Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set

You probably know by now that finding detailed information about the vast number of swing sets online is a challenge. Now that you’re here, I’m happy to say that the work has been done for you. Thanks to some detailed research, this article will tell you everything you need to know about the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing set, including where to get a great deal on it.
Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set

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Below you’ll find the details on this swing set’s unique features, the age appropriateness of this swing set, and even how to clean it. Plus, I’ve included some other factoids I hope you find interesting. I’ll even show you how to make sure it will fit in your space before ordering, and what you can do to minimize your frustration when you’re ready to assemble the swing set.

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What is Included with the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set?

Included are 2 swing seats for the swing set frame. The treehouse portion includes a slide, a climbing wall, and a lookout area with a steering wheel. There are even built-in grab handles directly on the tree frame for more climbing. An anchor kit is included for extra stability.

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Is the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set Sturdy?

Have you ever been to a new playground, only to find yourself wondering if the equipment can handle your kids? Unfortunately, injuries on public playground equipment are common. Luckily, anchoring this treehouse in your private backyard was well-planned.

The anchor system is fairly permanent, so be sure you’re happy with the location of the swing set before anchoring it to the ground. To properly secure the swing set, you’ll need to dig a hole 4 to 6 inches deep, and then push the stakes into the ground in the new hole. You’ll use a steel cable that runs from the swing set to the anchor stake to secure it and prevent it from tipping. You will then refill the hole, effectively burying the anchors.

Thanks to this heavy-duty support, up to 4 kids at a time can climb, slide, and chart a course from the lookout tower.

How are the Swings Attached?

The swings for this swing set are a bit different from most.  The swings are attached to the frame by chains at the top, but the part where a child holds onto is made of rope. This gives the swing the strength and support of the chains but avoids the “Ouch!” of pinched fingers.

How Many Years Will My Kids Be Able to Enjoy This?

As your children go from crawlers to toddlers to tree climbers, more opportunities await them. The recommended age for this swing set is 36 months to 8 years. However, the swings can easily be replaced so that young babies and toddlers can  also enjoy this swing set.

With additional supervision and support, children as young as two can learn to use the climbing wall and then slide to get back down. Babies too young to use anything but a baby swing on the swing set can grow into the frame.

Older kids will also like the variety that this playset offers, but will eventually outgrow it when they reach around 3rd or 4th grade.  With no modifications, your child can enjoy this entire set starting at about 3 years old, and continue to enjoy it for another 5 years without you needing to replace it due to boredom. What is little more than a landmark to a baby will eventually become home base for hide-and-seek, and later a staging ground for a campaign across the rest of the yard.

If your kids are already approaching 8 years old, it may be time to consider something else, such as a larger wooden swingset.

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Will the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set Fit in My Backyard?

The Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set is almost 12 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 7 ft tall. According to the manual, Little Tikes recommends placing this swing set a minimum of 6 ft away from all other objects (including fences, buildings, overhead branches, etc.). So at the very least, you will need a space that is 24 ft long and 20 ft wide to safely install and use this swing set.

Have a small backyard? Consider getting the Little Tikes Classic Castle for your kids instead.

Will the Plastic Get Hot in the Summer?

While the plastic playset does get warm in the hot summer sun, it definitely stays much cooler than metal swing sets or playgrounds. With plastic, you never have to worry about the set accidentally burning your child, even on the hottest afternoon.

If you live in a climate where your child might not be able to play outdoors for part of the year because of the weather (extreme heat, cold, or rain), the Little Tikes Town Playhouse makes a great indoor playroom or patio playhouse. You’ll only need an area that measures 11 ft x 10 ft if you set up the playhouse against two walls (or a 16 ft x 11 ft area if you set it up just against one wall)!

How Long Does It Take To Assemble the Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set?

You should expect to take at least 5 hours to put together this swing set. You’ll need at least one other person to assist you, but of course, more hands are always better (especially if you have a mischievous toddler that needs to be watched while the swing set is being built).

You can save yourself hours of frustration by looking over the instructions ahead of time and double checking that you have all of the parts and tools required. When you’re ready to put it together, start early, give yourself plenty of time, and take frequent breaks. Fortunately, this swing set doesn’t have very many parts, all are easily identifiable, and the assembly instructions provided by Little Tikes are very clear and include detailed pictures.

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Is It Easy to Clean?

The plastic really makes this swing set easy to clean. All you have to do is spray it with water, or for a deeper clean, give it a good scrub with some soapy water and finish with a rinse. You don’t have to worry about any metal rusting from exposure to water or wood splitting and forming splinters.

Depending on your setup, you may want to clean this regularly. The light colors will easily show things like mud splashes. If you have taken the time to prepare an area of mulch or sand underneath the swing set’s new home, you can avoid this potential chore.

Where to Buy?

Little Tikes sells their Tree House Swing Set directly from their online website, but charges an additional $100 shipping fee for this swing set since it must be delivered by truck.

Walmart also has this swing set available on their website, but not at their physical stores, so you either have to have it shipped to your home by freight (for about $80), or you can have it shipped to any local Walmart for free in-store pickup. The swing set weighs about 153 lbs and is bulky, so not only will you need a truck or other large vehicle in order to pick it up, but you’ll want an extra person or two to help with loading and unloading.

Toys-R-Us offers this swing set online and at a few of their physical stores, so you can select whether you’d like to have it shipped to you (for $50) or drive to the nearest Toys-R-Us that carries it. They do not have a ship to store option.

Amazon is by far my favorite place to purchase large, heavy items like this swing set. Many sellers on Amazon offer free shipping, so the final price is comparable to purchasing it anywhere else online and having it shipped. By having it shipped, you don’t have to worry about whether a particular store carries it, or if your vehicle is big enough to load it and bring it home. Plus, delivery is right to your door.

You don’t even have to worry about having another person available to help you move the entire 153 lb box from your front door to your backyard because you can always unbox your swing set right where it was delivered and carry the individual pieces to the backyard. If you’re missing any parts, it just takes a quick email to the seller and they’ll have Little Tikes send you anything that’s missing. You’re also covered by Amazon’s A-Z guarantee, so if your swing set arrives damaged or defective, you can return it for a full refund, including shipping costs.

Verdict

The Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set is an excellent choice for a child’s first swing set. Not only are the swings easily interchangeable for use by smaller kids, but there’s a lot here for a kid to grow into. With two swings, a slide, a climbing frame, and a lookout area, your child can learn to play independently or with friends.

Of course, if you’ve got lots of young kids or your children often have friends over, you may want to take a look at something that more kids can climb on at the same time. The Little Tikes Tropical Playground can handle up to 8 kids, each weighing up to 100 lbs!

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  1. Dawn Mousigian says:

    Thank you soon much . I’ve been debating and looking at various swing sets for my 23 month old. LOVED your review. The added info on this that you provided , helped confirm that THIS is the right choice for me.

    THANK YOU! Single mom in Michigan!

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