Play the Day Away...with Little Tikes

"Race, mama!" 

That is a common request from my daughter's lips. She loves "racing" back-and-forth in our great room or in our backyard. We'll count together..."1, 2, 3"...and then - with an enthusiastic "GO!" - we're off! It's one of her favorite games. 

Play the Day Away...with Little Tikes 1She also loves swinging and sliding and strolling and jumping and galloping. Movement is her middle name. Well, not really. But she does have a propensity to action.

If I said "yes" to every single one of her requests, I'd be the thinnest and strongest mommy around.  

When it comes to losing weight, gaining muscle tone, and/or building cardiovascular endurance, it's tempting to think we always need to do "BIG" things...Run a marathon. Go to the gym. Do 50 push-ups.

Those are all admirable goals worth pursuing, but sometimes the most feasible option is to PLAY with our kids - to say "yes" when they want to go for a walk or when they beg us to play tag or when they want us to demonstrate our mad hula-hooping skills for the 100th time. 

Play the Day Away...with Little Tikes 2The folks at Little Tikes were kind enough to send us a Fold Away Playground ($99.99) to review...and I have to say that the playground has been a fun incentive to get outdoors and get active. The playground features a climbing wall, an adjustable basketball hoop, a soccer/hockey net, and a slide (my daughter's favorite part...). Designed for little ones in the 1.5 to 5-year-old range, the playground is ideal for tots who are too young for bigger sets and for families with smaller homes/yards because it is quite compact (whether it's folded up or down). Although some 4-5 year olds might still get a kick out of the playground, it is probably best suited for 1-3 year olds.  At just shy of 100 bucks, it's also much more reasonably priced than other playgrounds in the same aisle at the toy store. 

P.S. Have you explored all of the other fun toys on the Little Tikes website? I just know my daughter would LOVE the Picnic on the Patio Playhouse or the Great Wolf Lodge Log Cabin!  

WIN IT! One winner will receive a Little Tikes Fold Away Playground ($99.99). To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, October 21 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.

*UPDATE* The winner is #64 Becca. Congratulations!

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437 comments on “Play the Day Away...with Little Tikes”

  1. What a great set for younger children! This would be perfect for my niece who is 15 mos. old. She's still too little for "big kid" playground equipment but this would be just her size. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  2. WOW! my son would use this so much. We have a small yard and would not be able to have some of the bigger outside toys and this would be perfect for him!!! And my older son could teach my youngest some things on it like how to play soccer or shot a hoop.

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  3. What a cute idea! I think if I don't win this one, I will buy one. Thanks for the great giveaway and great gift idea!

  4. What a clever idea for someone who has little space like in an apartment or a house with only 1,220sq. feet. Also what a perfect thing to carry over to grandma's house when she is baby sitting. Of course, Little Tikes,with their color combos are always inviting to a child.

  5. With Christmas coming, this would be an incredible thing to win! I would love to win this for my two-year-old. Thank you so much for your great site and the great contest!

  6. I have been looking for something exactly like this for...well...myself! HaHa... Actually, it is for my house. My girlfriend, Ali, just had a baby and I am babysitting for her while she goes back to work. This is her first child (and I certainly don't have any kids), and I would love to have something like this in my home! Oh how much he would love it...something to use up all his energy now with the winter months coming up and not being able to play outside as much! What a great cold weather play place for the indoors!

  7. This would be prefect for my son! I have been trying to find something for him to have outside to play on, but that can be put away in the storage building when he isn't using it so that it doesn't get filthy! Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

  8. What an awesome toy! You can always count on Little Tykes to be high quality. Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

  9. Being a phys ed teacher I love buying gifts for my niece that will keep her physically active. This playset would be perfect, I hope I win!!

  10. I have 2 acres of land but nothing for my grandkids to play on. This would be perfect because my daughter is very particular about what her son can play on and little tykes is a brand she trusts. She would definitely bring my grandbaby over more often if I won this.

  11. My cousin has one of these in her great room. I've been looking for one for my daughter but kept running into the $$$$$$$ problem. This would be ideal and perfect for my 2.5 year old daughter. She loves loves loves to play play play. I love that it doesn't seem too kitchen/dining area seems to be getting really filled up with toys....of course!

  12. Colorado snow is not always conducive to playing outside. This would be wonderful inside for my 20 month old and my 9 month old (who learned to crawl Saturday! She must have dreamt it)

    I'd love to win this.

  13. Okay, soccer and basketball? Wow. and I really do like how it folds. I was looking at one like this from Step2, but I think it was more expensive.

  14. This would be wonderful. I'm an aunt-to-be, for the first time. My brother and si-in-law are expecting.

    This is soooo practical, especially for those with limited space. It's not one of those super big, super bulky playsets. It's small enough that they can even use it in the living room.

    Incorporates a little of everything that kids want for to do for fun.

    Plus, the children can't get hurt as it's sturdy, secure and made out of plastic not metal.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Hope it's me :)

  15. What a great play set. My daughter would love this and it would be perfect to set up in the playroom so she can play all winter on it in the house.

  16. OHH This would be perfect for my son!! He loves to climb and play, but hes to small for the big playground like his sister...

  17. We live in an apartment in NYC. This would be perfect for days when it's entirely too cold or rainy to go outside.

  18. Throughout the years, our screened porch has been a little tikes haven with Little Tykes toys. What fun to add this to the collection!

  19. Little Tykes rock! Their products last for years and years. I would love to win this for my great nieces. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. This would be perfect for my 3 toddlers! I don't have the biggest back yard in the world and it would be awesome to have the ability to fold it down and put it out of the way sometimes!

  21. I have two little boys too big for this, but I would love to win it for my friends baby girl. I got to be her birthing coach and it was a fantastic experience being on the other side.

  22. This would be perfect for my new granddaughter. They are very crowded and the fact that it folds up and can be used in a small space is perfect!

  23. With three kids this would be a great item to have for them to play on while they're stuck inside during winter. It's great that it folds up so it doesn't take up much space while not in use. Also being a Little Tikes product it will last FOREVER.

  24. At last--a climbing wall! This would allow my one year-old to abandon her quest to scale her highchair and finally parental approval for her climbing efforts.

  25. It looks like a lot of different activities to keep the little ones interested. My granddaughters would love to have this. They're close enough in age to both enjoy it.

  26. This is certainly different, I love the idea it folds up, kinda think it will stay cleaner this way too. Plus for storage purposes it looks compact! Inside for winter fun and outside in summer for fresh air~Great contest, thanks!

  27. I love that this folds up. Playsets are so wonderful, but they take up space all the time whether they are being used or not. This solves that problem!

  28. This would be perfect for my young grandson. He would love to climb with this playground and it's even better since you can store it away when not in use. Great idea!

  29. I like that the Fold Away Playground can be used in or outdoors! I have twins 17 months old that would love this!!

  30. I love Little Tykes products. My kids love them to. My friend is having her first and this would be a great gift. Thanks for the fun contest.

  31. My son gets sooo mad when he cant go outside and play with his outside toys! This would be GREAT for cold or rainy days to keep my 14 month old and the 2 year old i keep inside AND happy!

  32. I love Little Tykes products they are very well made and always a big hit at our house. My kids would love the Fold Away Playground, especially in the winter when going outside is not an option way up north here.

  33. I just little Tikes products. They are strong and can endure whatever the kids put them thru. This set is great, my little girl would just love it.

  34. This is the perfect idea for people in small homes, apartments, etc. Children need exercise, and this is a sure and fun way to get it.

  35. My little grandson would have so much fun playing on this. He is ALL boy and loves to climb and slide at the park (even though he's only 1 1/2!). I am always looking for safe and healthy items for him and this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Oh that is SO cute!

    Her little smile makes me want it even more. Seeing such happiness is so great!

    I know my son would love something like this. Being ale to even put it up inside would be awesome!

  37. We love Little Tikes! This would keep my 16 month olds busy for ages! I also love that it folds up - we live in a small duplex and space is at a premium.

  38. well, I recently found out that I have a new grand-daughter. I really don't have any contact yet - with her mom - but hopefully soon. I think this would be a fabulous gift for the baby. thank you

  39. I need a big toy like this, I'm trying to make our basement more fun for winter days when we are stuck inside. This will be perfect!

  40. I would love to have this set for my toddler. It would come in handy on those long winter days when we are snowed inside and she is bouncing off the walls!

  41. Oh I would so love to win this from both of my grandbabies since we dont have anything outdoors for the to play on. Enter me please

  42. Little Tikes is made just down the road from me. My sons had all the Little Tikes toys and I would love to get some for my nephew. This would be great.

  43. Wow! What a playground set. I love that it's compact enough, yet still includes many different activities for the kids to enjoy.

  44. I think this is a great idea. I am glad that companies are starting to make smaller playground sets that could be used for people who are in big cities and apartments

  45. We put lots of these on our Christmas lists this year! I just love these!!! It is so nice to have things that are "just their size."

  46. My two kids would love this!! All of our Little Tykes gear is unbelivably durable. We would love to set this up in our playroom!!

  47. My son loves racing, too. You just can't have enough playthings for the kids. This looks like a nice option for playing outdoors, or bringing into the basement in the winter.

  48. This would be a perfect birthday present for my little boy! His birthday is in December. Would love more than anything to win this. This toy looks like so much fun!

  49. Oh my! This would be great! We have a 2 year old, and just found out on Wednesday that in March we will be welcoming another little boy!

  50. Homes are getting smaller, safe play space is harder to find and storage in general is murder. These products answer all of these problems and are easy to keep clean, too. A sound and solid answer to a problem. Bravo.

  51. My 2-year-old sister, Morgan, already climbs everything! This would be a great option so maybe she would stop climbing on the railings! I know she would have a great time on this!

  52. Since we're due in January, I haven't looked into the toddler toys, clothes, resources yet, but this is really great to know about for future! That 1.5 year old age is going to be right around the corner, and it's nice to know what you need or what could fit our lifestyle (we have a VERY small backyard) now, and not scramble or waste time researching/trying to find the right products later. Thanks for the great review. Sounds like this playset would fit our growing family perfectly and our son would really enjoy it. Thanks!

  53. I hate all the playground equipment at the parks nowadays...they have all these huge gaps up high where little ones can fall through. This would be perfect for my 2-year-old to play on at home and I wouldn't have to worry about following him around the playground.

  54. We had something similar when my son who is now 15 was little. The toy took up the whole corner of our living room. This would be wonderful for my twin granchildren.

  55. Wow, this is great, especially since the cold weather is almost upon us in NY. My son would really love playing with this, especially since we'll be indoors as I am about to start Medical leave to care for my mother. I love Little Tikes toys, they are really durable. I passed on Little Tikes toys from my first to third son.

  56. Another great toy from Little Tikes! I love the fact that it folds up. We don't have alot of storage space so we can't purchase the larger toys. This toy would be great. My son could use it and when we have guests then we could fold it up.

  57. This is perfect, especially for families with limited space. My kids would go wild over it. What a great giveaway.

  58. This prize would be perfect for us! We are adopting a toddler from Russia (a little boy!) and this prize would benefit him tremendously. During the cold winter when we finally get him home, we could use this to help him improve his coordination, balance and strength. AND it would be easy to store in our basement :)

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  59. Oh wow!!! This would be awesome for my little twin grandchildren. Since they live in an area were things get stolen if left outside my daughter can always bring it in when they are through for the day. PERFECT!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  60. My little niece would be in heaven with this toy. It's perfect, rugged, sturdy, entertaining and portable. I love it!

  61. It would be wonderful to win this bright and colorful Little Tikes playground! My grandkids would have a blast playing on it and I love that we can fold away when they aren't here. Our house is small so this would be perfect for our family. Great giveaway!

  62. I would love to win this for one of my great grandkids. with money so short, it would make a great Christmas gift.

  63. What perfect timing! With winter coming up it seems that they have, in fact, thought of everything. That wild child energy doesn't go away just because it's too cold to play outside. I love the idea of having a playset I can keep inside for those days when we just can't get out. Perfect!

  64. This looks amazing! It is always so much fun for kids to jump and play, and having something to climb on, well that just makes the fun extra, extra BIG! They do have so many great things there -- maybe some good gift ideas come holiday and birthday time! Thank you for the chance to win!

  65. My daughter just painted and decorated their basement playroom, and although they have a swing set outdoors, it's too big for the 20 month old. This would be so much fun for her...especially in the winter months to play indoors!

  66. This would be so awesome for my 1 year old. I'd love to take it along to grandmas as well...I know it would keep him occupied for a while!

  67. This is so neat! We're debating getting Samantha some kind of play thing like this but we live in a condominium with a very miniyard so there isn't a whole lot of room for one. That's great that Little Tikes now has one that folds up to save precious space!.

  68. Our family has been loyal Little Tikes customers for 2 generations now. I bought them for my kids and now my kids are buying them for thier tots. I have found Little Tikes to be enduring, even when left out in the cold Colorado winters, safe, and most of all fun. They spur the imagination and promote "safe" adventuring ie. climbing the little ladder, going down the slide, standing tall on top. Little Tikes are always worth the extra $$$ over the copycat brands.

  69. This is great for people like me that don't have a lot of space. We only have a small patio area for my toddler. Little Tikes stuff is very tough. We have a basketball hoop that has stood the test of time and abuse, and it's still in great shape!

  70. What a great idea! Looks so easy to deal with - moving in and out or around wherever! Hours of enjoyment for the kids!

  71. I would love to win this for my 2 yr old daughter! She loves to climb and play. We live in a small home with a small yard and don't have a play set for her because of space issues. This looks perfect!

  72. I'd love to win this for my son for christmas! I'm a single mom and this would help out great with my income

  73. I have always loved toys by Little Tykes. They are sturdy and hold up well. The fold up playground would keep my little boys occupied for a long time, rain or shine. Thanks for the chance to win!

  74. I love that Little Tykes has such an incredible quality to their products. My 8 year old had the work bench when he was 2. That thing went through it was a workbench, a jungle gym...and after 6 years when we gifted it to another little still looked great! My little Pea loves slides and balls. She'd get a great kick out of this wonderful prize! It would make a wonderful Christmas gift! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. my little man would love this he love to play and I work from home and have to find things to keep him busy in my office while I work and this would be perfect

  76. This would really be great to have for my girls. They would have a blast, thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway!


  77. My backyard has a spot just begging to be used. The Little Tykes Fold Away Playground would be just the thing. My two year old grandson would have something else to play and climb on instead of the lawn chairs!

  78. love the brand and love the quality- would love to have this for my house- but probably would bring it over to gmas so she could have it put away when we are there

  79. Wow! What a great giveaway. We have a very tiny yard and I hate to leave things up for the kids to play in as the bugs and leaves and things get on everything. THis would be awesome to have and be able to fold up and put away. Plus my daughter and son could both enjoy this. thanks for the chance to win. =)

  80. First baby girl in 3 generations is coming our way in March. Since none of us are planning to spoil her (right!) this would be a fun item for us to watch her play. Let's hope we win!!

  81. Baby Daniel would love it. Of course, he's not rally a baby any more, but he's our baby... and it would fit on our deck!

  82. Little Tykes is the best. It holds up so well and this is great because you can fold it up and move it from outside to inside as needed. A terrific giveway. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  83. This would be so wonderful. Now that two of my grandchildren live with us it would be nice to have something in the yard for them to have fun with. Thank you so much!

  84. I love Little tykes products and have been looking for something like this for my two year old. He would love this.

  85. Wow, that Little Tikes Fold Away Playground would be great for my daughter since we live in the city and don't have a yard for her to play in!

  86. I would love to have this for my son. He is such a barrel of energy it would be great to have something for him to play on once it gets cold outside.

  87. What a brilliant idea! Why pay to have a massive wooden or metal playset installed in your backyard when this foldable playset does the job! Plus you can take it with if you move, or even just to visit the grandparents on holidays!

  88. Wow, we have no kiddie playyard type stuff in the yard. My kids would love it! Perfect for my 4 year old boy!

  89. This would be so perfect for my little man.
    Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
    I would LOVE to win !!

  90. I am so crossing my fingers on this one...I would love to be able to put this under the xmas tree for my daughter!!!!!

  91. My son, who is two years old, loves anything to do with balls or climbing. He is my future Allstar/All American. He is so active and I know he would enjoy this set. It would make a lovely gift for him. He is already working on his dribbling skills. :)

  92. My little one is so active and such a climber this would be a perfect item under the tree at Christmas for him.. Now if I can just keep his older brother off it we would be all set !! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway!!

  93. This would be soo awesome for my baby boy~~~! He could play EVERYDAY regardless of the weather outside if I won this!!!!!He would be a screeching for joy:)

  94. OMG! What a FANTASTIC prize! What an INCREDIBLE idea! I have four little boys ages 3 months, 2, 6 and 8 and this would be an amazing Christmas gift! It gets SO cold in the winter here that they can not go outside to play and I could set this up in the basement and they could burn off some of that never ending boy energy and have FUN! Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

  95. I love Little Tikes as they are the ultimate toys for kids. The foldaway playground would be the ultimate toy for my little one.


  97. Oh my - this would be perfect for my little boy and the fact we only have a patio for him to play outside. Fingers crossed!

  98. I love the idea that it folds up, and the basketball hoop part seems really cool. While my 3 and 5 year olds may not be that into it right now (we have bigger versions already) I do have two nieces who would love it!!!

  99. This just might be the perfect product ever for the little ones. It folds up????? Wow, what a great idea. Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. This is perfect! It can fold up and be tucked away when not in use! My toddler would love this and as my baby girl gets older, I know that she would also enjoy this. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  101. What a wonderful giveaway. I'd love to win this for my baby Jake. This is so great. I love that it folds up too. Thanks so much.

  102. With 3 kids we could really use this play set. It would be a great Christmas present for them. Thanks for the chance to win and for the fantastic giveaway.

  103. not too big, and not hard to install. looks about right. perfect for us since we're in a rental...we can take it with us when we move! course if we really had it...i don't think i'd ever pry my son loose from it.

  104. This would be perfect for my little one. He loves going to the playground park but can't really play on the big slides and swings. This is just right for him. Also, it's great because I could bring it indoors during the winter for him to play on.

  105. I saw this playground in this month's Parent magazine and knew it would be the perfect Christmas or birthday gift for my daughter. She loves any sport these days that involves a ball, and the slide is low enough that I wouldn't worry about her going up and down by herself. I'd love to win!

  106. I like the Classic Alligator Teeter Totter, it would be great to use along with your giveaway of the Fold Away Playground. I remember a dust devil actually picking my younger, tiny built, sister up off of the playground about 2 feet, when we were little. I grabbed her legs and pulled her back down. Her poor little legs looked like she had gotten a rope burn from the gravel it also picked up. I remember some kindergarden teachers running to us to see if we were okay. I rescued my one year younger sister then, and would have to from another minor calamity when we were in Junior High. She still remembers me helping her out, but she has helped me out alot as an adult. We need our siblings, and we need fun, both as children and adults. Good luck to all.

  107. This is just what we need for our tiny backyard. Our neighbors have the stand alone Little Tikes slide and my little guy played with it all summer long. The favorite use was when we put inside the kiddie pool!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. Oh, golly! My 16 month-old monkey boy would go bananas over this little playground! He's just such a climber, and well...we've got grass and dirt...but nothing really climbable. Plus, the basketball hoop will help fuel DH's dreams about an All-Star son, lol.

  109. Little Tikes does make really cool stuff for kids...even if it is plastic, which is not my favorite material. With a cold snowy winter on its way, I'm thinking one of these would be awesome in our family room! Crossing our fingers that our 1 and 3 year old might get a chance to play with one. So nice that it folds too!

  110. Mikayla still loves "ready, getset, go! She love to race mama but she always has to win. She loves to run and play and jump and I try to keep up with her so I can lose some weight. Lily would love a playset like this - everything we have is made for a 3 year old not a younger child.

  111. I would love to win this for my 22 month old. Christmas is coming and her birthday is the 19th of Dec. This would be great as daddy and I have been without work most of this year. So would be a great gift!

  112. Little Tikes has been a reliable brand for us, especially with active boys. This play set looks like a lot of fun, as well as practical since it folds up to store. My boys would love it!

  113. My son Isaac would just LOVE this! He loves to climb on everything including the tv stand. So If we had something that he's allowed to climb on...he would be so happy. And it would fit in our playroom!!

  114. I've been looking for something like this as it's just not possible for me to take my toddler to the park every single day. This will help me oh-so much by providing my active little one with a way to spend all that overflowing energy right at home. Winning this will be just plain awesome!

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

  115. This is the perfect gift for a toddler! My son would flip over this one. I love that it is a great inside or outside toy!

  116. I'd love to win this for my brother-in-laws child. They live in a condo so I like the fact that this is fold away. Thanks so much for the contest.

  117. My God-daughter and God-nephew would go crazy for this~! Their mother would probably just go crazy *because* of it. LoL.

  118. With winter approaching, this would a great toy for our basement. I know my daughter would get a lot of use out of it.

  119. This is just what my nephew would love. He is a very active 2 yr. old always trying to imitate the older kids playing basketball. He also enjoys playing his versions of soccer, this has a net perfect for his goals. This is the perfect size and portable to boot. Who could ask for more. Little Tikes is always on top of what kids love.

  120. What a great set. We like to bring some of our outdoor toys (bikes & such) indoors during the snowy winter, so a compact playground set like this would make that feasible. My 3 year old would probably love the nets, and my 1-1/2 yr old would LOVE the climbing wall! :)

  121. This is great! I have been wanting a climber for my son since the weather is getting cooler but its never in the budget. thanks!

  122. My children always loved Little Tikes. These products are so durable. Now that we have grandchildren I'm amazed at what all Little Tikes offers now. There is so much variety. And the fact this this one folds away is so neat cause Grandmas don't always have the need to have this stay up all the time... just when the sweet ones come to visit.

  123. Love Little Tykes! Gosh, they have so much more cute stuff now! I always had Lttle Tykes toys, kitchen's, playgrounds when my kids were small, I would love to be able to spoil my grandson with this! Thanks for the review and giveaway! :)

  124. This little playground would be great for us because we live in an HOA community and there are restrictions that says we can't have structures higher than our backyard fence (6 ft.). Even though that keeps my husband from having his much dreamed about workshed, my little guy will still be able to enjoy a wonderful playscape.

  125. That was neat I've never visited the Little Tykes website before. Sometimes you think everything you see in stores is all they offer. My son would love the Ford and Chevy combo pack..and its a good deal! We appreciate your giveaway and cross our figures to give for xmas present ;)

  126. We love little tikes! We just went to grandma's and got some of my brothers old little tikes toys... they hold up so well and are super easy to clean!

  127. Not only is this a great play center, it folds up for easy storage! My son is on his way in just two months and I keep seeing great stuff like this to buy him, my worst pregnancy symptom is compulsive shopping for sure!

  128. I had a kid-size slide when I was little. I'm pretty sure it was Little Tykes. I wish I knew what happened to that. Oh, the memories!

    I'd love to win this for my daughter! :)

  129. What a fabulous idea! My girls would love to have one of these inside to play with when it's too cold to play outside in the winter! Thanks!

  130. What an awesome toy...I love the fact that it is really an all in one! I've been racking my brain about what to get him for Christmas and I think you might have just saved the day!LOL! Thanks for introducing me!

  131. I forgot to mention that the kids are in love with the Little Tikes climber/slide at their doctor's office and that Jasper has just recently figured out how to climb onto it... Roo would love the soccer goal...

  132. My little man would be all over this Little Tykes toy. We love how the Litle Tykes toys we have had held up so far. Hopefully we will win this one!

  133. This is exactly what I've been looking for! A toy that I can pull outside during the winters in Metro Phoenix and inside during the hot summers. Would love it!

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