Features a deep and spacious play area so that multiple children can enjoy its features at the same time. Simple to assemble and fold away for storage. All materials are skin-friendly and scent-free. Available in pink, blue, and more.
Very lightweight, so can move around easily.
Made of wipe-clean polyester with layered stitching and a wire frame. Features 6 mesh sides, an open top, and a tie-up fabric door. Comes with a storage bag. Measures 55 inches wide and 27.5 inches high.
May be lacking in durability.
Tent provides shaded, outdoor ball pit fun. Breathable mesh sides allow for air circulation and visibility. Pop-up design is quick and easy to assemble/disassemble. Offers little ones a novel yet safe “hideaway” ball pit experience.
Balls must be bought separately.
Soft ball pit available in multiple colors. Made of memory foam and comes with a mat insert. Zippered cover is detachable and washable. Measures 35.5 inches wide and 11.8 inches high. Walls are 2 inches thick.
Does not store as compactly as some other options.
Set comes with 3 tunnels, the main ball pit, 3 tents, stakes, and 4 Velcro balls. Features a basketball hoop, ball throw activity, and dartboard activity. For indoor or outdoor use. Comes with a storage bag.
Takes longer to set up than some other options.
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Eric McMillan's desire to create engaging and imaginative spaces for children to explore led to the invention of the ball pit. At one time, you could only experience the thrill of a ball pit by visiting a theme park. Today, ball pits can be located anywhere, including your own home.
Although it's not difficult to buy a ball pit for your home, there are many options you need to think about to be sure the one you’re considering is best for your situation. Is a ball pit enough or do you need more play space? Will it be used outdoors? How many children will be playing inside the ball pit?
A ball pit is simply a space that contains plastic balls. Anything can serve as the pit. If you're in college, you can close the doors and fill up your dorm hallway with thousands of balls and have a blast. But if you're a parent of a young child, you want something much safer. You want a product that is specifically designed to encourage exploration, learning, and the development of motor skills while promoting the advancement of social skills. You want something soft and yielding – not hard plastic – to reduce the risk of injury.
Although many of the elements of a ball pit are optional, there are three considerations that can be thought of as deal breakers if they don't match your specific needs: age range, capacity, and location.
If you have an exceptionally young child, you must be sure that the ball pit you’re considering is appropriate for their age. A ball pit that’s too large could be overwhelming or frightening to a very small child. Likewise, one that’s designed for a toddler won’t hold much interest for a five-year-old.
It becomes a safety issue when you try and squeeze additional kids into a ball pit that’s only designed to hold one or two children. An overcrowded play area is a good way to encourage an unnecessary and fully preventable injury.
If you plan on using your ball pit outside so your child can get some fresh air while playing, it needs to have certain features, such as ground stakes that secure the structure and keep it from blowing over on a windy day. It also needs to be easily cleanable. If you try to regularly use an indoor-only ball pit outdoors, you will be disappointed.
Unlike the above, these options are not deal breakers. However, they do greatly enhance the fun of your ball pit.
Special features are the little things, anything from a target to throw the balls at to a basketball net. These are the extra items that allow your children to take their play to the next level.
Having just a ball pit is perfect for very young children. However, once a child is old enough to explore on their own, a ball pit that includes tunnels and other structures, such as a castle, to crawl through will greatly enhance the fun factor.
Most home ball pits are manufactured from a pop-up mesh that allows you to quickly set up or break down the ball pit. Some other models are inflatable, combining the fun of a bounce house with the thrill of a ball pit.
Unless you plan on leaving your ball pit set up 24/7 and will never take it with you on a playdate or move it to another location, you’ll prefer a lightweight ball pit that is easy to set up and take down and takes up minimal storage space.
Unfortunately, most ball pits don’t include the balls. You need to purchase them separately. If the ball pit you’re considering does come with balls, make sure they’re nontoxic and BPA-free.
You wouldn't make your child a chocolate birthday cake if their favorite was vanilla, would you? It's just as important to get toys right. Favorite colors and themes coupled with a stimulating design can make the difference between a ball pit that gets used every day and one that sits in the playroom forever neglected.
Ball pits are generally not very expensive. You can get a pop-up playpen designed to hold balls for as low as $10. From $15 to $25, you’ll find tents that can be filled with balls for more contained play.
As you move into the $25 to $50 price range, you can purchase a ball pit with multiple pits and connecting tunnels.
Over $50, the ball pits are a little more durable and better suited to older kids. These might also feature an overall theme, such as a pirate ship or a castle. If you’re considering spending more than $100, you’ll find inflatable units that can handle rougher activity. With most ball pits, the balls are purchased separately, so you’ll need to budget for the additional cost.
One of the most baffling challenges for parents can be cleaning the balls in your ball pit. If you have 500 balls, you don’t have time to care for each one individually, washing, disinfecting, and drying it so it’s ready for tomorrow's play session. Following are some creative tips to help you solve this cleaning dilemma.
A. If you purchase a ball pit that doesn't include balls or you want a few more, remember that the balls come in different sizes. Also, the number of balls you need depends on the depth you want in the ball pit. On average, 500 balls will fill a space that’s six feet square to one foot deep.
A. The balls come in a variety of sizes and colors. Most come in some kind of mesh container and are nontoxic, BPA-free, and crush-proof. The general price range is from $10 to $20 per 100 balls. Features like unusual colors or jumbo size tend to make the balls more expensive.
A. Some ball pits are deeper and designed for older children, while others are geared to toddlers. The best thing to do is check the manufacturer's age recommendations before purchasing to be sure your child will be safe and happy using the ball pit you’re considering.