For Thrill-Seeking Boys & Girls: Mini Roller Coaster

Last week I took my friend's very active 2-year-old son to gymnastics class. After he exhausted hanging on bars, running and jumping on the trampoline, and jumping in the foam pit, we came across a baby roller coaster pushed off to the side. We had 15 minutes to spare as we waited for his older sister to finish her class; therefore, we spent the remaining time testing out the mini thrill ride.

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We think we found the almost perfect toddler toy that can entertain kids for extended periods of time. I watched as this little boy quickly discovered how to push the car up to the top of the ramp for ride #2, 3, 4, etc. The 5-second roller coaster ride never seemed to get old.

The children's roller coaster toy is a little pricer than I would usually prefer to spend on a children's toy. However, the smile and pure excitement on my friend's son's face has convinced me that a special birthday gift is in store.

Younger kids can start with the Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster ($120) and later upgrade to the Step 2 Extreme Coaster ($260).

(Images: K-Mart, Buzzillions)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.