What better way to beat the heat then to have fun with these wonderful water toys? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by PIX 11 in New York during the heat wave to talk about the best new water toys perfect for keeping kids entertained and cooled off. 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.


  • The Bunch O Balloons Water Slide Wipeout is the ultimate combination of water play!
  • Go water balloon bowling with the one-way water slide, a refreshing way to splash into summer fun!
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: Single Lane $14.99, Double Lane SRP $19.99
  • Available: Burlington Coat Factory, Wegmans Food Markets, Costco


  • Summertime by the pool has never been this fun with the Eaten Alive Pool Floats from SwimWays.
  • This full-sized float is designed to look like you are about to be “swallowed” by creatures from the deep, including sharks and crocodiles.
  • Perfect for photo-ops, selfies or just lounging by the pool.
  • Features a cup holder for ultimate relaxation.
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Available: Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond


  • This bright and colorful activity set is packed with play value with all the accessories kids need to spend hours at the beach or in the sand box with new sand forms and a collection of multifunctional sand tools.
  • New features include a sturdy nylon shoulder strap along with a comfort grip handle for easy on-the-go portability.
  • The collapsible folding case makes clean up a breeze by shaking out water and sand when its time to go. Plus, the cover detaches from the basket to double as a super-sized animal sand form!
  • The 15-piece set comes complete with assorted sea creatures and nautical forms, bucket with handle, castle molds, rake, roller, sand spinner, sifter and shovels in a variety of sizes.
  • Available in three styles: Flamingo (pink), Whale (purple), and Shark (teal).
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Sam’s Club


  • Dig up fun in the sand with the Excavator. The shovel can either be removed and used on its own or situated into one of two positions on the vehicle. When placed in the lower position, the shovel can collect sand as you move the excavator. Or, place the shovel in the upper position to keep it out of the way as you drive.
  • Once your sand castle is built, remove the PLAYMOBIL flag from the back of the vehicle and attach it to you castle walls. Place the PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3. figure in front of the vehicle through the roof opening.
  • Perfect for play either at the beach or in the sandbox – the possibilities are endless!
  • Set also includes one figure, excavator with removable shovel, PLAYMOBIL flag, and more.
  • Age: 2+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart


  • The Splash Tank, new from KAOS, is a portable and easy to assemble water dunk game, with the goal of soaking your friends.
  • Standing over 4.5 feet tall, the Splash Tank is easy to assemble so you can get to playing in a matter of minutes. Simply assemble the tower, add water to the bucket, then take turns trying to hit the target with the Aqua Splasher balls (three included.)
  • 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.
  • Age: 8+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target


  • Kids will have a JUMBO good time this summer with the new Mega Melon Sprinkler Ball.
  • Standing 3 feet tall, this giant, melon ball of fun, spouts water from four different fountains.
  • It’s the super soaker inflatable of the summer.
  • Age: 4+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target