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June 19, 2024

Summer Roundup

What are your plans for the summer? Splash parks? The pool? Amusement parks? Vacation? Camping out? 

Click here to see my recent appearance on FOX19, all about swim safety!

A lot of summer plans involve the water, and obviously keeping your kids safe is #1. You might think it’s too late for swim lessons, but think again- practice makes perfect! My boys are enrolled at Campbell County Family YMCA, but I have heard great things about Goldfish Swim School and Bear Paddle Swim School. You can start children off as young as 6 months old, and it could save their lives!!! Be proactive, and protect your family with swim lessons today. 

Want your little swimmer to look cute and be protected from the sun?? These adorable swimsuits are by RuffleButts and are available at Diamonds and Dimples Chic Boutique. These rash guards offer UPF 50 protection, and are so SO cute like everything else at Diamonds & Dimples. 

And while you’re in Fort Thomas, check out Monera Chic Boutique to stock your summer wardrobe with some fashionable new pieces. My chic segment dress today was from Monera, and while I was browsing the store, I couldn’t help myself from buying 2 more dresses (they were 50% off!!!!). 

If you are looking to have some backyard fun with your family this summer, check our these great as-seen-on-tv items!  Click here to see my recent FOX19 appearance, showcasing these great items!

PLAYMOBIL Aquarium Ages 4+, $59.99

Explore underwater worlds at the Aquarium. Fill the aquarium tank with water to experience the most realistic playtime fun!!! Stand on the visitor’s bridge and watch as the sea lion jumps through the hoop and balances a ball on his nose. The nearby chart includes a clock with movable hands that makes it easy to see when the next feeding time is. Stick around for the next feeding or move over to the rotating carousel to observe other small sea creatures. If you stand inside the underwater viewing area, it feels like you’re a part of the ocean as the fish swim by you!. Set includes three figures, three seals, colorful fish and sea creatures, bucket with fish, coral, recycle bins, feeding time clock, and other accessories.

Watermelon Smash Ages 6+, $19.99

The new Watermelon Smash game from YULU Toys is a hilarious twist on the water roulette challenge. Will you end up dry or soaking wet? Use your head to find out! Fill the watermelon with water or use the provided watermelon seeds for indoor play. Take turns spinning the spinner to determine their fate. Follow the indicated instructions on the spinner and press the watermelon against your head. Watch out, you never know when the watermelon will crack and you will lose! The last player left in the game wins! Each Watermelon Smash game comes with a watermelon, seeds for indoor use, spinner, and game rules.

Mega Melon Sprinkler Ball Ages 4+, $19.99

Kids will have a JUMBO good time this summer with the new Mega Melon Sprinkler Ball. Standing 3 feet tall, this giant, melon ball of fun, spouts water from four different fountains. It’s the super soaker inflatable of the summer.

Tidal Storm Battle Monster Ages 6+, $19.99

Getting the upperhand in competition has never been easier with this SuperMax Power Water Blaster. The pressurized water blaster action will send water soaring up to 38 feet! The Battle Monster has two blast modes – Constant Blasting with hook-up to a garden hose, and Pump Action. Also comes with adjustable spray nozzles.

Splash Out Ages 6+, $14.99, Spring

Answer quickly or you Splash Out! Far Out Toys puts a new twist on the splashing fun of this all time favorite. This year, the play gets even more engaging with the new Challenge game. Players pick a category from the 20 water-resistant cards included and must give examples before turning the ball over as the timer ticks down to the big splash!

There’s a way to play indoors, now, too! The new version comes with a small balloon adaptor cup that contains the splash for indoor fun. 

Wet Head Ages 4+, $14.99

Are you ready for some water filled fun? Take your chances with Zing’s all new water roulette game, Wet Head! Grab some friends, fill the Wet Head with water, strap yourself in and give it a spin.

Ready for more than one twist? Players have the option to play with the included spinner or download the free Wet Head Challenge app and ask each trivia questions. Players can also create their own way to challenge family and friends! Any way you play, you might just get soaked!


About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).