Recently, I got the good news that I was selected to be a Little Tikes Brand Ambassador! For my first review (and giveaway!) I wanted a fun toy that would grow with my little guy. I didn't need to look any further than the Little Tikes Fold Away Climber!
The Little Tikes Fold Away Climber is a folding gym that's designed for indoor or outdoor use. It's packed with fun features for little ones ages 18 months - 4 years. They can climb, crawl, hide, play soccer, play basketball, slide, and even throw a baseball with the Fold Away Climber! Then, when your little one is all tuckered out, this great playground simply folds away, making storage a breeze!
First things first, let's talk assembly. When my Little Tikes Fold Away Climber arrived the box was opened on one end, but my UPS lady assured me that all the pieces were there. My husband and I got to work on assembling the climber during nap time, hoping to surprise our little guy when he work up.
Assembly wasn't too difficult and we had most of it done within 20 minutes. Unfortunately, once we got to the last few steps we realized that the basketball backboard was missing. A quick phone call to Little Tikes customer service quickly rectified the situation, and only 5 days later we had the missing piece in hand. The customer service representative was so lovely too! It was really no hassle at all, and she took great care of us. Even with the backboard missing, the wubba was still thrilled when he woke up and saw that big red slide!
Here it is with the backboard installed and all ready to go:
The Fold Away Climber has a unique design so there are several different activities all packed into a relatively small space. In just a few seconds the Fold Away Climber will unfold into a mini-playground that will entertain your child for hours!
The Fold Away Climber is packed with features!
On the large green section, the Fold Away Climber features an adjustable basketball hoop that will grow with your child. A soft, bouncing basketball is included with the climber. Underneath the basketball hoop is an image of a baseball glove which is a perfect target if you've got a future MLB star on your hands. Directly underneath that is a soccer or hockey net.
The yellow piece of the Fold Away Climber is a climbing wall. There are a few steps for your child to climb and a cut-out handle so they can keep their balance. Once they get to the top, they can follow the little footsteps on the gray platform to the slide.
The gray platform is held up by a purple post and this little nook is perfect for curious crawlers to explore. My little guy loves to play hide and seek and peek through the different sections of the climber. When the child is on top of the platform and headed for the slide there is a great handlebar for them to hold onto. I do wish there were a railing in place on top of the platform, since my son is still a little unstable on his feet. It would be nice if there were a handrail from the yellow climbing wall to the purple slide post, but for now I've just been pushing that side up against a wall for a little added stability.
My little guy has really been enjoying the Fold Away Climber. I was a little unsure he'd be able to fully use all of the features since he's only 14 months old, but he's been crawling and climbing all over it!
He especially loves to make baskets!
He's also great at sliding! He can't quite climb up the wall unassisted yet, but he's getting close. He's fearless and slides down the slide too (then tries to climb back up the slide over and over again)!
The Fold Away Climber keeps him entertained for quite a while! I love that this can be used indoors or outdoors too. It's especially nice in Florida since we have rainy afternoons on most days.
The most unique feature of the Fold Away Climber is it's ability to simply fold away once you're done playing for the day. You just unscrew the purple post and the gray platform folds up, as does the slide. It makes storing the Fold Away Climber so much easier! Plus, you can still shoot hoops if you leave the basketball hoop in place!
Overall, I'm thrilled with the Little Tikes Fold Away Climber! It's packed with features and keeps my son entertained for quite a while! It can easily transition from inside to outside use, or easily fold away to store. I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a great gym/playground for their child!
Buy it: You can purchase the Fold Away Playground on the Little Tikes website for $129.99.
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Disclosure: I am a Little Tikes Brand Ambassador and received the Fold Away Climber in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own and may differ than yours.