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Flamingos, watermelon, ice cream, oh my! 18 budget-friendly kiddie pools to shop

Keep the little ones entertained with this simple backyard addition.
Little girl playing in a pink kiddy pool in the backyard, while her mom sprays her with the house
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Built-in pools can be expensive and while many of us wish we had one to keep our kids preoccupied without ever leaving the backyard, there are plenty of other options to have fun when the weather warms up.

Consider a kiddie pool for the little ones to cool off on those hot days after a round of backyard games! They're cost-effective, easy to assemble and all you need is a little bit of outdoor space and a water hose. From trendy flamingo swimming pools to kiddie pools with slides, there's bound to be an option on our list that will work for your family!

No matter how big your yard is or how high or low your budget, below are some of the best swimming pools for kids, recommended by plenty of summer-loving shoppers.

Best swimming pools for kids, according to shoppers

Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool

For a classic option, the Intex Crystal Blue Inflatable Pool is perfect for kids ages 2 and up. With 7,100+ verified five-star ratings, t's 6.5 inches deep, and while many reviewers enjoy this kiddie pool for its durability, it comes with repair patches in case there are any accidents.

Intex Inflatable Rainbow Arch Spray Pool

If you're looking for a colorful pool with built-in shade, consider the Intex rainbow arch pool. It has critters displayed on the base and built-in sprinklers to keep your little ones cool.

Sun Squad Surfing Panda Play Center

If your little ones want to add some adventure to pool time, they'll love playing in this inflatable playground. It comes with fun features like a slide and built-in ball toss, as well as a removable panda with a surfboard ring toss.

Inflatable Slide and Rainbow Pool

Keep your kiddos occupied for hours on end with this inflatable pool that has ring toss, a water slide, ball roller and ball toss games included within. For those just looking to chill, a wading pool has plenty of room for friends.

Intex Sunset Glow Baby Pool

For those of you who have toddlers, this baby pool by Intex is a great way to cool off your child during the hot months. It holds up to 22 gallons of water, has a soft inflatable floor and has a colorful striped design.

Intex Square Frame Kiddie Pool

If you don't want to deal with blowing up an inflatable pool every time your kids want to take a swim, the Intex Square Frame Kiddle Pool is great. It's easy to set up, holds up to 89 gallons of water and the durable vinyl is made to resist any rips and tears.

XFlated Inflatable Watermelon Kiddie Pool

This eye-catching watermelon-themed kiddie pool will look cute in your backyard — and it's versatile too! You can use it as a pool or even a ball pit or sandbox, so it's great to keep your child entertained with a variety of activities this spring and summer.

Intex Candy Zone Inflatable Play Center

What child wouldn't love a Candy Land wonderland to play in all summer long? This fun inflatable pool is decorated to the nines with colorful lollipops, jellybeans and gummies. It includes built-in sprinklers to keep your kids cool while playing in the sun and six plastic balls to slide down the rails and into the pool.

Intex Sun Shade Pool

Protecting your children from the sun can be a challenge, but it's an important one. To make your life a bit easier, consider this sun shade pool from Intex. It features a detachable overhead sunshade that's helpful for protecting your little one from the harsh rays.

Intex Inflatable Dinosaur Play Center

For the children who can't get enough of the cretaceous period, this inflatable pool comes with enough dinosaur fun for days. Included is an air pump that can be used on air mattresses, and other summer inflatables that need it.

Hiwena Flamingo Swimming Pool

Forget plastic flamingos perched in the yard! Instead, opt for one you can cool off in with this inflatable swimming pool. With a "soft, inflatable floor,'' children and parents need not worry when it comes to lounging for hours on end in this pink plaything.

Banzai Splashville Water Park

This pool will bring the water park right to your backyard! It's lightweight, portable and encourages creative play with its inflatable harbor that includes a lighthouse, rainbow and coral stack. The Banzai Splashville Water Park Pool also comes with three toy boats for your little one to sail around.

Summer Waves Quick Set Inflatable Above Ground Pool

This above-ground pool is perfect for the whole family! It's eight feet wide, 2.5 feet deep and holds over 600 gallons of water.

Intex Ice Cream Stand Playhouse and Pool

Take cooling off literal with this ice cream stand playhouse and pool combination from Intex. Children can play with the three ice cream inflatable toys provided, or lounge with real ice cream in the pool section.

Kopeks Outdoor Portable Dog Swimming Pool

We can't forget about the pups! This portable dog pool is perfect for your furry friends to cool off. It comes in three different sizes and conveniently folds up into a carrying case when it's not in use.

HearthSong SunShade Pop-Up Pool with UV Protected Canopy

This pop-up pool is great for those looking to take a kiddie pool on-the-go. Designed for kids nine months and older, it's made with lightweight material and has a UV-protecting canopy.

Bestway Candyville Playtime Pool

The Bestway Candyville Playtime Pool is practical for hot days and has a cute classic peppermint candy design. It can hold up to seven gallons of water so your baby or older child can splash around and cool off.

XFlated Ice Cream Kiddie Pool

For a pretty pink option, go for this ice cream-themed kiddie pool. It's easy to set up and can be blown up in minutes with a pump or by mouth.

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