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Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza

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  • Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza is a great grow-with-me toy that is sure to engage baby
  • Sitting baby can drop balls in the lower ramps or crawl through the gate or arch
  • Standing baby can drop balls in the top and watch them zoom down the ramps
  • Encourages physical development with fresh music and dancing lights
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Product Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 37.7 x 32.8 x 34 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B007J3FAJ2
  • Item model number: W9858
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 months - 3 years
  • Batteries 4 C batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,804 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

From the Manufacturer

The Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza comes with eight colorful balls. Full of great ramp play, it's perfect for all of baby's key physical milestones. The center tower has pulsating lights that encourage baby to move up and around. For a sitting baby they can drop the balls onto the lower ramps or bat at the paddle wheel. When baby's ready to crawl they can crawl through the gate, which spins all the way around. Or they can crawl through the other arch, activating break the bream, and be rewarded with lights and sounds. When baby is ready to stand and cruise they can put the balls into the top and they will shoot out and bounce off the trampoline and down and around the ramps.

Product Description

Move to the beat with music and six dancing lights with the Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza, from Fisher-Price! Baby can drop colorful balls onto lower ramps or crawl through the gate for a different perspective. When they're old enough to pull up and stand, little ones can drop balls into the chute for surprise, bounce-back action to play all over again. Whether they're sitting, crawling, pulling-up, standing or cruising, the beat boppin' music will keep baby moving and grooving!

Fisher Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza
Grows with baby from sit, to crawl, to pull up & stand, helping baby develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination. View larger.
Fisher Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza
Grasping & dropping balls gives fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. View larger.

Non-Stop Action for Baby

A brand new way for baby to play, with beat-boppin' music, dancing lights, and exciting bounce, chase and roll ball-action! With brightly colored ramps, tunnels and balls, the Fisher-Price Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza takes baby up, down and around a whole new world of fun and learning. Baby can drop the colorful balls onto lower ramps and watch them roll, or crawl through the gate for a different view of the action! And when baby is able to pull up and stand or cruise, she can drop balls into the chute for a bounce-back action surprise.

Fisher Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza
Teaches about cause and effect! View larger.

Multiple Ways to Keep Baby Entertained, Sitting, Standing or Crawling

The Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza comes with six colorful balls and encourages baby to move all around, up and down to achieve key physical milestones. And they'll have a rockin' good time while they're at it, too, thanks to brand new, beat-boppin' music! The center tower has six dancing lights that encourage baby to sit and play, or crawl, stand and cruise.

Sitting babies can drop balls onto the lower ramps or bat at the paddle wheel; crawlers can crawl through the 360 degree spinning gate or crawl through the main archway to be rewarded with lights and sounds. And when baby is ready to stand and cruise, there's more fun and action to discover up top, too!

Develops Physical and Cognitive Skills

Designed for babies between 6 and 36 months of age, the Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza encourages development of important physical and cognitive skills. With 360 degrees of play, it rewards baby as they reach key physical milestones: sitting to crawling to pulling up, standing & cruising, helping baby develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination. Grasping & dropping balls on the roll-around ramps gives fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination a great workout, too. And since baby's own actions activate lights, music and ball rolling and bounce-back fun, baby starts to understand the concept of "cause & effect." It's learning and fun, all wrapped in one!

What's in the Box

The Fisher-Price Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza.

Trademark Information:
Fisher-Price® Ballapalooza™

Fisher Price
Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza

At a Glance:

  • Beat-boppin' music and six dancing lights encourage baby to move and groove all around!
  • Baby can drop colorful balls onto lower ramps or crawl through the gate for a different perspective
  • When they're old enough to pull up and stand, it's fun to drop balls into the chute for surprise, bounce-back action
  • Grows with baby from sitting to crawling to standing to cruising

Age/Weight Requirements:

  • Six months to three years

Assembly Requirements:

  • Three C batteries (not included)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

My 6 month only and 3 year old both love to play with it.
JP
It was actually easy to put together with well written directions and labeled parts, just takes a little time.
Dana Austen
I think overall the toy is fun and as she gets older it will have more appeal to her.
Mom of 4+2

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 126 people found the following review helpful By J. Finkel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 29, 2012
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The Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza, much like its name, takes up way too much space for what it is. This toy takes up more room than any other we own and there's no way to reduce its size for storage. Without changing much feature-wise, this toy could have easily been designed to take up half the space.

This toy does have some neat design elements. There is a ball-dropper at the top that you can push balls into and have them fall out onto a angled plastic 'trampoline' pad so that they bounce onto the top of the highest ramp. There is also a switch that registers falling balls to turn on lights and sound (3 C batteries required). The toy comes with plenty of balls (which are very hard plastic, so watch where your kids throw them) and the toy does look great when it is fully assembled. Also, assembly is not too bad, taking roughly 20-30 minutes for the average parent, less if there's help or a powered screwdriver.

My children are 8 months and 2 1/2 years old. They both enjoyed playing with the toy right away, but there interest quickly evaporated. Simply put, this toy doesn't do much. The ramps can only be constructed one way and while there are 2 ramps, the shorter path is completely lame. The higher ramp (with the trampoline) is just short enough for easy access to my older kid, but obviously too much for my little one to handle - she mostly plays with the balls and ignores the monstrous Ballapalooza. The suggested age range of 6 months to 3 years doesn't make much sense to me. I feel that any kid over 2 years will quickly become bored and many kids under 1 year will not really be able to use this toy. So, I would suggest 12-24 months.

Overall, I was disappointed by this toy and so were my kids.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez VINE VOICE on October 22, 2012
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Overall, I'm not super impressed with this toy! I've listed the pros and cons below, and although the list looks pretty equal, the pros are minor functions compared to the cons of a long time to assemble. I have a 3 year old and a 16 month old and they really don't seem to care for this toy, which was surprising, but it really doesn't do much other than the balls sliding down the ramps.

PROs
The post lights up and has fun music
It comes with LOTS of balls, so if you lose some you're not frantically looking for something to make the toy work again
It's fun colors
It has a 2 different music volumes so you can turn it down if you find the music annoying

CONs
It takes a LONG time to put together (took me more than 1 hour and I'm good with putting toys together!)
My kids were bored with it after 15 minutes
The toy itself is VERY large and takes up a lot of room (it's about 3 feet in diameter by the time it's all put together)
The balls only can take 2 different tracks, so the limited options, left my kids (3 and 16 months) bored quickly
The "door" they can crawl through doesn't move well and doesn't trigger any music or lights
The music and lights are not always triggered by the balls going through
It's too tall for my 16 month old to put the balls in the top part and The crawl through door is too small for my 3 year old to go through, so it seems like they weren't sure what age/ages they were really making this toy for
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Becca on February 6, 2013
Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Length: 3:43 Mins
This is by far the best toy purchase I have made for my 27 month old son. I was looking for a toy he could stand and play at, that is at his height level, something that is going to keep him active and most of all something stable! He has delays and is not walking yet but can pull up to stand. This toy is by far his favorite!

I love this toy it lets my son and I have fun whilst doing important exercises to build his strength and balance. Our early intervention specialists also love using this toy when they come to our home.

We've had the Ballapalooza since Christmas and he is not bored of it at all. It is the only toy he continually plays with multiple times a day. The music is catchy and he loves dancing to it. It comes with 8 balls which is great since they get thrown everywhere and lost until we find them again.

The ballapallooza is a large toy but it doesn't seem to be to big that it bothers us in our not so large living room. It can also easily be moved from room to room if needed.

Since owning this toy I can see my sons balance and strength whilst standing improving! The Ballapalooza has made our play time together that much more enjoyable!!

From my video you can see that the ballapalooza is very stable and my 2 year old (25 pounds) can pull up to stand, with no problems of the toy tipping over.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Montemayor on December 30, 2012
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Length: 1:59 Mins
Fisher Price is a very well known name. With many interactive and fun toys in their product line I was really hoping for something that had some lasting entertaining power. Unfortunately this is not it. As other reviews have mentioned, and I have to agree, this gets old quick. The ball runs down a colorful channel that ends pretty quickly. The 6 lights in red, green, and orange, running down the center post provide some eye candy but nothing fantastic. The overall footprint of this toy is large. Make sure you have the area to place this. Although there are many individual parts it assembles pretty quickly. All you need is a screwdriver / drill. The instructions are well written. This toy is made in Mexico ( as written on the box ) so if your looking for a product made in the USA then look elsewhere. With so many other toys on the market these days that have more learning and entertaining value I can't recommend this product to anyone.
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