Review - Step2 Panda Climber Outdoor Playset


Step2 Riley is such an outdoor girl!  She absolutely loves going to the park for two reasons...getting to climb all over the huge playset there and sliding as fast as she can down the three slides available.  We take Riley to the park almost everyday, but sometimes, it's just not feasible.

That's why I was happy to learn of the Panda Climber from Step2.  This outdoor playset offers plenty of opportunities for youngsters to climb, slide and hide right in their own backyard.  Would the Panda Climber provide a good playground alternative for Riley?  Keep reading to find out!

I reviewed the Panda Climber Outdoor Playset from Step2, which retails for $129.99 but is currently on sale for $124.90 with FREE SHIPPING at

Step2 Panda Climber

The Step2 Panda Climber is an all-in-one activity gym designed for children ages 1.5 to 5 years old. This outdoor playset features climbing, crawling, hiding, and sliding for plenty of backyard fun.  Of course, because it's made by Step2, you can rest assured that this item is made in the United States. :flag: Just look at the many features of the Step2 Panda Climber:

  • Features crawl-through tunnel, archway, fun slide, and wide protruding stairs that lead up to a large platform
  • Large platform level designed with a safe rail enclosing the climber for added safety during playtime
  • All activity elements are appropriately sized for toddlers
  • Durable poly construction wipes clean easily and lasts for years
  • Maximum weight: 100 lbs.
  • Minimal adult assembly required

I couldn't get over how easy this playset was to assemble.  As a matter of fact, it was by far the easiest assembly job of any Step2 product I've reviewed to date, since this toy is comprised of such large parts that simply snap together.  Screw in a few well-placed fasteners and voila!  Riley and I were ready to try it out in the backyard.

The Panda Climber offers many different activities to entertain your little one in a relatively small amount of space.  If you live in an apartment or other area without a readily available backyard, you could move this toy indoors so that little ones could still get their exercise.  This would also be a great thing to do on a cold or rainy day to quiet those moments of childhood "cabin fever".

I was hoping that my daughter was going to really enjoy the Step2 Panda Climber, for she loves to crawl around, both under and over anything she can.  The slide is also her absolute favorite piece of playground equipment to play on when we visit the park, so I was excited to finally have one just for her in our own backyard this summer.

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Unfortunately, my review of the Step2 Panda Climber is definitely a mixed one.  I don't understand why they would recommend this outdoor playset for children ages 3 to 5 years old, since it is obviously too small for them.  My daughter has reached the 3.5 year old mark and she didn't care for this toy at all.  She was completely unable to crawl and hide underneath this playset and she was big enough to crawl on top of it without even using the included steps on the side.  Also, her feet dangled very close to the ground when she sat at the top of the slide.

At 3.5 years old, my daughter said that this toy was too small for her and I wholeheartedly agreed.  We've had this toy assembled and available for her to play with since Easter and in that span of time, she's used it for approximately 30 minutes total.



If you are the parent or grandparent of a child under 3 years old, then I most certainly recommend the Step2 Panda Climber.  It should provide hours upon hours of climbing, hiding and sliding fun and will be a great addition to your backyard play equipment this summer.  But if your child falls in the 3-5 year old range, like my daughter, then I'm afraid I would recommend you purchase another more age-appropriate outdoor playset from Step2 and avoid the Panda Climber.

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4 Star Product Review
Disclosure:  I received the Panda Climber from Step2 in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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36 Responses to Step2 Panda Climber Outdoor Playset and Activity Gym ~ Crawl, Slide, Hide and Climb

    Biki Says:


    I would love the Adventure Lodge Play Center and Sandbox Combo

    Diana Says:


    I think the adventure lodge playset combo would be perfect for my little ones. Not only is there enough room for the youngest to play but her older brother could get some enjoyment out of the playset as well.

    Roni Says:


    Love the All Around Wagon from Step 2

    Mary C. Says:


    I like the Play Up Double Slide Climber. Lots of activity features.

    Candice Hull Says:


    The Clubhouse Climber. Thank you for the chance to win!

    Sarah M Rainwater Says:


    I really like the walk in kitchen.

    Adrienne gordon Says:


    i like the adventure fort

    Janet W. Says:


    The Extreme Coaster!

    amanda Says:


    the back yard basics combo looks really fun

    andrea d Says:


    the clubhouse climber My 2 year old granddaughter would just love it.

    Shelby Says:


    I like the all around wagon and the clubhouse climber.

    Kimberly Bauer Says:


    My kids would love the Clubhouse Climber.

    Jennifer Rote Says:


    The Adventure Lodge Play Center with Glider and Sandbox Combo would be great!

    Jennifer Hiles Says:


    I think my daughters would LOVE the Art Studio for Two

    Kathy Hecimovich Says:


    Love the All Around Wagon from Step 2

    Harmony B Says:


    fort slide away

    Jessica Roellchen Says:


    I plan on buying the naturally playful sand and water table for my daughter! It looks like so much fun!

    Laura DeLuca Says:


    Adventure Lodge Play Center and Sandbox Combo

    Velvet Hubler Says:


    The Backyard Basics Combo would make our summer more fun!

    Carla Garcia Says:


    the all around wagon

    Aprile M. Says:


    The all around wagon would be awesome to have this summer!

    Allyson Bossie Says:


    Adventure Lodge Play Center and Sandbox Combo is something my son would love love to havE!! he adores the park

    Bekah Kuczenski Says:


    I would love the fun fold slide!

    Erin Rok Says:


    I would also like to have the Naturally Playful® Adventure Lodge Play Center

    jessica hays Says:


    We would love the all around wagon!

    Jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

    shelly Says:


    I like the step 2 clubhouse climber

    courtney b Says:


    i really like the summer wagon!

    susan miller Says:


    Naturally Playful® Picnic Table with Umbrella

    Abbe Brown Says:


    The summer wagon is adorable!

    Jennifer Rogers Says:


    Club House Climber and Sand Box Combo would make our Summer Play Awesome!

    Felicia R Says:


    I would love to get the Click & Whirl Mower Blower!!

    Rebecca Orr Says:


    I think that my son would enjoy the Extreme Coaster. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

    K.Pugh Says:


    Adventure Lodge Play Center with Glider and Sandbox combo.

    Julie Lynn Bickham Says:


    I like the Naturally Playful Welcome Home Playhouse.

    Ann Council Says:


    I like the all around wagon.

    Jill Harper Says:


    The Dockside Sandbox and Climber

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