We Built a Waterpark in Our Back Yard!

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!

Jeana Shandraw

Jeana Shandraw

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband's underwear drawer.

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  1. Jessica
    March 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm — Reply
  2. March 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    I love the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  3. shawna
    March 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    I like the Sand & Sea™ Play Table

  4. Jennifer J
    March 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    I like the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse. Thanks!!

  5. Ellen C.
    March 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    I think the patio bbq set looks fun. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Paula Tavernie
    March 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    The Castle Adventures Sandbox!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  7. Jaclyn Reynolds
    March 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Sand & Sea™ Play Table is super cute!

  8. Gloria Schulte
    March 25, 2013 at 10:14 am — Reply

    I like the Patio Barbeque Set

  9. latanya
    March 25, 2013 at 7:25 am — Reply

    Castle Adventures Sandbox

  10. Angela Yeremenko
    March 23, 2013 at 10:16 am — Reply

    Sand & Sea™ Play Table

  11. stephanie campbell
    March 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    castle adventures sandbox

  12. March 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm — Reply

    6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  13. Heather
    March 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    I love the Castle Adventures Sandbox!

  14. March 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Castle Adventures Sandbox

  15. March 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    I got my daughter something similar to this last year for summer and I never seen a kid have so much fun! It was her favorite activity and gave her hours of enjoyment each day!

  16. Stephanie G
    March 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    The Castle Adventures Sandbox is adorable! My daughter would love that!

  17. Sarah Thompson
    March 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    town center play house!

  18. Sonya Morris
    March 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I think it should be the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse, how amazing is that?!

  19. JoAnn F.
    March 21, 2013 at 9:21 am — Reply

    The Castle Adventures Sandbox!!!!!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  20. Maria B
    March 21, 2013 at 8:46 am — Reply

    6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  21. robyn paris
    March 21, 2013 at 3:29 am — Reply

    i’d like to see Sand & Sea™ Play Table reviewed and provided as a giveaway

  22. Darlene Owen
    March 21, 2013 at 2:12 am — Reply

    I like the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  23. Daiva
    March 21, 2013 at 2:08 am — Reply

    Jr. Explorer™ Wagon

  24. Lesley M.
    March 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    Easy Store™ Jr. Play Table-Beige, Green & Blue

  25. March 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    I would love you to review and giveaway the Jr. Explorer™ Wagon. Looks fun!

  26. Janet W.
    March 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    The 2-in-1 Baseball Trainer would be a great giveaway!

  27. March 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    I would like to see the jr explorer wagon

  28. Carrie
    March 20, 2013 at 9:53 am — Reply

    I’d like to see the castle adventure sandbox

  29. Paol Trenny
    March 20, 2013 at 3:55 am — Reply

    probably 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  30. Kathie Craig
    March 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm — Reply

    Castle Adventures Sandbox

  31. Christina
    March 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    The sand and sea playable would be a great giveaway.

  32. Emily
    March 19, 2013 at 6:27 am — Reply

    The secret garden playhouse.

  33. March 19, 2013 at 5:34 am — Reply

    My favorite is the Lagoon

  34. Katie
    March 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    I think we’d like to try 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  35. johnny-amy lynn
    March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am — Reply
  36. Lauren Becker
    March 18, 2013 at 8:13 am — Reply

    I really like the My First Slide!

  37. Keitha
    March 18, 2013 at 3:05 am — Reply

    The 6 in 1 towncenter looks like loads of fun!

  38. Jan Lee
    March 18, 2013 at 2:11 am — Reply

    I’d like to see the Patio BBQ Set reviewed :)

  39. Jennifer Cetoute
    March 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    The Patio Barbeque set!

  40. Tara
    March 17, 2013 at 8:53 am — Reply

    Patio Barbeque Set

  41. Dana J
    March 17, 2013 at 6:59 am — Reply

    patio barbeque set next!

  42. Debbie Clauer
    March 17, 2013 at 4:32 am — Reply

    SwingAlong™ Castle-Bright

  43. kim thompson
    March 17, 2013 at 12:14 am — Reply

    6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse

  44. Rebecca Graham
    March 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    The 2-in-1 baseball trainer

  45. Kelly D
    March 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm — Reply

    I would like a review of the Castle Adventures Sandbox

  46. Marci Cornelius
    March 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Sand & Sea™ Play Table

  47. Nancy P
    March 16, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    The classic pickup truck!

  48. Patty S.
    March 16, 2013 at 8:32 am — Reply

    The basketball set!

  49. zene
    March 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm — Reply

    I like the castle adventure sandbox

  50. Kasee Johnson
    March 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    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!

  51. Katia
    March 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    I love for you to review the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse.

  52. Jessica g
    March 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    The sand and sea table

  53. nicole barr
    March 15, 2013 at 11:33 am — Reply

    I would like to see a reivew/giveaway on the sand and water play table

  54. March 15, 2013 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I’d like you to review the Sand and Sea Play Table.

  55. Heather S.
    March 14, 2013 at 10:20 am — Reply

    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.

  56. athena d.
    March 14, 2013 at 6:40 am — Reply

    the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse is soooooo cool! i think my daughter would spend days in that lol

  57. Kelly M
    March 13, 2013 at 6:22 am — Reply

    I would love to win the 6-in-1-towncenter. That would keep all of the neighborhood kids entertained!

  58. Lily Kwan
    March 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    The My First Slide looks very nice!

  59. Maureen
    March 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    Thank you for all the great giveaways. You are awesome!

  60. Maureen
    March 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm — Reply

    I would like you to try the My First Slide.

  61. March 12, 2013 at 5:00 am — Reply

    The patio barbeque set

  62. Bernadette
    March 12, 2013 at 4:46 am — Reply

    I’d like to see you review the Easy Store™ Jr. Play Table-Beige, Green & Blue

  63. Martha Gallup
    March 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm — Reply

    I would love to hear your opinion of the Castle Adventures Sandbox. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  64. Ellen R
    March 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    Sand & Sea™ Play Table

  65. Cathy Tweedell
    March 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    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!

  66. March 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    The BBQ set. I need that!

  67. Dawnmarie s
    March 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    My nephew will love it!

  68. March 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm — Reply

    OMg! The BBQ set. I need that!!!

  69. Ashley L.
    March 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm — Reply

    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.

  70. Erin
    March 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm — Reply

    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!!!! :)

  71. Cynthia
    March 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    My three boys would LOVE this toy. What a cool kid’s adventure for spring/summer!

  72. Jessica D
    March 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    I would love for you to review and giveaway the 6-in-1 Towncenter Playhouse.

  73. Carolina Rogers
    March 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    Such a fun toy for the summer!

  74. March 11, 2013 at 4:27 am — Reply

    I didn’t have that exact one, but I did have a Little Tikes water toy that my kids adored as well. I really like their products!

  75. March 11, 2013 at 2:12 am — Reply

    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 :)

  76. March 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm — Reply

    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!


  77. March 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm — Reply

    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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