Summertime Fun With One Step Ahead

Summertime is in full swing, and your kids are probably already complaining that they are bored and have nothing to do. We love One Step Ahead products because of their quality and innovative designs, and they have the best outdoor toys and gear to add excitement and fun to your kids’ days all summer long!

The Brand

“The One Step Ahead brand has been making life easier, safer and more fun for parents and kids for more than 25 years. Our mission is to save you time, money, and frustration by bringing you the best of the vast baby and children’s market.” 

The unique aspect of One Step Ahead is that they take all of the guesswork out of shopping for children’s products. This family-friendly brand spends countless hours researching, comparing, and testing thousands of products so they can provide their valued customers with the very best children’s products on the market. 

They also have an in-house design team that works hand-in-hand with parents to develop unique products that can’t be found anywhere else.


Jump and Splash Funland

For the ultimate in backyard fun, you must check out the Jump and Splash Funland! You can turn any yard into a personal water park with this constant-air inflatable set. This set is easy to set up and more fun than anything you normally find in a backyard. You put the Funland into place, turn on the included air blower and it inflates instantly.

Invite a group of friends over for a cookout and set up the Jump and Splash Funland. The kids will delight in all that there is to do with this set. The water cannon at the bottom of the slide will bring squeals and giggles. The slide is fast and exciting. In order to slide, kids go through the bouncy house and climb up the little climbing wall.

The slide sends them splashing into the wading pool. The side of the wading pool also has a velcro volleyball-style net and targets to toss the many pit balls over and toward. There is even a little basketball hoop on the back.

Features to Love

  • For ages 3 and up
  • Holds up to 300 lbs total, so a group of young kids can play together
  • Features multiple activities: slide, bouncy house, wading pool, 30 pit balls, net and targets
  • Bright, exciting colors
  • Can be enjoyed dry or with water


Kidkraft Outdoor Playhouse

Outdoor summer fun can be amplified and enjoyed with this Playhouse by Kidcraft and sold by One Step Ahead. Kids will spend countless hours enjoying time with their friends (or even experiencing a little pretend play on their own) in this sturdy playhouse made of weather-resistant wood and featuring a red plastic roof.

With an attractive design that will look great in any backyard, this house has a rugged look with realistic features that will inspire your little ones with hours of pretend play. They will be found in the little house playing house, throwing puppet shows and maybe hiding out for a little snack. 

Rest assured that this lovely house will last for years to come with its weather-resistant cedar wood. It will provide yearlong enjoyment to entertain your family!

Features to Love

  • Size is large enough that multiple children can play at once
  • Made of weather-resistant wood
  • Windows and doors can open and close
  • Great for pretend play and allowing kids to use their imagination
  • Features its own mailbox
  • Sturdy red plastic roof
  • 2 windows include swinging shutters and 1 has a cloth curtain
  • Attractive look, fitting for every yard
  • Great for kids ages 2 and up
  • Includes detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions 


 Spiro Hop Teeter-totter Seesaw

Who doesn’t remember all the fun they had growing up and going to a park to play? Now you can have a piece of the park for your children in your own home with the Spiro Hop Teeter-totter Seesaw by One Step Ahead. This seesaw is versatile and can be used both indoors with special included pads and outdoors with hooks for the ground, making it stable no matter where you place it.

There’s no doubt about it, you’ll be the hit of the neighborhood with this bouncy seesaw, that not only teeter-totters, but also spins. Made for children ages 3-8, both small and larger kids can enjoy this toy together, with some slight modification to help with balance. The bouncing balls attach to the seat helping create a soft landing, allowing for hours of fun. When you’re done playing with it you can quickly disassemble it into 2 pieces and store.

Features to Love

  • Can be used with a child ages 3 through 8, and up to 77 pounds each
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Gentle bounce back
  • Spiral spinning
  • Simple setup

Pop Up Play Tent & Tunnel Town

All children will enjoy hours of fun with the Pop Up Play Tent and Tunnel Town by One Step Ahead. As a mom, you can rest assured that they will love this one; and it’s quick to assemble. This set contains 3 tents, 7 connectors and 5 pads for the tunnels. This allows for many configurations and inspires your kids’ imaginations to run wild.

It’s made for both indoor and outdoor fun that everyone can enjoy. The best part is that not only can you easily transfer this inside and outside for play, but it also wraps up nicely in a little package for storage.

No directions are needed for setup. It only takes a few minutes to assemble, and a little bit more to decide how you want to connect it together. Each section has two ties on the sides for connecting; and you can quickly untie for fast clean up. If you have older children, they will have fun setting this up and taking it down, making the entire process fun for all.

Features to Love

  • Can be used with a child ages 18 months and up
  • Quick setup
  • Compact storage
  • Comes with carrying case
  • Indoor and outdoor use

Jungle Gym Monkey Bars

Burn off that extra energy with the Jungle Gym Monkey Bars. This colorful play set will delight your child and keep him moving in your yard. You get all the fun of expensive metal climbing sets at a much more affordable price. 

We love how lightweight, yet sturdy the monkey bars are. You can easily move them around your yard, but your young child is totally safe and supported. Climbing is a well loved childhood activity, and it improves strength, balance and coordination. As your child climbs up to the top, his confidence will grow.

He can climb to the top, hop down and hide inside, crawl through the openings, and so much more. The possibilities are endless and the Jungle Gym Monkey Bars will become a part of active and imaginary play everyday.

Features to Love

  • Tool-free, snap-in-place assembly
  • Holds 2 kids, up to 150 lbs total
  • 64″L x 64″W x 42″H
  • Made of UV resistant plastic in bright colors
  • Sturdy, yet lightweight


 My First Activity Trike

You are ready for your little one’s first bike, and think – which tricycle will best suit their needs at this age? Would I rather have some control over the first bike that my child is going to ride? Are they even ready to have a tricycle? And even if they are ready, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that they will use for a couple months and not be able to transition to new stages in.  

We understand your nervousness and hesitation; it is a big step! Well, One Step Ahead has solved this problem by giving you the My First Activity Trike.

The My First Activity Trike has multiple ways of use and is great for ages 2 through 5 and up to 55 pounds. This trike actually grows with your child’s changing needs. When they are around 2 and just beginners, you can use the removable push handle that steers and gives the parent control over which direction the trike moves. It also has a safety harness and a plastic child support that wraps around the outside of your child so that they feel more secure while riding.  

This trike has a retractable footrest that they can use while you are pushing it. When you determine your child is ready, you can remove the push handle and the child support to give your child more control over the trike. Even when you decide to remove the parent controls, you still have several great features that your child can take advantage of.  

They will enjoy pedaling themselves using the durable plastic tires on this sturdy trike. They will also love the rear carry bucket to hold snacks, drinks, or even their stuffed animal friends who can enjoy a ride too. This is a wonderful trike that helps your child feel comfortable and safe all while learning how to ride a bike!

Features to Love

  • Can be used with children ages 2 through 5, and up to 55 pounds
  • Rear parent brake
  • Cloth child safety harness
  • Removable push handle and child support bars
  • Rugged durable plastic wheels
  • Retractable foot rest
  • Large carry bucket (in rear of trike)
  • Comfortable rubber handles

Pop-Up Soccer Goals

For back (or front) yard summer fun, soccer is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults of all ages! Whip out a good ‘ol soccer ball and you can expect most everyone to join in on kicking it around, whether for a few minutes or all afternoon long. If things start to heat up and a match is ensuing, you better have Pop-Up Soccer Goals hanging in the garage. Don’t waste any time setting up your yard for a soccer game, when in 10 seconds flat, you can have goals set up, whistle blown, and the fun started.

These portable, compact, and durable soccer goals are perfect for at-home games or for taking on-the-go, because you never know when an impromptu soccer game needs to happen! Simply unfold the goals, slide the poles into the slots, stake into the ground, and you’re ready to play. The folding steel frame holds up to a David Beckham kick, while the realistic side mesh nets and kick back net make target practice easy.

When the game is over and your victors have celebrated, it’s super easy to move onto the next competitive activity without too much time spent on clean up. Slide out the poles, fold and twist each flexible goal into a circle, and slide them into the included carry bag, which features a cross body, Velcro strap for easy transport. 

Features to Love

  • Includes 2 soccer goals and poles
  • Each unfolded goal measures 45 1/4″L x 33 1/2″W x 33 1/2″H
  • Includes ground stakes
  • Zippered storage bag is 18″ in diameter with the goals inside
  • Storage bag has an inside pocket for storing poles and ground stakes
  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • Compact, space-saving design
  • Perfect for on-the-go


Sand Digger Scoop n’ Swivel Backhoe Sand Toy

When hitting the beach, the local playground, or even your own backyard, little ones always seem to gravitate towards the sand (or sandbox), often hauling with them a menagerie of tools necessary to dig, pour, dump, and build. This summer, add to your child’’s toolbox the ultimate sand toy – the Sand Digger Scoop n’ Swivel Backhoe Sand Toy by One Step Ahead. One Step Ahead’s backhoe is perfect for on-the-go play and hours of fun, giving children the look and feel of a real piece of heavy machinery.

The backhoe is incredibly easy and fun to use! By simply guiding the handle bars forward and backwards, children can scoop and dump, digging holes or building towers. The seat and handlebars also swivel a full 180 degrees in both directions so that sand can be dumped anywhere without having to pick up and move the digger to another location. But, just in case your young one wants to be on the move, the digger’’s four large wheels make traveling easy. Don’t limit your fun to just sand either — rocks, gravel and mulch are also perfect for scooping and dumping with this heavy-duty, yet lightweight (only 19 lbs!) backhoe.

We also love that the digger grows with your child, from ages 2 and up, and up to 70 lbs. The seat offers three different positions depending on the size of your child, making it transitional and comfortable. The digger is also made of metal, except for the seat and tires, making it very sturdy and long-lasting, as well as very realistic-looking. Your child will love placing themselves in the midst of a real sandbox construction zone and using their body and imagination to build the best sand castle ever.

Features to Love

  • Can be used with a child ages 2 through 5, and up to 70 pounds
  • Full swivel handle bars
  • Adjustable seat
  • Heavy-duty metal 
  • Rugged durable plastic wheels
  • Easily put together without tools
  • Light enough to take on-the-go
  • Comfortable rubber handles


Whatever you’re looking for to fuel your children’s curiosity and ignite activity, One Step Ahead is your one-stop-shop. You can find all of our favorite products and so much more, and you can shop confidently, knowing you’re getting top-of-the-line, quality products that will withstand not only the test of time, but your children’s rough play!

For more great things to do this summer with your kids, be sure to check out: Summer Family Bonding Activities #Unplugged.

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