I’m so jealous. Kids have the coolest toys these days – way better than anything we had “back in my day.” When I was younger, all I had was a hose to play with on hot sunny days. The “cool kids” had blow up pools or that crazy yellow waterslide. Today, kids have pools with sprinkler systems built in or huge bounce houses with slides into a pool.

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

Living so close to the beach, I have this crazy ongoing notion that my son doesn’t need outdoor toys. We live in beautiful southern California and all we have to do is walk a couple blocks down the street and we’re at the beach. In an ideal world where I have time to spend hours at the beach every day, this “idea” would work out just perfectly fine. Unfortunately, I rarely have time to even leave the house, much less spend play days at the beach. So when I spotted the Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon Waterpark online, I just *knew* I Whistler needed it.

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

After about 15 minutes of setup, we ready ready to dive right in. Honestly, I had planned on putting it together so that I could have some much needed time to sit and work. After a rainy couple of days, this weekend ended up being really nice so I also saw this as an opportunity to send Whistler to go outside and play. What really ended up happening was an impromptu Mommy and Whistler Sunday Funday. We were having so much fun playing, that I didn’t even realize I had spent more than an hour outside crouched over the table. (we won’t talk about my back and knees being the first indicators of this…)

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

Whistler absolutely loves the Sandy Lagoon Waterpark. So much more so than I imagined he would. More than just a toy to splash in the water, it’s like bringing the fun of the beach right into our back yard. Even after I went inside, Whistler stayed for another 2 hours racing Scuba Steve and Silly Sally down the twin waterslides, launching them off diving boards and burying them under mounds of sand. Even though the characters have their own floating inner tubes, it seems my son always has much bigger plans for them, like swimming with whales or rescuing imaginary penguins.

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

The table holds a whopping four gallons of water, which is nice because it means it won’t all be spilled or splashed out within a half hour of play. The other side of the table offers an area that can hold up to 50lbs of sand (not included). Even though the beach is just down the street, I took Whistler to a pet store across the way to pick out some super soft fine white sand that reminds me of the Caribbean. I only got a 10lb bag which is plenty to play with, but I think we will go pick up 10-20lbs more tomorrow. *TIP* If you check out the aquarium section of your local pet store, your little one can pick out fun colors of sand for about $2.50/5lbs.

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

While it doesn’t come with sand or water (duh), the Little Tike Sandy Lagoon Waterpark does come with

  • 1 Cup
  • 1 Shovel/Rake
  • 2 Characters
  • 2 Inner tubes
  • Plastic table top (used to cover the sand area, we also store the accessories under here)

I love that the Sandy Lagoon Waterpark keeps my son occupied for hours. This is especially nice when we are in the backyard grilling or when its just time to get off the iPad. Unlike a kiddy pool or sprinkler, this activity table has so much integrated creativity to keep kids busy and side tracked with any additional story lines they can dream up. Plus, while they play they’re promoting hand eye coordination and social play. Even though Whistler tends to get fairly wet while playing, I can easily see him being able to play with this  even on cooler days because it’s so much fun.

little tikes sandy lagoon waterpark review

Whistler pretty much summed it all up with the statement he made when I took this picture.

“Mom, this is the best toy EVER!!”

…and I totally agree!


  1. Well, the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse caught my attention a while ago. I would be interested in knowing if it would hold up to several rambunctious children!

  2. Definitely the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse, but if they won’t give you one of those, then the Easy Store™ Jr. Play Table-Beige, Green & Blue.

  3. I think we need the baseball trainer but I do love the waterpark set. It would be perfect on our back deck and keep our little one occupied while we grilled!

  4. I think this would be a great toy for a toddler too! Just enough water to enjoy outside play but not having to drag out the wave pool.

  5. Anything new by Little Tikes would be great to reada review by you. I am such a big fan of Little Tikes!!! My 3 year old would love this especially living in Fl…..sooooo hot!!!! :)

  6. I totally agree!! WAY better than the garden hose ‘back in the day’ LOL.. And look at that happy, smiling face! This will be awesome now that the weather is started to be ‘outside’ friendly :)

  7. Hi Jeana,

    Yes, I agree too – that is the best toy ever! I love water tables. Our children’s museum has one and my kids will play at it for hours upon hours. I am so glad to see that they have been scaled down for home use as well.

    I hope your little one has loads of fun!


  8. How awesome is this? And perfect for our great So Cal weather lately. My kids just got an outdoor sink and they love all of the fun they’re having in the water.

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