Last Updated: Feb 11, 2021 @ 7:51 pm.

What are the best indoor climbers and play structures for kids? We asked the experts: toddlers and their parents! We surveyed our readers for their favorite indoor play structures. Then we did 7 more hours of research, comparing quality and durability. Here are the ones we'd recommend.

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Best Easy-to-Clean

Super fun!
We loved this structure's multiple configurations—great for climbing, sliding or just jumping around. Also nice: the polyurethane cover is durable AND easy to clean. GREENGUARD Gold.
$149.74

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Best Easy to Clean: SoftScape Toddler Playtime Corner Climber

This indoor corner climber was a reader favorite—not only fun, but with a wipeable surface that was also very durable. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Climbing! Sliding! Our readers said their toddlers just loved this structure’s flexibility.

• For ages 9 months to 3 years.

• Polyurethane cover is super easy to clean.

• GREENGUARD Gold.

What Needs Work

• Velcro that holds the structure together could be stronger.

• Can slip on wood floors.

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Best For Making Forts

No slip-base
Excellent five-piece set is a favorite for toddlers who love to create their own structures. Very soft and easy to clean. GREENGUARD Gold. No assembly required—quick to set up and play.
$133.72

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Best For Making Forts: ECR4Kids-ELR-12683F SoftZone Climb and Crawl Activity Play Set

This set’s five-piece play set is a favorite for a child to rearrange—or build a fort to withstand an alien invasion (you never know). Loved the soft foam and wipe-clean cover.

What We Liked
 Easy to clean.

• Sturdy.

• Non-slip base.

• Easy for a child to rearrange into an obstacle course.

• Very soft!

What Needs Work

• A bit pricey.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Fun without breaking the bank
We liked this structure's compact size and easy to clean covers—sturdy and durable. 4-pieces fit together securely with Velcro.
$109.99

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Best Budget-Friendly: AmazonBasics Kids Soft Play Corner Climber

Yes, indoor play structures and climbers can get rather pricey. This one has all the fun and function, at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

What We Liked

• Sturdy.

• Durable.

• 4-piece set with Velcro to keep it together.

• Fun for rainy days.

What Needs Work

• Harder to rearrange than other sets. That’s because the Velcro is rather strong—still, we thought it was fun and a good bang for the buck.

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Best Bright Colors

Quick set up
The no-slip base and flexible configuration are the stars here—lots of fun! And easy to clean, with durable covers and soft foam blocks.
$129.99

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Best Bright Colors: ECR4Kids-ELR-12683F SoftZone Climb and Crawl Activity Play Set

This play structure is the same as the ECR4Kids set we reviewed above, just in bright colors (versus pastels). Since the pros and cons are the same, we’ll repeat them below:

What We Liked

 Easy to clean.

• Sturdy.

• Non-slip base.

• Easy for a child to rearrange into an obstacle course.

• Very soft!

What Needs Work

• A bit pricey.

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