Kids Summer Gear Guide 2016

Angela Active Living, Family Adventures Leave a Comment

Share this on

Are you ready for a gorgeous summer in Metro Vancouver? Among the three members of the Expo team we have 5 kids between the ages of 2 and 8, so we’ve tested out our fair share of kids summer gear. We have some clear favourites for sun protection, picnic gear and play time, and we’re excited to share them with you! All of the products featured in this guide are available in stores in Metro Vancouver and/or online, so it should be quick & easy for you to get your hands on these gems.

Once you’ve got all your fun summer gear, remember to order labels with your phone number on them to make sure your items can be easily returned to you when you inevitably leave something behind at the park or beach while trying to wrangle your kiddos home for dinner.

To get you all set, we’re excited to introduce you to Vancouver-based Emily Press LabelsTheir Call Me Tag Labels are their largest clothing label that provides additional room for your phone number in addition to 20 characters for your name. You can stick them to the care/brand tags on clothing as well as all of your summer gear – they’re waterproof and dishwasher safe! An all-around great label in stylish colors for all of your beach, park & play stuff this summer, and they’ll help you get called when something is found! SAVE 15% off regular priced items site-wide using promo code HFSUMMER at checkout. Ends June 30, 2016.

Emily Press Labels

Sun Protection Gear

SUNDAY AFTERNOON KIDS PLAY HAT

Listed Price: $36 – $40

Where it’s available:

Yaya Baby (online or in-store in North Vancouver)

Mountain Equipment Co-op (online or in-store across Metro Vancouver)

Awesome Features:

  • Down sloping brim with floatable foam core
  • Full 5.5″ veil for protecting back of neck
  • UPF 50+ certified sun rating
  • Strategic mesh ventilation
  • Water repellent / stain resistant
  • Packs flat or rolls into a cone for travel
  • SmartStrap® breakaway chinstrap
  • Stroller friendly wear ability
  • External sizing band for custom fit
  • Lightweight: 1.8 ounces
  • Sizes: Infant (up to 6 mo.), Baby (6-24 mo.), Child (2-5 years), Youth (5-9 years)

THINK BABY SUNSCREEN

Listed Price: $16 – $19

Where it’s available:

Yaya Baby (online or in-store in North Vancouver)

Whole Foods Market (in stores across Metro Vancouver)

Awesome Features:

  • First Sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements
  • Top Rated “1” by EWG
  • No Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, UV Chemical absorbers, paraben, phthalates, PABA or 1,4 dioxane
  • Highest SPF 50+ and highest level of Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Highest level of water resistance (80 min)
  • Non-aerosol formulation
  • Applies and absorbs easily.  Non-oily feel
  • Does not have an obtrusive smell that many organic sunscreens have
  • Travel safe tube size –  3 fl oz

PRESTO CABANA TENT

Listed Price: $70

Where it’s available:

Amazon (online)

Awesome Features:

  • “One touch” pop-up – no parts to assemble
  • Instant shady spot for the family while at the beach, park, campground or backyard
  • Made from durable UV treated material
  • Built-in sand pouches to easily weigh it down at the beach, 4 poles for anchoring it into grass
  • Lots of ventilation for hot days & waterproof floor
  • Structural stability to withstand wind & provide important protection from harmful UV rays
  • Lightweight and easy to carry with its own storage and travel bag.

NOZONE ONE PIECE UV SWIM SUIT

Listed Price: $39.97

Where it’s available:

Active Baby (online or in store in North Vancouver or Langley)

Crocodile Baby (online or in store in Vancouver, North Vancouver or South Surrey)

Awesome Features:

  • Front zip for easy on/off
  • Sturdy lower zipper to facilitate diaper changes
  • Rated UPF 50+, blocks out more than 98% of the sun’s harmful UV radiation
  • Highly chlorine resistant
  • “Kid tested” stitching utilizing a four thread process and a highly durable and elastic nylon thread
  • Unique breathable and stretchy fabrics moves easily with the body and dry quickly

KIDZ BANZ ADVENTURE SUNGLASSES

Listed Price: $19.97

Where it’s available:

Active Baby (online or in store in North Vancouver or Langley)

TJ’s The Kiddies Store (online or in store in Vancouver or Surrey)

Awesome Features:

  • Silicone Nose & Brow Piece for added comfort
  • Lenses 100% UVA/ UVB protection
  • Durable polycarbonate Ophthalmic quality
  • Capable of being replaced with prescription lenses
  • Neoprene elastic strap allows for flexibility, breathability, and comfort
  • Side adjustable Velcro grows with your child
  • Frame is made of shatter-resistant polycarbonate
  • Sporty, sleek design

BBLUV NIDO TRAVEL BED & PLAY TENT

Listed Price: $84.99

Where it’s available:

Toys R Us (online or in store across the Lower Mainland)

Awesome Features:

  • Compact design, ideal for travelling
  • Perfect for the beach, park or playroom
  • Protects child from the sun (UVA and UVB rays), sand, wind and mosquitoes
  • Pop-up system makes folding and unfolding easy
  • Includes a canopy, a carry bag, a removable comfort mat, a retractable mesh and 3 removable toys for practical use and ease of care

Picnic Gear

TUFFO OUTDOOR BLANKET

Listed Price: $39.99

Where it’s available:

Active Baby (online or in store in North Vancouver or Langley)

TJ’s The Kiddies Store (online or in store in Vancouver or Surrey)

Awesome Features:

  • From the makers of the popular Muddy Buddy rainsuit
  • Ideal for the beach, picnics, camping, sporting events and back yard
  • Lightweight and compact for convenient storage and traveling
  • Includes a carrying bag with large storage pockets
  • Rugged, durable water-resistant nylon backing

PICNIC TIME PTX COOLER BACKPACK

Listed Price: $33.95

Where it’s available:

Picnic Time (online)

Awesome Features:

  • Fully insulated, water-resistant interior with 23 can capacity (0.5 cubic feet)
  • Padded, adjustable backpack straps
  • Numerous expandable pockets for extra or isolated storage
  • An attachment harness to secure onto golf carts
  • A stretch cargo cord on exterior front to secure items such as a sweater or towel

CIAO BABY PORTABLE HIGH CHAIR

Listed Price: $84.99 – $99.99

Where it’s available:

Toys R Us (online or in store across Metro Vancouver)

Baby Rama Canada (online)

Awesome Features:

  • All one piece – requires no assembly
  • Light weight and flexible design
  • Easily folds & unfolds with lock
  • Durable material with a clear vinyl tray cover that easily wipes clean
  • Built-in cup holder
  • Comfy lap belt securely holds child
  • Ideal for children up to three yrs old
  • Maximum weight 35 lb
  • Approx. Open Size: 23″x23″x32″
  • Approx. Weight: 8 lbs.

Play Time

SPRINGFREE TRAMPOLINE

Listed Price: $1,299 – $2,399

Where it’s available:

Springfree Trampoline (online or in store in Burnaby)

Awesome Features:

  • World’s safest trampoline
  • Flexible composite rods lie beneath the jumping surface out of harm’s way
  • Frame is hidden well beneath the jumping surface
  • SoftEdge mat over 30x more shock-absorbent than traditional pads
  • FlexiNet enclosure with flexible net rods cushion jumpers & prevent falls
  • FlexrHoop is great for practicing slam dunks
  • FlexrStep allows for easier entry without a hard surface near the jumping area
  • tgoma turns your Springfree into the first outdoor interactive digital gaming system designed for a trampoline

YBIKE GLX PRO SCOOTER

Listed Price: $99

Where it’s available:

BC Playthings (in store in North Vancouver)

Awesome Features:

  • Designed for age 5+ (shorter GLX Scooter designed for ages 2-5)
  • Practical “Lean & Steer” three wheel design
  • Weighs just 6 pounds
  • Frame constructed of aluminum with a fiber reinforced non slip ABS deck
  • Larger 125 mm front wheels
  • Adjustable handlebars grow with child from 28″ to 32.5″
  • H 32-36″ x L 22″ x W 11″
  • Weight limit: 110 pounds

2-IN-1 INFLATABLE POOL & TRAMPOLINE

Listed price: $199

Where it’s available:

The Shrunks (online)

Toys R Us (online or in store across Metro Vancouver)

Awesome Features:

  • Two products in one
  • As a trampoline, the sturdy construction features a jumping area measuring 50 inches (127 cm) in diameter
  • To use it as a pool, simply flip it over
  • Pool is spacious enough to hold up to three kids comfortably
  • Pool can be filled up to a depth of 13 inches (33 cm).
  • Made with phthalates-safe, lead-safe and BPA-safe materials.

TYKES BIKES

Listed Price: $99

Where it’s available:

Tykes Bikes (online or pickup in Langley or Pitt Meadows)

Awesome Features:

  • Designed for 18 months – 6 years
  • Lightweight durable steel frame (2.6 kg)
  • Quick release adjustable handlebars & seat
  • Soft padded seat
  • Puncture-proof all terrain wheels
  • 3 yr unconditional warranty

LIFETIME WAVE JR KAYAK

Listed Price: $149

Where it’s available:

Mountain Equipment Coop (online or in store across Metro Vancouver)

Awesome Features:

  • Lightweight at 8.2kg
  • small and easily dragged around by small folk.
  • Streamlined design keeps the price down and parents happy
  • Suggested for ages 5 and older
  • Sloped rear swim platform for re-entry assistance in deep water.
  • Moulded carry handles on each side
  • Scupper holes let water drain out quickly.

PACKABLE PAILS

Listed Price: $14.99

Where it’s available:

Packable Pails (online)

Awesome Features:

  • Square pail that looks like a traditional full-size beach pail
  • Easily collapses to 2 inches in one motion
  • Eco-friendly & Foodsafe
  • Select from Starfish Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Paradise Pink or Aquatic Aqua

 

Subscribe for Expo Monthly News!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *