It’s summer—the season of backyard toys and carnival rides. But wouldn’t it be better if there were a backyard toy and a carnival ride in one?
There is! It’s called the Step2 Up and Down Roller Coaster, and my twins absolutely love it! They ride it over and over again, and I foresee it providing hours of outdoor fun for them this summer.
The roller coaster arrived on our doorstep in a huge box. My husband took one look at it and said, “Oh, geez. This is going to be a killer to put together!”
He was wrong. The 10-foot-long plastic track comes in three colorful pieces that you simply snap together. The steps lock into the track, and the car comes already assembled. It couldn’t be easier!
The roller coaster is geared toward kids ages 2 to 5, up to 50 pounds. It was very easy for my boys, who are just shy of 2, to use. Kids climb two non-slip steps from either side of the coaster to get onto the car. A recessed retainer well keeps the car in place while the child gets on it. Then the kid pushes off with his or her feet, and wheeeeee! Down the coaster the child goes. The bumps are just high enough to provide thrills for the little ones, but not high enough to make it dangerous. The car has a handrail, foot rests, and a high back.
At first, we needed to put the car back in place for the boys each time they rode the coaster. But soon, they figured out how to scoot the car backwards up the track themselves. I was worried about it veering off track as they climbed on, but the car corrected itself every time once the boys set it in motion. I’m sure it could still go off track in some cases, which is why I always supervise the boys when they are using the coaster. Still, if you place it on the grass, it’s a very safe toy! The car can also be used off of the track as a ride-on toy.
The Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster retails for $99.99—definitely a fair price for a toy that’s so durable and versatile, and that provides so much entertainment for little ones. Here’s a photo of one of my twins riding the coaster for about the 7,844th time in a row: