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School's Out: Editors' Choice Deals to Distract Your Kids This Summer

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School's out, and suddenly children are everywhere. Feeding, clothing, and entertaining these hyper creatures can cost a fortune. But these five Editors' Choice deals offer some affordable finds for your young ones. Snag $14 off organic fruit snacks, or get an all-time low on a water slide/pool combo.

  1. Vtech InnoTabVtech InnoTab 3S Learning App Tablet Bundle
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $40.52 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $20

    Is It Worth It?: You might not want to entrust your little one with a $600 iPad Air (or a $1,000 Surface Pro 3), but this educational tablet will provide your child with plenty of age-appropriate content and games — and it won't break the bank when it gets thrown crashing down the stairs.

    The Vtech InnoTab 3S features a 5" color touchscreen, 4GB built-in memory, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel camera, and support for MP3s and videos. The bundle also "comes pre-loaded with 20 apps and 2 Disney Fairies games, plus a Fairies storage case, wrist strap and charm."

  2. Annie's Fruit SnacksAnnie's Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snack 20-Pack
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $11.40 via Subscribe & Save with free shipping
    Lowest By: $14

    Is It Worth It?: Everyone knows food is just better when it's shaped like a critter. (See also: animal crackers.) These snacks bring the fun with bunny shapes, while the vegan recipe is gelatin-, fat-, and gluten-free, and contains no artificial coloring, which will leave lots of moms and dads happy too.

    Use Subscribe & Save to bag this low price and free shipping, but remember to cancel afterwards or you'll be billed for subsequent shipments.

  3. Slide n' SoakBanzai Slide 'N Soak Splash Park
    Store: Kohl's
    Price: $240 via coupon code "ShopNow" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $84

    Is It Worth It?: The dog days of summer are here, and running through the sprinkler is so 20th century. Help your kids cool off with this full scale water slide and wading pool, which ties for the lowest price we've seen, using coupon code "ShopNow."

    The Banzai Slide n' Soak features an over-head sprinkler, water-blasting arch, water slide, and pool.

  4. TKSkylanders Swap Force Characters
    Store: goHastings
    Price: $2.96 with $2.28 s&h
    Lowest By: $4

    Is It Worth It?: In our day, action figures "interacted" with each other by smashing together until the Ninja Turtles were declared winners over the G.I. Joes. But today, they can interact with gaming consoles to actually affect gameplay.

    That's exactly what these Skylanders Swap Force Characters do. But at $2.96 apiece, they can easily make good playthings even without a gaming console or the "portal" needed to play the video game.

  5. Girl's socks6-Pairs Converse Girls' Cut-for-Chucks Socks
    Store: 6pm
    Price: $4.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: Keeping your kids entertained isn't always about water slides and gummy snacks. When their toes are sticking out of the holes in their old socks, they're less likely to want to go running around outside to blow off some steam. Plus, these socks are made to look cool with your hip daughter's Chuck Taylors.

    These Converse girls socks are available in Multi Stripes or black, in fitting girls size feet 6 through 8.5.

Features Editor

Originally from the Hudson Valley, Ben now lives in Brooklyn. He has an English degree from Harvard, and loves movies, theater, and cooking. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenDealNews and @BKGlaser.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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