Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Enter to #win a $50 Gift Card from Pacific Play Tents

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



My father-in-law is a bona-fide 100% American Indian, and although my husband is secular and doesn't practice any of the culture at home, there are members of his family that do, including his older brother. Making a living through crafting, attending the pow-wows in warm weather for sales, and even learning the language are all staples for some of the members of the tribe.  One area of influence that did spill over into our home from my husband's upbringing, came in the form of our youngest son's bedroom. When we were deciding how to do his nursery (now his bedroom), nothing really appealed to us, but hubby had his own ideas, so I told him to have at it.

Hubby painted a mural on our youngest son's nursery when we were expecting his arrival.

Little did I know he was going to paint a big Indian mural on his wall complete with sun and sky, but that's exactly what it did. He painted little scenes with wigwams, buffalo, fire, trees, etc.

The Painting TeePee from Pacific Play Tents

Inside of the box we found everything we needed for the simple construction of the teepee.
This kit also comes with a sturdy bag to hold all of the pieces when it is not assembled.

My son is 7 now and his room is still done in the American Indian theme, but what's always been missing is for him to have his own tee-pee. Now, thanks to Pacific Play Tents, he has his own, very sturdy, very large, very easy-to-assemble teepee, and he loves it!

Getting to work unpacking the contents.

When the box arrived we went right to figuring out the set up. This tent took a mere few minutes to assemble, literally, and was so easy my son did the majority of the work on his own. In the picture above he is untying the wood poles.

Assembly was so easy my 7-yr. old did it with minimal supervision.

Pole assembly was first on the agenda. Connecting two poles together was as easy as sliding a plastic tube over the end of one and pushing the two together (holes on the upside). Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Then it was time to slide the poles into the canvas structure. This was self-explanatory, though there is a short directions sheet included. The strong seams of the canvas ensure this teepee is going to maintain its shape for a very long time to come. I have many things I love about it, but that is my favorite (all parents appreciate high quality items for their kiddos).

The top of the wooden poles attach to the sturdy canvas with the included rope.

The top of the teepee was secured into place by threading the string from the canvas through the wooden poles, and back again. We did that until it went all the way around the Painting TeePee.

64" tall when assembled.

Once it was assembled, the teepee stood a full 64" tall, tall enough for my son to stand up inside of it.

The first thing we did after assembly was test out the tent.
Little man got a pillow and stretched out into a lounging position. ;)

But of course standing up wasn't the first thing he wanted to do. He asked for a pillow and climbed in to stretch out and relax. That five minutes of assembly time had really taken a toll on him. ;) :)

I climbed in with him to snap a picture of the top of the teepee (from the inside).

I climbed in too, to get a picture of the inside of the teepee for you to see. We both fit in there fine, though only sitting up. I'm a little too tall to be stretching out like he did.

Hubby is going to use the included canvas paint to create the
same designs on my son's walls... on the sides of the tent.

My husband called dibs on painting duty, and when he's done with his finals for school, he and little man are going to paint the same designs on the outside of the tent, that are painted on my son's wall. Four containers of canvas paint, a paint dish, and a paint brush were included with the TeePee (yeah...that's an extra cool feature!).

This is the way it looks now, without the paint yet applied.
Fully assembled and moved to his room, my son LOVES his teepee!

Since the painting is on hold for a short while, my son requested the tent be moved to his room. No problem at all...this tent is lightweight and easy to move. See that smile? My son is very happy with his new Painting Teepee from Pacific Play Tents.


The first thing he did once we moved the teepee to his room was set up shop. That meant his big crayon bank, folding table, and his stuffed buffalo and piggies (the pigs go everywhere) were put inside. Oh, and a pillow for his bottom was requested too. ;)


Then he added the sign (on paper, resting outside of the tent).

Then he drew the signs. If it's time for a visit, the 'You can come in' side is displayed. If it's quiet time, the 'Keep Out' side is shown. You can guess which side he has up most often, right? Unless he wants a little snack... then all of the sudden visitors are permitted. Mmm hmmm. :)

My son has read numerous books in his tee-pee, put on a play with his stuffed animals, and has done his homework as well, while inside. He's requested to sleep in there too, but that's where I draw the line. ;) This is a private, quiet area that can also double as a wonderful and creative place for playtime (his cousin was here over the weekend and they spent a good deal of time in the tent). It is a most excellent addition (that can be custom-designed to match) to his room, and I couldn't be happier with the Pacific Play Tents company.

Pacific Play Tents

Dedicated to creating the highest quality and most creative play environments for 25 years, Pacific Play Tents wants kids to let their imaginations soar. Each item is painstakingly tested to make sure a fun and safe playtime adventure can be had in a creative structure designed to last. The company’s devotion is consistently validated through annual awards such as ‘best play value’ and ‘toy of the year.’ More rewarding are the countless letters from happy parents who have shared the various stories of their children finally sleeping in their own beds (due to the bed tents) or having hours of fun pretending to be on a creative journey to the ‘land of imagination.’ 

You can learn more about the tunnels, tents, and toys at Pacific Play Tents by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube.

One lucky winner gets a $50 gift card to spend on their website. US entrants only.

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144 comments:

  1. My sister and I would have loved this back in the day. How fun. We had to build our out of chairs, blankets and other things from around the house.

    Have a fabulous day. Your son is adorable. ☺

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  2. I see they have all kinds of tents. Houses, teepees. Just all kinds and sizes. I am looking for a small tent to take with me to the shore this year for our Grandson to sleep in. He wants to sleep on the screened in porch of our Virginia Beach Rental

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  3. My boys would LOVE that. We have lots of Indians in our area, so that teepee would be extra cool.

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  4. He sure is getting a ton of use out of it, not letting him sleep in it, geez, how rude lol What if he's in there and has the keep out sign up? You can't get him, right? haha

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    1. I issue a forewarning before I go in. You know, the 'five more minutes and you have to come out' thing. I know how to pick my battles. ;)

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    2. I know.. LOL whats up with that. Sleeping in it is half the fun.

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  5. What a wonderful addition to any child's room--even girls would love this! I know I sure would have in order to hide away and read with no one disturbing me!!

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  6. I know my kids would have loved this when they were younger. They would still use it if I let them :)

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  7. Clever and fun.
    I love the mural your husband created too. A link to culture in a beautiful and fun way.

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  8. Very cool toy. I know my kids would have loved having it. I know I would have, too!

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  9. This is so fun! My daughter used to try to make teepees with our camcorder tripod. This would have been perfect for her.

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  10. My kids would love that! I have always wanted a teepee. Is that weird? I think it would he such fun!

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  11. That is so cute. My girls would of loved this when they were little :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think my boys would still enjoy this even though they are getting older. It's so much fun to play pretend.

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  12. Wow what a neat teepee! I must look great in your sons room.

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  13. Now that's my kind of play house. I love this.

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  14. How FUN! My kids would go nuts over this.

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  15. My daughter would absolutely adore this! She is ridiculously proud of her small bit of Cherokee heritage and is fascinated with American Indian everything :)

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  16. My kids would go crazy would this. It looks like so much fun.

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  17. I like the Mural he hand-painted , your son will have a part of his heritage each day as he grows. That Tent is perfect for Kids and even better for indoor play. Hes sure to have tons of fun

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  18. I love that he has open/closed to visitors signs up. Too cute! I'll bet it's going to be so awesome when your hubs and son get to painting it.

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  19. Best. Fort. EVER! That is seriously the greatest thing I've ever seen.

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  20. Wow that is so amazing! I would love to get one of these for my kids.

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  21. Sounds like a great giveaway! i will enter to see if I can win. Amber n

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  22. I think my husband would try to squeeze in there! Such a fun tent!

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  23. My kids would love this. We have a tent, but it's low, so my eldest can't fit in it, and they can't all play inside. I will have to check this out.

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  24. That is so nice! Your son would be able to experience things about your FIL's culture even at home.

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  25. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I bet my niece and nephew would love their own teepee!

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  26. What a great giveaway! That tent looks like a lot of fun.

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  27. Pacific Play Tents make the most imaginative, high-quality tents for kids. We bought one for our son, it was a general store. This was years ago, its still in good shape too.

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  28. That is really neat! My boys would flip over this!

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  29. This is such a fun idea. My kids would have loved it when they were younger. I will have to show this to my friends with little ones.

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  30. I just know my Canadian friend would love this. Although, she has a smaller living room - I'm not sure how much space it'd take up!

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  31. What a fun tent. It would be a perfect play place for the kids. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway

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  32. That teepee looks like something my kids would love. I would def make room for it in our house!

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  33. I learned that they have other kinds of tents to. I like: Kings Kingdom Combo, but the teepee you got is so cool to.

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  34. It's so interesting to learn how other cultures express their art and creativity. The painting looked nice. It's so simple like drawn by a kid. :)

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  35. That looks like a fun tent! Your son looks like he is really enjoying it!

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  36. I love the My 1st Garage Play house! So cute!

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  37. This is serisouly the coolest thing ever!! My kids would LOVE this (I woudl too!). Please tell me Canadians can enter???!!

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  38. I want one of these tents. They have to be the coolest tents ever.

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  39. I love the mural your husband painted! Super talented and this tent goes perfect with it!

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  40. I learned that they have a whole selection of indoor tents! My kids would probably never leave a teepee like this if they had one.

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  41. I love that Pacific Tents has something for very age and size. We have one of their tents and love it.

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  42. This is so cool! My nephews would have so much fun with one of these tents!

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  43. So cool! I know someone who had a teepee when we were kids! Always fun to play in. PS-I love your mural!

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  44. That is such a snazzy teepee! It does look so roomy, and such a perfect place to go for some quiet reading/play time!

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  45. Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! My daughter would have a blast!

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  46. This is so awesome! I love that you can design it and paint it however you want it to look. Fun project to do with the kids!

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  47. That is so stinking cute. I took the kids to an Indian show at our local zoo and they've wanted a teepee every since.

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  48. That is a wonderful play tent! I remember when I was a kid my friends and I would try to make one using old bed sheets. So glad they have toys like this nowadays. Makes it much easier!

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  49. Wow, I think this is such a great idea. It is so cute and I love that you can customize it to what you want. Your son looks like he is enjoying it.

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  50. Awh my little one has a teepee like this. His is black and white chevron though. They're so much fun for kids aren't they? I can't wait to take it outside in the summer too :)

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  51. How fun that you can decorate the play tent, too? We have one I made many years ago when my oldest was in preschool. She's now almost 16. My 4 yr old just loves it, especially when I take it outside for her.

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  52. Oh my! Who knew they still made those giant parachutes we all played with in gym class. I love the tent you got for him. I want one of my own now. :)

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  53. I love this idea. I am sure my boys would have a blast with this tent. I have to check it out for sure.

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  54. I love the 20 Foot Institutional Parachutes without Handles

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  55. What a great giveaway. My daughter will have a blast if she won. Thank you for hosting

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  56. That looks so cute! I didn't know you could get a tent that looked like an Indian tee-pee! We have a little Native American blood in our family as well, so I am glad to see the culture is being kept alive!

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  57. What a handsome boy you have! That is so cool that he is now finally able to enjoy that part of the culture ... lots of fun and very meaningful. :)

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  58. Great giveaway! My kids would love this tent!

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  59. Your son has an awesome tent--perfect place to dream and sleep! Doesn't every child wish for a tipi like this! I did!

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  60. I really like the I See You 6 Foot x 22 Inch Tunnel

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  61. Those tents are too cool for school! Love that you can personalize them!

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  62. Growing up in OK having a teepee as a kid was something so many of us had. I was in Camp Fire (similar to Girl Scouts) and we did a low of pow wows and such. So many of the little girls had teepees and we would decorate them and then sit in them and giggle until it was time to go home.

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  63. What a fun tent!! I wish I had one!! LOL

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  64. That is so cool. I love the idea of letting kids decorate them with paint.

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  65. Tents as a child are so cool I remember having one I would play in all the time. Thanks for the great giveaway, I only wish I had a little one of my own so I could enter for them.

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  66. I love this idea for my boys! My grandmother would have bought one of these tents for them in a second.

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  67. My son would go crazy for this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I like the 30 Foot Institutional Parachutes with Handles with Carry Bag

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  69. that looks like a blast. what kid doesn't like forts and tents? love it!

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  70. My kids would love this and the tepee is awesome

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  71. This teepee is really awesome! I'm going to share this giveaway with my husband's family. They are very proud of their Cherokee heritage and might get a kick out of this!

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  72. I would have loved a tent like that when I was young.

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  73. Those pictures bring back fond memories. I can just picture my son in that teepee. Thank you for sharing.

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  74. Play tents like these are so much fun for kids. It allows them to enter fantasy worlds that they make up with their minds.

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  75. My son would to play with this tent. He likes having his own retreat to go to, to have his alone time. Brittney House

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  76. This would be great for a playroom! Love it!

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  77. Very cute! My kids would have loved a special hideaway like that when they were younger. It looks very durable and spacious.

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  78. I like the green camo tent. My brother is a Marine.

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  79. I have two sons and two grandsons...I think all ages of boys love tents! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  80. I like the Kings Kingdom Combo tent.

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  81. He sure looks like he had a great time putting his tent together and decorating. I'm loving that keep out sign :)

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  82. Very neat info on your Husband's culture. That's awesome he painted your son's room that way! Awesome giveaway too!

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  83. I love the ladybug tent and tunnel

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  84. Oh, that looks fun. I would've done that with my son. He would've had a blast... lol

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  85. My daughter will love a teepee in her room! Great giveaway.

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  86. The TeePee looks very sturdy and easy to put together. My little one would love to have this one in her room.

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  87. Very very cool! I love this idea. It is so much fun! Thanks for your review and for the opportunity to win!

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  88. That's a beautiful mural that your husband did. And the tent looks like lots of fun. What a great idea.

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  89. This looks like a ton of fun. I remember growing up that my brother had a cool car tent that fit on his twin bed. I kinda want my youngest to have one too.

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  90. I love the parachutes and tents! I think it is so rad your husband is 100% Indian! Out here in Phoenix we have a huge Indian population and I think all kids out here make tee pees at some point :D

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  91. Oh how I loved Parachute day in gym class http://www.pacificplaytents.com/index.php/front-page-awards/18000.html

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  92. That is soo awesome! my little boy would love this teepee for his next birthday!

    Good luck to all participants!

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  93. This is so cool! My son and my niece will love this!

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  94. I like the Rad Racer Bed Tent -- the boys would love to have this

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  95. Very cool! I have no doubt my son would go crazy over this! Even more so because he could paint all over it on the inside and outside. Thanks for sharing!

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  96. I like the Ladybug 8 Foot Parachute.

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  97. This is such a cool teepee! I think they are so fun!

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  98. I love the Kings Kingdom Combo and the Ladybug Tent & Tunnel Combination

    Sarah Oswald

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  99. now this seems fun - my niece would super love this!

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  100. I liked the variety of parachutes and would love a 6 Foot Institutional Parachutes with Handles.

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  101. I like the Jungle Safari Tent & Tunnel Combo one.

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  102. I like free shipping on orders over $50

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  103. I liked the Southwest Cotton Canvas Tee Pee and I know my grandsons would love it.

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  104. This looks like a great way of having kids play creatively!

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  105. I like the Kings Kingdom Combo

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  106. I absolutely love the Cottage Bed Tent!

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  107. I love all the creative ways to play with these products.

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  108. I like the ladybug tent/tunnel

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  109. I like the One Touch Lil Nursery Tent.

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  110. I love the Kings Kingdom Combo. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  111. better than having all the blankets in the living room trying to make a tent this is real and super fun I'm sure

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  112. I like the Playchute Parachute - 10 Foot- Rainbow!

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  113. I also like the Kings Kingdom Combo.

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  114. I like the under the sea cabana

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  115. I like the Cottage Bed Tent! My daughter would like it too.

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  116. I like the Come Fly With Me tent.

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  117. I like the Come Fly With Me tent.

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  118. I like the camoflauge tent with the tube entrance.

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  119. I like the My Tent 48 Inch X 48 Inch X 42 Inch.

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  120. I'd love to get one of the institutional parachutes! They were a blast when I was young :)

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  121. I like the Cottage Bed Tent.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  122. I like that they also have tunnels.

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  123. They have alot of great products. My grandson would love the Kings Kingdom Combo

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  124. like jungle Safari Tent & Tunnel Combo

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  125. I learned they have lots of tents! I love the My First Garage tent :)

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  126. I like their 30 Foot Institutional Parachutes without Handles
    Item: 85-944

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  127. I like the Perfect Penguin Slumber Bag. My granddaughter would love it!

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  128. I love the Ladybug Tent & Tunnel Combination

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  129. I like the character designed chairs for kids.

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  130. I am loving what I see. So cultivating and fun.

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  131. they offer free shipping on all orders over $50. i love the ladybug tent/tunnel combo!

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  132. the 20 Foot Institutional Parachutes are real neat . my kids would love this

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  133. haha. I love it. I used to put up blankets and tie them to chairs to make my own little hide out.

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  134. I found out that they have tents and playhouses. I like the My 1st Garage Play House.

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  135. I love the bed tents. My granddaughter would love the pink camo one.

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  136. I really like the Super Duper 4 Kid Play Tent 58 Inch X 58 Inch X 46 Inch
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  137. I liked the Under The Sea Beach tent and I think that my nephews would too.

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  138. I really like the Kings Kingdom Combo for my kiddos

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