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Our Dome Climber

Updated on April 24, 2013
The whole gang enjoying the climber
The whole gang enjoying the climber | Source

Our New Basement Toy

We have too many toys.

When you first have kids you realize you don’t have any toys. The first Christmas and birthdays are opportunities to build up your toy arsenal. It is awesome when Christmas rolls around again because you can buy another big, fun toy for the kids to love or even grow into. But, I have a feeling that there is a threshold. An undefined limit to the amount of toys you can have in your house. I am uncertain when we reached this threshold, but i know we blew thru right thru it and just kept collecting!

We have attempted to address our toy epidemic. We have donated. We have passed down. We have sold. We have started giving favorite foods as presents as these ‘consumable’ go away!

But strangely enough, birthdays and holidays happen on an annual basis. Family and Godparents continue to give and the kids love new things.

Maybe a Geoclimber?

We have 3 birthdays at the beginning of the year, our 2 year old and our to be 7 year old twins. So, we sold our basement play gym, a Little Tykes 8-in-1 Adjustable Playground. They played on it for a couple of years and then they began just playing ON it. My kids climb on these kinds of toys and then make up a game from there. Noticing their tendency to always climb on top of these toys, we decided to upgrade the basement with a new climbing toy.

I searched many websites and decided on a geoclimber or dome climber. We have all seen seen the half circle domes on playgrounds that kids are climbing all over. My thought was this might be a great basement toy. After reviewing multiple sites and even considering building our own (this thought lasted briefly), we decided on www.domeclimber.com.

Why www.domeclimber.com?

They currently have 10 dome climber options ranging from 3x6 foot climber ($129) to an 8 x 15 foot climber ($399). There are age recommendations and there are pictures of each. When deciding which one might suit us best, we looked at a few factors.

Where Are We Going To Put This Thing?

We decided it would go on our play side in the basement. Our play side has 8 foot ceilings. I got out the tape measure to see how much space I was willing to donate to this toy and still give the kids room to still play other things like basketball or soccer.

Will It Be Challenging?

Can our 2 year old climb on it AND will our 6 year olds think it is fun and challenging?

We looked at the 2-frequency vs. 3-frequency climbers. The 2 frequency climber has segments in 2 lengths resulting in larger triangles and openings. The 3 frequency climber has 3 length beams and smaller triangles. We narrowed our choices down to the 4 foot x 9 foot and the 5.5 foot x 9 foot. Both would allow the kids to climb to the top and not hit their heads on the basement ceiling and both were 3 frequency.

How Much Weight Can It Hold?

The geoclimber.com website states that it can hold 280 lbs. at each joint and over 2000 lbs. distributed. This was not going to be an issue!

Purchased and Shipped

So I easily placed the order online. There are 2 shipping options:

1. $18 arriving in 2-3 weeks

2. $42 for expedited arriving in 4 business days.

When our shipment arrived, it came in 2 large, heavy boxes via Fed Ex Ground. I was psyched to get started, but my husband was out of town. We proceeded anyhow. The kids helped carry down 165 PVC Segments, 61 Center Units, and bags of nuts and bolts. We lined them up the components…and then I sent them to bed! I believe in economics they call it the Law of Diminishing Returns. In real life ,I call it 'too many little hands helping me'!

Clear Directions

The directions were very clear and color coded to match the PVC beams. I downloaded the directions via the website onto my Ipad and then got Pandora going with some good music. They estimated 2 hours for 2 people and 5 hours for one. I completed 95% of it that night, putting in about 3 hours. By following the step by step directions, I didn’t make any mistakes resulting in rework. The next morning, I finalized the climber with the help of a friend. In all, I donated about 4.5 hours to putting the climber together.

2 Year Old quickly scaling the Dome Climber
2 Year Old quickly scaling the Dome Climber | Source

After tightening each of the 200+ bolts, I was ready for the kids to try it out. My 2 year old was the only one home at the time and he scurried to the top immediately. When the others came home from school, they were so excited about the new climber. They climbed on the outside. They climbed on the inside. They climbed to the top, popped thru a hole and then swung back and forth. I was pleased with how much fun they were having.


Camp out using the blankets and tea lights
Camp out using the blankets and tea lights | Source

The next day, they wanted it to be a tent. My kids ALWAYS use toys differently than intended. Our first camp out involved laying blankets on the climber. I also had some battery tea lights that the kids used as a ‘fire’. We brought down snacks, turned down the lights, and had our camp out.

I later found some new, plastic shower curtain hooks in the closet. I also found 2, old, used king sized sheets. I used this to make a ‘covering’ for the tent. It would be easily removed, but eliminate the need to use ALL their blankets and then complain when they all fall down.

Our kids continue to play on the climber daily. Sometimes I send them downstairs to do laps. Laps are climbing around on the inside of the climber. One of my sons insists on 10 laps at a time. We have also had a few more camp outs. I love that my kids are exercising, playing, imagining and having fun!

If you are in the market for a new inside or outside toy, check out geoclimber.com. You will be pleased with the price, quality of materials, ease of installation and best of all, how much fun and exercise your kids will be having!

© 2012 Karen Lackey

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Unfortunately, this supplier is in the U.S. My kids love ours. Hope you are able to find a company who makes them in Australia!

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      Emaria 5 years ago

      Im in australia too. Where cab i get one?

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Sorry you can't find one where you are! I can only imagine how expensive it would be to ship international. Best of luck in your search!

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      paula 5 years ago

      been looking and looking for these but they seem to only sell them in america. (im in australia) very jealous right now lol :)

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Yvonne- we are actually moving. If ours does not work in the new house, we can discuss, but I am sure that the price to ship to Australia might be extremely high. I do not think they ship internationally at this point. Have you searched for a similar product in Australia?

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      yvonne 5 years ago

      i want one of these but we live in australia. how can you help me?

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Wantone, I am unsure what is going on with him. I can only attest to how it worked out for me. I wrote this AFTER the fact. It came as expected.

      I apologize if this is frustrating you!

      Best of luck!

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      wantone 5 years ago

      i called Rodney 2 or 3 times 4 weeks ago and he still hasn't called me back, likely never will. I still have a hard time understanding how you got one in two weeks.

      did you tell him you wanted to write a review on it here? maybe that is why he actually talked to you and actually sent one? just so he could keep up appearances?

      I really want one of these it just sucks he isn't really making them or calling people back.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      I was able to get mine in 2 weeks. I received it and it is exactly what I expected it to be. I had read that they had some issues and I called him directly to clarify. I ordered and received this in February 2012. If you are still concerned, I would consider calling or emailing him prior to paying. FYI and best of luck.

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      wantone 5 years ago

      when did you order yours?

      did you have any problems getting it from them?

      according to the better business beaurau the get an F.

      from reviews online it sounds like the guy is scamming people out of their money and never sending it.

      has the guy changed his ways?

      you really got one from him recently?

      i'd like to get one but am scared that he won't send it.