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Blasting into the New Year

Because playing with your kids—no matter how old they are—is a blast, here are some great ways to start your 2017 off with well, a blast.

 

Laser X Two Player Laser Gaming Set (NSI International, Inc.)

laser xThere are a lot of words to describe Laser X, but to keep the list short, we’ll limit ourselves to “Wow!” “Amazing!” “Cool!” “Whooo—hooo!” and, most importantly, “Let’s do it again!” Get the point? We reviewed the two-player set, which, if you’re a laser newbie, is the only way to go. Playing against someone else is infinitely more fun than playing by yourself. This set comes with two laser blasters, two vests, an interactive “coach” who tells you to get down and lets you know when you’re running low on ammo, cool sound effects, and hours of fun. It’s great for outdoor or indoor play, and since the vests and blasters glow, it’s especially fun at night. It’s also compatible with other Laser X equipment so you can field teams. Each vest allows you to select Red Team, Blue Team, or to go rogue and blast everyone. Ages 6-16. $24.99 for a single blaster and vest and $49.99 for a double set at major retailers or at www.GetLaserX.com.

Skypaper PPL-1 (The Bridge Direct)

skypaper ppl-1Making paper airplanes is a great parent-child activity, with opportunities for both cooperative and competitive play. But there’s nothing more frustrating than tossing your newly created aircraft and having it nosedive three feet in front of you. With the Skypaper PPL-1, that’ll never happen.  Instead, you’ll be able launch your planes up to 100 feet. It comes with 24 planes and easy-to-follow instructions. You can download even more at www.skypapertoys.com. Ages 6+. Under $20 at www.toysrus.com and other retailers.

 

Firetek Zyclone Ring Launcher (Zing)

firetek zycloneThis double-take provoking shooter is pretty much the opposite of most other blaster-type toys. Instead of shooting an object at a target, you’re essentially launching the target itself—in this case, a large glowing ring. Since you can send the ring up to 100 feet, this anti-blaster is best for outdoor play. Ages 6+. About $30, only at Target.

 

Air Warriors Ultra-Tek Blasters (Buzz Bee Toys/Alex)

air warriorsBuzz Bee makes a dizzying variety of blasters. Night Tek fires darts up to 72 feet. It comes with six long-distance suction darts and can use long-distance- and foam darts from other shooters. What’s especially cool is the pop-up night vision scope, which allows you to see your target night or day. Destiny doesn’t launch its darts as far (“only” 60 feet). But it can unload 20 in just two seconds! Just load the clip, snap it in, pump the handle, and whoosh. Both are for ages 6+. Night Tek requires batteries and retails for about $13. Destiny doesn’t need batteries and retails for under $28. http://buzzbeetoys.com

Adventure Force Enforcer Belt Blaster (Walmart)

adventure force enforcerThis fully automatic belt driven monster is one of the most unique-looking blasters we’ve seen and will strike fear into the hearts of your less-equipped blaster-battle opponents. It’s accurate and quick—shooting 40 darts in under 30 seconds—and has an 80-foot range. It assembles fairly quickly but takes some time to load up the darts. However, firing it is exhilarating. Batteries required. Ages 8+. Under $30 at www.walmart.com.

 

Magnum Superdrum Blaster (Prime Time Toys)

magnum blasterLike the Enforcer, Prime Time’s Magnum is fully automatic, holds 40 darts, has a range of 80 feet, and is pretty intimidating. What’s nice is that its darts work with other Dart Zone blasters and it can hold darts from other brands. Ages 8+. Under $35 at major retailers. http://www.primetimetoys.com.

Soaking up the Fun

The hotter it gets—and it seems to be getting hotter by the day in some parts of the country—the more people want to cool off. Running your air conditioning is one way to deal with the heat, but it can be rather pricey. A cheaper—and much more fun—alternative is to go outside and get wet. Here are some of our favorite ways to soak yourself and everyone around you.

Water Warriors water blasters (Buzz Bee Toys)

water blastersBuzz Bee Toys makes more than a dozen different water blasters, all of which are solidly made, reasonably priced, and really fun. The Gargangua uses air pressure and what they call “aggressive soaking technology,” which lets you blast people as far as 40 feet away. And it is, indeed, gargantuan, holding up to 78 ounces of water (more than half a gallon), which means you’ll be able to keep on blasting for a long, long time.  Just fill it up, choose one of three nozzle settings, and start soaking. The Outlaw is a little smaller, but what it lacks in water capacity (it holds up to 48 ounces), it makes up for in distance, outblasting Gargantua by two feet. Both of these blasters are easy to pump, so little kids will be able to hold their own against bigger, older, and stronger opponents. Gargantua is for ages 8 and up, Outlaw for 5 and up. Both are under $20. www.BuzzBeeToys.com

 

Water sprinklers (Prime Time Toys)

sprinklersRunning through sprinklers on a hot summer day is one of the best parts of summer. Sadly, millions of kids who live in drought-stricken parts of the country missed out for the past few years. Fortunately, reservoirs are almost up to normal levels, so sprinklers are back! The Hydro Swirl Spinning Sprinkler connects directly to a standard garden hose and comes fully assembled, so you’ll be ready to get drenched within seconds after unboxing it. The center fountain of the Swirl spins around, spraying water in all directions, and the squirting “wiggle tubes” ensure that no one escapes dry.  Like the Swirl, the Hydro Twist Pipeline Sprinkler also connects to a standard hose and has wiggle tubes. But this sprinkler also has two fountains. The droughts may be over, but you should still soak responsibly. Both are for ages 4 and up and retail for under $15. www.primetimetoys.com @goprimetimetoys

 

Bunch O Balloons (ZURU)

bunch o balloonsPreparing for a water balloon fight can take hours, filling them with water and tying them up one at a time.  Bunch O Balloons gives you an incredible advantage. Just attach it to your hose and in less than a minute, you’ve got yourself 100 filled, tied balloons, so you can get down to the serious business of battle while your opponents are still fumbling around. Bunch O Balloons come in a variety of colors. The pack we reviewed also included a scoop-like launcher, which can extend your range. It’s for ages 4 and up, and retails for about $13. http://bunchoballoons.com

 

Hurricane Water Balls (Prime Time Toys)

water ballsBunch O Balloons may speed things up, but eventually, you’ll run out of ammo. Not so with Hurricane Water Balls, which can be reused up to 1,000 times. The clever design allows you to refill the ball by simply dunking it in a bucket of water for a few seconds. Just like regular balloons, Hurricane Water Balls explode painlessly on contact, leaving your opponent wet but bruise-free. For ages 5 and up and anyone who’s looking for a more environmentally sustainable way to soak each other. They’re about $12 for a package of three. http://hurricanewaterballs.com