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This mesh beach tote (it's 12" tall) and its roomier alternative (24" wide) are both lightweight yet strong and sport fun nautical details. Niftiest idea: Turn the bags on their side to shake out accumulated sand after a day at the beach and avoid bringing -- at least some of -- the grit home. A zipper pocket on the tote is big enough to stash keys, and the built-in pocket in the large bag can accommodate keys, cell phone, and other small essentials you want to keep dry.
Water toys for everyone: For families with a private pool, this Splash Golf set (ages 6 and up), which comes with a floating target, three balls, and a golf club, is an inexpensive way to usher in hours of fun -- water-soaked balls add to the challenge while the game itself helps develop hand-eye coordination. The Splash Combo set, for toddlers, comes with two absorbent floaty pets, three cubes, and one ring to use for target practice -- or as a mini-life preserver for your child's favorite doll! (Prime Time Toys; $16.99 for golf set; $9.99 for combo)