This is a great playset that we will likely enjoy for a long time. The installation process was long and tedious. I recommend watching the videos even if the written directions seem straightforward. We found that there is information in the videos that is not in the written directions. (such as where the swing bar is located in relation to the other parts while building the tower). There were also 2-3 places where the written directions had mistakes and called for the wrong hardware and caused some frustration, but we were able to figure it out with some logic and the help of the video. My only dislike of this playset is the ladder. The arch and distance between rungs is not safe for younger children. The top of the ladder is especially hazardous as the child is stepping from the ladder to the tower. The gap between the top rung of the ladder and the tower is very large. A child could easily fall right through it if they slipped or misjudged the distance. I realize every activity has inherent risk, but they could easily make the rungs closer together, re-engineer the ladder to be steps, or a variety of other safer options. I'd love to see Lifetime offer an aftermarket addition to the ladder to improve the safety. In general, this ladder is not up to par on quality compared to typical Lifetime products.
My 3yr old loved this. I bought it b/c it was cheap and he's usually pretty rough with his toys. But this one made it a while before he managed to destroy it.
First of all, it just comes in a crate and is dropped off by the street. this thing was 800 lbs so we had to carry it one piece at a time to the backyard. They wouldn't deliver it any further. Then the frame was generally easy to put together. Then came all the play accessories and several bolts were missing so we had to make a few different trips to Home Depot. But once it was all together, it really is a wonderful set and is high quality! Our son absolutely loves it!!!!!! It took two guys 2 full days to put it together (would have been half a day less w/o the hardware issues).
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