Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Splash Pad

Last updated date: May 20, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Little Tikes Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race Inflatable Splash Pad placed 6th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Inflatable Splash Pad for a detailed review of all the top inflatable splash pads.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
690 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This Little Tykes water slide is over 8.5 feet tall and is well designed for children aged 5-10.
- My Trampoline Kids
To ensure the safety, a net is built at the end of the slide to prevent your children from falling outside.
- Ah Joo
More interestingly, the unit comes with two slides alongside spray hoods for keeping the sliding surface slick.
- Easy Get Product
It has a maximum number of kids of 4 and has a total weight limit of 350 pounds.
- Heavy
When you purchase this product, you'll also receive a heavy-duty blower, stakes, a storage bag, and a repair kit.
- Official Top 5 Review
This inflatable water slide can accommodate a maximum of four kids. Additionally, it has a weight capacity of 350 pounds.
- Home Mention
Open design makes it ideal for younger kids as parents can see them at all times.
- Peak Health Pro
This slide comes with a specially built in climbing wall that mimics the look and feel of a rock climbing wall.
- Best Inflatable Sports
The design allows you to always see what’s going on
- Product Reviews
The double sliding area is a nice touch that really increases the enjoyment of the unit.
- Bounce House Dude
This is fun inflatable water slide and bounce house that includes 2 slides, a climbing wall and splash pool.
- Home Cooking Zone
The surprise bucket above the wall is yet another feature that will thrill the children and make them yell with fun and delight.
- Bouncy Houses for Kids
What experts didn't like
However putting 4 10-year-olds on it at once would probably tax its weight and size limits.
- My Trampoline Kids
The combination of colors is not good
- Ah Joo
Not that durable
- Easy Get Product
Price
- Heavy
The splash pool on this option is smaller than what some other products offer.
- Official Top 5 Review
A bit hard to clean
- Home Mention
Easier to fall off than other bigger models…needs constant supervision.
- Peak Health Pro
Some reviewers, however, claimed that the product’s tube lining could be more durable.
- Best Inflatable Sports
At the same time, for keeping water spray on, you need to run water continuously.
- Product Reviews
The real downside with this unit is the materials used. With an all-nylon construction, this slide won't stand up to use and abuse as well as those made of both nylon and PVC. And to top it off, the Little Tikes warranty isn't that great, coming in at 90 days (compared to a more typical one or even two yeard with other brands).
- Bounce House Dude
These inflatable waterslides are prone to wear and tear.
- Bouncy Houses for Kids

From The Manufacturer

With the Little Tikes Rocky Mountain River Race kids can climb the center wall to the top of this enormous water slide bounce house and race down the 2 slides into the kids splash pool. Durable,colorful, and well-designed, this is a toy the kids will enjoy summer after summer. This outside inflatable water bouncer includes two slides with spray hoods that keep the sliding surface slippery. Plus, the slides lead to a wide splash pool for a splashin' good time! The bouncer comes with stakes to hold the bouncer in place, a heavy-duty blower with a GFCI plug, a repair kit, and a storage bag. There is a 90 Day Limited Warranty from the date of purchase on the fabric and a 1 year Limited Warranty from the date of purchase on the blower. Maximum number of kids is 4 and the maximum combined weight limit is 350 lbs.

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An Overview On Inflatable Splash Pads

When the weather turns hot, parents start looking for a way for kids to cool off. Pools are great, but unless you have one at home, you have to pack everyone up and head to a local public pool. Sure, you can buy kiddie pools for the backyard, but those can be complicated to set up.

In recent years, splash pads have become a fun alternative to swimming pools. These setups have a nonslip surface, along with nozzles and other features that stream water out for children to run through. Across the country, parks have set up splash pads for kids to run and play, but again, you may not want to pack the kids up and drive across town. Having one in your own backyard could come in handy on the hottest days of the year.

An inflatable splash pad provides the perfect solution for busy parents. Simply hook up a garden hose, turn it on, and you’ll have hours of fun for your little ones. One of the best things about splash pads is that they take up very little space in your backyard. You can fold them up for easy storage between uses, then inflate them when you’re ready to use them again.

When compared to a kiddie pool, an inflatable splash pad brings a variety of benefits. They’re easier to inflate, since they have a larger surface area, and you don’t have to worry about filling them up before using. Just hook up the hose and kids are ready to play immediately.

Lastly, one of the biggest benefits of a splash pad is its portability. Not only are these play areas easy to store, but you can pack them up and take them on the road with you. All you’ll need is access to a water hose and you can create a fun play area anytime you need one.

DWYM Fun Fact

Splash pads actually emerged as an alternative to a similar popular tradition. For decades, city-dwelling kids would open fire hydrants and play in the street on the hottest summer days. It became a fun way to beat the heat, but fire departments were understandably not happy with the practice. After fighting it for a while, though, some fire departments decided to join in on the fun, creating a cap that could be fitted over hydrants to create a sprinkler. In recent years, cities have decided instead to set up splash pads to discourage opening up hydrants, but that hasn’t stopped the practice completely. Fire departments have begun installing locks on fire hydrants, primarily to curb water theft, but it also keeps fire hydrants from being used as splash pads.

The Inflatable Splash Pad Buying Guide

  • Safety is top priority when choosing a splash pad. You’ll notice the ones set up for public use typically have a nonskid surface to keep kids from slipping around. Make sure the surface of the splash pad will provide the traction kids need once the water is going and they start running around.
  • Durability is always an issue with children’s playthings. Many splash pads are made from heavy-duty material like PVC to prevent them from tearing. It’s not just roughhousing from kids you have to worry about with a splash pad. Since they’re used outside, they can be damaged by rocks, branches and other hazards. Having durable material ensures you’ll get plenty of use out of it.
  • You will need access to a garden hose to get the water going. Make sure your water pressure is strong enough and that your hose will reach to the area you plan to set your splash pad up. With most splash pads, you’ll control the height of the water by adjusting the water pressure up and down on your hose.
  • Larger splash pads can be great if you have three kids, but keep in mind they’ll take up more space in your yard. Make sure you have an area large enough to accommodate your splash pad comfortably.
  • Check the recommended age range on a splash pad before buying. This is especially important if you have a toddler, as some splash pads aren’t recommended for children under 2 or 3 years old.
  • Some splash pads have a small ridge that allows the pad to form a shallow pool. This is great for toddlers who can’t stand up to play like older kids can.
  • Although many splash pads are rated for kids up to the age of 10 or 12, some will be more appealing to much younger kids. If you have older kids, you’ll want to look for a larger splash pad without the childlike designs.