Everybody in the pool! Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Connecticut in New Haven to show off some great new water toys for kids to beat the heat with. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the season, check out our Spring and Summer gift guide.


  • Large footprint lets several kids play together, encouraging social and sharing skills.
  • Themed water table with “wave legs,” lots of molded-in detail and stylized figures spark kids’ imaginations, taking water play to a new level of splish-splash fun.
  • Kids can send the figures for a deep sea dive off the diving board, go for a loop-de-loop down the spiral slide, or hang out under the shade of the cabana for a break from the sun.
  • The front area of the ship doubles as a sand pit for beachside fun! Molded-in detail on the haul of the ship adds to the imaginary roleplay.
  • Included marine-life animals double as water squirters.
  • Non-leak drain plug lets parents easily empty the water table when playtime is done.
  • Ten accessories and umbrella are included and it holds 40 pounds of sand, not included.
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $79.99
  • Available: Amazon, JCPenny, Walmart, Wayfair, step2.com


  • 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. Players 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.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target


  • Kids can explore their animal alter-egos with a quality mask that will keep their eyes protected and will surely bring loads of fun to pool and water activities.
  • Each version features unique creature characteristics as the shark mask comes complete with a fin on top, realistic eyes, and jagged teeth over the lens, while the crocodile mask is decked out in reptile scales, spooky yellow eyes, and spikey teeth.
  • The one-size-fits-all mask features an adjustable strap along with a durable, high-quality kid-safe lens.
  • Available in three styles: Crocodile (green), Shark (pink) and Shark (blue).
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $9.97
  • Available: Walmart


  • Fill and tie 100 water balloons in less than 60 seconds with these sensational self-tying water balloons!
  • The global Kick Starter sensation and Outdoor Toy of the Year winner, Bunch O Balloons now comes in Marvel Avengers characters, including Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk!
  • Simply connect, fill and make hundreds of water balloons, and let the superhero water balloon warfare begin. And best of all, the balloons are biodegradable!
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • Available: Available: Kmart, Target, Walmart


  • From Launchers to Filler/Soakers, Bunch O Balloons has an entire line of accessories to round out the fun! The pinnacle is the epic new Bunch O Balloons Slingshot – blast Bunch O Balloons over spectacular distances!
  • Simply fill and load a Bunch O Balloon onto the slingshot and launch it over 100 feet! It takes water balloon battles to a whole new level.
  • Comes with 100+ water balloons.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Kmart, Target, Walmart


  • Prepare to get soaked with this portable and easy-to-assemble water dunk game.
  • Standing over 4.5 feet tall, simply assemble the tower, add water to the bucket, then take turns trying to hit the target with the three included Aqua Splasher balls.
  • Hit the target and enjoy the satisfaction of watching the water come splashing down on your friend! Who will get soaked and who will stay dry? You decide with the KAOS Splash Tank.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target


  • The H2OGO!  Slime Slide by Bestway goes beyond your traditional water slide experience.
  • Enjoy a 23-foot water slide with an extra-large drench pool for big splash landings! Connect to a garden hose and GO! Includes built-in water sprinklers to keep the slide slick from start to finish.
  • The H2OGO! Slime Slide also comes with four bags of slime-making powder. Simply mix the bag contents thoroughly with water to create an ooey gooey fun experience!
  • Slime is entirely kid-safe and non-toxic
  • Ages: 5-12
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target