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The Best Toys You Can Bring With You to the Park

And even the beach.

Deena Campbell and Sarah Burns

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There's nothing quite like a sunny day at the park: The warm sun, the smell of grass (and mud), the sound of ice cream trucks... After all the time we've spent staring into screens this year, it’s nice to spend some time gazing up into tree branches. Here are some of the best lightweight, portable, generally-packable outdoor toys to bring along with your picnic blanket for extra family fun at your local park. 

Green Toys Jump Rope

If you love the park, chances are, you're a fan of nature, and being outside! I've got a jumprope that'll make your heart skip a beat. Made from 100% US-made braided cotton rope, and 100% recycled plastic handles, this eco-conscious offering by Green Toys is worth jumping for!

For ages 5+

Hearth Song Pick Up & Go Corn Hole

Hearthsong Cornhole

Hearthsong

Just like the name says, this highly portable set doesn’t even need any set up – just place it, and play! Lightweight and sturdy, this classic game will become your go-to family favorite for trips to the park, days at the beach, and getting-away-from-it-all camping trips.

For ages 4+

Bunk Buddies Plushies

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Going to the park is basically going on a mini adventure, so that makes it the perfect opportunity for your little one to take along the pals that always got their back. Scout the Bear loves to hike and explore, and Superhero Princess Hazel leads the way for arts and crafts, and creative play! They’re cuddly, loyal pals they’ll want to take along everywhere, because nothing beats having fun with your Bunk Buddies!

For ages 3+

Thumbs Up UK Burger Speaker

Thumbs Up UK Burger Speaker

Thumbs Up UK

Afternoon outing? The kids can take the tunes with them, and pack this perfectly portable cutie into a bag or pocket. His name is Bert, and he connects easily via Bluetooth, boasting around  4 hours of play time when fully charged. An anthropomorphized amplifier with surprisingly powerful sound capabilities for music you can really sink your teeth into.

For ages 12+

Llamanoes

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Chronicle Books

Ditch the dots, because this is Dominoes like they’ve never played before: llamafied. Kids take turns matching the heads to the tails of these dapper, domesticated camelids to complete their outfits, and score points with a chain of llamas. Full of hilarious illustrations, this game will be cracking up players at picnic tables, on beach towels, and anywhere that could use a little more llama. 

For ages 3+

Mighty Bites Dinosaur

Mighty Bites Dinosaur

Mighty Bites

Some kids go through a hard-core dinosaur phase. At any given moment, often without warning, they’ll suddenly do a creeping, dino-like walk, and respond to any question with a hearty roar because, of course, “Dinosaurs can’t talk”. Sure it can be a little embarrassing when your kid roars at the grocery store checkout clerk, big little dinos play hard! Make sure yours has the proper headgear for exploring the wild vegetation of the Late Cretaceous period, aka the park.

For ages 5+ 

Twister

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Winning Moves

Yes, it’s a classic party game usually associated with pajama parties, but hear me out – the durable “board” is basically just a big plastic blanket. Have the kids set it up over soft grass to catch those hard landings, and take turns spinning that colorful spinner. What could be more fun than slip-sliding in your socks, under the sun? 

For ages 6+

Litehawk Rowdy

Litehawk Rowdy

Litehawk

Rowdy lives up to its name, with high-speed fun, oversized wheels that flip and grip to conquer almost any terrain, and perform mind-bending stunts. The rechargeable battery is capable of holding up to 20 minutes of juice for zipping around every inch of the playground. 

For ages 6-12

Micro Kickboard Maxi Scooter Deluxe LED

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Micro

This will be the one they reach for every sunny day for years to come. The Micro Kickboard Maxi Scooter Deluxe LED offers a super smooth ride that's perfect for beginners, and 100% kid-powered light up wheels. This bad boy features adjustable handlebars, can hold up to 110lbs, and a brilliant, modular construction so if something breaks (accidents happen), the part can be easily replaced.

For ages 5-12

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Walkie Talkie

One for them, one for a friend, these walkie talkies have a range of just over 300 feet. They can get an “All clear!” from the bottom of the slide, call for dibs on the monkey bars, or scout enemy territory during intense games of capture the flag. Roger that? 

For ages 4-7

My First Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

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Flybar

Lightweight, durable, and designed for indoor or outdoor play, this preschooler-friendly pogo stick (by the inventors of the original pogo!) replaces the fixed frame with a flexible cord and a sturdy foam block, so it's fun and easy for little hoppers to use. They can bounce through the grass, around the playground, or straight into the picnic blanket.

For ages 3+

Crocodile Creek Rainbow Dreams 7-Inch Ball

Crocodile Creek Rainbow Ball

Crocodile Creek

These smiling cloud friends will enjoy trip after trip with your kid out to the park. A simple(and adorable) ball like this is the most classic playground must-have. It's ideal for kickball, dodgeball, hot potato, and pretty much any kid game where you can have a ball!

For ages 1+

Green Toys Dump Truck

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Green Toys

Cleaning up the planet one milk carton at a time, there are so many reasons to love Green Toys!  They’re made of 100% recycled materials, and contain no BPA, phthalates or PVC. They’re also extremely durable, clean easily, and are surprisingly detailed to spark active, imaginative play. Your kid will be busy on the work site filling it up with sand, dirt, snacks (maybe clean it after all the sand and dirt though), and dumping it all out, and fillin'er back up again!

For ages 1+

Ooly Chroma Blends Travel Watercolor Palette

Ooly Travel Watercolors

Ooly

Its the perfect time to introduce your child to plein air painting – that's a fancy term for painting landscapes while outside, where the landscapes actually are. It doesn’t take any special know-how either – they just have a set of watercolors handy, and do their best to paint what they see. This set by Ooly contains a rich palette of colors, space for mixing, and includes 2 brushes with water reservoirs. Easy to pack up for park trips, or anywhere the artistic spirit moves them.

For ages 6+

Tiger Tribe Beat The Clock

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Tiger Tribe

Filled with over 30 tricky  timed challenges designed for all ages, this booklet and stopwatch set will have kids jumping, running, and rolling with laughter. 

For ages 5+

Updated June 2022