“ Brand: Little Tikes / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
My daughter turned 3 earlier this year and while looking for inspiration for her birthday present i came across the little tikes 8 in 1 tropical playground. We already had the little tikes activity cube and playhouse but she was getting too big for these and we decided to sell them in order to fund the tropical climber which we hoped would last her til she was at least 7/8 years old. It is basically a huge clibing frame with a tunnel and 2 slides, one small one for younger children, and one big wavy one for i would say age 3+ though my cousins 18 month old enjoyed it!!! The frame is made of the usual high quality little tikes plastic, and despite looking extremely daunting in pieces it was suprisingly easy to put together, it took myself and my husband about an hour. The pieces are all lettered and go together in order. When it is up it is very impressive and very tall, with its crawl through tunnel, hideaways underneath, various levels and the slides, there is also a round window in the very top next to the slide. Now for the downside, having researched these thoroughly before buying one, and asking for opinions on various sites and from people i know, i was told that they can be a great toy thats used everyday, or an an expensive waste of money-and this turned out to be the latter, my daughter lost interest in it very very quickly. The larger slide being wavy and having a drop at the end rather than being flat can be quite scary for a young unconfident child such as my daughter, and the only other option slide wise was far too small for her, her legs were almost to the end just sitting at the top. The frame as a whole is a lovely thing and being very colouful (though some of the panels fade very quickly in sunlight, a common thing with little tikes) it looked lovely in the garden and for children who like climbing and fast slides etc it would be a great purchase, just wasnt right for us.
We were passed on one of these activity gyms and it was 10 years old at the time.
It had faded in the sun somewhat but that didn't seem to bother my 2 children who loved it and played on it regularly from about 2 years old to 5 years old. The slide was well used up until about the age of 4 when it became much more of a role play tool. It became a ship, a castle, a cave, a platform for many cars to "fly" from and many cuddly toys had picnics on/in/under it. They've lost interest in it more recently however claiming it's too babyish! After a few months of no use it found a new home in our local school reception playground where it's loved and well used once again :)
To buy them at £70 is money well spent as it'll clearly last many children. Having spent probably 15 years outside in all weathers ours is still as solid as a rock - rather beaten up looking now but still as sturdy as ever.
Little Tikes Adventure playground. A gargantuan Childs plastic climbing frame, supplied by the world-renowned manufacturer Little Tikes. Costing in the region of £500, this frame can accommodate up to 8 children simultaneously. Designed for children aged 3 and over this vast brightly coloured climber will be the envy of every child in the neighbourhood. Available at Toys'r'us and other quality toyshops, but check around and do your homework as the price can vary considerably between them. Our Adventure playground was a special present from the entire family (due to the cost), and after a huge search and much investigation Toys 'r' Us were the closest and most keenly priced. Other shops were retailing it for £600 plus delivery, and as the nearest stockists were 60 miles away, delivery wouldn't come cheaply. Delivery was a problem in its own entity. It was promised at a certain time, and delivered considerably later and only after threats to rent a van to collect it ourselves and bill Toys 'r' Us accordingly. Lo and behold the next it arrived in 3 huge boxes. So how big is it? Without the slides it is over 2 metres high and just under 2 metres wide. The slides add another 3 metres to the required space. What activities does it have? It has a small slide (Nursery size about 2ft from the ground), and a long wavy slide (About 5ft high) A crawl through tunnel, peek a boo window and 4 platforms to climb upon. On the underneath are crawl through holes that also permit a child to climb up to the platforms for extra play value. Access to the slides is by climbing up one of the two access platforms and following the path through the frame, finally finishing by hurtling down the wavy slide. The frame is constructed in true Tikes style with weather resistant blown plastic, which as you would expect is durable and resilient. The top parts of the towers have
vertical slots allowing children to peek through, though that part does resemble a prison LOL. Ours is in Evergreen colours(Green red and cream), but the newer versions are tropical(Purple, jade, yellow and cerise) How easy is it to assemble? It needs at least two people due to the size. Overall the individual pieces are not too heavy and utilise Little Tikes unique slot and lock assembly system with a need for minimal screws and bolts. The pieces have the numbers moulded into them, preventing any misunderstandings in assembly. A certain amount of brute force is needed too. There is no need for ground pegs or to concrete the unit into the ground. The towers have been very well designed and as a complete unit it is extremely stable. The instructions were brilliant, but we encountered a problem with the crawl through tunnel, the holes were incorrectly drilled causing complete frustration for my hubby who was convinced that he had done something wrong. No problem, a phone calls to Little Tikes help line, and the next day a new tunnel piece arrived in the post. Was it worth that much money? Personally I am happy with it, instead of the smaller climber units that Little Tikes make which are designed for children aged 1 to 6, this had a far wider age range. It is recommended for children aged 3 to 10 years and will probably last a lot longer than that. There is the added advantage of being large and stable enough to easily accommodate 8children all playing at the same time. It will probably sit in my garden for years to come, and maybe even entertain grandchildren in the distant future. What about moving it around? That is a completely different story. When assembled it is extremely heavy and requires at least three people to lift and move it. You also need to take into account the fact that the slides poke out and create their own problems It is difficult to remove the s
lides to manoeuvre it around the garden, and you almost need another person just to guide the slides. Theft wise, unless the prospective theives are strongmen, it is quite safe in any garden, for additional deterrent, I suppose that you could even fill the blown plastic with cement. Are there any safety factors that I should be aware of? Due to the height of this unit it is recommended that the frame is used on soft surfaces, we have wood chips, which do cushion the children’s falls considerably. I would not dream of using this frame on concrete as the risks of serious injury are just too high. Downsides? Personally I don’t like the way that there are no handgrips on the steps to the platform as younger children’s hands are frequently not quite large enough to get a good grip resulting in several backwards falls. The large slide does not have a run off facility and abruptly ends 12 inches from the ground, I do not understand why Tikes have done this, and subsequently my children have winded themselves several times The price is very high for a children’s toy, but over the years it has proved itself to be an economic choice. What about cleaning it? A hose down a couple of times a year is all of the cleaning that is required, it is absolutely fine to use a mild detergent. In conclusion, this frame is ideal for the smaller garden, and I have seen several in use by nursery schools, but it is an expensive addition for the garden, however, it wil not rot or fall to pieces, and will never need replacing.
I bought the Little Tikes Tropical Junior Activity Gym for my daughter's first birthday. It is supposed to be for children aged from 1 1/2 - 4 years but she has not had a problem using it. It is very easy to assemble (although does require some force), with all the sides slotting together forming the climbing frame, leading to a platform and a slide. Underneath the platform is a crawl through tunnel. It is made of brightly coloured sun-resistant plastic, and is suitable for use indoors or outdoors. We have got ours in our dining room, but it is too bulky and so is going outside when the weather improves. It is big enough for two children to play at once. The slide is not very big but my 3 1/2 year old enjoys it as much as my one year old. It is very sturdy, even when my oldest child is climbing up the sides.
I have been a huge fan of Little Tikes since my kids (the eldest of whom is now a teenager)were tiny. The first Little Tikes purchase arrived about the same time as baby no 2 and was the house, which we had indoors in one house we lived in and outdoors in this one. When eventually my boys had exhausted its play value for themselves, we sold it to a neighbour whose kids I imagine are *still* enjoying it 11 yrs after it was originally purchased! Little Tikes products (if you haven't yet discovered them for yourself) are well-made, longlasting and sturdily built.Well worth the initial outlay, they even hold their value well if you eventually want to sell on. Out of all our Little Tikes items, the greatest play value has undoubtedly been had from the Wave Climber. I'm not sure if the exact model is still available, but the company does still do something similar.I would wholeheartedly recommend paying initially what seems like a lot of money, as this climber has provided hours of entertainment both for my kids and friends' little ones. We have had the Wave Climber about 6 years and it's still going strong despite the size and energy of my kids who are way past the recommended age for this equipment now. This has been used as a climbing frame, a house for them, a run (supervised!) for the guinea pigs, a look-out....you name it, it's been there. Some of my friends with babies have their eyes on it for when I eventually sell, but as long as I have friends with children it's staying! Without a doubt the Wave Climber has earned a long-term place in our garden, and after 6 years of use, it has faded slightly but is still as good as it ever was. Go check out the Little tikes climbers....it could be the best play value your kids ever have from something!