If you want to get the children away from their consoles, and from under your feet, this school holiday, these games and gadgets are fine-tuned for fresh air fun. (Don't worry, there are no age limits; parents can join in too)
AR Drone with GPS, £319.99, from parrotshopping.com
This was already quite a piece of kit; able to fly indoors or outside, ultra-stable thanks to four blades and gyroscope technology and flown using a swipe of a smartphone or tablet. Now though, with the latest addition of a camera at the front and rear that can beam back all your flight action, it has flown to whole new heights. The GPS also enables you to pre-program a defined location to send your Drone to, and it has a handy return home mode too.
Bananagrams outdoor version, £35.77, from amazon.co.uk
This super-sized set of the impossibly addictive word game means you can now play it in the garden, on the beach, in the park - just about anywhere, in fact. There are 288 waterproof tiles all adding up to one very fast-paced family fun game - a game that has done to word games what Sudoko has done with numbers.
NERF Zombie Crossfire, £19.99, from smythstoys.com
The latest line-up in the NERF range is a bunch of foam dart blasters designed to take down those dastardly flesh-eating zombies. Well, that's what the name suggests, but actually, you can use this clever real crossbow action gun against pretty much any annoying siblings/friend/parents. Endless fun.
Geospace Jump Rocket Triple Shotz, £24.95, from greatgizmos.co.uk
Load up the foam rockets, set the adjustable aim on the base... and then launch your trio of space seekers into, well, space. Well, sort of. These rockets can reach a mighty 300 ft, which might not technically be out of this world, but it's more than enough to impress children and adults alike.
Supersoaker Barrage, £19.99, from argos.co.uk
The fun of a water fight will never get old, and this clever gun can bring it that little bit more up-to-date. It has the classic pump action style (always the best for control over your water warfare), but there are also three soaking modes and a target range of over 30 feet. A sure-fire winner.
Spring Free Trampoline - £935 from springfreetrampolines.co.uk
One of a range of spring-free trampolines developed by a dad who decided trampolines really did not need to be loaded with springs and foam guarded poles. The result is the 8 x 11ft oval trampoline, which not only makes better use of space in the garden but the clever design makes it about the safest place to take a workout (while grinning from ear to ear).
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Loyalzoo Free on iTunes
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TOP 10 FREE APPS
1. Tipping Point
2. Mister Maker - Lets make it!
3. The Room
4. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
5. The Room Two
6. The Chase
7. Monster University
8. Plants vs. Zombies
9. Flex for Android
10. Card Wars - Android Times
TOP 10 PAID-FOR APPS
1. Cut the Rope 2
2. Frozen Free Fall
3. Archery Tournament
4. High School Story
5. Guess the Emoji
6. Candy Crush Saga
8. BBC iPlayer
9. BBC Media player
10. BBC iPlayer Radio
(Both charts courtesy of amazon.co.uk)