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With the pandemic still upon us after more than a year now, it may be more difficult to find ways to keep your kids entertained at home this summer. If you were able to save some money and don’t mind splurging a little bit, why not treat them to a smart gadget they are sure to love? Here are some of our top picks.

Smart Speakers

Probably the best thing about smart speakers is the fact that it is something the whole family can enjoy. Teenagers will love being able to play their music and control it hands-free in their rooms as they please; but if you get them a portable one, they can also bring it to the entertainment area for the whole family to use.

They’re not just for teenagers, either, though. While some parents think that younger kids might not have much use for smart speakers, they can actually prove to be a great help in taking some of the pressure off of you if your kids are the types to ask a gazillion questions. Parents with curious kids will love the help they can get from voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa, and your kids are sure to learn a ton of new things because of it.


Don’t want your kids lazing around all summer? You might be surprised by the wonders that a smartwatch can get them to do. Equip your kids with a smartwatch and watch them get intensely competitive with the rest of the family. The minute their smartwatch sets the alarm that they need to walk a bit, they will do it enthusiastically. You can even turn it into a game and offer a reward to the most active family members by the end of the week. Conversely, you can do the usual “loser does the dishes this weekend”, too.

Smart Lights

If your kids are into TikTok, then this doesn’t need a lot of explaining. Smart lights can be set to different colors through an app to provide the right mood for their next TikTok video, but it can also be good for gamers who want to set the right mood as they game or stream. They can also serve as nice night lights as your kids sleep. These lights are easy to control via an app and are sure to put a smile on any kid’s face.

Smart lights don’t just make for good backdrops, either; some of them even come with extra features. The Mipow Playbulb, for instance, is also a smart speaker so it can play music that can be heard all around the room. Some lights also react to music being played so you can have a fun party at home together – a cute bonding experience.

Look for smart gadgets for your kids and the entire family – and much more – at an SM Cyberzone near you.

Written by: Angeline Rodriguez 

Angeline Rodriguez is the Managing Editor of and an Editor at Newsweek Amplify. She is a gamer and a geek with a mad love for anime and KDramas.

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