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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
If you've ever used those springy-fold-away windshield sun shades, or a photographer's collapsible reflector, you've experienced the frustration putting this type of thing away. When you open it, you try and memorize exactly what you did "Turn right here. Twist. Unfold left. Unfold right. etc." Then when you try and put it away, you give up and leave it laying flat. That's what I eventually did - and I'm pretty good at folding up these spring puzzles.

One person can easily assemble it - it's more like unfolding and stepping back. I did experience twisted supports - this must be a common problem, as there's a help line for it. I was eventually able to untwist without calling. Just took several tries at pulling and snapping things around. Once up, I was shocked at the sheer size. Corner to corner it's over seven feet across. On a windy day I can see this partially collapsing and snapping back into place (that is, assuming it does not blow away.) It is VERY light and would be a huge sail. There's no way to stake it - no loops, slots - nothing. So you'll have to jury-rig something. We're thinking of putting one of those small blow-up wading pools inside the tent to shade the pool - and kid - from sunburn. This will also keep the pool clean and debris free, and stop the tent from blowing away.

So for the lawn - great, just not on windy days.

Storing - it folds up into an almost triangular shaped flat panel quickly. Getting it back in the disc-shaped package? Good luck. Folded flat it takes up little space and will "assemble" quickly. In the package it takes up even less space. Apart from the "door" there are also two openings for the tunnel. We have a 6' tunnel that fits here as well. So we have a 6' we can use, and the included tunnel. These do provide a little more anchor outside. Inside? Kiss goodbye to your family room!

Four kids could comfortably fit inside, sitting or sleeping - this would probably be great for sleep-overs.

As an unrelated side note. The manufacturer should fire the person that does your Photoshop work. Both kids in the photo were obviously added later. Not only are they out of proportion, you can see cut lines, they have no shadows, and the one inside is magically levitating and not leaving an impression on the thin Nylon floor.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
This tent is huge and easy to use. It also folds away very easily. The only thing I would suggest is that you watch the video at the playhut website before trying to open it up as they show you how to correct any twisted wires.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
Wish I"d paid more attention to the negative reviews. This tent is way too big to set up in a normal house and ours was twisted and didn't stay standing up. A Christmas disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
Okay so its big, much bigger than it looks in the picture. At least 3 kids can play in here comfortably. When I dont want it so large I leave one of the panels folded in. Its very well constructed and easy to open. Sometimes the wires get twisted and it wont stand up properly for this you simply rotate the bottom wires the ones closest to the floor by holding it with both hands and rotating them kind of like pedaling a bicycle. The video is on the web site. I still havent figured out how to fold it back into the neat little fold it came in but I just fold it flat and slide it under the bed which takes about 30 seconds. The tunnel also folds easily like an accordion. Its nice both came folded in a traveling bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
This is much larger than I thought it would be, even reading the dimensions! Seems like it will last a long time. My son loves it so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
I was very excited when I first opened this and thought wow this is a great deal! Then we folded it up put it away for the next day and when we opened it up and tried to set it up the Hut did not stay open!!! The wires kept in the folded position and would not pop out unless you held them out!! Therefore, it was garbage! The tunnel is great!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
It was impossible to get the nephew to stop playing in this colorful, fun play place! It was also impossible to actually fold it up into the same small circle that it came in... but we were able to store it flat, so it was no big deal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
Was looking fo a pop up tent my son could use as a fort and saw this one. OMG its huge. I am 5'5" and I can lay down and stretch out with my arm above my head and still have room! I can almost stand straight up in it.
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on August 4, 2014
Bah. Sent it back to Amazon and received my money back. Would have been an awesome play hut... if it would stand up and not cave in. We took it out of the box and bag, opened it up, and when fully open, one of the main side vertical seams would not remain "popped out". This caused it to invert into itself on that one side, and cave in. No matter what we tried, we tried to offset the direction it was lending itself to by bending the opposite way, but to no avail. The two bendy wires that met in the problem corner were overlapping, which was a cause of it naturally inverting itself on this one problem seam. It is HUGE - so make sure you have a room big enough for it to easily fit. My husband and I are average size and both could fit in it easily, with much room to spare. The bottom material is quite thin - its fine for indoors, but don't try to use outdoors unless on very soft grass that wouldn't poke through or tear, or dry ground with no pebbles/stones to poke through. (Bottom is not "tarp" like, not waterproof, heavy-duty, etc).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
It's actually bigger than we anticipated. The kids love it. It big enough to hold all three if them (ages 3-7), plus room to spare.
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