The weather’s getting warmer, kids everywhere are counting down to the last day of school, and we’re ALL ready to get outside and play! This summer, kids (and parents!) can get involved with a little bit of everything, from classic toys such as bubbles (with a bigger “wow” factor than ever before) to Pickleball—a paddle sport similar to tennis that can be played with right in the driveway.

Friday morning, The Wendy Williams Show recruited our very own Toy Insider Mom for the deets on all of the hottest toys of the summer, and if you missed it on TV, you can check out all of the action in the video above!


Zume Pickleball (Zume)

  • ZumePickleballZume Pickleball is the driveway game version of fastest growing sport in America, and is a great way to introduce kids and new players to the sport of pickle ball.
  • The net sets up quickly on any hard, flat surface—making it ideal for driveway use—and has a freestanding base design that does not require tools or stakes for assembly.
  • Travel friendly, Zume Pickleball is lightweight and easy for kids or parents to carry.
  • The set includes: one sturdy 12-foot freestanding net, two lightweight bass wood paddles, two pickleballs, a carrying case, and how-to-play guide.
  • Pickleball is a competitive paddle sport that combines tennis, racquetball, and table tennis.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $99.99

Home Run Baseball Trainer (Step 2)

  • Step2BaseballTrainerKids can play baseball anytime, anywhere with the Home Run Baseball Trainer.
  • The Trainer’s ball release height adjusts from 27 inches to 45 inches to accomodate players of different ages and heights.
  • The unique “zig-zag” feature allows kids to get ready when the ball is released.
  • The release lever can be moved to either side for left or right-handed hitters.
  • The large stable base includes two cup holders so kids can keep their water bottles handy.
  • Includes one bat and 4 balls
  • No batteries needed.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $59.99


Alex Toys Gigantic Step and Play Piano (Alex Brands)

  • AlexToys.GiantPianoKids can have hours of big musical fun with this giant vinyl piano mat.
  • The mat features eight instrument sounds and has four different play modes.
  • Includes recording and playback capabilities!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $79.99


The Painting Teepee (Pacific Playtents)

  • PacificPlayTentsPaintingTeepeeInstead of a traditional tent, kids can now play in an impressive 64-inch tall teepee that kids can paint!
  • Kids can design their own masterpieces around the tent’s blank canvas on the outside and inside of the tent.
  • The paint set is included and there are four wooden poles to ensure a sturdy, stable structure.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $170.99
Chrono Bomb (Patch Products)

  • ChronoBomb.PatchChrono Bomb is the new active-play game that turns kids into spy mission heroes.
  • How it works: Use the included clamps and string to create a “laser” field to crawl through and defuse the bomb before time runs out.
  • The game can be played over and over again, and kids will have to use their imaginations to build new courses each time.
  • Kids can choose to play against the clock, or compete with friends to see who can defuse the bomb the quickest.
  • Ages 7+
  • MSRP: $24.99-$34.99

Dareway 12V Standing Ride-On Scooter (Famosa)

  • FamosaDarewayKids can experience new driving action on this fun, standing ride-on.
  • While the foot pedal accelerator controls forward motion there are handle-grip buttons which allow left and right turns and 360-degree spins.
  • When both buttons are pressed at once, the scooter travels in reverse.
  • The Dareway travels up to 3.7 mph in forward and reverse
  • The sturdy platform provides stability and the molded-in treads on the tires deliver traction during operation.
  • Kids can customize and personalize the design with an included sheet of decals.
  • Holds one rider up to 89 pounds.
  • Ages 5+
  • MSRP: $199