chord. I need entertainment for my kids this summer, plain and simple, so I can't dilly dally.  I mean we can't plan a playdate every single day of the week, can we? Bwah! We officially need a pool and all other forms of outdoor entertainment ASAP--just. in. case. 

If you, too, want to prepare for your family fun time with some new engaging summer must-haves for your backyard, I'm here for you! I've rounded up a few awesome items at varying price points--because, while activities are top of mind right now... so is staying on budget. We can't forget about those summer vacay funds, haha!

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Veer Cruiser

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. My daily walks are keep me sane. They help my littles too. My 13 month old and I go for at least three longs strolls a day, and her older siblings often join us. They love parading around the neighborhood and waving to neighbors and friends from afar. The Veer is part stroller, part wagon. It's great on lots of terrain (including sand), and you can get multiple accessories to customize it for your family's needs. In fact, you can even get an insert that turns it into a bassinet if you have an itty-bitty babe. Get the Veer Cruiser on Amazon here. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)

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Blow-ups 

Can't go to the waterpark this summer? Bring the waterpark to your backyard. We got one of these blowups last year, and it's paid for itself five times over in playdates and parties and splishing-splashing fun for the kiddos. They're an eyesore, and they can make a mess of the lawn, but the are an investment in entertainment. Here's one that's moderately priced, but majorly fun. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)

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Trampoline 

I'm not a huge fan of the big trampolines; they seem a bit dangerous. But they can really help kids work out excess energy. A personal size jumper might just do the trick for rowdy toddlers. This one is a happy medium. (note: this is an Amazon Affiliate link)

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