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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.

Hoping For the Return of the Big Splash Center?

Since the Big Splash Center was discontinued years ago, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of requests to produce this product again.

Step2 Big Splash Center

We sincerely appreciate the feedback we receive from our customers and welcome any feedback about our products. Because of your feedback, we’ve brought back the Pedal Farm Tractor and the Choo Choo Wagon. We’ve also passed the feedback about the alternatives to the discontinued Kangaroo Climber to our research and development team.

Here is some of the feedback we’ve already received about the Big Splash Center:

“I am curious to know why step 2 discontinued slide that goes w/big splash pool? They are a HOT item on ebay!” –Anonymous

“BRING BACK THE BIG SPLASH POOL/Slide. There is not one out there that is as durable.” – Lora

“I want a Step 2 Big Splash Center for the grandson and dogs to cool off in, but I can’t find one. I don’t want a cheap pool that won’t endure a southern summer! Be different and market a useful item that lasts! Please consider producing this item again…” -M. Ryan

“Please bring back the Step 2 Big Splash Pool! We had ours for 13 yrs, 5 kids, numerous neighbor and daycare kids before it got a crack in it only because our son jumped on it when it was turned upside down. I am heart broken to find out that this slide isn’t available anymore. Please bring it back!” -Amy

What do you think? Do you want the Big Splash Center to return? Is there another Step2 product that you wish we would bring back? While we can’t ensure that this or any item will return, we welcome your feedback!

**Update**

Thank you all so much for your feedback and passion regarding the big splash pool. Over the last few months here at Step2, we have been trying to find a way to make this product so that it is affordable to customers, affordable to ship, and still has all of the features and quality you would expect from Step2. Unfortunately, we are unable to come up with that right combination, and therefore, we have decided not to move forward with bringing this product back.