As a Step2 Ambassador, I was sent this item at no cost to facilitate this review.
Although it may not feel like Spring is very near for parts of the country still buried deep in snow, it really is just around the corner! Soon enough, we’ll all be sending our kids to the backyard to stretch their legs, get some fresh air, and direct some of their endless energy into good wholesome outside play! Not everyone lives close to a safe community park, but with a Step2 Play Up Gym Set, it is possible to have a little playground of your own in your backyard!
We were thrilled to be able to try out this outdoor play set, and since the weather here in Florida is always nice, we were able to set it up right away. As you can imagine, the 145 pounds of pieces were delivered in a ginormous box. Assembly was fairly straightforward, but the directions could have been a little more clear, since it they contained mostly pictures without a lot of description. It took me and my dad almost 4 hours to assemble, but that’s to be expected for a product this size. Step2 recommends that you set up your Play Up Gym Set on mulch, but we haven’t had a chance to add that into our yard just yet. Since our ground is nice and soft I think we’ll be okay in the interim.
Its always refreshing to receive an item that looks exactly like the online listing, and this gym set is exactly what Step2 photographs it to be. The structure is sound and sturdy on its own, made from durable poly construction. Although it comes with ground anchors to secure the swing set to the ground, it can be moved later after assembly, so you aren’t committed to one location in your yard. This is a really fantastic feature for us since we live in Florida and hurricanes and severe wind storms can hit hard. We can just remove the stakes and move the set into the garage when necessary.
This is a playhouse and a swing set duo, making it the ultimate backyard jungle gym. It is recommended for ages 3-6 and can entertain several children with the number of things to do. Kids can slide, swing, and slide and engage in all sorts of pretend play in this set. The red steering wheel that also doubles as a ship helm is big hit!
I feel like this play set is very safe for children since the play house is not too high off the ground and has a support bar in the back. The stairs going up to the play house are close together and sloped, and the slide has plenty of space at the end for children to find their footing and avoid falling off at the bottom.
Most importantly, the swings are made of rope and not of metal chains that can rust and pinch small fingers and skin. If you have a child that’s on the smaller side, or a child younger than 3, you might want to consider getting the Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing that’s compatible with this set. I’ve already placed an order for one since my little guy has a tendency to slide backwards on the swing, and we have another baby on the way that will sure it for years to come.
This color palette is new for Spring 2015! The existing model has been updated with these new earthy colors, which I think really blend in well with any backyard. The entire set looks like it will be able to withstand harsh weather, both heat and snow, for years and years to come.
My son has really had a blast with this since we set it up! I love being able to play with him outside on a structure that is designed for his age group, safe to play on, securely built, and inspires imagination. Hours can go by without complaint, and I can see this being a well-loved backyard activity for several years, and such a fun set to have for play groups and when friends come over.
We’re so pleased with our Play Up Gym Set and I’m sure your kids would have a ball with it too!
Check out my YouTube video of my little guy in action on the Play Up Gym Set:
Buy it: You can purchase the Step2 Play Up Gym Set on the Step2 website for $464.99.
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