Swimming Pool Blog
by Rob Cox, January 14, 2013
Hot & Cool Pool Toys & Games for 2013
I've always said that pool toys are my favorite product category. I love the time of year (months ago) when we get the new pool toy catalogs, and we can plan on which toys to stock for the coming year.
2013 is a big year for pool toys - we've added dozens of new floats, games and pool toys to our pool toy department. Here's some of my favorite new pool toys we have stocked for the coming pool season. I hope you like them as much as we do!
New Inflatable Pool Toys
The idea is simple - straddle your "log" and use the soft, inflatable jousting "bopper" to try and knock your opponent off of their log into the water.
Log Flume Jousting Set - $24
48 inches long from stem to stern, it's perfect for gliding across the pool, or floating down the river (also holds a full size cooler for your floating pool or river parties).
Inflatable Kids Canoe - $15
Battle Stations, everyone! You can buy the Battle Station squirters with or without the docking station. The docking station allows 4 kids to play - with two seated back to back inside the docking station.
Each side of the docking station and each floating warship includes 2 squirt guns and shield. A total of 8 squirt guns - guaranteeing a good soaking for anyone nearby, including the family dog.
Inflatable volleyball set includes net and game ball. No assembly required, and easy to inflate. When deflated, stores in a small box.
The Sphere has a hole on each end for easy access. Put two kids inside and you're sure to soon hear shrieks of delight, as they rock and roll around the pool. We also use this in our grassy front yard (avoid large hills, or rough ground).
Inflatable Pool Sphere - $70
The Labyrinth floating island is one of a kind. 9 separate holes allow for an entire party of kids to hang out. Could also be used for games with beachballs or volleyballs, with different points for making the ball in different holes.
Heavy duty PVC construction can take the roughest treatment. Yellow and blue colors keep the material from getting too hot. 92" across.
The Boathouse Floating Habitat measures 78" long x 52" wide x 63" high and includes inflatable boat, buoy rings, and removable roof raft for non-stop fun and games. Can be used in the pool, in the yard, or inside the house!
Inflatable Boathouse - $95
The idea of the game is simple - 1 person gets inside of the teacup, while the other players spin the teacup, 'round and 'round. Makes me dizzy just thinking about it - but for kids, it's a world of fun.
New Pool Noodles
Neo Noodles are not your ordinary pool noodles, these are made of a colorful mesh polyester (not foam), and are filled with lightwieght and quick drying EPS foam beads.
Definately not your father's pool noodles, these are soft and comfortable, for floating, exercising or whacking your brother over the head with!
Neo Noodles - $96
At almost $2 each, Doodles are an economical pool noodle that can also be used as pool party decorations or photo shoots. I've even used these to seal up gaps against the wall on an in-the-wall safety pool cover installation.
Doodles - $13
Undoubtedly our best pool noodle, for comfort and style. At 7" diameter, it's so large, that this jumbo pool noodle could serve more than one swimmer. Comes in green (shown) or a teal color.
Super Duper Dipper - $60
New Pool Games
The foam beads and the soft polyester mesh fabric also make this pool shark a great hugger. 42" long!
Unique shark is also useful as a pool party or photo shoot prop. Nearly lifelike appearance looks much nicer than an inflatable vinyl shark.
Pool Petz Shark - $40
Set includes large (and hungry) orange shark, with 5 guppies. Shark has a hinged jaw that opens with a squeeze trigger. The game, of course, is to scoop up the guppies into the happy shark's mouth.
Gobble Gobble Guppies - $10
The Splash Blaster shoots water or green ping pong type balls up to 30 feet! These lightweight balls don't hurt if they hit you, or a nearby window. If left floating in the pool, your skimmer will clean it up.
Set includes the Splash Blaster and 3 balls. If the balls go missing, you can substitute similar, or use the Splash Blaster as a water gun for the pool or yard.
Splash Blaster - $12
Swimming pool toys are fun, they are my favorite category of products that we sell at poolcenter. After looking at parts and equipment all day, or writing about pool safety or pool repair topics, I enjoy looking through our new pool toy selection in the warehouse. My kids too, will soon be asking about their annual shopping trip through the warehouse. They're going to enjoy this year's selection of pool toys and games!
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