In today’s digital world, it is hard to track how much time our kids are spending on their screens, primarily because it is hard to track how much time we are spending on our screens. The best outdoor toys and games for kids are the ones that are so awesome, so fun-filled and action packed, that they can motivate kids (and us parents as well) to turn off those pesky smart devices and spend some time in the bright and fresh air.

We’ve had a look at the best-selling and highest-reviewed outdoor toys on the market in an effort to bring you a point-by-point review of the best of the best. Whether you’re looking for sports equipment for your middle-schooler, Nerf guns for your son’s next birthday party, or an inflatable water park to help get everyone through the hot summer doldrums, this list has got a little something for everybody, and it has been curated by our in-house team of expert toy enthusiasts.


Here is a list of our favorite outdoor toys & games for kids:

15” Enclosed Trampoline with Basketball Hoop

15” Enclosed Trampoline with Basketball Hoop

15” Enclosed Trampoline with Basketball Hoop

If you are wondering what kind of outdoor toys you could buy to make you officially the coolest parents on the block, then the 15” Enclosed Trampoline with Basketball Hoop by Merax would be a pretty good place to start. This is a full size trampoline with full size functionality, featuring a wraparound safety enclosure, multi-step ladder, and a mounted basketball hoop that brings the fun to an entirely new level. While it is true that this is one of the more expensive items on our list, there is no questioning the fact that this would be an epic gift and would lead to an epic summer for any kid in the neighborhood.

Related: Best Trampolines For Kids

Black Lite-Ning Pogo Stick

Black Lite-Ning Pogo Stick

Black Lite-Ning Pogo Stick

It might be hard to believe, but Pogo Sticks are totally back in style, the Black Lite-Ning Pogo Stick from Flybar is pretty much one of the best models that you are going to find. This foam covered pogo stick is built for children so it only has a maximum weight capacity of 80 pounds, but there is plenty of spring tension that will allow your kid to bounce around to their heat’s desire, getting plenty of awesome exercise in the process. There are a ton of pogo sticks out there so it can be difficult to select one from the other, but in general the Flybar brand is the one that you want to go with for this category because their Pogo sticks tend to last just a bit longer.

Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers

Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers

Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers

The Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers might be one of the most fun looking toys we have ever seen, and if the reviews are any indicator, there are a lot of happy kids out there who agree with us. Unfortunately, they simply do not come in adult size, so us grown-ups will simply have to live vicariously through the little ones. Once you inflate the air chambers, these things can fit a number of different body types so just about any kid will be able to fit in one comfortably. If you really wanted to super-charge the fun, you could add an electric pump to the mix and make it even easier to slip inside the Bump N Bounce Body Bumpers!

Convertible Kick Scooter

Convertible Kick Scooter

Convertible Kick Scooter

These days, if you are going to make and sell kid’s kick scooters, you are surely going to have to find something to help you stand out in the marketplace, and that is precisely what Lascoota has done with their 2-in-1 convertible kick scooter. Not only does this thing have awesome LED lights that are built right into the wheels, but it also has a removable seat piece that can turn this from a stand up scooter to a sit-on scooter in a matter of moments. The handlebar is totally adjustable, providing for a long-lasting toy that can truly grow with your child instead of having to be replaced all the time. Tons of different colors are available, so be sure to choose your kid’s favorite!

Related: Best Scooters For Kids

Easy Score Basketball Set

Easy Score Basketball Set

Easy Score Basketball Set

This indoor and outdoor basketball play hoop is not only a great way to encourage physical exercise, but it also might be your kid’s ticket to a future of NBA stardom. Kids as young as 1 ½ will appreciate the opportunity to throw a junior-sized basketball into the height-adjustable hoop. In the process they will not only be having fun, but also developing their fine motor skills and social play skills. The big wide rim makes it easier for youngsters to hit those 3 pointers, wherever they decide that line may be. The real selling point here is the price, which is significantly less than many of the products on this review guide.

Electric Dune Buggy

Electric Dune Buggy

Electric Dune Buggy

We remember when these guys just made kick scooters, but we’ve got to hand it to Razor for stepping outside of their comfort zone and going big with this electric dune buggy. The solid steel frame is strong enough to protect your kid from any potential collision, but the snappy control system and responsive braking make that very unlikely. The rugged frame supports kids up to 120 pounds, so even older kids will be able to get in on the fun. The powerful 350 watt electric motor charges up overnight and then can keep your kid cruising at full speed for over an hour.

Elite Nerf Blaster

Elite Nerf Blaster

Elite Nerf Blaster

If you haven’t yet introduced your kids to the magic of Nerf foam blasters, then you might want to re-think your parenting strategy. Nerf blasters are one of the most exciting things about being a kid, and their harmless foam darts are a high-energy way to pack a whole lot of play into a short period of time. If that’s not enough, Nerf blasters are more high-tech and more affordable than ever before. The Elite Strongarm Blaster features a 6-round revolving barrel that flips open for easy loading. The darts are interchangeable with most other Elite-series Nerf toys, so be sure to buy a refill pack as well.

Enclosed Mini Trampoline

Enclosed Mini Trampoline

Enclosed Mini Trampoline

We have reviewed a couple of mini-trampolines in our day, but we have never before come across one that has a netted enclosure like some big trampolines do. The added safety that this provides is huge for parents who would like their kids to be able to do whatever activity they wanted and not always have to be supervised. The leg structure on this mini trampoline has been significantly widened to help support the enclosure, making it almost impossible to tip over. Many online retailers also offer multiple size and style options so you can get the perfect one for your play space.

Foam Archery Set

Foam Archery Set

Foam Archery Set

We are really starting to love some of the toys that are coming from Marky Sparky, one of the newest toy companies in the game and so far they have been absolutely killing it. The Faux Bow 3 is designed to fire big foam Nerf-style arrows across the room and up to a distance of 100 feet. The firing mechanism is air-pump based, so there is no tension-based danger inside of the bowstring itself. The bow also comes with a built-in holder that can carry all six included missiles. This is a fun way to change up your kid’s next Nerf battle and they won’t likely be able to put it down anytime soon.

Geometric Dome Climber

Geometric Dome Climber

Geometric Dome Climber

This is the kind of jungle gym that you would only see on school playgrounds, but now it is possible to have one for your own backyard, giving your kids endless access to good exercise and great fun. This geometric dome play center is made by Lifetime Products, who are quite possibly one of the best fabrication companies in existence. Their specialty is hard-fabricated products like boats, coolers, and apparently, jungle gyms! This is a free-standing climbing center, so no cement installation is required. The heavy-duty powdered aluminum is smooth against the touch and it will resist rust and corrosion for a surprising amount of time.

High Resolution Kids’ Binoculars

High Resolution Kids’ Binoculars

High Resolution Kids’ Binoculars

If there is one thing that nature lovers, secret agents, and young commandos have in common, it is a need for a good pair of binoculars that will help them get a better look of their target. These High Resolution Kids’ Binoculars from Obuly have an 8x magnification factor that makes it possible to see clear targets from a distance of up to 100 yards, which a sturdy plastic shell will protect the internal optic technology from the drops, bangs, and bumps that are sure to happen over the course of any good adventure. There are a choice of nine different bright colors as well, making it easier to find the perfect pair for your little birdwatcher or secret spy.

Huge Rainbow Kite

Huge Rainbow Kite

Huge Rainbow Kite

How long has it been since you have been outside to fly a kite? This massive rainbow kite glider from AGREATLIFE toy company is the perfect way to encourage healthy outdoor activity as an alternative to all that screen time that kids are getting today. This kite is stunningly easy to assemble, and in fact can be put together in a matter of minutes and ready to fly just as quickly. All you will need at that point is a strong breeze, which is something we don’t think you can get on Amazon. Kid-friendly handle and flight design make this a really easy kit to fly.

Rainbow Streamer

Rainbow Streamer

Rainbow Streamer

Believe it or not, the streamer is an official Olympic event, meaning that this Rainbow Stunt Streamer by Toysmith might just encourage your child to pursue a life of Olympic excellence. At 6.5 feet long, this is a gorgeous multicolored streamer that will dazzle any onlookers with even the simplest of hand motions. We were pretty surprised at just how sturdy and wear-resistant the actual ribbon is … we imagine that it will stand up to many hours of playtime before it starts to fray. At this price, this streamer is the perfect stocking stuffer, party gift, or “just because” present for a good kid who likes to move around.

Jump ‘N Slide Bounce House

Jump ‘N Slide Bounce House

Jump ‘N Slide Bounce House

A lot of times, if you purchase an inflatable toy over the internet, you are going to be left in the lurch when you realize that there is no inflation pump or blower pump. The Jump ‘N Slide Bounce House from Little Tikes doesn’t have that problem, as it comes with its own high-power blower motor that will keep this structure nice and bouncy for hours at a time, even with multiple kids bouncing up and down on it. It comes with everything needed to set up including stakes to hold everything down, as well as a repair patch kit if it actually gets punctured by something sharp.

Kids’ Seesaw

Kids’ Seesaw

Kids’ Seesaw

The company that makes this awesome seesaw for kids is called Pure Fun, and it is easy to see why. What you’ve got here is a high quality powder-coated steel frame that has been shaped into a cool rocker-shaped seat toy. Put a child in both ends and they are sure to rock their little hears out. Cushioned rear bars make for a comfortable sit, and a front-mounted handlebar keeps kids in control. This is one of the more durable toys on our list … as long as you don’t leave it outside in the rain too much it should last a very, very long time. Some assembly is required, but it once it is together you’ll never have to worry about it.

Ladder Toss Game Set

Ladder Toss Game Set

Ladder Toss Game Set

It seems like most of the best yard games out there feature kids throwing one thing at another thing and trying to score points, and the Ladder Toss Game Set from GoSports is no exception. Fortunately, this type of game is massively popular among young children who are beginning to enjoy the nature of friendly competition and physical activity. The ladder segments are put together simply by sliding PVC pieces into one another, so if you need to break this thing down you can do so in a matter of minutes. Even a kid can put it together, and the smooth PVC makes it totally safe.

Mini Hoop Basketball System

Mini Hoop Basketball System

Mini Hoop Basketball System

The SKLZ Pro adjustable basketball system is the perfect way to get your kid interested in the game of basketball, and because you can set it at multiple different heights, it has the ability to grow with your child and provide years of healthy entertainment at a low price that is, believe us on this one, unmatched around the interned and sports supply warehouses. While the adjustability is certainly our favorite feature, the overall sturdy construction and firm-standing design make this a high-performance hoop that might turn your baller-to-be into the next king or queen of the court. It also comes with a junior-sized 7” basketball … the perfect size for this junior hoop.

Related: Best Electronic Basketball Games For Kids

Miniature Electric Euro Scooter

Miniature Electric Euro Scooter

Miniature Electric Euro Scooter

We remember when kick scooters were all the rage, but it is looking like kids these days are getting access to even cooler electric models that will allow them to zip around the park or playground like never before. The Miniature Electric Euro Scooter is one of the coolest beginner electric toys out there, featuring  the ability to travel up to 10 miles on a single charge and a vintage-inspired design that will have all the other kids jealous. A responsive handlebar-mounted braking system can bring the whole unit to a stop is a quick but safe way that parents can feel good about.

Patio Playhouse

Patio Playhouse

Patio Playhouse

The Step2 Patio Playhouse is the perfect addition to your kids make-believe estate, offering a pop-up style tent covering over a full service pretend outdoor kitchen. Put this thing on your porch and your kid will be able to grill right along with you, all in the safety and protection of their own plastic enclosure. Lots of kids can get in on the playtime here as 2-sided play is encouraged. There is even a sand & water area where kids can play while they wait for the chef to finish up the meals. This pavilion style design is super classy and unlike other playsets that we have reviewed before.

Portable Soccer Goal

Portable Soccer Goal

Portable Soccer Goal

Any kid who is serious about improving their soccer game is going to need to invest in a set of goals sooner or later so that they can practice anywhere they are, such as your own backyard or a day at the beach. These Franklin Portable Goal Nets are the perfect thing for the young soccer player because they are simultaneously sturdy, lightweight, and easy to setup and break down in only a couple of minutes. These aren’t big heavy steel goals like you see in some places … the fiberglass frame makes them as flexible as they are portable, not to mention a good deal cheaper than the bigger and heavier counterparts.

Rainbow Streamer

Rainbow Streamer

Rainbow Streamer

Believe it or not, the streamer is an official Olympic event, meaning that this Rainbow Stunt Streamer by Toysmith might just encourage your child to pursue a life of Olympic excellence. At 6.5 feet long, this is a gorgeous multicolored streamer that will dazzle any onlookers with even the simplest of hand motions. We were pretty surprised at just how sturdy and wear-resistant the actual ribbon is … we imagine that it will stand up to many hours of playtime before it starts to fray. At this price, this streamer is the perfect stocking stuffer, party gift, or “just because” present for a good kid who likes to move around.

Rapid Fill Water Balloons

Rapid Fill Water Balloons

Rapid Fill Water Balloons

On a hot summer’s day there is no activity quite as exciting as an old fashioned water balloon fight, but as anyone who has been in one knows, filling up the balloons themselves can be a real hassle and can slow down the rate of the battle quite significantly. These rapid fill water balloons from Bunch O Balloons comes with a specially designed plastic filler attachment that can fill 100 balloons in just 60 seconds! As you can imagine, this kind of changes the nature of water based warfare entirely, and could turn an afternoon activity into an entire day’s worth of fun. This 10-pack comes with a grand total of 350 balloons!

Ring Toss Yard Game

Ring Toss Yard Game

Ring Toss Yard Game

In terms of setup and breakdown, it doesn’t get any easier than the Ring Toss Yard Game from Elite Sportz Equipment. The whole game is played with nothing but a self-standing pegboard and a set of rope rings. Simply set it out in the yard and enjoy the fun of a classic ring toss game in the comfort of your own property. The gameplay here is pretty timeless; different pegs have different point values, but to be honest you can play this is just about any way that you want. Kids will have tons of fun making up their own rules, and the soft rope rings will make sure that they never get hurt in the process.

Sand Table

Sand Table

Sand Table

Every kid loves a good old fashioned sandbox, but the reality is that many of us live in places where that is simply not a possibility. And anyways, sandboxes are hard to  clean and can get really dirty over time. The Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table does an amazing job of fixing both these problems by offering a small, slightly elevated table box that can be filled with play sand. Not only is this this taller design more comfortable for kids who are playing, but it makes cleanup very easy and even allows you to completely replace the sand from time to time. It also comes with a snap on lid that can be used as a toy car track.

Sandbox Digger / Excavator

Sandbox Digger / Excavator

Sandbox Digger / Excavator

One of the most popular playground toy sets is now available in a model that is designed for the backyard. The Reeves International Sandbox Digger / Excavator is a self-standing dirt mover that will keep all sorts of kids busy for hours at a time. A swiveling chair allows for dirt to me moved from one place to another and then right back again, great for digging holes or just playing contractor This toy is far lighter than the ones that we used to see at the city playgrounds, so it is quite easy to move around and even take with you in the back of the car for a day at the beach.

Saucer Swing With Stand

Saucer Swing With Stand

Saucer Swing With Stand

Almost all of the tire swings and saucer swings that you see online have to be hung from a branch or pre-existing frame, but this Saucer Swing Set from SUPER DEAL comes with its own heavy duty steel frame, and even so it manages to be as affordable as some of the other models. This circular swing has four points of connection and thick nylon ropes that attach to the frame above. Assembly is a piece of cake and everything you need to put it together comes included inside the box, including the tools and instructions.  Super Deal is also a company that is usually pretty good about sending out replacement parts if you need them, so don’t hesitate to reach out to them if that’s the case.

Splash Pond Water Table

Splash Pond Water Table

Splash Pond Water Table

If you are looking to create your very own miniature water park in your own backyard, then look no further than the Step2 Splash Pond Water Table, which allows kids a fun way to play with water without making a huge mess or having to go through the hassle of drawing a bubble bath. Simply fill the main basin with water and your kid’s favorite bath toys, and watch them enjoy! By using one of the included play buckets, they can transfer water to the second level and watch as the “rainfall effect” lets water drip back down to the main level in a cool and exciting way. The table comes with all the pictured accessories for out-of-the-box fun.

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

The Stomp Rocket series of toys is one of our absolute favorites because it is totally kid-powered, meaning that your boy or girl is going to get a good amount of physical exercise at the same time that they are having so much fun. Unlike the traditional Stomp Rocket that first came out in the nineties, this special Stunt Planes edition features winged rockets that are designed to soar farther than ever before. The launch stand is adjustable, so youngsters can experiment with different flight paths and trajectories. With Stomp Rocket, every flight is a little bit different, so your kid is going to want to do it over and over again.

Toss & Catch Game

Toss & Catch Game

Toss & Catch Game

This type of hook & loop attachment style game (better known as Velcro to most of us) has been around for a long time, but this 2-paddle set from YoYa might be the perfection of the form. Firstly, the paddles are super comfortable and have a great gripping action, even more than you would expect from such an affordable product. Secondly, this set comes with 2 different balls. One is a bit smaller and fits great in kids’ small hands. The other is slightly larger, allowing older kids and adults to get in on the action if they want to. The best feature is most certainly the grip strength, which is significantly stronger than anything we used to have as kids.

Toss Across Tic-Tac-Toe

Toss Across Tic-Tac-Toe

Toss Across Tic-Tac-Toe

Our incredible selection of tossing games continues with the Toss Across Tic-Tac-Toe game from Mattel. In this version of the classic game, you toss bags across the room or yard towards a Tic-Tac-Toe board that is on spinners. If you hit one of the panels with a bag it will flip either over to an X or an O, whichever one you are aiming for! As usual, the first person to get three in a row is the winner. We will warn you, however, that this action-packed version of Tic-Tac-Toe is not nearly as easy as it might seem. To be sure, it is one of the best lawn games on our list and very affordable.

Turbo Junior Football

Turbo Junior Football

Turbo Junior Football

Let’s face it: footballs can be painful no matter how old you are, so this Nerf brand junior football looks like the perfect way to take some of the sting out of pigskin while also encouraging healthy exercise and outdoor activity. This football is totally durable however and isn’t going to split or crack like some of the less expensive store-bought discount plush footballs out there. The aerodynamic design of the junior turbo football also makes it really easy to throw for far distance, making it a great option for football practice or even just an afternoon at the park.

Unicorn Roller Coaster

Unicorn Roller Coaster

Unicorn Roller Coaster

Unicorns are one of the only surefire bets when it comes to making a kid happy, so when you pair it with the awesome fun of a kid’s roller coaster ramp, you can only imagine how big the smiles are going to be. The Unicorn Up & Down Roller Coaster from Step2 is fun and whimsical, and allows your kid to climb atop a magical wheeled unicorn for a trip down a rolling plastic track. The coaster car has a high-back for safety and an easy grip handlebar, ensuring a totally safe ride as they jet down the coaster ramp and onto the grass or dirt.

WAKA Official Kickball 2-Pack

WAKA Official Kickball 2-Pack

WAKA Official Kickball 2-Pack

Let’s get one thing straight: everybody loves kickball, no matter who you are, how old you are, or what part of the world that you grew up in. This officially licensed kickball 2-pack comes directly from the World Adult Kickball Association, providing the best quality and classic construction that you need for an epic game, or even league, of kickball. This is a super high-quality kickball, but you are going to have to have a pump on hand as they will arrive deflated and with no included pump. We’ve even checked in with some of the more serious adult kickball clubs across the country, and the consensus stands that this is the best kickball you can buy.

Wooden Swing Set With Swings

Wooden Swing Set With Swings

Wooden Swing Set With Swings

No childhood would be complete without a good swing set, and now it’s possible to get one for your own backyard that is attractive, sturdy, and not going to break the bank. This classic design is perfect for supporting all sorts of swing chairs, but it comes with two classic swings and one trapeze-style hanging swing that is great for acrobatic children. Assembly is not immediate, but with about a half hour of dedication you will have it up and running for years to come. Each swing can support a maximum of 115 pounds, making this a great starter swing set for young kids.

Bullseye Bounce Tossing Game

Bullseye Bounce Tossing Game

Bullseye Bounce Tossing Game

Kids and adults alike are big fans of bag tossing games these days, and the Bullseye Bounce Tossing Game from GoSports is one of the most affordable and convenient ways to bring the game to your own backyard. The simplistic design of the Bullseye Bounce takes its ques from the game of cornhole in which bean or corn-filled bags are tossed at a slanted board with a hole in the center. The idea is to get your bag through the hole and score points. Bullseye Bounce has five different holes with different point values, making this kind of like a clever cross between cornhole and skiball.

Bamboo Longboard Cruiser

Bamboo Longboard Cruiser

Bamboo Longboard Cruiser

In what is hands-down one of the coolest ways to get from point A to point B, the Bamboo Longboard Cruiser from Retrospec offers a stunningly smooth ride and the choice of tons of different graphics and color schemes so you can tailor the style specifically to the youngster that you have in mind. This 44” skateboard is longer than the average board, and as such it makes for a smoother ride style that is preferred for cruising longer distances. The 7-inch trucks are made of lightweight aluminum but are rugged enough to stand up to the test of time. You aren’t going to find a longboard at a better price than this!

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