It’s getting to be that time of year. Hallelujah! The temperatures are rising and if you live in the north then you already know that the snow is melting. Everyone, kids included, have been suffering from cabin fever for too long! What can you do about it? How about getting your kids a climbing toy. There are varieties made for both the outdoors as well as indoors and they can be an excellent form of energy release.

We searched high and low for some of the best toddler climbing toys out there. We tried to make sure to find a variety that would be great for your child no matter what their age. We also wanted to include indoor, indoor/outdoor, and outdoor styles. If you’re not sure where to start in your search we’ve included a list of important features you should be aware of.

Our Top Picks

Dani LLC SportWood Climbing

Upgrade Choice

Dani LLC SportWood Climbing

SUNBA YOUTH Kids Tent w/ Tunnel

Best Budget Buy

SUNBA YOUTH Kids Tent w/ Tunnel

How to Pick the Best "climbing toys" for toddlers

1. Recommended Age

Climbing toys come in many sizes and styles so it is important that you choose one for your child that is in the recommended age range. The age recommendation is based upon certain aspects of the toy such as material, size, and a child’s development.

2. Size

There are small varieties that are made entirely of foam and vinyl that are most suitable to babies and toddlers while there are larger styles that are made of harder materials and have heights further from the ground that are more suitable for older children. You’ll also want to take the size into consideration when deciding where you will be placing the climbing toy. Outside play sets tend to be on the larger side while playsets meant for indoors are generally smaller.

3. Weight

The weight of a climbing toy should be worth considering as well. If you plan on having an indoor/outdoor play set you will definitely want to make sure that the weight of it can be moved easily. If you choose a large heavy weighted climbing toy you will want to be absolutely sure about its outdoor placement before assembly. You don’t want to have to be moving something that big and heavy around the yard.

4. Materials

Climbing playsets can be made of all sorts of materials. Playsets designed for babies and toddlers are usually made of a soft material such as foam to prevent injury. Other indoor climbing toys may be made of various plastic materials. Some of the outdoor varieties may be made of a heavy-duty plastic while others are made of sturdy wood. You’ll want to make sure that the plastic used is safe for children such as plastics that comply with ASTM.

5. Usability

When shopping for a climbing play set for your child you will need to decide if you want it to be solely for indoor purposes, be for both indoor and outdoor, or outdoors only. If you have a large enough yard you may opt for an outdoor model. If you lack the outdoor space or live in an area where the weather can be unpredictable, then you may choose to get an indoor model. Another thought to consider when thinking about getting an indoor model is how much space there is in your child’s bedroom or playroom to accommodate it.

6. Functions

While the main purpose of a climbing toy is for climbing, these play sets can actually have many functions. Some of them come with steps and a slide, others have a climbing rock wall, some have tunnels and caves, and others may have climbing ropes. There are even some that come with some extra perks when your child gets tired of climbing. These ones may have a ball pit or even a more relaxing activity such as drawing.

The Winners

#1

Step2 Skyward Summit

Best Overall

The Step2 Skyward Summit is a mountain of fun for children ages 4 to 8. The mountain has four sides and can support up to 4 children with a maximum weight limit of 350 lbs. There is also a cave entrance for inside play. Each side of the mountain has its own unique climbing structure and it comes with 2 climbing cargo nets, 1 floor net, and 9 grips. The summit has a peek hole for children playing on the inside.

  • You'll love: As I researched this gym the child in me longed to be little again! I can just imagine the countless hours of fun children will have climbing their very own mountain.
  • Watch for: Adult supervision recommended.

Recommended age: 4 to 8 years
Size: 52 x 80 x 80 inches
Weight: 136.9 lbs
Materials: Plastic, Cargo net, Floor net
Usability : Outdoors
Functions: Climbing

#2

Dani LLC SportWood Climbing

Upgrade Choice

The Dani LLC SportWood Climbing is a wooden playground gym designed to bring outdoor fun indoors. It is made of a natural high-quality birch wood that is varnished and polished. The set includes a Swedish ladder, rings, slide, climbing net, mounting set, drawing board, and abacus.

  • You'll love
  • What could be better than spending the day at the playground in the park? Playing on a play gym in the house, of course! The lightweight wood design of this gym is ideal for this purpose.
  • This set not only comes with things you’d expect to find at the playground but other activities such as the drawing board and abacus.
  • Watch for: While this set is designed to be inside the home you’ll want to make sure you have a large enough space to hold it.

Recommended age: 1 year and up
Size: 52 x 33.5 x 51 inches
Weight: 70 lbs
Materials: Birch wood
Usability: Indoor
Functions: Climbing, Sliding, Drawing, Counting

#3

SUNBA YOUTH Kids Tent w/ Tunnel

Best Budget Buy

A 3-in-1 designed play set that features an ocean themed triangular tent, a ball pit, and a tunnel tent. The SUNBA YOUTH Kids Tent w/ Tunnel is easy to pop-up and fold and is made of eco-friendly material. The ball pit can hold up to 1000 balls so your little one can immerse themselves in their imaginary ocean play.

  • You'll love: Each component of the playset can be used together or separately so individual parts can be used in smaller spaces.
  • Watch for: The balls are sold separately so be prepared to make a second purchase.

Recommended age: 6 months and up
Size: 19 x 2.7 x 19 inches
Weight: 3 lbs
Materials: 100% double sewed, washable polyester
Usability: Indoors, outdoors
Functions: Crawling

#4

Milliard Toddler Stairs Climber

Best Indoor Climbing Toys for Toddlers

A soft and safe climb and slide ideal for babies and toddlers who are just discovering how things work. It has a two-step climbing area on one side with a short slide on the other. The Milliard Toddler Stairs Climber gym can also be folded up for easy storage. Its design is firm enough to support your child while they climb and slide yet soft enough that they won’t suffer any injuries. The material of the gym is easy to clean and made of water-resistant vinyl so you won’t have to worry about accidentals messes.

  • You'll love: You can have peace of mind knowing that your little one can explore their gym playing area without the fear of them getting hurt.
  • Watch for: You’ll want to make sure that you have the gym set up in an area that is away from hard objects in case your little one takes a tumble.

Recommended age: 1 month to 4 years
Size: 40 x 20 x 10 inches
Weight: 10.63 lbs
Materials: Lead-free vinyl Polyurethane foam Complies with ASTM F963-17
Usability: Indoors
Functions:  Climb/Crawl Slide

#5

ECR4Kids SoftZone Earthtone

Best climbing toys for 1 year old

A lightweight foam play set that comes in five different shapes that are placed together so your child can crawl, climb, and slide their way through fun. The ECR4Kids SoftZone Earthtone has a dense foam structure to keep your child safe with a non-slip bottom.

  • You'll love: The covering of the play-set is durable and easy to clean after any accidental spills or messes.
  • Watch for: The five pieces do not attach to each other so you’ll want to make sure to place them on a surface where they won’t slip and slide.

Recommended age: 9 months to 3 years
Size: 24 x 16 x 8 inches
Weight: 8 lbs
Materials: Greenguard (gold) certified Complies with CAL 117 flammability regulations
Usability: Indoors
Functions: Climbing/Crawling Sliding

#6

Step2 Sports Tastic Activity

Best climbing toys for 2 year old

A 3-in-1 activity sports center that has steps on one side with a slide down the other as well as a molded-in soccer goal, basketball hoop, and tethered baseball. The Step2 Sports Tastic Activity also has a convenient built-in storage area on the outside wall to hold all of the included sporting equipment.

  • You'll love: When your future sport player is bored of climbing and sliding they can enjoy playing basketball, baseball, and soccer.

Recommended age :3 years and up
Size: 27 x 29 x 15.5 inches
Weight: 8 lbs
Materials: Plastic
Usability: Indoor/Outdoor
Functions: Climbing Sliding Sporting activities

#7

Foamnasium Adventure Playset

Best foam climbing toy

The Foamnasium Adventure Playset is a six-piece foam activity set that includes two corner pieces, jumbo wedge, wedge slide, tunnel, and mailbox. This colorful playset can provide your child with creative and active play on those rainy afternoons. 

  • You'll love: The vinyl material is durable and easy to clean so you won’t have to worry about any leftover PBJ sandwiches staining the playset.
  • Watch for: While the playset is made of foam and will not harm your child during a spill, a wall might. You’ll want to make sure that it is set up in an open area.

Recommended age: 6 months and up
Size: 61 x 66 x 16 inches
Weight: 23.5 lbs.
Materials: Durable vinyl Antimicrobial materials
Usability: Indoors
Functions: Climbing/Crawling Sliding

#8

Little Tikes Inflatable Jump ‘n Slide

Best climbing toy with slide

Remember those inflatable bouncy houses that you’d jump tirelessly in at the amusement park as a child? Well, now you can get one for your child! This bouncy house, Little Tikes Inflatable Jump ‘n Slide comes with a heavy-duty blower for continuous air flow and stakes to anchor it in place. Three children can enjoy jumping at one time with a maximum weight of 250 lbs.

  • You'll love: The bouncy house has shoe storage pockets to ensure that your child and their friends don’t forget to remove their shoes.

Recommended age: 3 to 8 years
Size: 144 x 108 x 72 inches
Weight: 37.5 lbs
Materials: Mesh netting, Blower, Anchors
Usability: Outdoors
Functions: Jumping, Tumbling

#9

Lil’ Monkey Olympic Climb N Slide

Best climbing toys for 3 year old

The Lil’ Monkey Olympic Climb N Slide is designed to teach toddlers agility and develop motor skills through exercise. It comes equipped with climbing bars, a ladder, and a slide. It is weatherproof and made of UV resistant polypropylene, and can be easily folded up for storage.

  • You'll love: The set is small enough to have in your child’s room, yet durable enough to fold up and take outside or to the babysitters home.

Recommended age: 1 to 4 years
Size: 59 x 47.2 x 31.5 inches
Weight: 17.82 inches
Materials: UV resistant polypropylene
Usability: Indoors/ Outdoors
Functions: Climbing, Sliding

#10

Lil’ Monkey Everest Climb and Slide

The Lil’ Monkey Everest Climb and Slide was created with those little ones in mind who have all of that pent up energy. It has both a slide and climbing bars and is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a strong structure and is made of UV resistant polypropylene. The Everest climb and slide is quick and easy to assemble and can be folded and stored in mere minutes. Save space by storing it under the bed or in a closet. You can even take it with you on-the-go.

  • You'll love: The size of this gym is ideal for more than climbing and sliding. Further your child’s imagination by throwing a sheet over the top and creating their own fort.
  • Watch for: The gym may be unstable for children over the age of 5.

Recommended age: 1 to 5 years
Size: 59 x 47.2 x 47.2 inches
Weight: 20.6 lbs
Materials: UV resistant polypropylene and safety tested for ASTM and EN-871 child safety standards
Usability: Indoor/outdoor
Functions: Climb, slide

#11

ECR4 Climb-n-Crawl Caterpillar Tunnel

The ECR4 GUS Climb-n-Crawl Caterpillar Tunnel is a brightly colored caterpillar that may spark the adventurous side of your child with its googly eyes, boot-clad feet, and tongue slide. This plastic climb-n-crawl is designed as a tunnel for children to crawl through as well as climb over using the foot and hand holes.

  • You'll love
  • The sectioned body of the caterpillar can be laid out straight or curved for extra fun, and can also be arranged and rearranged.
  • Once your child is pooped out from all that outside exercise, they can relax within the shady body of the caterpillar.

Recommended age: 3 to 8 years
Size: 85.4 x 39.4 x 42.5 inches
Weight: 45.5 lbs
Materials: CPSIA-compliant for safety, Plastic with rounded edges
Usability: Indoors/outdoors
Functions: Crawling, Climbing

Quick Decision

Step2 Skyward Summit – Best Overall
Provides children with four different sides to be climbed so they’ll never get bored with the same routine.

Dani LLC SportWood Climbing – Upgrade Choice
If you have the extra space in your home you may want to consider turning part of it into an indoor playground for your child with the Dani Wooden Playground.

SUNBA YOUTH Kids Tent w/ Tunnel – Best Budget Buy
If you’re looking to give your baby or toddler some extra fun and a way to burn off that excess energy without breaking the bank then you may be interested in the Sunba Youth Kids Tent with its 3-in-1 fun.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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