Sweet, Sweet Summer

It’s finally that time of year when you can kick the kids out of the house to run off some energy. These activities will keep little minds and bodies busy in the backyard.

Fun in the Sun

The whole family can cool off underneath this 8-foot-wide shade pool that protects with 40+ UPF. Target | $219

A sprinkler splash pad is perfect for young kids. Its width is about 5 feet, and the water height can be easily adjusted. Wayfair | $48

This all-in-one water haven lets kids climb, slide, and splash. It’s best suited for kids 3 to 10 years of age and can accommodate up to three rambunctious little ones at a time. Amazon

Built to last, this rainbow sprinkler will have kids dashing around the yard for hours of water-fueled fun. It stands at 4 feet tall and 5.5 feet wide. Zincera | $53

First Protect Skin from the Elements

Recommended by dermatologists, Neutrogena’s Sheer Zinc Kids Mineral Sunscreen is fragrance-free and doesn’t leave a white film. Multiple locations | $12

The Peel Big Kids sun hat protects against UVB and UVA rays and fits ages 6 to 10 best. Plus, its design has a universal appeal. Hemlock Hat Co. | $32

Repel’s 15 percent DEET (DEET is considered the gold standard of bug repellent) is safe for babies 2 months and older, and pregnant women. This formula also is nongreasy and sweat-resistant. Multiple locations | $27

is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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