Sunday, June 19, 2011

step2 :: extreme coaster

My kids are thrill seekers. They love to have fun. And they LOVE to be outside! As a mom, I love having safe AND fun toys for my girls to play with. After learning more about Step2 at Toy Fair in New York, I have now had the opportunity to research them further with their Sand & Water Fun Farm (click HERE for previous review) and now their Extreme Coaster.

Thrill-seeking children, rejoice! Step2® has redesigned the classic Up & Down Roller Coaster to bring roller coaster fun to a wider age range. The Extreme Coaster features rugged double-wall construction and wide built-in steps for stability. Made in USA.

T.O.Y. (Toy of the Year) Awards, Family Fun Magazine

OMGoodness do my girls LOVE this!!! They just do it over and over and over. And it's great because they can do it "most of the time" completely on their own.

I was reading the reviews on Step2's site and I wanted to address just a couple things.
  • One complaint was the setup. While it was a little intimidating, if you follow the directions and are able to get help from someone else, setup is fine. However, my husband was able to set this up on his own without the need for assistance.
  • The second thing that they have a complaint about was the "unsafe features". While yes this is a tall toy and has capabilities of the child going fairly fast, I believe that if you are there watching your child and being hands on with them, the opportunity to have an accident drastically diminishes. Simply my two cents. :)
  • Yes it is heavy, but once you set it up, find a spot that you won't have to move it. We don't have this luxury, so each time the girls want to play on it, we simply move it out into the driveway. No biggie really.

You must be thinking to yourself - "I can't believe she has her 2-year old on this!" Just to clarify, Step2 does specify ages 3 and up, however my little one is quite confident with herself and we are closely there watching. Yes, I should have her helmet on, but of course I forgot when I was taking this video. For extra protection for your little one's noggin', just put on a helmet if you are worried.

Stay tuned to Step2 via Facebook and Twitter. You will be the first to hear about their new products as well as great deals! While you are at their site, be sure to look at their Current Specials Section, where you will find sale and clearance items as well as free shipping opportunities!

One last thing I wanted to note:
Step2 will be featured in a special two-part episode of Designing Spaces’ Miracle Makeovers To Remember series. Step2’s donation to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will help turn an ordinary children’s hospital playroom into a fun and loving environment. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital offers cancer treatments, brain surgeries, heart transplants and many other rigorous procedures for kids of all ages. At this hospital, no one is refused treatment and everyone is treated equally so it’s about time these children received a gift for their courage!

The first episode was aired on Lifetime Television June 17th, but you can still catch the episode on June 24th at 7:30 a.m. ET and PT.

Extreme Coaster :: $249.99 (Save $10 now via Step2's site) - Shipping is extremely reasonable via Step2 as well - Just sayin'! :)

shannonsignature copy*I was sent the extreme coaster to conduct this review using personal experience. The opinions expressed are my own.*


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