Best Inflatable Pools, Bounce Houses and Backyard Toys—All Kid-Tested

Set up a kiddie pool and mega sprinkle for backyard summer fun. Photo by Ally Noel
Set up a kiddie pool and mega sprinkle for backyard summer fun. Photo by Ally Noel
6/13/20 - By Ally Noel

There is a ton of inflatable and pool fun to be had this summer right in your backyard. Climb, splash, and slide in these bounces houses, kiddie pools, and water slides. These inflatables will take backyard fun to the next level and provide hours of outdoor entertainment during a summer of mostly staying at home. And no, they haven't all sold out—yet!

For more backyard fun, check out these 25 Water Games for Kids to cool everyone down. Still need some summer activities? You'll never be bored if you keep handy our Ultimate Summer Bucket List Ideas with 100 (Mostly) Free Outdoor Games and Activities for Kids.


The Bounce House Castle is sturdy enough for big kids and the slide adds to the fun. Photo by Mommy Poppins

Top Bounce House Options

1. Bounce House Castle with Slide and Basketball Hoop

One mom we know swears that this has been a summer saver! This inflatable bounce house has a little something for everyone. It features a sturdy bouncing area, sliding surface, and a basketball hoop. The top is open so no one gets overheated.

2. Jumping Castle with Slide

Sometimes simple fun is the best fun. This basic bounce house may not have all the bells and whistles of others on this list, but it is very portable. When summer is over, this bounce house can also be set up indoors. 

3. Jumping Castle with Slide and Splash Pool 

With a water slide, water guns, kiddie pool, bounce area, and more … this bounce house has it all! It’s cute octopus and cheerful colors will make this a happy addition to any backyard. This one is a splurge, but with the ability to host water fun in the heat, and turn that space into a ball pit when the weather cools down, this will keep kids occupied in all but the worst weather!

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The Minnidip kiddie pools come in bright colors and cool designs and a variety of sizes. Photo by Mommy Poppins

Kiddie Pools for Toddlers

4. Minnidip Spotted Stripes Minni-Minni Kiddie Pool

Grab your camera, because it’s impossible not to look adorable in this very Instagram-ready kiddie pool. Minnidip makes a few different-sized kiddie pools but its "Minni-Minni" is just right for kids ages 3 and up. 

5. Intex Gator Inflatable Play Center

Keep the little ones cool this summer with this inflatable water play center. Attach the garden hose to the built-in sprayer and slide down the mini water slide. 

6. SplashEZ 3-in-1 Sprinkler for Kids, Splash Pad, and Wading Pool for Learning 

No one is too cool for school with this splash pad. Perfect for toddlers, this splash pad sprays kids with gentle fountains. It's decorated with animals from  A to Z.

7. Chomunce Splash Pad Sprinkler Pool

Introduce your little one to water fun with this at-home splash pad/pool. Setup is as easy as attaching a garden hose and turning the water on. Sturdy enough for jumping around, some even let the family dog enjoy this sprinkler. 

8. SunShade Pop-Up Pool

Use this as a kiddie pool, sandbox, ball pit, and more; it's perfect to the tiniest toddlers, has a UV-protected canopy, and comes with its own carrying bag.

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Take a seat in the Family Lounge Pool for backyard chillin. Photo by Ally Noel

Inflatable Pools to Love

9. Family Lounge Pool

What is one of the things that I loved the most about this inflatable pool? No more kneeling in the grass while you watch your kids play. This inflatable pool has a built-in bench (and cup holders!) so parents can get in on the action. As summer heats up, this pool is perfect for bigger kids to splash around in and test out their budding swim skills. 

10. Swim Center Family Inflatable Pool 

I have owned this pool since my daughter was's six years later, and it's still going strong! It works well in the off-season as an indoor ball pit and it has always cooled us off on really hot days.  

11. Easy Set Inflatable Above Ground Pool with Filter

If you have the room for it, this inflatable pool takes that kiddie pool of old to the next about 10 minutes. The filter pump allows this pool to be set up for an entire season. The water is deep enough for older kids to get in some water play this summer. 

For playdates or dueling siblings, the Dual Water Slide have room for all. Photo courtesy of manufacturer

Inflatable Water Slides for Kids

12. Ultimate Dual Water Slide

A little longer, and a little wider, this water slide is BIG on the fun. Wide enough for two kids to slide at once, siblings can race straight into the shallow pool. 

13. Surf ’N Slide Inflatable Shark Play Center

One mom we know swears by this Intex water slide, especially because of it's pre-pandemic low pricing. It's sturdy and loads of fun for elementary-school-age kids. The water slide comes with two inflatable surf riders so everyone can ride in style. 

14. Grand Slam Baseball Water Slide

What is summer without a little baseball? Made out of sturdy PVC, this baseball-themed water slide is sure to be a home run of fun. Complete with a baseball and bat, kids can really perfect their slide into home with this one! 

Just try not to laugh while playing under the giant unicorn sprinkler. Photo by Ally Noel

Sprinklers We Love 

15. Ginormous Inflatable Magical Unicorn Summer Yard Sprinkler

Who can resist a 6-foot unicorn sprinkler? We couldn't! The sprinkler turns every play date into a party. I have a house filled with unicorn lovers, so it was an easy choice, but similar sprinklers comes in a variety of creature forms, including a dinosaur, shark, and elephant. Pro Tip: Snag an electric pump to fill this inflatable up.

16. Wet & Wild Light Show Sprinkler

Hot summer nights are meant for this sprinkler! Once the sun goes down, turn on the fun with this Light Show Sprinkler for an affordable backyard splash party.

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