10 Inflatable Sprinklers Kids Will Love This Summer
Beat the heat and bring on the summer fun with these sprinklers shaped like giant unicorns, dinosaurs, sharks, rainbow blobs and more.
When you're a kid, there's nothing better than that moment when your parent suddenly sets up the sprinkler in the backyard and gives you permission to scream, splash and play for hours. And when you're an adult with kids of your own? There's nothing better than that moment when you set up the sprinkler, sit back and let the littles wear themselves out.
Seriously, it's the ultimate parenting hack. (And it doesn't hurt that sprinklers have gotten so much cuter in the last few years.) If you're on the hunt for something fun that will keep the kiddos cool and hold their attention for longer than an afternoon, these special inflatable sprinklers should do the trick. Though unbelievably large, most of them cost just $17 to $70.
What to Consider When Buying an Inflatable Sprinkler
Just like an inflatable pool, your sprinkler should be set on a flat, even surface. Most sprinklers don't come with an air pump, so you'll need to purchase one separately. (We suggest this top-rated electric air pump because it's affordable and will get the job done in minutes.) Because inflatable sprinklers are so lightweight, they tend to move with the wind — so you'll want to look for ground stakes or base pockets in the item's description. Ground stakes are often included and should be used to ensure that your sprinkler stays upright.
Once your sprinkler is inflated, you can hook it up to your garden hose, and you should be good to go. Remember to always supervise children around water, and deflate your sprinkler after each use to protect it from the elements. Inflatables are typically crafted from PVC, so you can easily wipe yours down or spray it off before putting it in storage.
Help the kids take a bite out of summer with this massive melon sprinkler. The green "rind" is crafted from durable and UV-resistant PVC and boasts three spouts that spray water in every direction. Best of all? The sprinkler is easy to set up and costs less than $15.
Consider this the best $30 you'll spend this summer. Simply fill the Blobz up, and you'll have a cool (and squishy!) surface the kids can bounce and play on. The mat is over 9 feet long, with sprinklers on each side that arc and create a tunnel of water.
Ramp up the summer fun with a sprinkler that doubles as a slip-and-slide. When they aren't racing towards the bottom on their inflatable speed boards (two are included), the little ones can leapfrog over the sprinklers.
I'm no meteorologist, but I'm predicting sunny skies and even sunnier attitudes ahead with this cheerful sprinkler in the backyard. Fluffy white clouds anchor the band on both sides, while water shoots out from the center. For best results, make sure to stablize the sprinkler with the four ground stakes included.
Give your kiddos a good reason to scream with this "ginormous" monster sprinkler. When perched on its hind legs, the horned, polka-dotted beast stands at 6-feet-tall and delivers a fearsome roar that turns into a gentle spray of water.
Now here's a sprinkler that will definitely prickle their fancy. Help them stay cool and stay busy this summer with this cactus-turned-ring toss game. The "plant" is large enough to stand up on its own, and can be used inside, without water, whenever they need a break from the sun. Four rings are included.
Make your kids' summer way more magical with this massive inflatable unicorn sprinkler. Water sprays and cascades from the horn, inviting them to dart and dance underneath. That, plus the rainbow mane and tail, will hold their attention for hours.
Turn your backyard into Jurassic Park with this angry (read: adorable) T-rex sprinkler. Zig-zag teeth, tiny arms and a water-spraying snout ensure that the design feels playful as the dino towers over your kiddos.
They're bound to have a blast with this awesome rocket sprinkler. Four spray nozzles provide 360 degrees of refreshing coverage, while bright red legs give them something to practice their moon jumps over.
Pro Tip: Grab your camera, because this giant shark makes for a hilarious photo op. Send your kids running right into the mouth of Jaws with this outrageous arch-style sprinkler. The unit is crafted from durable PVC, so it can handle a few games of "Sharks and Minnows," but you'll need to inflate it with a pump first.