Friday, March 28, 2014

Monster Factory VW Tent for Kids. Coolest 'Toy' I've Seen in Awhile!

Disclosure: I received a product to facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


The 'wheelie' carrying case for the Monster Factory 1965 VW Kids Tent.
You'll never guess what is inside that small 'wheelie' carrying case.  Or maybe you will, but I never would have guessed (had I not been the one to open the box when it arrived in the mail).  Inside of this box is a Monster Factory tent for kids, and it's no small tent either!

Assembly is SO easy! Up in seconds.
My favorite thing about it (and there were many) was how easy it was to set up. I don't like a tent that takes me over an hour to piece together (yeah, we've got one of those).  This tent was literally up in seconds, and I didn't do it, my 6-yr. old did.

This is what The Monster Factory VW Campervan looks like when you unzip the case.
You open the bag (careful to step back because it's got a light spring-like action going on when it pops out), and it has a light wire frame that has it standing up instantly.  There are also color coded poles included (by my son's feet in the picture above) that you insert on the top and bottom.

Super easy instructions for inserting the poles were included.
Sliding them in and securing the Velcro tab was a piece of cake.
Inserting the poles was a piece of cake, and it was not me who did it, but rather my Kindergartner (yep, again, it's just that easy).  He inserted the poles, and voila' the tent was up, standing sturdy, and ready to go (it took 5 minutes for assembly, tops).


One of the two entry points
Then the fun began.  Little man tested one of the two entry points and got in with no problem at all.


Dad is 6 ft. tall and he fit inside, with room to spare for a Kindergartner too. ;)
Dad (6 ft. tall) and little man, tested the side entrance...again, no problem at all.

Gotta get your stuffed friends to go take a visit when you've got a new tent.
The little dog (on the top) ended up being the driver (yeah, he took a kid-sized chair in there too).
And Tin-Tin and CheeChaw (my son's two stuffed dogs that go with us everywhere), fit in the tent too. ;)

The flap over the front window raises.
Those are screens so you can not only see out, but you can get air in the tent.
The front windows had to be tested. The front flap over that window can be raised to see out, or get air inside the tent.  There are two easy secure fasteners to hold it in the 'up' position.

This tent has been in our house for 7 days now, and it hasn't lost it's allure (parents everywhere know that some kid items lose their kid-appeal a lot faster than that!).  My son goes in there daily. He goes in after school to read, or pretend-play...

It's big enough for mom, little man, and the board games too,
& the windows on the front let enough light in for us to be able to read or play.
And I climb in there with him (with my camera, of course) to 'drive' or be driven, read, and get beat at play board games.

The Monster Factory 1965 VW Camper Van Play Tent (licensed by Volkswagen)  is for indoor AND outdoor use (yes, we will be taking this to the beach this summer, and taking it along if we go camping). It is recommended for children ages 3+, and it comes in pink, red, and blue.

You can purchase the tent for $59.95 at The Monster Factory (where they also sell an adult version).  We have good friends who have three small children all born in July. I'm thinking we might purchase one of these for their joint birthday present.  It's definitely a great tent to purchase for your child/ren, and I imagine any kid would love to get it as a gift (it's a great way to usher in warmer weather, that's for sure!).

The Monster Factory website can be found here: http://www.themonsterfactory.com

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92 comments:

Angelic Sinova said...

This is so cute! What I would have given to have that as a kid! Guess I'll have to buy the adult version!

Masshole Mommy said...

My two would LOVE one of these. They would probably want to sleep in there and everything. It is pretty cool, so I couldn't blame them.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That tent is SO fun! We need a new play tent. I had to throw ours out, as it got too ragged.

Shell said...

That is adorable! I never would have guessed what that was, either!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow that looks like a lot of fun indeed. I bet even the cat would jump in and romp around

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Bet he will enjoy that for years to come

Kung Phoo said...

That is a cool tent. I would have played in it when i was a kid..

Susan S said...

I love this! What a fun way to play, in a different tent of sorts, I am sure my daughter would love this too.

Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) said...

whoa this is so cool, I love it!! my girls would have a ball playing in there

Sandra VanHoey said...

Not a bad price either on this cool tent. I could see how the kids would love this.

Debra Rutt said...

That is a super cool tent. Both my kids would love this and have so much fun.

Heather Jones said...

My boys would just fall in love with this. I could see them totally rough housing in one. Looks like your son thinks its pretty awesome!

~ Noelle said...

that is the COOLEST THING!!!! I want one for Broxton now!!!!

Sabrina B Radke said...

This has to be the cutest thing I have seen! My boys love tents and this one is so perfect for them, definitely need 2!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Oh goodness. That is super cool. My girls have been asking for a tent. They would love this!.

Erinn Sluka said...

My son has one and spent nights sleeping in it till I had to put it up for summer fun before he wore it out!

Lindsey Paris said...

Nice and roomy. We have a castle tent like this we got on Groupon for $10.

jaime said...

This is seriously the coolest tent. I just recently purchased an indoor tent for my toddler and it's nowhere as nice as this one!

Liz Mays said...

Kids just love little nooks and hiding spots. This is really a great space for kids and moms who don't mind getting beat at board games to hang out. I also cracked up at your husband peeking out of there!

Karen Koblan said...

That is really a cool tent. My daughter would love hiding out in there!

Cascia Talbert said...

What a fun tent! I can see how kids can enjoy playing in there. Have a terrific weekend!

becca said...

What a cute tent for kids hubby walked by and saw it and wanted it.

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest thing ever! I'll be my husband would even like it!

Scott said...

Now that is a neat play tent. I wish they were outdoor-rated, they'd be fun to camp in!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Okay, this has to be the coolest tent ever! My kids would go crazy for this!

Lame Shrill Owl said...

That is really neat! HE will get so much use out of it. My kids play with their play tents all the time!

Jennifer Zimmerman said...

That is a very cool play tent. If we didn't already have a bunch, I would totally buy one!

Gingermommy said...

That is a pretty awesome tent. My kids would love it. So fun (Kim)

Sandra McCollum said...

My kids would love this! And I have never seen it before, so checking it out now. Thanks

Laura O in AK said...

My boys have always loved tents as a fort in the house (when allowed.) This is really cool looking.

farawayeyes said...

I try to visit everyone who stops by my place, but sometimes it takes me a while to do so. Glad I finally go here. This looks like a really fun little tent. I know two little girls, ages 3 and almost 8, who would love one of these in pink. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm gonna check it out.

Oh, and nice tov meet you.

bxcrochet said...

That is so cool! My nephew would loved it!

Michelle F.

Ann Jones said...

This is so cute! It's nice and big too, I bet your son loved it!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

That looks awesome! Madeleine has a little tent but she decided to walk around inside and max just saw a big red thing coming for him and now he screams whenever he sees it lol

valmg said...

Love the outside, that is too cute! it's great hat it's easy to put up too.

Rachael Ebner said...

I want this for my grandkids. It is so cute! I would've loved one as a kid. I always wanted a VW van.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Now that is so cool! I wonder if they make adult size ones :) x

alissa apel said...

I want one! My kids would love it!

Celebrity VIP Lounge said...

My son would love this. How fun is that?! Amber N

Susanna Barbee said...

This looks super duper fun! My two boys would absolutely love, love this. I am definitely going to have to get one for them.

Binky said...

I want one of those!

Marni Mutrux said...

This looks like sooo much fun. My little guy would love one when he gets a little bigger.

Maria said...

How fun!! My kids would love this. I think I want one too!!!

Mama to 5 said...

that is SO adorable! My son would love this - he wouldn't want to leave it!

Anonymous said...

I want one - for my son of course. We used to have a tent to play inside but it did not make it through the games we played hiding from the dog. This one is too cute to resist.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Terry reviewed one of these a few months ago and I thought it was so cool then. I wish my girls were small enough to enjoy this. I would totally get one then!

Brian Miller said...

very cool...we wore out several of these tent structures when the boys were growing up...love that it looks like a vw bus...ha

BrettBMartin said...

tents are SO much fun. who doesn't like to hang out in a fort or a tent? i still do and i'm almost 40!

valmg said...

What a fun tent! The kids will have a blast in there for sure! - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

menopausal mama said...

That's a really cool tent!

Leslee said...

What an awesome hideout! Still loving it after a week means it's a definite keeper!

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

I love it! Such a cool toy! I would even get it for my 12 year old.

Jinxy and Me said...

That is soooo cool! I think I would like to go hide out in there myself!

Aimee Smith said...

These are so cute! My husband wants the real thing!

Ave T said...

This is so cool! I'm sure my daughter would love one of these. Will go and check them out now. Thanks for a great review!

Melanie Scout said...

That looks like so much fun! It's great that it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Cococute Manaloto said...

That is probably the coolest tent I have seen and I can even play with it.

Nana said...

This looks like so much fun - the kids would LOVE playing in it! It's so much better than hanging sheets and blankets over chairs like I did as a kid...lol.
-Janel C. http://www.amomstake.com

Ashley B. said...

This looks like so much fun! My kids would absolutely love this!

Petro Neagu said...

Such a cool tent! I bet daddy had more fun than the son lol

Dina said...

that is so cute. I love that it looks like a vw van! Super fun for kids.

mail4rosey said...

Maybe not more than, but it was a close tie. ;)

mail4rosey said...

We did that prior to getting this tent. ;)

Fabulous Perks said...

I am seriously excited for him! I have to get my little man one. This is super cute.

Fam Guide said...

this is seriously one of the cutest things I have seen in a long time. My husband used to have a VW bus and would live to get one of these for our boys!

Melanie Burbage said...

Oh my gosh how cool! That's really cute too, I like that it's not too big and packs right away. I'll have to think about something like this for my girls. They'd like it

Pam said...

This is really adorable and I know it is something my sons would have loved growing up. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to give something like this to their children.

Annemarie Leblanc said...

This is such a cool tent. My nephews would love it for sure.

Joanna Sormunen said...

That is a really cool tent! I know my son would have LOVED it when he was smaller. He had a Spiderman tent and he loved to take his toys there and a blanket and a pillow and pretend that he's sleeping out. Now he's too big to fit in but he would like to have a big tent and sleep there for real. Let's see what happens on his birthday next month...

Mharms said...

Oh I love to get it for my little girl! She loves tents.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

haha now that is cool - my niece had something similar - and she stayed there for such a long time, too lol

Tracey said...

That is a really cool tent, wish I had one of those when I was a kid! I just had sheets to use!

Amanda Taylor said...

This is a very cool tent and I love that they have an adult version! Very funny!

Unknown said...

From BabsProjects: Vow, that tent looks awesome. My girls have their tent but they don't use it any more. So we have packed it up and stored it in our basement.

Katie Vick said...

The tent looks great! The square shape definitely makes it seem quite roomy.

Colette S said...

I agree on the coolest! This is quite the tent! Even the case is cool!
The kids would have such fun in it!

mail4rosey said...

They do! And they have a U.K. site! :)

Sippy Cup Mom said...

Oh my gosh! This is SO cool! My son would love this in our basement.

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

That is so cool! My youngest is getting little big for it, but I know he would still want it :)

Elizabeth said...

Has he tried sleeping in it yet. We love sleeping in ours. It is really a fantastic way to play imagination.

Lucero De La Tierra said...

My kids love having their own mini play tents. My brother would be so jealous of this little VW tent because he LOVES VW and has two of their cars :).

Christina Shirley said...

This is really cute. I love the throwback van too :-)

Anonymous said...

my kids would be trying to sleep in that for sure. It's really an adorable look

Betty Taylor said...

That is so great! I bet the grandsons would like that.

Janeane Davis said...

This is such a fun thing. I know my kids would have liked it when they were young.

bettyl-NZ said...

How awesome!

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

This is awesome, I love kids tents like this, but this is cooler! I checked out the site and I love the pink one and the really big one too!

Chasing Joy said...

This looks really cool. Wish I could habe had something like that when I was a kid. I like how it looks loke a van.

Terra Heck said...

That's something that would make an awesome birthday or Christmas gift for my nephews!

Krissyar said...

That is the COOLEST tent EVER! How awesome, I want one for myself, lol.

Krystal Butherus said...

I love that it's a VW Bug. So cute!! My son would love this for sure.

Monica said...

What fun for your little man! I love how the inside looks like actual interior!