Step2 Arctic Splash Water Table: A Splashin' Good Time!
This is the third summer we’ve been in our house and so far we’ve resisted a sandbox or sand/water table because we wanted to avoid the maintenance and mess of sand. However, when I saw the Step2 Arctic Splash water table ($32-40), I knew I could provide Anya with some non-pool water fun while skipping the sand.
The table sets up very easily — the three legs snap in — and the “glacier” is made up of four pieces that fit together, but don’t lock or snap together, similar to the Water Rush Quarry. It includes three squirty toys (a penguin, polar bear and walrus) and a pitcher that fits at the top of the glacier. You can either pour the water down the glacier — only the penguin fits down the slide — or fit the pitcher at the top and a small hole in its bottom will allow water to trickle down the slide. Additionally, the two levels of the table provide extra fun as the animals can slide down.
In general, I think the Arctic Splash water table delivers what it promises but I have to admit that even though I had previewed it at Toy Fair in February, but I was surprised how simple it was when it arrived. I feel that for $40, it could contain more bells and whistles (note: Target and Amazon sells it for $35).
A few more activities and toys would have been nice, but at the very least, all three toys should fit down the tunnel — it’s confusing that only the penguin fits. I plan to relocate some of our bath toys for more play but even simple themed plastic toys like icebergs, fish, etc. would have been an inexpensive way for Step2 to enhance play. I would also appreciate a gasket at the bottom to let out the water so I don’t have to tip over the thing to empty it. I also wouldn’t mind paying a few more bucks for a cover so I don’t have to empty it every time we use it (dormant water is an invitation to mosquitoes).
— Danielle, suburban NJ mom to extremely girly-girl Anya, 3.5, with a baby boy due Thanksgiving 2009, believes that it’s worth investing in good gear