Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching, which means we can all begin looking forward to family vacations, backyard BBQs, and tons of outdoor activities. With the kids out of school and maybe a few road trips planned in the near future, you’re probably already wondering how you’re going to keep them busy and entertained for those two (or so) months. Lucky for you, our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shared some of her favorite summer toys to take with you on vacation with Global News Canada, and you can check them all out in the video above!


Hasbro.RollNGearsCarPlayskool Roll ‘n Gears Car (Hasbro)

  • Play, stow, and go with this 2-in-1 car and gear toy for your little engineers
  • Features 5 removable and stackable gears with 9 places to arrange them.
Open the car to build a hand-powered sequence of spinning gears
Close the car for classic rollin’ vehicle play.
Gears snap inside the car for space-saving storage and portability
  • Ages: 9 mos+
  • MSRP: $9.99

DPPGlitzyGlitterPetsDisney Princess Palace Pets Glitzy Glitter Friends (Blip Toys)

  • These glistening 2.5-inch figures have a fabulously shiny new look!
  • There’s a lot of glam packed in, as they are dazzling from head to toe with sparkling, removable glitter skirts for dress up!
  • Girls can “crown” their royal pets with an over-sized, removable tiara and groom their tails with the included styling brush. The spring collection features: Pumpkin (Cinderella’s puppy), Treasure (Ariel’s kitty), Petit (Belle’s pony), and Beauty (Aurora’s kitty).
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $7.99

Kahootz.TravelSpirographTravel Spirograph (Kahootz Toys)

  • This portable Spirograph studio has a built-in design ring, work surface and storage compartment for holding your wheels, pens, paper, design guide and finished artwork
  • Includes 6 Spirograph Precision Wheels, 2 Spirograph Design Pens, 24-Page Design Pad, and a Design Guide.
  • Now anyone can create countless amazing designs on-the-go.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.99

WinningMoves.Connect4Connect 4 Twist & Turn (Winning Moves Games)

  • Players: 2
  • Contains 1 Connect 4 Twist & Turn game unit, 18 red plastic discs, 18 yellow plastic discs and illustrated instructions.
  • Just like the classic game play of Connect 4, but each layer of the tower twists
  • Players must drop and twist to win
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $18.95

Gyrobot Out of BoxGyrobot (Thames and Kosmos)

  • Kids will learn about the physical science principles that keep the robot balanced.
  • By constructing seven different models with the motorized gyroscope unit.
  • The models include the gyroscopic robot, a balancing personal vehicle, a gyro horizon (or artificial horizon), a gyrocompass, a balancing game, a tightrope walker, and a flight simulator. At the core of these models is a unique motor-driven gyroscope.
  • A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.95

AlexBrands.LazerLightBugVacBackyard Safari Lazer Light Bug Vac (Alex Brands)

  • This bug vac is for the night crawlers!
  • The red LED attracts them, so kids can suck ‘em up safely, into the bug jar, which releases easily.
  • Use the pod to transport insects gently into the Land & Water Habitat (sold separately).
  • Comes with a collectible, embroidered iron-on patch, and Pop-Up Field Guide.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $27.50

TuckerToys.CrushItBatCrush-It! Bat (Tucker Toys)

  • This bat has high-tension strings to provide a spring-action barrel with a power-boost sweet spot for grand slam power.
  • An adjustable power knob allows kids to adjust the string tension for playing in a large field or a small backyard.
  • Featuring a contoured grip handle, the Crush-It! Bat is lightweight and easy to swing.
  • Increase the tension and smash the ball out of the park; decrease the tension and use it for backyard fun.
  • The included high-performance foam ball is dense enough to hit out of the park but soft enough to catch without a glove.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $14.99

ThinkwayToys.TumblinStuartTumblin’ Stuart (Thinkway Toys)

  • Stuart from the new Minons movie falls forwards & backwards but somehow makes it back to his feet.
  • He talks, laughs & falls flat! Then he gets back up.
  • He has talking and talkback features.
  • Original movie voice with SFX.
  • Plush body.
  • Plastic eye, goggles, and feet.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $54.99

PacificPlayTents.JumpingSacksJumping Sacks (Pacific Play Tents)

  • Heavy-duty cotton canvas duct provides amazing strength and added durability for long-lasting use.
  • Gives children remarkable cognitive challenges and provides outstanding physical activity combined with cardiovascular benefits.
  • ‘Kangaroo’ front pocket can be used for games and added play value. Come in Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.
  • Set of four sacks with four different colored pockets creates diversity with games
  • Perfect take along for picnics, school outings, birthday parties, team building exercises and much more!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.99