Summering In Place: How to Make Your Backyard A Wicked Cool Summer Cocoon.

As we continue to shelter-in-place because of Covid-19, everyone is trying to pack their backyard with as much summer fun as possible. We all have the common goal to keep our kids busy. With the schools now closed through the end of the year and camp a distant long shot, the time has come to buck up. We can do this together. We can make our backyard a wicked cool summer cocoon!

Every summer I research the new and fun things out there and have amassed quite a collection! Here is a list of the highlights that have been repeat guests each year. Also included are some recent additions that have yet to be put down since they’ve arrived on our doorstep.

Also a quick thank you to all the front line workers who are caring for those in need, allowing us to safely shelter-in-place at home. It is because of you that we can create a wicked cool backyard cocoon.

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Water Fun

Banzai Wiggling Water Sprinkler

Bestway H2O GO! Art Blobz

Intex Surf ’N Slide Shark

Bonzai Splash Mat

Intex Quick-Fill AC Electric Air Pump

Swingset Fun

PlayMonster Super Duper Spinner Swing & its little sister, Super Spinner Swing

Creative Playthings Stand N Swing 

Trapeze Bar

General All Around Backyard Fun

Jumbo Connect 4 Game Set

Arcshell Long Range Two Way Radios with Earpiece

Razor Spark Ultra Kick Scooter

Stepping Stones Kit

ECOXGEAR EcoDrift Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Aladdin Classic Mason Cups 16oz

Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt / Ice Cream Maker

Miss Bernard is a Wild Card – The My Weird School Game

Mini Phone Tripod

Dueling Stomp Rockets

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Sports Equipment

Joola Midsized Table Tennis Table & Joola paddles & balls

Franklin Sports Pop Up Soccer Goals

Boulder Portable Pickelball/Badminton/Volleyball NetAmazin’ Aces Pickleball Paddle & Ball Set

Coolaroo Isabella Gazebo-10′ X 12′

Night Fun

Mini Movie Projector

Fire Pit & Light N Go Log

Franklin’s Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Machine Popper & Franklin’s Gourmet Popcorn Pre-measured Packs

Air Sofa

Thames & Kosmos My Discovery Telescope

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*Update* Now that it’s the end of July, and we’re half way through the summer, I wanted to update this post with some fun inside things to do as well, because phew! It’s been hot! I’d love for you to go check out some fun, easy and free arts & crafts you can do with recycled things easily found around your house. These activities are just as fun as playing in your wicked cool backyard cocoon, with the added benefit of your wicked cool air conditioner.

What are some of your favorite backyard summer fun items?

What do your kids love to play with in the front of the house?


Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 10, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022, 2023, 2024, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

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