The official start of spring is less than a month away, which means we are giving you full permission to break out your spring decor! Swap those cozy textures and dark winter hues for bright, vibrant pieces that will make your space pop! You want the interior of your home to mimic the changing of the seasons outside…bring in light colors, breezy fabrics, and bold patterns. Target has everything you need to prep your home for spring at really affordable prices! See Target spring decor inspiration below.

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These earthy tones bring the outdoors inside. Muted green tones paired with bright whites and shining brass accents will give your space a “one with nature” vibe while still feeling quaint and coordinated.

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Nothing says “spring” quite like pale pink! This pretty shade, mixed with mauves and beiges, brings the bloom of a fresh spring flower to your interior. These soft hues feel feminine and delicate, yet also practical and versatile.

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Go for a bold look with blues and blacks sprinkled with a bit of gray and pops of pastel. This vibe is contemporary and cool, and will bring a bit of edge to any room!

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There’s not much that beats a day at the pool in your own backyard oasis. In-ground, above ground, Intex – no matter what kind of pool you have, you can never have enough pool floats, toys, and entertainment, and I’ve got the 4-1-1 on all of this summer’s pool essentials!

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This is a must-have, the versatility of being able to lay down or use in multiple ways. Kristy says she’s able to help her son learn how to swim all while relaxing on this water hammock.

Use in or out of the pool since they won’t clog your filter like regular water balloons can and don’t leave a mess around the yard. The fun doesn’t stop once out of the pool…these reusable water balloons are a hit -and they’re 30% off right now when you clip the digital coupon and use code HILIOPWR.

Waterproof playing cards for the lake, beach or poolside. Enjoy a friendly game of poker, solitaire, or war without worrying about getting the cards wet or ruined.

Water Barbies with pools and boats are always a hit – they’re great for imaginative play and sibling play if you’re like me and have three daughters. We like to pair our Barbies with our Ariel mermaid dolls, and don’t forget a water soaker!

My kids love these Banzai mermaids! They play in and out of the water with them, and they will let their two-year-old brother throw them in the pool for them to retrieve for him as a game. It promotes underwater swimming and imaginative play.

3/4 of my kids are swimmers now, but we have always used the puddle jumpers for our non-swimmers when we aren’t actively teaching them how to swim. It eases our mind to have this available and gives our kids a sense of safety and independence when around the pool area.

My kids enjoy using their kick boards for getting around the pool or just taking a minute to hang out and relax without having to kick kick kick. Kick boards really help with strengthening core and legs too. These mini split ring pool floats are also a hit – they are the perfect float for toddlers and bigger kids too.

Swim googles are a must as being able to open your eyes under water brings a whole new element of fun to swimming. These diving mask googles are a kid favorite. They are anti-fog and good for kids who are learning to swim and explore under water.

This watermelon ball is a group favorite! I am still waiting for mine to arrive, but this ball floats, sinks and rises so you’re able to play with it above and below the water. The ball is filled with water and air so it floats like a melon and plays like a ball for loads of fun.

This pool side basketball system brings a classic game of basketball to the pool, adding an element of fun to any pool day. Play H.O.R.S.E or P.I.G to keep it fun!

Diving toys are great for keeping the kids busy for hours of pool play, throwing, diving and collecting rings and sharks over and over again. Diving toys help with underwater swimming and motor skills.

This underwater seek and splash game is one for the whole family to participate in. This game comes with waterproof cards and gems. The gems are placed at the bottom of the pool, and you call out a sequence of gems to find and the first person to bring up all of the gems in the sequence gets a point – the first to 5 wins! Play over and over again!

Nothing gets more classic that a good ole’ super soaker water gun battle! Play in or out of the pool for a friendly game of water tag.

Safety is key, and if you have a multi depth pool, you’ll want to separate the deep end clearly so that your kids or guests know where the deep end begins. This floating pool rope helps clearly divide the pool from shallow to deep end.

I love fun and eye-catching pool floats! The imaginative play of being able to float above the water leads to lots of pool time fun. This unicorn float adds a bit of sparkle to the water, and floats like this are super popular.

Lastly, when you’re ready to wrap the day up, grab yourself a mesh bag to throw all of the toys in! This will allow them to fully dry before storing them inside or in a pool deck box. They come in all different sizes so you can customize to your amount/sizes of pool entertainment.

There’s not much that beats a day at the pool in your own backyard oasis. In-ground, above ground, Intex – no matter what kind of pool you have, you can never have enough pool floats, toys, and entertainment, and I’ve got the 4-1-1 on all of this summer’s pool essentials!

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

This is a must-have, the versatility of being able to lay down or use in multiple ways. Kristy says she’s able to help her son learn how to swim all while relaxing on this water hammock.

Use in or out of the pool since they won’t clog your filter like regular water balloons can and don’t leave a mess around the yard. The fun doesn’t stop once out of the pool…these reusable water balloons are a hit -and they’re 30% off right now when you clip the digital coupon and use code HILIOPWR.

Waterproof playing cards for the lake, beach or poolside. Enjoy a friendly game of poker, solitaire, or war without worrying about getting the cards wet or ruined.

Water Barbies with pools and boats are always a hit – they’re great for imaginative play and sibling play if you’re like me and have three daughters. We like to pair our Barbies with our Ariel mermaid dolls, and don’t forget a water soaker!

My kids love these Banzai mermaids! They play in and out of the water with them, and they will let their two-year-old brother throw them in the pool for them to retrieve for him as a game. It promotes underwater swimming and imaginative play.

3/4 of my kids are swimmers now, but we have always used the puddle jumpers for our non-swimmers when we aren’t actively teaching them how to swim. It eases our mind to have this available and gives our kids a sense of safety and independence when around the pool area.

My kids enjoy using their kick boards for getting around the pool or just taking a minute to hang out and relax without having to kick kick kick. Kick boards really help with strengthening core and legs too. These mini split ring pool floats are also a hit – they are the perfect float for toddlers and bigger kids too.

Swim googles are a must as being able to open your eyes under water brings a whole new element of fun to swimming. These diving mask googles are a kid favorite. They are anti-fog and good for kids who are learning to swim and explore under water.

This watermelon ball is a group favorite! I am still waiting for mine to arrive, but this ball floats, sinks and rises so you’re able to play with it above and below the water. The ball is filled with water and air so it floats like a melon and plays like a ball for loads of fun.

This pool side basketball system brings a classic game of basketball to the pool, adding an element of fun to any pool day. Play H.O.R.S.E or P.I.G to keep it fun!

Diving toys are great for keeping the kids busy for hours of pool play, throwing, diving and collecting rings and sharks over and over again. Diving toys help with underwater swimming and motor skills.

This underwater seek and splash game is one for the whole family to participate in. This game comes with waterproof cards and gems. The gems are placed at the bottom of the pool, and you call out a sequence of gems to find and the first person to bring up all of the gems in the sequence gets a point – the first to 5 wins! Play over and over again!

Nothing gets more classic that a good ole’ super soaker water gun battle! Play in or out of the pool for a friendly game of water tag.

Safety is key, and if you have a multi depth pool, you’ll want to separate the deep end clearly so that your kids or guests know where the deep end begins. This floating pool rope helps clearly divide the pool from shallow to deep end.

I love fun and eye-catching pool floats! The imaginative play of being able to float above the water leads to lots of pool time fun. This unicorn float adds a bit of sparkle to the water, and floats like this are super popular.

Lastly, when you’re ready to wrap the day up, grab yourself a mesh bag to throw all of the toys in! This will allow them to fully dry before storing them inside or in a pool deck box. They come in all different sizes so you can customize to your amount/sizes of pool entertainment.

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There’s not much that beats a day at the pool in your own backyard oasis. In-ground, above ground, Intex – no matter what kind of pool you have, you can never have enough pool floats, toys, and entertainment, and I’ve got the 4-1-1 on all of this summer’s pool essentials!

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. See full disclosure here.

This is a must-have, the versatility of being able to lay down or use in multiple ways. Kristy says she’s able to help her son learn how to swim all while relaxing on this water hammock.

Use in or out of the pool since they won’t clog your filter like regular water balloons can and don’t leave a mess around the yard. The fun doesn’t stop once out of the pool…these reusable water balloons are a hit -and they’re 30% off right now when you clip the digital coupon and use code HILIOPWR.

Waterproof playing cards for the lake, beach or poolside. Enjoy a friendly game of poker, solitaire, or war without worrying about getting the cards wet or ruined.

Water Barbies with pools and boats are always a hit – they’re great for imaginative play and sibling play if you’re like me and have three daughters. We like to pair our Barbies with our Ariel mermaid dolls, and don’t forget a water soaker!

My kids love these Banzai mermaids! They play in and out of the water with them, and they will let their two-year-old brother throw them in the pool for them to retrieve for him as a game. It promotes underwater swimming and imaginative play.

3/4 of my kids are swimmers now, but we have always used the puddle jumpers for our non-swimmers when we aren’t actively teaching them how to swim. It eases our mind to have this available and gives our kids a sense of safety and independence when around the pool area.

My kids enjoy using their kick boards for getting around the pool or just taking a minute to hang out and relax without having to kick kick kick. Kick boards really help with strengthening core and legs too. These mini split ring pool floats are also a hit – they are the perfect float for toddlers and bigger kids too.

Swim googles are a must as being able to open your eyes under water brings a whole new element of fun to swimming. These diving mask googles are a kid favorite. They are anti-fog and good for kids who are learning to swim and explore under water.

This watermelon ball is a group favorite! I am still waiting for mine to arrive, but this ball floats, sinks and rises so you’re able to play with it above and below the water. The ball is filled with water and air so it floats like a melon and plays like a ball for loads of fun.

This pool side basketball system brings a classic game of basketball to the pool, adding an element of fun to any pool day. Play H.O.R.S.E or P.I.G to keep it fun!

Diving toys are great for keeping the kids busy for hours of pool play, throwing, diving and collecting rings and sharks over and over again. Diving toys help with underwater swimming and motor skills.

This underwater seek and splash game is one for the whole family to participate in. This game comes with waterproof cards and gems. The gems are placed at the bottom of the pool, and you call out a sequence of gems to find and the first person to bring up all of the gems in the sequence gets a point – the first to 5 wins! Play over and over again!

Nothing gets more classic that a good ole’ super soaker water gun battle! Play in or out of the pool for a friendly game of water tag.

Safety is key, and if you have a multi depth pool, you’ll want to separate the deep end clearly so that your kids or guests know where the deep end begins. This floating pool rope helps clearly divide the pool from shallow to deep end.

I love fun and eye-catching pool floats! The imaginative play of being able to float above the water leads to lots of pool time fun. This unicorn float adds a bit of sparkle to the water, and floats like this are super popular.

Lastly, when you’re ready to wrap the day up, grab yourself a mesh bag to throw all of the toys in! This will allow them to fully dry before storing them inside or in a pool deck box. They come in all different sizes so you can customize to your amount/sizes of pool entertainment.

It can be difficult trying to plan entertaining activities to keep the kids occupied all summer long. Sometimes it’s easier to turn on the TV or hand over the iPad and try to cross off some things on your never-ending to-do list. But we all know the benefits of getting outside and getting some fresh air, so to make your life a little easier, we’ve rounded up an awesome list of outdoor activities that will have the kids playing, exploring, and expending energy for hours. Some of these may have you wanting in on the action, too!

Toys

These outdoor toys are great for solo or family play. Water balloons, bubble machines, and kites are just a few fabulous toys for kids of all ages that offer wholesome summer fun.

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3-in-1 Water Table | Bubble Machine | Bubbles | Water Balloons | Kites | Pogo Ball | Rocket Launcher | Water Blasters


Games

These games will entertain and help to build critical thinking skills and hand-eye coordination. With everything from classic games like checkers and scavenger hunts to fun new adaptations like floor darts (flarts) and frisbee golf, your young ones will spend endless afternoons outdoors while having a blast.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt | Turtle Stepping Stones | Checkers/Tic-Tac-Toe Game | Frisbee Golf | Body Bumpers | Archery Set | Flarts Game

Activities

These outdoor activities will allow your kids to explore and discover, and test their strength, stamina, and athletic skills. Perfect for adventurers and daredevils, these activities will challenge their vigor and expand their minds.

Metal Detector Kit | Telescope | Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course | Outdoor Exploration Kit | Geometric Dome Climber | Butterfly Garden | Basketball Trampoline | Splash Pad

Thanks for reading! Which activities are you entertaining the kiddos with this summer?

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It can be difficult trying to plan entertaining activities to keep the kids occupied all summer long. Sometimes it’s easier to turn on the TV or hand over the iPad and try to cross off some things on your never-ending to-do list. But we all know the benefits of getting outside and getting some fresh air, so to make your life a little easier, we’ve rounded up an awesome list of outdoor activities that will have the kids playing, exploring, and expending energy for hours. Some of these may have you wanting in on the action, too!

Toys

These outdoor toys are great for solo or family play. Water balloons, bubble machines, and kites are just a few fabulous toys for kids of all ages that offer wholesome summer fun.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post.

3-in-1 Water Table | Bubble Machine | Bubbles | Water Balloons | Kites | Pogo Ball | Rocket Launcher | Water Blasters


Games

These games will entertain and help to build critical thinking skills and hand-eye coordination. With everything from classic games like checkers and scavenger hunts to fun new adaptations like floor darts (flarts) and frisbee golf, your young ones will spend endless afternoons outdoors while having a blast.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt | Turtle Stepping Stones | Checkers/Tic-Tac-Toe Game | Frisbee Golf | Body Bumpers | Archery Set | Flarts Game

Activities

These outdoor activities will allow your kids to explore and discover, and test their strength, stamina, and athletic skills. Perfect for adventurers and daredevils, these activities will challenge their vigor and expand their minds.

Metal Detector Kit | Telescope | Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course | Outdoor Exploration Kit | Geometric Dome Climber | Butterfly Garden | Basketball Trampoline | Splash Pad

Thanks for reading! Which activities are you entertaining the kiddos with this summer?

While kids love the summer holiday because they don’t have to get up early and go to school, a lot of parents find themselves having to constantly entertain their little ones for three long months. When the dog days of summer hit, and you don’t think you can hear one more “I’m booooreeeddd,” don’t panic. We’ve gathered a bunch of boredom busters for the kids so you can simply direct them to the craft closet and let them be amused for hours, hopefully giving you a little peace and quiet.

Experiment

For the curious-minded children who are always asking questions and trying to figure out how things work, a science experiment kit is the perfect afternoon activity.

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Eggsperiments | Dino Island Terrarium | Earth Science Kit | Optical Science Kit | Crystal Growing Kit | Liquid Science Lab | Discovery Mind Blown Kit | Space Science Kit

Build

For the hands-on kiddos who like tactile toys, these building kits are the best boredom busters.

Magna-Qubix | Glow In the Dark Marble Run | Snap Circuit Skill Builder | Beach House LEGO | Harry Potter Chess Set LEGO | The Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles| Robot Building Set | IQ Builder Set

Create

For the imaginative youngsters who like to create their own masterpieces, these art kits will allow them to express themselves for hours on end.

Painting Essentials | Create Your Own Scrapbook | Fairytale Craft Kit | Surprise Balls | Slime Lab Kit | Fleece Quilt Kit | Monster Craft Kit | Comic Book Studio

Solve

For the clever little ones who love to use logic, these games and puzzles will keep them sharp-minded and quick-witted.

Ryan’s World Mystery Spy Vault | Robots and Coding | Pegboard Games & Puzzles | Space Puzzle | Brainteasers | Magic Kit | Solve the Mystery Book

Thanks for reading! What are some activities you like to occupy your little ones with?

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While kids love the summer holiday because they don’t have to get up early and go to school, a lot of parents find themselves having to constantly entertain their little ones for three long months. When the dog days of summer hit, and you don’t think you can hear one more “I’m booooreeeddd,” don’t panic. We’ve gathered a bunch of boredom busters for the kids so you can simply direct them to the craft closet and let them be amused for hours, hopefully giving you a little peace and quiet.

Experiment

For the curious-minded children who are always asking questions and trying to figure out how things work, a science experiment kit is the perfect afternoon activity.

Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post.

Eggsperiments | Dino Island Terrarium | Earth Science Kit | Optical Science Kit | Crystal Growing Kit | Liquid Science Lab | Discovery Mind Blown Kit | Space Science Kit

Build

For the hands-on kiddos who like tactile toys, these building kits are the best boredom busters.

Magna-Qubix | Glow In the Dark Marble Run | Snap Circuit Skill Builder | Beach House LEGO | Harry Potter Chess Set LEGO | The Hungry Caterpillar Magna-Tiles| Robot Building Set | IQ Builder Set

Create

For the imaginative youngsters who like to create their own masterpieces, these art kits will allow them to express themselves for hours on end.

Painting Essentials | Create Your Own Scrapbook | Fairytale Craft Kit | Surprise Balls | Slime Lab Kit | Fleece Quilt Kit | Monster Craft Kit | Comic Book Studio

Solve

For the clever little ones who love to use logic, these games and puzzles will keep them sharp-minded and quick-witted.

Ryan’s World Mystery Spy Vault | Robots and Coding | Pegboard Games & Puzzles | Space Puzzle | Brainteasers | Magic Kit | Solve the Mystery Book

Thanks for reading! What are some activities you like to occupy your little ones with?

We all know that playtime is the best time, right? If you’re planning a playdate for your child with their friends, or if your playdate is for you and your little one, these toys and games are just a few great ideas to make your playdate exciting and memorable for all those involved.

TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
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Awaken your child’s inner artist with these visionary items that will enable them to express themselves through art and music.

Kohl’sWooden Dinosaur Kit

TargetGlow ‘N’ Grow Terrarium (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

AmazonDeluxe Band Set

Michael’sCharm Bracelet Jewelry Kit and Sensory Kits

WalmartLite Brite

Best Choice ProductsKid’s Piano

GET COOKIN’

For the aspiring culinary creative, these kitchen play pieces will let them take on the role of chef or baker and prepare them for a future in the food industry.

ZulilyArtisan Island Kitchen Set

TargetPlay Grill (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

WalmartKid’s Cookbook

WayfairPlay Coffee Maker

AmazonSandwich Counter

AmazonBaking Kit

LOSE YOURSELF IN AN ADVENTURE

Movie directors, magicians, authors and explorers – whatever your kid’s creative calling, these items will inspire their imagination and allow them to dream big.

AmazonLEGO Movie Making Kit

AmazonCreaTV Draw Your Own Script

AmazonIllustory Create Your Own Book

AmazonMagic Mail

TargetBackyard Explorer Kit (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Get outside and play with these toys that make for endless entertainment outdoors, because a little fresh air and a whole lot of fun are great for the soul.

ZulilyInflatable Easel

AmazonButterfly Garden

Best Choice Products3-in-1 Convertible Picnic Table

TargetConnect Four Lawn Game (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

AmazonBubble Machine and Bubbles (*this is a group favorite!)

We all know that playtime is the best time, right? If you’re planning a playdate for your child with their friends, or if your playdate is for you and your little one, these toys and games are just a few great ideas to make your playdate exciting and memorable for all those involved.

TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Frugal and Thriving may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post.

Awaken your child’s inner artist with these visionary items that will enable them to express themselves through art and music.

Kohl’sWooden Dinosaur Kit

TargetGlow ‘N’ Grow Terrarium (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

AmazonDeluxe Band Set

Michael’sCharm Bracelet Jewelry Kit and Sensory Kits

WalmartLite Brite

Best Choice ProductsKid’s Piano

GET COOKIN’

For the aspiring culinary creative, these kitchen play pieces will let them take on the role of chef or baker and prepare them for a future in the food industry.

ZulilyArtisan Island Kitchen Set

TargetPlay Grill (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

WalmartKid’s Cookbook

WayfairPlay Coffee Maker

AmazonSandwich Counter

AmazonBaking Kit

LOSE YOURSELF IN AN ADVENTURE

Movie directors, magicians, authors and explorers – whatever your kid’s creative calling, these items will inspire their imagination and allow them to dream big.

AmazonLEGO Movie Making Kit

AmazonCreaTV Draw Your Own Script

AmazonIllustory Create Your Own Book

AmazonMagic Mail

TargetBackyard Explorer Kit (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Get outside and play with these toys that make for endless entertainment outdoors, because a little fresh air and a whole lot of fun are great for the soul.

ZulilyInflatable Easel

AmazonButterfly Garden

Best Choice Products3-in-1 Convertible Picnic Table

TargetConnect Four Lawn Game (*Target RedCard holders receive an extra 5% off and free shipping!)

AmazonBubble Machine and Bubbles (*this is a group favorite!)