Most baby gear is designed to be used during a short period of your baby’s development and then stored away until your next child. While activity centers offer a lot of play value for babies, their longevity isn’t large.
New for 2018, Evenflo changed gears to develop an activity center that is perfect from 4 months to 4 years. The Gleeful Sea 2 in 1 Activity Center + Art Table changes with each stage and we love it! Here is our review:
Out of the box, there is a bit of assembly required. You are looking at about 20 minutes in total and there are just a few pieces to screw together. Adjust the legs, add the fabric to the seat, pop on the toys are you are ready to entertain!
There are 3 height levels you can adjust the activity center to. This is done underneath during assembly.
From about 4 months+ the Gleeful Sea ExerSaucer is an activity center. Pop the baby in the middle and they can bat and play with the included toys. Evenflo has added Spin-Loc technology to allow parents to positon the three toys where they would like on the activity center’s surface.
What appears to be suction cups that stick to the table, parents just have to turn the base of the toys to lock it in place. No saliva needed! This system also allows the toys to be positioned anywhere your child likes.
Initially the toys stuck very well but with prolonged use of the set we needed to ensure the surface was clean before affixing the toys.
The set also includes 3 additional toys that attach to the wooden corners. One of the toys has an electronic feature with music and lights. On the other side is a mirror for kids to see themselves in.
The other two toys have a flag like design with discs that could double as teethers are attached. These are removable if your child wants to take them with them and can be replaced with other toys.
The second one doubles as a tracing toy for when the set turns into an art table.
Just like with the classic Exersaucer the seat in the middle of the unit rotates 360 degrees so your child can play with everything easily. Evenflo has added a bounce ring to give it more movement if your child wants to jump.
When your child learns to walk, the seat in the middle can be removed and replaced with the foot base. You can leave the toys up and they can navigate around the table. As they get older the toys can be removed so the surface can be used as an art table.
Ready for drawing and playing, the green hub in the middle flips to become a caddy for art supplies or snacks.
The Evenflo Gleeful Sea Exersaucer retails for about $120. We love it because it grows with your child and turns into a table your kids will use for years to come. Just add a chair and they will have hours of entertainment creating their next masterpiece!