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Every summer without fail there is someone who is getting all the sun. Some of us have a glimpse of what summer should be and when we do what else is there but to go digging through your shed or garage and find that paddling pool. Hands up those who packed it away properly so you could just get it out and blow it up!!! Well in our house, first you have to guess where you last saw it, and then battle your way through all the stuff that has accumulated on top of it. Once you have accomplished the mission of retrieving it, there is a sigh of relief when you see that the pump to blow it up with is near by. We then find a place in our garden that is relatively flat and remove all objects that seem to have mysteriously appeared since this morning. Once it has been laid out, pump is attached and the pool starts to take shape. Pretty easy stuff considering it will probably only be there for a day or two. Like most people we have gone through the stages of buying paddling pools. We have had the ones that the sides lift up as it fills with water and had many a good time. But we found that they took a long time to fill and the water never quite seemed to get to a temperature above cold. So now we have the inflatable Playground Paddling Pool. Recommended for children 3 years and 0ver. Size: 229cm by 229cm A great asset which has probably been used more than any of the other paddling pools we have had put together. Made with heavy gauge PVC and has a couple of patches incase you spring a leak! this wonderful pool has a slide, a basket ball hoop, four brightly coloured balls, palm trees- one which has a sprinkler which you can attach your hose pipe, and a mini wading pool. Each item has it’s own valve which you can blow up with the pump or if you have a strong pair of lungs it is quicker that you blow up the smaller sections whilst the pump blows up the sides. Only when you have finished filling it up with air, fill i
t with water as l can say that doing it whilst pumping it up is not recommended I tried that and ended having to empty it again so that the sides could blow up properly! One of the great features of this pool is that in the corners there are small holes so the water level will never get too high which is wonderful if you have small children, and when that rain decides it is once going to invade your life the pool has a large plug so it deflates very quickly, (although the smaller bits need to be done by hand.) It also has two plugs so you don’t have to wait forever for the water to empty. I am personally very happy with this paddling pool and would highly recommend it for children (l will not admit using it myself :o) We got ours from ToysRus but it is also sold in Argos and other well known stores. Some might think the price a bit steep at £29.99 and remember you will need a pump. But for summer days it is something your family will really enjoy. Now if only l could find out what l did with the box so l can put it away properly this time :o)
It was just far too hot one day last summer as the family and I wandered about the hot and dusty streets of Grantham. Desperate to get home and remove all clothing, but remaining decent i was quickly losing my temper as the crowds of people slowly blocked every way for me to move down the street....it was hell.... But then... I was somehow forced through the massive automatic door of Woolworths and swept along with a flock of teenage girls toward the toy department. Oh well, while I was here I supposed it was a good idea to have a quick look at the toys, after all , I did have both kids with me and wouldn't get a moments peace otherwise....and there it was....standing out from the shelf right in front of me.......I could see it now.... A HUGE GREAT BIG PADDLING POOL This was so obviousley the answer and definatley worth every penny I was about to spend on it. For a few pence less than £40 I had just purchased the best summer purchase of my life! (apart from the holiday to Greece hich cost considerably more) I drove the 15 miles home like a maniac, desperate to get this pool inflated and filled as quickly as possible. Once home everything else didnt matter anymore, the shopping got left and even the thought of food didnt matter.... THE FIRST MISTAKE........ Make sure that if you buy a 6ft paddling pool that is 2 and a half foot tall you get a foot pump with it. The thing was massive, it needed a lot of wind from my lungs to fill it (shouldnt be much of a problem) but you would be surprised!! After I had been quiet for 10 minutes the wife pops her head out of the door and finds me lying there 'ASLEEP' , actually , in my desperate atempt to get this thing operational I had blown my self that dizzy that I had almost passed out and needed to lie down to recover. SILLY BOY! So anyway, after recovering and taking turns with the wife
, we got it looking rather respectable, all that was left was to fill it with some lovely cool water. Out came the garden hose.... It took about 10 minutes before it was deep enough to jump into, so thats what I did.... BIG MISTAKE! The bottom of these paddling pools is solid, well its just plastic , but moulds perfectly to the ground when you have 20 tonnes of water pressing down onto it! IT HURT MY FEET! NEXT MISTAKE! No matter how hot it is out there, the water isn't that hot in the pipes, especially when youv'e been running it for over 10 minutes. My male anatomy resembled the undercarriage of an aircraft as it quickly retracted to escape any harm from the freezing cold water. The simple solution was to dive back out again ad get a few buckets of red hot water to try and warm the thing up....i mean...afetr all I did buy this for the kids!!! So there it was....fully inflated...water at a reasonable 'heated pool' type temperature and all ready for the family afternoon of fun. The water was that deep that even with me sitting up in it it covered almost all of my chest, and it was long enough for me to stretch out in too...but ...what did the kids think? Ever seen that episode of the SIMPSONS where they buy a pool and all the local kids come round to use it?? Thats your answer! Our 3 year old couldnt keep out of it! However its very necessary to have adult supervision at all times with water, so that was my excuse for lounging about in it all day :0). We only found a couple of bad points about our miniture swimming pool. a) It took ages to inflate without a foot pump b) either cover it up or empty it on a night, cos if you dont it fills with bees, wasps and other winged critters! But the advantages far outway the bad points! a) Its luxury to sit in and watch the neighbours sweat
ing as they mow thier lawns, I just politley raised my can of Stella toward them and smiled! b) It kept the kids amused all day, even kids I had never seen before! c) once the kids were all tucked up in bed the pool was still there, the wife tried to get me out , but we both ended up in it!!! (DONT TELL THE KIDS!!) So as you can see, what turned into an awful hot shopping trip turned into one of those really memorable summer days and all thanks to our new found MASSIVE paddling pool! Usual precautions though... Never inflate at a petrol station, it will explode... Always use sun protection, but beware ...this makes it really slippy getting in and out of the pool Apart from that its just a really pleasent experience, not just for the little kids, but for this big kid too!!
The pool is large in diameter (12ft) and deep enough to swim in (30 inches), easy for 2 people to erect quickly, supplied with a 230v filter which is capable of pumping 600litres an hour. The pool is now available with a cover, however we bought our cover separately Sold in Argos for £299. After many years of being fed up of flimsy small pools that did not seem to last one summer, let alone try to store it for next year, we tried to find one that was large enough for our family of 4 children and comfortable for a couple of supervising adults We were fortunate to be visiting a local discount store and saw the pool for sale for £129. Thinking that it must be a mistake we confirmed the price with a salesman and ordered one to be picked up the next day. Although we have a small garden, we have a large piece of land and felt that the pool was not only suitable for the children to play in along with their friends on the land, it would serve as an ideal water storage tank for our gardening venture. The pool was very easy to erect, it took two adults less than half an hour to put up. The liner is made of substantial heavy gauge plastic and is nothing like any pool material that I had ever seen before. The instructions were very easy to read and follow, and even included instructions for the use and maintenance of the filter unit. All seams are double plastic welded and there is one hole in the side that is filled with a bung and screw lock plastic cap for the filter to sit in or to release the water from. Around the whole outside of the pool runs a fabric band and a rope for correct positioning of the legs which prevents the l.egs from splaying under the sheer weight of water. There are 10 plastic hollow tube upright legs, that rest in plastic cups for even weight distribution, which suspends the pool liner from post to post using top frames poles, which are also made of the same plastic, but slightly larger bore
to avoid any confusion in assembling, and T pieces which are then fixed into place with small plastic pegs that lock the frame firmly together. Inside the pool are restraining bands for the filter tubes to go through Filling the pool however is a different story!!. I have no idea how long it takes to fill from a hosepipe, but I would recommend that you might consider filling the day before. We use a petrol water pump to pump the water from our lake to the pool, and that takes about two hours. I would also take into consideration when thinking about buying this pool is whether your house in one of the properties with a water meter!! When full, the pool looks spacey, grand and inviting, it has been in use for the second summer now, and has never failed to provide hours and hours of enjoyment for mine and many others children (Always under strict supervision of course). There is sufficient space and depth to teach smaller children to swim, but the pool is also small enough to encourage confidence in non-swimmers. The filter is a great idea, however slightly impractical in the middle of a field and has remained dormant in my shed since new. The filter is not to be used with anyone in the pool, it simply is turned off when the pool is occupied, and switched back on when empty of all occupants. I am aware that there is a 10 ft version of this pool although I have no idea of the cost. For a large garden, where you do not want a permanent pool, then this is an ideal choice. Even in properties with a water meter, the filtration system will keep the water clean for most of the summer and will only require top ups during this time. Chemical water cleaners can be used in this pool, and when properly used, without any ill effects to the liner. I feel that there are very few disadvantages with this pool, mainly the fact that it is not possible to buy steps for the pool, and the price. It is an ex
pensive investment, but in my opinion worthwhile for hours of fun during the summer. The company who distributes the pool also has a GB help line number and are happy to supply replacement parts from T pieces to entire pool liners for a charge. Store the pieces carefully to prevent any lost pieces. In all a great pool, and a lot of fun.
When I first wanted a paddling pool for my boys I went shopping for something a bit different. They were just getting into pretend playing and like most children they love fire engines and cars ect. Thays why when I saw this pool I was really pleased as it was shapped like a fire engine. It also had a stiring wheel and a hose attachment for added fun, which ment the children could spray each other to keep cool. This pool is quite big and it is deep, the lengh of this pool is 183 cm and the depth is 40cm. It was made of a very durable material and even when fully blown up it remained sterdy and strong. This pool can also be used as a ball pond as it is deep so the balls wont spill out. My children have hours of fun with this pool pretending to drive and squirt the water. this pool was a great buy at £30 as it is so much fun. The only bad point to this pool was the time it took to blow up and that it could only be blown up by an electric pump. it took about 1hr to blow up but I could not leave it as I had to hold the valve into the hole other wise it slipped out. This was a bit of a nightmare as i had 2 very exited children waiting. When it was all blown up though they loved it and at one point there where 4 children playing with room for more. Although this product is expensive for a pool it does bring lots of fun. Also because of the shape of this pool there is the top of the fire engine which is a shelter so if the kids need to they can get away from the sun in the shade. this is good as this pool is part covered so your child can have the best of both worlds while playing. Thanks for reading this
I wanted a paddling pool for my nieces fourth birthday present, she has got a two year old sister who she plays with all the time. I wanted something that they could both play in and keep them happy for a while, I saw an Inflatable Playground Paddling Pool in Argos superstore for thirty five pounds. What I noticed that was good about it was it had a lot of activities as well as the pool. It takes about half an hour to inflate it, but it is worth it when it is done, At the side of the main paddling pool is a mini wading pool, which is ideal for younger children. In the mini pool is a plastic basketball hoop and four balls, this keeps the children happy for ages, in the main pool are two palm tree sprinklers, which have to be operated by a garden hose, this is not supplied. My sisters children love it and once they are in it she can't get them out, it is worth every penny.
Way back when our british summer was due to start !! we decided to purchase a new paddling pool for our 4 year old son. The inflatable playground pool by Wet Set looked by all accounts a whole lot of fun. I had seen it in various shops with the average price being between £29.99 and £39.99. When I saw it in a sale for £24.99 I decided to that the plunge. When the sun finally showed itself we decided to inflate it... thats when the fun began. The instructions advise against using a pressure pump to inflate but after half an hour of unsuccessful foot pumping we decided that it was the only option. Unable to find an electric pump suitable for just this purpose - we had no alternative but to purchase a inflater for car tyres (although the box advised that it could be used for airbeds, dinghys and so on). There was another £19.99 on the bill! It meant we had to power the inflater from the car cigarette lighter - thus putting a drain on the batterey - not ideal. Almost 2 hours later the pool was blown up - another 20 minutes to fill and play could commence. To be fair our 4 year old had a fantastic time in the pool, enjoying especially the slide and the palm tree sprinkler. Of course once play is over comes the matter of empting the pool. It does have a plug hole but that amount of water all in one place does take a long while to drain and causes a pretty major flood! Alternatively you could leave the water in for the next day - but you would of course need to empty all the insects, leaves and other floaters before play commenced. Also if you leave it full of water it is impossible to move (the pool is 8ft x8ft) so of course when it is eventually moved the grass underneath looks very poorly. Ideally you should deflate and re-inflate every time you need to use it - but how do you make a 4 year old understand that he can play in his pool in about 2 and half hours !! Not very easily. It was definately one of those "good idea at the
time" purchases and I am certain my little boy would have been just as happy in an ordinary round pool - after all its the water that creates the fun - not the pool.
I bought the playgroung paddling pool from Costco in Manchester at the incredible price of £18 - it is £35.00 in Argos (item 7 page 757) and to be honest even at that price it is a good deal. We had a few days of sun in June.... and my husband and I decided that we shouldn't waste any time and inflate the pool whilst the sun was out... It took us an hour to do it, that's the down side. My son played in the pool all day with his friend, there is so much for them to do, there is one small but deepish part and a big part but it is shallower. The small slide is big enough, once wet it goes really fast - They loved that bit! The basket ball hoop and palm trees are a very nice touch. One of the palm tree is also a fitted sprinkler that you link with your hose pipe. I only used it on and off. Quality wise, it does feel like very strong PVC and good quality over all. It didn't took too long to fill it up, I used watering cans for warm water and the sprinkler was on for a little while and did the rest of the work. Though it flooded the garden when it was time to empty it! When my friend saw my son and her daughter having such fun in there, she went to Costco and bought one for her daugher! Her daughter is just turned two but didn't seems bothered at all by the size of the pool. If you don't have a Costco near you, I think at the moment it is in the Argos Sales.
Includes waterslide, wading pool, water sprayer, ring toss game, sea snake and ball toss hoop. You purchase your brand new inflatable paddling pool for the kids, you blow it up, fill it up, and you're set to go... Are paddling pools a simple and affordable way of keeping your little angels entertained during summer or are they a hassle? Tell us about your experiences.