Category Archives: Play

What to Pack for Relaxation and Play on Your Vacation

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: Relaxation AND play on your vacation are requirements. Our relaxation expert, Tracy Kunzler, has some water-full recommendations for kids and grown-ups. And if you’re anything like us, you’re always a kid at heart!

What to Pack for Relaxation

Spring Float Papasan

Yes, it’s great to explore new places, learn about different cultures and broaden our horizons while on vacation, but let’s face it. The most-cherishedpart of vacation is lollygagging, and its importance should not be overlooked. Many studies have shown lollygagging is good for your health. No one produces better best lollygagging-enhancing water products than SwimWays. As a professional lollygagger, when it comes to travel, I highly recommend packing the SwimWays Spring Float Papasan. Three really important facts about this baby:

  1. It provides you with a really comfortable way to float and lollygag in the pool, lake or ocean.
  2. It makes everyone around you envious that they don’t have their own Papasan, and…
  3. It packs away so small, it takes up about the same amount of space as a Frisbee in your suitcase!

Just a head’s up: you’ll want to be sure to have one for each adult in your group so there’s no fighting over it.

What to Pack for Play

I think we can all agree outdoor play is important for children. It promotes fitness, hand-eye coordination, and vitamin D. Most importantly, it gets kids out of your hair for a few minutes. Following are some great toys that will keep your kids from pestering you – I mean happy and fit – on your family vacation.

Dive Toys

Small dive toys like Toypedo Bandits are half the size of the popular Toypedo Original, and only take up 50% of the room in your suitcase while providing 100% of the fun. Suited for kids ages five and up, these colorful little dive sticks glide underwater up to 20 feet! Let kids use your empty plastic drink cups as underwater targets for a fun game even the adults will want to get in on.

Catch

Another suitcase friendly game that’s ideal for players of all ages and skill sets is simply… catch! Stick to the basics and pack a ball or step it up a little and get a catch game with water-friendly mitts like COOP Hydro Catch. The fuzzy ball is designed to easily cling to the water-friendly mitts, so players of all skill levels can enjoy. Whatever you choose, you’ll want to consider getting enough for your family, so everyone gets to play!

Swimming Toy Fish

When kids are just starting to get used to the water, swimming fish come in small sizes and will take up little room in your suitcase but provide lots of fun. Bright, colorful Rainbow Reef Guppies allow kids to simply pull the drawstring and delight in watching the fish “swim” on their own! No batteries required!

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on spring break travel and packing tips!

 

What to Pack for Fun in the Water on Vacation

by Tracy Kunzler

From the editor: What do you pack so the kids have fun in the water on you next vacation? Be it for spring break or your annual summer holiday, our relaxation blogger Tracy Kunzler has suggestions for all ages.

For Baby

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

Why not introduce the smallest family members to the water in a fun way! A baby float with an adjustable canopy helps keep baby from getting sunburned, buy one with a play area for toys and splashing like the Baby Spring Float. Don’t forget to choose a float that folds up quickly and easily for storage, so it takes up very little space in your suitcase!

For Toddlers and Preschoolers

For little kids, around 2-4 years old, who are ready to explore the water with a little more confidence a swim vest or swim sweater will help them get started! The best flotation vests keep kids stable and their faces a comfortable distance from the water, some even offer sun sleeves for add extra sun protection. The SwimWays Swim Sweater has nothing between the legs to pinch and bind or get in the way of potty-training. Deflated, it takes up very little room in your suitcase. Inflated, it can help protect treasured souvenirs in your suitcase on the trip back home!

For Older Kids

Power Swimr

The Power Swimr System, dubbed “training wheels for the pool,” gives kids freedom of movement while keeping them in proper swimming position as they gain the skills and confidence needed to swim unaided. When choosing a swim training vest for your child, look for one that offers internal flotation pads you can remove one at a time as your child progresses at his or her pace. The Power Swimr has 9 flotation pads that can be removed one at a time as your child gains confidence in the water.

Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on spring break travel and packing tips!

 

 

New SwimWays Products Coming Soon to a Store Near You

Create Memories That Last a Lifetime with These New SwimWays Products

We’re so excited to share our new products and some of our new styles with you for 2014! At SwimWays®, we’re always looking for ways to bring more fun to the pool, making sure your happy place is the most water-full imaginable. In addition to most of our products being available to purchase in our online store, you’ll also find us at your favorite retailers, click here to find out where to buy our products.

So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and check our what we have lined up for you this year!

Our Swim Steps Line of Products Keeps Getting Better!

The Swim Steps line of products includes items that not only help parents and guardians introduce children to the water, but we also have some great swim training tools in there too. This year we bring you Baby Spring Float Animal Friends™ featuring amazingly cute animal character heads for added interactive fun, and introducing the Kick Trainer™, a full-size EVA foam kick board with a high-performance design and a textured, molded surface that’s easy to hold onto.

Pool Noodles Made in the USA

In 2013 we started to make noodles right here in the USA at our Virginia Beach, VA headquarters! Our pool noodles come in two different sizes: Swim Noodles™ (55″ long and 2 3/8″ diameter) and Super Swim Noodles™ (55″ long and 3 1/4″ diameter). We’ve also developed a full line of accessories for our noodles, including the Noodle Head Shooter™ water squirter attachment, the Noodle Sling™ fabric attachment to create a floating chair from a noodle, and Noodle Loops™ so kids can make water rafts and floats from their own collection of noodles.

Our Pool Floats Allow You to Relax in Perfect Harmony with the Water

Our new premium pool float for 2014 is the Aquagami™, it provides a cool way to float with no inflation required. Comfortable and buoyant, this accordion-style float instantly unfolds when you’re ready to relax. Our Spring Float® line of products have also been refreshed for 2014 with new colors and graphic prints influenced by this seasons hottest trends.

Wild and Wacky Water Toys

We have just about everything kids need to soak up some serious summer fun! Watch the water go in all directions, soaking friends and family members with the new Squiggle Squirter™ and Pinwheel Squirter™. Colorful and flexible new dive toys like SquiDivers™ and Fish Styx™ will have kids everywhere diving to new depths, for lots of speedy, motorized fun Boatz™ water toys are great for the pool or bathtub, and the super squishy feeling Squid Disk™ will make a huge splash at the pool this summer.

Learning to Love the Water with Preschoolers

Some little kids might not like getting completely soaked like their older brothers and sisters, so we have a couple of alternatives that make water exploration more fun as they build confidence. Sea Squirters™ are cute water shooters available in three friendly styles: alligator, hippo and sea turtle. We’ve also refreshed the style of our popular Gobble Gobble Guppies™ to an Orca. The included floating guppies are numbered 1-5 for an added educational experience to a fun catch ’em game!

 

Swim Goggles and Gear for Your Entire Family!

We’re passionate about helping you create a water-full life for you and your family! So we developed a line of swimming goggles and swim masks and snorkels so you can have more fun in the water – whether swim training, competing or for general recreation. These colorful goggles and masks for children, teens and adults are available in different sizes and styles with a soft water-tight seal, easy-adjust head strap and latex-free construction. Our top pick is Gogglemates™, ouch-free swim goggles with a specially integrated neoprene strap that doesn’t get caught in children’s hair. The best thing about Gogglemates is that they float, making them easier to grab for beginning swimmers.

 

A Little Something for Fido

There are a lot of proud dog owners at SwimWays, sporting our newest dog product the Sea Squirts Doggie Vest™, this little cutie is owned by one of our Product Integrity team members. This dog swim vest with shark fin provides full-body flotation, supporting your pet in and around the water and the cute flexible fin and grab handle on the back allow for quick and easy pup retrieval.

What do you think of our line up coming to stores this Spring? Comment below if you have questions about product features and we’ll be happy to answer them here.

Some of Our Favorite Things for Your Holiday List

5 Holiday Gift Recommendations

It wasn’t long ago that we were sharing outdoor theme party ideas, water confidence tips and fun pool games with you. As you know, the holidays are just around the corner. We can clearly see this in stores and hear festive tunes on the radio on our way to work, even though we might feel it’s just a little bit too early!

Have you started planning your holiday shopping list yet? For those of you who need a little inspiration we’ve picked out some of our favorite products from the SwimWays.com Holiday Gift Guide.

1. Radically creative snow play

We have to give a shout out to our sister brand COOP. Last year COOP introduced us to Shredz, a new line of snowboarder action figures. These little guys are about 3.75″ high and can glide on snow with their included snowboard. Using the Track Maker, Big Air Jump and Trick Set, kids will experience imaginative snow play by carving out a snowboarding terrain park for their Shredz toys. Perfect for families who enjoy the great outdoors.

2. Introduce baby to the water with the Baby Spring Float

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

Do you know a new parent who loves to swim? Why not get a gift that allows mom and dad to engage with their little one in the water? The Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy provides a memorable bonding experience between parent and child. This inflatable pool float for older babies and younger toddlers has fabric-covered inflation and a soft mesh seat for durability and comfort. It also features a removable canopy for added shade on those bright, sunny days. Suitable for children ages 9-24 months.

3. The travelling pool float

SwimWays Spring Float Sun Seat

We all know someone with the travel bug! Treat your frequently vacationing friends to a Spring Float SunSeat. This inflatable chair with fabric-covered inflation provides a relaxing sit-up floating experience; it even includes a cup holder for a favorite beverage. Super portable, this comfortable pool float easily folds and stores. It’s also the perfect size for a suitcase, so it can go pretty much anywhere!

4. Victory! A flotation device children want to wear!

We can’t say enough good things about our U.S. Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device just for kids. The perfect gift for a child in an active outdoor family, the colorful styling and fun flexible dorsal fin encourages imaginative role-play, making it a life jacket kids want to wear. Extremely comfortable, this children’s PFD offers freedom of movement for continuous wear, and buoyancy technology allows for successful balance of the child’s center of gravity, giving him or her greater control and stability in the water.

5. Because they should always swim with a buddy!

Our award winning Pooligans are sweet, huggable plush toys with buoyant flotation. These little guys are anti-microbial with quick-dry outer fabric and stuffing. Not just for the pool, once Pooligans dry off they’re great as an indoor buddy too!

Need something else for the water lovers in your life? Check out our other recommendations for your holiday list from our complete holiday gift guide and Pinterest boards.

There's something for everyone on your holiday list at SwimWays.com