Top buys to entertain kids for the stay-at-home summer

Over the next couple of weeks, children across the UK will break up for their summer holidays after a tumultuous 2020 school year. With a cloud still hanging over summer getaways, parents will be looking at ways to keep the kids occupied during the stay-at-home summer. We have put together a list of our top buys to entertain kids this summer. 

Scooters

Product: JD Bug Street MS305 Classic 04

Best Price: £30.99

Scooting is gaining popularity again for adults and children alike. JD Bug, started over a decade ago, has risen to be a leader in children’s toys and sporting goods. Prices can range significantly, though this reasonably priced model will see kids through years of fun, without breaking the bank.  

Bikes

Product: GT Stomper Ace 20" 2020

Best Price: £259.95

This bike is perfect for exploring off-road trails. Born in 1972, GT bikes was founded in Southern California for BMX and mountain bikers. The company remains true to its heritage with this season’s new Stomper Ace children’s bike. 

The bike is fitted with a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, so kids can navigate tough terrain with ease. 

With a Trustpilot score of over 9.1 with 46,000 reviews, this bike is the season’s must have to get kids active and help them keep up with Mum and Dad. 

Lego

Product: LEGO Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon

Best Price: £565.95

If the British weather lives up to old standards, the outdoors isn’t always the best option. LEGO is the most popular children’s toy company in the UK, and what better way to fill the summer than with this intergalactic challenge. 

Taking roughly 20 hours in total to complete, this Star Wars classic is a real achievement for any amateur builder. Kids and adults alike can contribute to this masterpiece. 

Using our price history checker, the price right now is the best it will get, as we predict a rise in the price over the next few weeks

Board games

Product: Terraforming Mars 

Best price: £51.99

Kids growing bored of the same old board games may want to try this new and imaginative option. Terraforming Mars was released in 2016 and sees corporations compete to undertake mankind’s biggest project. 

The game currently ranks as the top buy in PriceSpy’s board game section, with a 4.1 star rating

Games consoles 

Product: Nintendo Switch

Best price: £272.14

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid console-handheld device. The console has great graphics and is home to one of the most popular games right now, Animal Crossing

With both stay at home and portable facilities, along with multiplayer access, long car journeys and rainy days can be filled with fun for the whole family.

On PriceSpy, the price has levelled out at £272.14 and we predict the price to remain here for the coming months. Current reviews place the Nintendo Switch as number one in the games console rankings.

Entertaining children can be an expensive endeavour but there are options for all budgets. If you are looking for a top treat, we have a few key shopping tips to help you cut through the crowds and get the best deal out there. 

Always shop around 

It's obvious but it really is the only way to be sure you're getting the best deal. The best prices aren't always the first that pop up on search engines. Take the leg work out of comparing by using a price comparison site. 

Check the history 

Online prices are updated constantly. Often retailers inflate prices to later drop them once the initial hype of a new product launch has died down. PriceSpy can give the price history and prediction for certain products so you can evaluate the best time to buy to get the cheapest rate. 

Check out the cheaper alternatives

Saving money may be front of mind right now with so much uncertainty. Kids wanting the latest gadget can be difficult to appease but looking at similar products or cheaper alternatives can be the right compromise.