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The Great Indoors: Bringing Outdoor Toys Inside

With winter fast approaching, play will be moving indoors before you know it (if it hasn’t already!). One of our customers came up with a great idea for moving her kids’ outdoor toys inside. As a mom of three, all under the age of seven, who lives in Sacramento, California, she is faced with entertaining her children during six winter months of chilly and rainy weather and four months of insufferable hot weather. She has a great yard with many outdoor toys, but they can only be used for about two months.

Feeling that interactive play is important to her kids, she came up with a neat idea for continuing play indoors.

She brought the kids’ sand and water table inside. To protect her home from water damage, and her vacuum from self-destructing, she replaced the sand with dried beans and the water with balls made of plastic. They squealed with delight at having this outdoor toy indoors and played together for hours.

Thinking that she was on to something she brought in a small climber and slide that are each made of plastic and easy to move. With two choices, the kids spend time with one toy and then moved to the other, preventing them from getting bored.

She also has a playhouse for the kids. Figuring that the family room was now more a playroom,  she moved the playhouse in as well, after thoroughly cleaning the inside of leaves, webs and spiders.

Looks like she really was on to something as her kids now want to know if their pool can come inside too! She won’t go as far as to bring that inside, but is happy that her kids can now continue playing with some of their favorite outdoor toys inside this winter.

Alternatives to the Discontinued Kangaroo Climber

UPDATE: Thanks to all of this feedback, we have brought the Kangaroo Climber back in updated colors! To view the new Kangaroo Climber, click here.

We often get questions from customers asking us where the Kangaroo Climber can be purchased. Although the Kangaroo Climber was discontinued in December 2009 and no longer available for purchase, we still offer the Koala Climber.

The Koala Climber has a similar structure with exterior step-up walls for climbing. The main difference between the two climbers is the Koala Climber does not have a Dutch door.

Discontinued Kangaroo Climber

Koala Climber

The new Panda Climber is another all-in-one activity gym for toddlers. It also features a crawl-through tunnel and fun slide.

Panda Climber

How do you think the Koala Climber and new Panda Climber compare to the Kangaroo Climber?