Eau what fun! Whether you’re escaping to a cottage, campground or your cousin’s backyard, fun can be had anywhere with our list of essential sprinklers and water slides.
Buzz Lightyear Rocket Blast Sprinkler by Manley
Good for: Fans of Toy Story, or rockets, or sprinklers (read: any boy or girl aged two and up)
Why It Made the List: Besides the ‘wow’ factor when the Buzz Lightyear rocket shoots up under a stream of water (note that your water pressure needs to be strong for maximum impact), this is one sprinkler that puts kids in command. The flow of water is controlled by an easy-to-grasp throttle that can push water out slow (Sonic!), medium (Supersonic!) or fast (Infinity and Beyond!). After the rocket launches, the large spray of water left behind provides squeal-inducing fun for all. Buzz’s sprinkler requires minimal parental involvement beyond the initial two minute set up—letting you soak in all the fun without having to actually get wet. ($19.99, available at www.canadiantire.ca)
Wigglin Water Sprinkler by Banzai
Good for: Kids aged 3 and up
Why It Made the List: If you can picture a 12-foot long, brightly coloured, bendable plastic tube that was clearly inspired by a rollercoaster, with 15 spinning foam antennae sticking off the top of it (which swirl and spray water unpredictably in different directions), you know why this sprinkler will be a hit with kids who aren’t afraid of getting wet and wild. The soft, plastic body can be shaped any way—offering lots of creativity—and the speed and force of spray can be easily controlled through water pressure. It’s a sprinkler that works for both the youngest and oldest within its suggested age range of three to seven years. Who needs a theme park when you can create your own backyard mindbender at home? ($9.97 at www.toyrus.ca)