Anne In the past month, we've had several rains and the lid has NOT kept out the water, even though it was properly and tightly fastened. We opened it up to find the sand literally swimming in water. I was really disappointed because of all the reviewers who specifically mentioned how well the lid works. I would not have bought this particular product otherwise. The product description specifically says "Lid with elastic tie-downs keeps sand clean and dry." I am contacting Step 2 today and assume this is simply a factory defect. Will update my review when I hear back.
Columbiawife Assembly took all of about one minute - the legs just snapped on and it was ready to go. We put it in the backyard, added sand and let the kids go. It was a bday gift for our 2 yr old and she is very protective of it already! Description says it will hold up to 80 lbs of sand, but we've discovered that a 50 lbs bag works just right. It doesn't overflow but allows for the lid to go on top and close properly. (It was tested out the first night we had it. A huge rain storm came thru and the next day there was no water inside whatsoever!!)
Mom 2 Three My 2 year old son loves playing and digging in his sand table. I have not had a problem with rain water getting inside. However, on cold nights there was a bit of condensation on the bottom-side of the lid, but if you're careful when taking the lid off, you can avoid having the condensation run into the sand. Even my older children have enjoyed playing with the sand table. Hours and hours of enjoyment as they discover hidden items in the sand, or build roads with tractors and trucks. [...] All around great product!!!
Hedi My 2 year old son loves playing and digging in his sand table. I have not had a problem with rain water getting inside. However, on cold nights there was a bit of condensation on the bottom-side of the lid, but if you're careful when taking the lid off, you can avoid having the condensation run into the sand. Even my older children have enjoyed playing with the sand table. Hours and hours of enjoyment as they discover hidden items in the sand, or build roads with tractors and trucks. [...] All around great product!!!
Momof3 Fits well onto small apartment porch. Could be a climb-hazard.
Angie My kids love it , both can play together it's plenty room for play . I'm red the other review about the water go in the table , so when I bought it we wait a day because supposed to rain and did rain for three day we put the table outside but no sand inside I want to test it and after 3 days of rain I opened it and it was dry so we put in the moon sand in and my kids had a blast playing.It work the money.
Buildin' Sand Castles I bought this table specifically b/c it was solely a sand table. Too many other parents complained of the mess of a sand AND water table. A good idea to many but too much upkeep apparently. I like the size of this table. Can get 1-3 around it nicely, without running into too many fights over sand territory. I also like the easy on & off lid. Haven't seen any rain water seeping in yet. The colors are very pleasant. A nice change from the typical vibrant colors of outdoor kids toys/furniture. The only cons... I do wish there was an umbrella feature. The sun gets pretty hot out there. Also, I have a taller 3 year old. I wish this table either stood a bit taller or provided a telescoping option or height boosters of some sort for the legs. I'm afraid this table might get outgrown sooner than I hoped just because of the taller height of my child. Seems a bit unfair. But, overall very pleased with my purchase.
Busy mom I bought this sand table during the winter when my son was 2 and filled it with pinto and other beans for my son use with his construction trucks. When it got hot outside I put it outside and filled it with water. I now have it outside with sand. It does not keep the rain out very well, but I just put it under our balcony and it's fine.This table is deeper than our sand and water table. I prefer it over the sand and water table because the sand and water don't stay separated for more than a few minutes. I highly recommend this table. My son is now 5 and still uses it, but needs to be on his knees to use it.
Math Mom We bought this table when it first came out -- I think that was 3 years ago. It's still going strong and we leave it out all winter on our porch. We've never had a problem with the sand getting wet *as long as we put the lid on carefully*. (Take the toys out of the inside so they don't prop the edges up.) We do have a problem with rain collecting in the molded in roadways on the lid, however. For our first child, we bought a sandbox with lid and had to drill holes and use bungee cords to keep neighborhood cats and other critters (inc. snakes) out...and it was as wet as the surrounding ground when it rained...now that was a problem. We haven't had any of that with this table.As far as the height goes, a child's chair fits nicely beside it as they get older...and the kids don't get as much sand in their clothes and track it all over the house like with the climb in kind. (The oldest would turn into a sand monster after playing in his sandbox...but not so with this table.) I only wish it was about an inch or two deeper so more treasures could be buried in it and more toys could stay in it when the lid is on it.
Illinois mama We love everything about this table, except the height. It is a little short, but besides that its great. It has 40 pounds of sand which seems to be plenty & we're able to store it with toys in side. I was a little concerned about the lid being to flimsy, but its been through some pretty serious storms & seems to keep everything dry. We've also had up to 4 kids (ages, 1,2,2 & 3.5) playing in it & the only problem was who had what toy... Wonderful buy!