Just because you’re taking a stay-cation doesn’t mean that your little ones can’t still have tons of fun. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by PIX 11 in New York to show off these great toys sure to make a memorable stay-cation. For more on these items, read the product descriptions below, and be sure to check out our full list of the best toys of the summer.


Zing Air – Zyclone (Zing)Zing Air – Zyclone (Zing)

  • The Zyclone is the leader in long-distance ring blasters. Load the aerodynamic ring on the launcher, pull back, twist and release!
  • Watch as the Zing Ring flies over 100 feet! Play with a friend and catch the ring on your arm!
  • Easy to use and fun to play outside, and it’s even furniture friendly! Package includes 1 Zyclone and 1 Zing Ring.
  • MSRP: 24.99 (need confirmation on MSRP and age)

KAOS Aqua Bow (Imperial Toy)KAOS Aqua Bow (Imperial Toy)

  • Hit your enemies from a distance with the Green KAOS Aqua Bow!
  • The Aqua Bow allows you to launch water balloons up to 150 feet!
  • Features a wrist brace for maximum distance and 50 biodegradable water balloons!
  • Ages:8+
  • MSRP: $19.99

Buzz Bee Steady Stream 2 (Alex Brands)Buzz Bee Steady Stream 2 (Alex Brands)

  • Buzz Bee Toys Water Warriors Steady Stream 2 Water Blaster is great for a surprising attack!
  • It features a Steady Stream Performance Spring which allows you to release one long continuous stream of water.
  • Just fill the tank with water, pull the pump handle back and keep pumping to soak a target up to 38 feet away! No trigger is necessary.
  • Ages 4+
  • MSRP $17.99

EducationalInsights_GeoSafariTelescopeGeoSafari Jr My First Telescope (Educational Insights)

  • Discover amazing up-close and personal lunar exploration with the GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope.
  • Little ones can explore the moon with this focus-free telescope, built specifically for little hands and growing minds.
  • Perfect for STEM learning, the 10x magnification provides fantastic views of the moon, while keeping the field of vision wide, which is essential for young children’s understanding.
  • Ideal for preschoolers interested in the moon, My First Telescope encourages exploration and discovery, provides hands-on experience with a scientific tool, and introduces the wonders of space.
  • The telescope has two wide eyepieces with a comfy goggle and nose cut-out guide for perfect eye placement.
  • It also has a built-in digital mirror and lens cap.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $38.00

Original Butterfly Garden (Insect Lore)Original Butterfly Garden (Insect Lore)

  • Your little caterpillars will arrive in their cozy caterpillar cup with all of the tasty food they need to become beautiful butterflies.
  • Watch as your bug buddies explore, eat, spin silk and grow up to 10 times their original size
  • The caterpillars will begin an awe-inspiring transformation when they become glittering, jewel-like chrysalides.
  • Transfer your chrysalides into the butterfly habitat, a cylindrical mesh container, and perfect for up close butterfly viewing!
  • The super clear mesh allows for unrestricted viewing, enabling children to capture every amazing detail of butterfly emergence.
  • After you have enjoyed your butterflies for a few days, it’s time to let them spread their wings! Your innovative butterfly habitat allows for safe and simplified use; just unzip the top to set your butterflies free! Your Painted Lady butterflies will soar into the skies, creating a special moment your family (or students) will never forget.
  • 3 of the 5 caterpillars are guaranteed to develop into adult butterflies
  • Experience metamorphosis again and again.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP:  $24.95

My Fairy Garden (Play Monster)My Fairy Garden (Play Monster)

  • My Fairy Garden™includes three unique versions for children to choose from or to collect them all.
  • Willow’s Tree Hollow™— A charming, bright fairy home! The set includes the adorable tree hollow with opening doors, bottom tray, Willow the fairy, her friend, and gardening accessories and tools.
  • All sets include potting soil and quick-germinating seeds to get your garden started! Children can add other flowers or plants if they want, too!
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99

Master Chef Junior Burger Cooking SetMaster Chef Junior Burger Cooking Set

  • Recreate the fun and excitement of the hit TV series MasterChef Junior at home!
  • The new MasterChef Junior cooking sets include real cooking tools with kid-safe, non-slip silicone grips.
  • Each set features 3 unique recipe cards for all levels of experience – line cook, sous chef, and master chef, plus 1 blank recipe card to write your own recipe!
  • The Burger Cooking Set includes a mixing bowl, burger press, turner, cutting board, and 4 recipe cards.
  • Collect all 5 sets and become the ultimate MasterChef Junior! Which challenge will you take on first?
  • Ages 6+
  • MSRP $19.94

PacificPlayTents.GalaxyTentandTunnelsGlow-in-the Dark Galaxy Combo Junction (Pacific Play Tents)

  • Let your imagination take you into space with bright shining stars that GLOW in the dark.
  • With a tent and four connecting tunnels, there is plenty of room so your child and friends can play.
  • Take this tent outdoors or turn off the lights indoors, either way, this tent makes playing in the dark a true space experience!
  • Durable Dome Tent Great for indoor/Outdoor Use
  • Flaps Roll Up, Doors Can Be Tied Back With Velcro® Tabs
  • 3+
  • MSRP $138.95