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When did it become August? Didn't summer vacation just start?
Or maybe you're ready for it to be over already. No matter how you feel, it's time to make the most of these final summer days.
Technology and lifestyle expert Jennifer Jolly revealed her six favorite summer gadgets to get the whole family together and outside.
Talkies by Toymail, $60, Amazon
What appears to be just another stuffed animal is actually a high-tech walkie-talkie that safely allows kids to talk with approved family members and friends. Kids can communicate from toy to toy, and adults can reply to the toy from the free Toymail app. Use it to get kids to wake up or come downstairs on time, or to communicate with them while you're at the office.
ROXs Active Gaming Console, $100, Target
Get kids up and about with this interactive gaming system that allows them to make up their own rules and use their imaginations. Good for indoors or outdoors, this system can be adjusted according to the player's skill level, so it's good for all ages and levels of experience.
Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder by Radio Flyer, $500, Toys R Us
This ride modeled after the classic "Star Wars" hovercraft is a dream come true and now available for preorder in anticipation of a Sept. 5 launch date. Jolly thinks that this cruiser will be at the top of many, many Christmas lists this year, so if your kids are space buffs, it might be wise to get your hands on one of these babies early.
Tronos Chair, $79, Amazon
We know what you're thinking: "Why would they put a blow-up chair in this list? Don't they know that blowing up a blow-up chair is an ordeal?" Yes, we do know that, which is why all you need to do is move this chair through the air to blow it up in an instant. It's as easy to fill as a plastic bag, and just as easy to deflate after use.
The Personalized Sand Castle Building Tote, $130, Hammacher Schlemmer
This bag has shovels, a place to carry your towel, sand castle molds of all kinds — what else could you really ask for on your next trip to the beach?
The Instant Badminton Court, $100, Hammacher Schlemmer
This badminton court pops up almost instantly to provide fun for the whole family.