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February 27, 2024


Cool Off with Water Play, Indoor Fun

Summer fun isn't the same with creative play! Check out some ways your kids can get busy this summer plus get in on a fun summer giveaway!

Finding fun for the kids this summer can be tricky at times. If you’ve run out of ideas, we have cool list of indoor toys and must-haves to escape the summer heat and mix up the fun. Your kids can stay busy, have fun and learn with these fun indoor play ideas!


Photo by Susie Dyson; Stairslide


Why use stairs when you can slide? Stairslide is safe and fun. The pieces fit on top of each other like a puzzle, and the directions are easy to follow. My kids even assembled it themselves! (I checked it of course.) The Stairslide is very safe as the slide parts stay together and don’t move. It is easy to assemble and you can easily put away and store it away after the kids had hours of wild and crazy play. It provides a fun way to slide down the stairs apart from laundry baskets!

It entertained my kids for hours! My daughters dressed up and played queen using the slide for a grand entrance, and my son useed the Stairslide for My. Everest expeditions – pretend play so great for kids. They rated the speed as “medium”- not too fast and not too slow! We have had it out for about a month and they use it every day and don’t even bother to use the down stairs any more. 

Order one or four for hours of summertime fun with the kids; $298 (four slides/most popular); $74.50 (one slide); additional packs available. Learn more at

(By: Susie Dyson; Susie is a mom of four and Mom Reporter and Blogger for this publication)

TeeTurtle’s Card Games

These hot and rainy summer days call for a game night. Try hosting a game night with TeeTurtle’s Games. They are fun, yet competitive card games the whole family will love. Unstable Unicorns, Runes & Regulations and Here to Slay, to name a few, are perfect for the youngest and oldest players of every skill level. You choose the fun – do you like to wreck havoc or travel into the world of magic? Whichever route you go, your family will be sure to have a fun, memorable game night together! Available at Amazon.



Creative QT

Less chaos, more fun? Yes please! Toys can easily pile up and disorganization just happens. These cool products from Creative QT help you organize while the kids get inspired to play and cleanup, too.  Some of the most popular brands include SlideAway and Stuff ’n Sit, makeing decluttering homes simple with toy storage systems that organize even the messiest playrooms. Check out hundreds of toys, STEM-related activities, active play, arts and crafts, storage, building blocks, baby gear and more! Available on Amazon, Walmart,


Whirly Board

Kids can stay active indoors during those rainy or hot summer days! The Whirly Board is a nifty balance board that pairs perfectly with a standing desk to keep kids moving (and you!). This fun ride a spins 360 degrees helping to build your little’s core muscles. It’s a great option for core training and home fitness for the whole family. Tip: try out the Whirly Mat or carpet to prevent slipping on hard surfaces; $129.95+; available on Amazon.

HuBee Silicone Popsicle Mold 

Did someone say popsicles? Create your own red white and blue fruity popsicles for your fourth of July celebration or anytime. The HuBee is ecofriendly, modern and fits perfectly in your kitchen.  Plus, it allows fun time in the kitchen with your littlest cooks; $12.89;

Edx Education

Keep your kids busy outdoors this summer with this cool sand and water play table! For all ages, kids can get engaged in outdoor play and education. Nature and the outdoors is essential for your kids health. Outdoor play areas should draw children into exploring, experimenting and building with many different types of items, and this does just that; $249.99; available on amazon.

Check out more cool summer products we are giving away! Follow Cincinnati Family on Facebook and keep a close lookout for your chance to win – a $93 value:


Stunt Disk

Stunt Disk (Hog Wild)

This latest ‘twist’ on summer’s favorite toy lets you easily step up your game! Stunt Disc is simple to throw, but pulls amazing tricks, including 360 degree corkscrew spins. Perfect for backyard, pool or beach fun – yes, it floats!  The 10-inch diameter bright lime green disc is perfect for kids, teens and adults; available on amazon.

DoodleJamz JellyPics

DoodleJamz JellyPics

Filled with transparent gel and colored beads; push the beads around to create endless designs; available on amazon.

DoodleJamz Jelly Board

DoodleJamzJelly Boards 

Let kids blend, morph and honestly just have fun mindless moving the two layers of colored gel around. It’s like FINGER PAINTING without the mess; $8.99 each; available on amazon.


MOBIL Water Park with Slides

Water play right in your backyard! One of six new playsets takes kids to on an imaginary trip to the water park! This multi-level set has a water slide with special trap door that sends the swimmer zooming down the slide; available at and amazon.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.