Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Now that summer is in full swing, kids love romping in water and lounging in air-conditioned movie theaters, watching adventure-filled blockbusters that spark the imagination. Here’s a roundup of water toys and movie-themed toys as cool and sweet as ice cream.’s selection of water guns is eye-popping, and each can be delivered straight to your door. Imagine the fun inherent in a Super Soaker Aqua Shock Arctic Blast or HydroBlitz that will thoroughly drench from head to toe, and spray water, spy-style, from long distances. Amazon’s water guns are necessary summer items for kids – which nearly goes without saying. Give yourself a shopping break, and let an arsenal come to you in the mail.

Amazon also features an impressive lineup of movie theme toys, including a line devoted to The Pirates of the Caribben. Kids will love the Captain Jack action doll and Pirates of the Caribbean Monopoly game. Children who loved the Transformers movie will flip for Hasbro’s Transformers Movie Optimus Prime Voice Changing Helmet, which eerily alters your child’s voice, sparks imaginative play, and has a phrase button for “I am Optimus Prime!” and four others. Try the Transformers Monopoly game as well. You can match your child’s favorite summer movie with a toy at, especially if a special little someone has a summer birthday. Ah, the joys of synergy!

The site is also a solid source for volleyball nets, sand toys, backyard toys and sports equipment, too. Everything from Electric Razor Scooters to golf and moveable, adjustable basketball hoops can be found on the site. If your child prefers arts and crafts, there’s a generous selection of rainy-day or outdoor craft options. And the selection of dolls is heart-melting!

No home is complete without a whimsical hop ball for children, since it’s a brilliant way for kids to get exercise and have fun at the same time. Adults need their own, larger version in order to join in the fun, but in the meantime, order a Classic Hop Ball for your brood. It’s light, easy to tote around and, thankfully, washable.

Have a frolicsome summer, complete with all of the water toys and games you could ever imagine on one web site.

Originally published July 2007
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