Our backyard gets full sun most of the afternoon, so I've been reluctant to put out the wading pool and endure the relentless sunshine while the kids slowly boil in the pool.
In a recent bout of cleaning, I rediscovered a SwissGear Screen House we bought two years ago for $20 (as opposed to its MSRP of $130) and promptly gave a few cubic feet of our garage.
My clever friend mentioned putting a canopy tent over her kids' pool, so I decided our screen house might provide an oasis of shade.
The tent itself was a snap to set up with two adults (though it had been a laughable fail with our earlier toddler, preschooler, and one adult construction team).
The screen house not only offers shade and limits bug exposure, it also keeps the beach balls from getting away.
Though I think we may now need a bigger pool.
What summer solutions are lurking in your garage?
***Baby Toolkit is the unsolicited opinion of a couple pasty (rumored to be cave-dwelling) geek parents with boisterous, outdoorsy kids. We have no fiscal relationship with SwissGear, but we are Amazon affiliates, so if you make purchases through our Amazon links a small portion of the proceeds power our family's secret Large Hadron Collider. Okay, they just help pay our monthly Internet bill, but maybe someday...