Kids across the country are celebrating the end of the school year, but you can guarantee that before long every parent will hear those dreaded words: “I'm bored!” Toys “R” Us toy expert Kelly Cullen shares some fun suggestions for kids to avoid a mid-summer slump.
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Cars Pullbax Vehicle Assortment
Pull them back and let 'em rip! EachCars Pullbax vehicle rolls with its own personality, as seen in the Disney/Pixar animated film. Kids can pull their favorite character, including Lightning McQueen, Luigi, Mater and Ramone, forward or backward and watch them speed along the floor. No batteries required. Mattel, $3.99, ages 3 and up
Crayola Backyard Bash
Discover the next Picasso with Crayola's Backyard Bash. Art can be bigger than life as children use their imagination to create their own outdoor masterpiece. With sidewalk paint, chalk, chalk stomperz, stencils, brushes, paint rollers and more, the Crayola Backyard Bash is a veritable bonanza of outdoor creativity for kids in one easy-to-store container. No batteries required. Binney & Smith, available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores, $19.99, ages 3 and up
Black Cadillac Escalade Power Wheels
This pint-sized Cadillac Escalade, available in black, is loaded with luxury features for the little one. Kids can cruise around the driveway or the backyard in this cool, kid version of a modern day classic car that includes a premium sound system with real FM radio and digital clock, sound-boosting rear speakers, and simulated CD player with 10 cool tunes and a sing-along microphone. Includes 12-volt battery and charger. Fisher-Price, $319.99, ages 3 and up
Phlat Ball puts a unique spin on a game of catch at the park or in the backyard. To play, just squeeze down to set the time delay. Kids start out with a disc that they can throw, which transforms into a ball in midair. Fun Phlat Ball games include: Phoot Ball, Phunky Monkey, Phlat Potato, Phun Tag and Ultimate Phlat Ball. No batteries required. SpinMaster, $9.99, ages 5 and up
Superman Rock 'Em Sock 'Em
The classic game of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots takes on the never-ending battle between good and evil in this Superman inspired version. Now kids can compete on the side of the Man of Steel or the evil Metallo, the cyborg with a heart of Kryptonite. The winner is the hero or villain who can knock their opponent's block off. No batteries required. Mattel, available online at Toysrus.com starting July 1, $19.99, ages 5 and up
Super Soaker Max Infusion Flash Flood
Hit me with your best shot! This air-powered water blaster features two water tanks, while a patented Constant Pressure System ensures that the last drop of water blasts out with as much power as the first. With two powerful blasting modes, kids can hit targets up to 35 feet away. The quick-fill cap allows for fast and easy refills. Hasbro, $19.99, ages 6 and up
With Moon Shoes, kids can jump with anti-gravity effects while developing their balance and coordination. Made of high-density plastic with adjustable Velcro nylon straps, Moon Shoes feature a self-centering shoe platform with non-skid grip surface for sure-footed, high-bouncing thrills. Fits up to a size 9 men's shoe and can support up to 180 pounds. No batteries required. Big Time Toys, $39.99, ages 7 and up
Harley-Davidson Dual Suspension/Dual Disc Brake Bikes (20", 24" and 26")
The tween and teen set can grab their helmets and have an afternoon adventure on the Harley-Davidson Dual Suspension/Dual Disc Brake Bike. Available in three sizes and three colors, these bad-to-the-bone bikes offer front and rear shocks, disc brakes similar to those used on authentic Harley Davidson motorcycles, alloy rims, a front suspension fork and quick release seat. No batteries required. World Wide Cycle, available exclusively at Toys “R” Us, $99.97, ages 8 and up
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