*I received product mentioned in this post for free in exchange for my review and feedback. All opinions are 100% my own.*
Kids might be back at school but it’s still summer! At least for a little while longer. Recently we got to try out the Zoom Ball Hydro from Goliath Games and Pressman Toy. The kids had so much fun with this! It was really hot this past Sunday and since we pretty much have our pool closed up for the summer since it isn’t being used much, we got the water balloons out. And our Zoom Ball Hydro.
The Zoom Ball Hydro
So what is the Zoom Ball you might ask? Well, it’s like a football that has two heavy duty strings ran through it. On the end of both of these strings is a handle. There are a total of two handles on each end. It will require two people to use the Zoom Ball. The ball opens up and you place a water balloon inside it and then close it up. There is a spot you press on the ball and then twist it open. It’s really easy to do. And then you twist it close again so it stays closed. And it does stay closed really well.
After putting the water balloon inside, make sure you don’t get the string caught in the middle when putting it back together. Again, it’s really easy to make sure it doesn’t happen but it can be easy to get it pinched if you aren’t paying attention. We did that the first time. Obviously if the strings are pinched, the ball isn’t going to go anywhere.
It’s Time to Play!
After you get the water balloon inside the ball, the rest is pretty straightforward. One person at each end grabs the handles. You will need to make sure the strings aren’t twisted. For the most part, the heavy duty string on the Zoom Ball is pretty friendly. We didn’t encounter any problems with it. Our middle son wasn’t home so it was our youngest son and our daughter. Their height is much different from one another but it didn’t present much of a problem if any.
To solve the height problem, they lowered their arms when the ball was coming back to them. Then they raised their arms when they pulled the handles apart to send it back. Worked like a dream.
The strings have to be almost taut. It’s about 12 feet apart from each other. Start the ball at one and and then all you have to do is send the ball to the other end by pulling the handles outward away from each other. Basically it’s like opening up your arms away from your body. By doing this, the strings separate pushing and sending the ball to the other end.
The other person waiting on the ball should keep their handles together until the ball gets to them. If they are pulled apart too early, it slows the ball down somewhere in the middle. It took our son a few times to get the concept. He kept pulling his handles apart to early at first. Once they got the hang of it (it didn’t take very long) they kept sending it back and forth until the water balloon busted! They both got wet a few times! You can see the water exploding out of the ball in my photos but I am working on editing my video. Once I get it uploaded I will update my post with video so you can see it in action.
I thought the Zoom Ball was so much fun to play with! It does come with 10 water balloons. I thought they were good quality balloons. A couple if them didn’t fill very well but you will have that. No matter what kind of water balloons I have bought, there always seems to be a few that either don’t fill well or break. I didn’t have any of these break on me though. A little tip – if your faucet is too wide like mine, you should get one of those water balloon fill kits. Not sure exactly what to call them but they make filling water balloons so much easier. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you will know what I am talking about if you check out water balloon stuff at the store.
Typical size water balloons fit great inside the Zoom Ball. I was worried that they would fit. But they fit just fine. I was cracking up watching them play with this thing. I could see the look on their face as the ball was coming back at them wondering if this was the time the balloon was going to break. The laughter and fun we got from it was pure joy. Definitely recommend it. Water balloon fun is…well, fun!
Buy It: You can buy the Zoom Ball Hydro on amazon (List price $17.99) but I saw it for only $11.39 with Prime today. Check out Goliath Games website for more information about the Zoom Ball Hydro. Also be sure to check out Pressman Toy!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. However, I received free product mentioned in this post from a representative of Goliath Games/Pressman Toy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are 100% my own.