S.R. asks from Mount Prospect, IL on November 06, 2006
My 3 1/2 year old son is quite obsessed with trains right now. My husband and I want to get him a train table for Christmas. Does anyone have any recommnedations? (I am afraid I will buy on that will end up being poorly made) or have one their child has outgrown they would like to sell? We live in Mt Prospect
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D.C. answers from Chicago on November 07, 2006
We also have the train table that Costco sells. It's a GREAT deal and is very good quality. I highly recommend it. The trains aren't Thomas trains, but the Thomas trains work on the track and table. We ended up buying lots of Thomas trains to go with the track and table, and they work great with the set. Have fun!
J. answers from Chicago on November 06, 2006
One word: Nilo! We love our Nilo train table. It's a great value - cheaper than the Thomas brand - and very sturdy (the picture on their website shows a bunch of children standing on the top.) You can also buy storage seats and trundle bins to go with it. (we just use plastic bins)
We didn't buy a train table until we discovered the Nilo last year, because they all had issues that Nilo does not have - 1. the Nilo is slightly higher, so a child can sit in a child-size chair and get his knees under it. 2. We did not want built-in drawers because we want our kids to be able to get their chairs/knees up to it.
Nilo sells two sizes of table and they come with a removeable "train" plastic scene. The tabletop underneath is white melanine. Also, and this is the best part, you can buy longer legs so that when your kids are older they can use the table as a game table. It's a piece of furniture you can keep forever. And if that's not enough - it's a family-owned, American-made business. www.nilotoys.com is their website. I think the website doesn't have prices, but I remember it was quite a bit cheaper than Thomas.
You usually find them at independent toy stores (C. Foster in Hinsdale carries them, for example.)
C. answers from Chicago on November 06, 2006
Costco has some on sale now, but be quick, they sell out fast. (They aren't Thomas the train, but I bought one from Costco 2 years ago, and they work just as well).
A.O. answers from Chicago on November 07, 2006
H.C. answers from Chicago on November 07, 2006
There's a super cute wooden train table that comes with all sorts of things on www.fatbraintoys.com. Click under wooden toys and you'll find it. You'll get free shipping, there's no tax and it's just $90 for the tracks, train and all of the extras. They also have a similar one at Costco for $140. Happy shopping!
M.B. answers from Chicago on November 07, 2006
I have the nilo too. when your child gets older you can order larger legs so the table can last even into their teens.
I'v done research and this was the cheapest site http://www.ridgeroadstation.com/istar.asp?a=3&manufac...=