Indoor and Outdoor Gift Ideas for Active Kids

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Academy Sports + Outdoors.
All opinions are my own.

Loves to play games.
Loves to listen to music.
Loves to play with techy gadgets.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card Guide for Kids -

Would any of the above statements describe a kid in your life? All three describe either one of my boys and several of their friends. Our kids are active and curious. They love to be both outdoors exploring and indoors playing games. As a self-proclaimed multi-passion chaser, I appreciate that our kids have many interests. However, I understand that having so many interests can make gift-giving a challenge.

Our friends at Academy Sports + Outdoors are making it easy to give and gift this season. You can find great gifts at everyday low prices for kids of all ages and active levels. Here are some gift ideas for you to consider for the active kid in your life. These gifts will keep your active kids entertained and moving.


Racing Drone
Active kids are very excited with anything that flies! Indoor drones are great for kids who are just starting to fly drones. The Air Hogs Helix Race Drone has both beginner and advanced modes to easily fly with control and stability. The crash resistant Exoframe™ makes it easy for new pilots to learn to fly and have fun without causing too much damage. Shop here for similar drones:

Air Hogs Drone at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Gift Guide

Kid-Safe Headphones
Active kids love to take their music and entertainment with them but don’t always love tight fitting headphones. The iJoy Kid-Safe Headphones are designed for kids in mind. They are lightweight for comfortable listening and have a lower volume. They also are available in fun colors for kids’ fun personalities. Shop here:

Kids Safe Headphones at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Gift Guide

Sports Combo
Kids love basketball and football because they are fun! NERF™ Sports products are great to keep the fun in sports even if kids aren’t playing these sports competitively. The NERF™ Sports Nerfoop Basketball Set is a classic basketball hoop hooks easily over most doors. They are great for easy and fun competitions indoors. Shop here:

The NERF™ Sports Vortex Aero Howler Football is great for outdoor fun. The tail helps ensure long-distance throws and the ball howls while in flight. My boys have received these as gifts from their uncle and they love them! Both of these products can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Shop here:

Nerf Sports at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Gift Guide

Musical Frisbee
The Velocity Flying Sound Disc lights up and has a blue tooth speaker inside. This is a great gift for kids who love to play outdoors and enjoy their favorite music. They can play competitively or for recreation. Wouldn’t this be fun to play musical frisbee and whoever is holding the disc when the music stops is ‘out’? Shop here for similar discs:

Flying Disc with Bluetooth Speakers at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Gift Guide

Bag Toss
This is an oldie but a goodie. I have memories of playing bag toss from when I was young all the way through college. Since the boards in the Triumph Bag Toss are only 20” and have folding legs, kids can take this anywhere to play. Plus, it’s a game that the whole family can play together. Bag toss can be played both indoors and out. Shop here:

Bag Toss Game at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Gift Guide


Because I want to help by making it easy to give and gift, I’m giving away $100 Gift Card to Academy Sports + Outdoors!

Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Card Giveaway -

How to enter for your chance to win:

Leave a comment and tell me which suggested gift would be great for the active kid in your life.

For additional entries (be sure to let me know in the comments which ones you complete):



Please share this post with friends and family who need gift ideas for active kids!


*Winner will be randomly chosen Dec. 26 at 5pm CST. Winner will be notified via email used to leave a comment. Prize has been provided to Que Means What.

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

45 Responses

  1. Cecily Guerra says:

    Retweeted, and commented on both instagram, and Facebook!! Going full Nerf for my son this year!!

  2. Ali Lang says:

    Such a great post! My nephews would go crazy for that racing drone! Such an amazing giveaway too! I tweeted, facebooked, and instagrammed! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amanda says:

    My nieces would love the kid-safe headphones! Music is a big deal in my family and we love listening to all types of music.

  4. natasha lamoreux says:

    My active little son would love the sports toys from nerf!

  5. Madeline says:

    I watch my two nephews and niece Monday through Friday and they would love the musical frisbee. That has them written all over it.

  6. Rita says:

    These are really good gift ideas, especially since I have done absolutely no shopping yet. My son would love the sports combo and my daughter would love the drone.

  7. Veronica Nino says:

    My nephews would love anything nerf especially the basketball! It keeps them running and jumping! Great gift ideas!!

  8. Anthony Macias says:

    My son would love the drone or any of the Nerf stuff!

  9. Krystal M says:

    My kids would love a swing set. This giftcard would help out so much to go towards getting one. I’m trying to get my kids more active and trying to go to the park everyday is kinda hard. So we need a swing set in our backyard 🙂

  10. Stephanie Goode-Washington says:

    They are all awesome! But my choice would be the kid safe head phones! I also commented and shared via Facebook! (:

  11. Irene Chavex says:

    I’m actually going shopping tomorrow for the kids because I have had no time for gifts. Thanks for the advice! Thinking my son would be happy with the Flying sound disk. That looks cool. Maya is in karate so probably something that helps with coordination.

  12. Valarie Salas says:

    My daughter would love the musical frisbee or racing drone. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas! ???☃️

  13. Tamra H says:

    My nephew would love the racing drone!

  14. Tamra H says:

    Commented on Insta as @twenteries 🙂

  15. Melanie says:

    I think my nephews would love the traditional nerf hoop and nerf football…so would their dad.

  16. Tori Johnson says:

    My boys would totally like all of these!

  17. Jackie Montoya says:

    One word: NERF! That was what all my nephews had on their list. Commented on FB too!

  18. Alba Garza says:

    My daughter would love the headphones.. She loves listening to music and watching YouTube.

  19. Emily Chavez says:

    Facebook! Love all your suggestions but for the pop star girl in my life we got the rose gold light up sketchers from Academy! Can’t wait to see her open them on Christmas!!! #AcademySportsAndOutdoors

  20. Maria Beas says:

    My son would love The Velocity Flying Sound Disc. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway and Happy Holidays!!.

  21. Maria Beas says:

    I follow you on Instagram and commented on the giveaway post;

    Happy Holidays!!!!

  22. Kim says:

    The NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Football would be great for my boys! Especially since we are huge college football fans!

  23. Kim says:

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  24. Siobhain says:

    All the kids in my life would go crazy for that racing drone ?

  25. Linda says:

    They would love and have fun with the musical frisbee. They would get to be active and have fun outside and listen to music at the same time. Great idea.

  26. Linda says:

    I sent out a Tweet.

  27. Melissa Metting says:

    My son’s would enjoy that drone!

  28. Michelle Cantu says:

    My Brody asked Santa for a drone, but we had no idea. I’m so glad Santa brought the other things on his list. That Racing Drone looks awesome.

  29. Lisa Branam says:

    I think my son would love be that nerf vortex football. Heck I’d love to play with it.

  30. Connie Gomez says:

    Academy is one of our go-to places! So many great items and yes gift ideas!! My son loves the drones and my daughter is all about the headphones!! Great gifts for everyone!

  31. Mary says:

    My son would love the racing drone! Loved your article by the way! It’s great ideas ?

  32. Cynthia R says:

    The kid friendly headphones would be great for my daughter she loves to dance when listening to music

  33. The racing drone would be my pick! I love it!

  34. Jillian Too says:

    My nephew would love the NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Football.

  35. I’ve seen that you didn’t mention paintball as a gift idea. I love to gift paintball stuff to my son. Basically, I’m a paintball enthusiast.

  36. Grea ideas.
    I’m trying to get my kids more active and trying to go to the park everyday is kinda hard. So we need a swing set in our backyard ?

  37. Jon says:

    The kid friendly headphones would be great for my daughter she loves to dance when listening to music

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