Best Activity Centers in 2017

One of these activity centers will be baby’s favorite place to play.

Activity centers provide hours of fun for your little one, but let’s be honest, they also give you a much needed break. Your babe might even be entertained long enough for you to finish that cup of coffee before it goes cold! So which type of activity center is right for your kiddo? Some grow with your baby and convert to toddler tables; others will have your baby jumping for joy (actually, applause). Or perhaps you need one that you can take on the go. We’ve rounded up seven activity centers, all offering something a little different, to help you choose.

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1. Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center. If you’re looking for an activity center that grows with your child, look no further. The PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center from Oribel, which is the first of its kind, is a convertible activity table that, once your baby graduates from his bouncer days, transforms into a play table that’s suitable for kids up to 5 years old. There are even matching stools and an art paper roll dispenser that clips on the table for endless hours of coloring in the future. In the meantime, the bouncy seat swivels for baby to play with all the fun animated characters. Plus, the table, which is modern in design and compact, folds flat for storage! $129, buy here and use the promo code SEASON15 to get 15% off of any orders that are $100 or more.

2. Skip Hop Explore & More Jumpscape Foldaway Jumper. The latest activity center to hit the market is the Skip Hop Explore & More Jumpscape Foldaway Jumper. So what sets this jumper apart from the rest? For starters, this jumper folds flat, which makes it perfect for small space living. But what makes this jumper truly unique is the light-up cloud that tracks baby’s jumps! It even applauds when your little one reaches 100 jumps, how cute is that? $130, buy here.


3. Evenflo ExerSaucerThe tried and true Evenflo ExerSaucer is such a classic and budget-friendly activity center. It comes equipped with a slew of colorful, stimulating toys, a 360-degree swivel chair and a three-position height adjustment. $49, buy here.

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4. Fisher Price 3-in-1 Sit-to-Stand. The 3-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Center is designed to be used from birth to 24 months. Talk about getting your money’s worth! From a tummy-time mat to an activity table for toddlers and bouncy seat for in between, this center has something for every stage of your child’s development. $79.99, on sale here!


5. Three Pears Bobbin Triple Play Centre. If a wooden activity center is more your style, this high-end one is sure to satisfy. The Bobbin Triple Play Centre is tres chic and eco-friendly. It converts from a baby play center to a toddler activity table and even comes with a chalk board insert, so unique! $492, buy here.

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6. Summer Infant Pop N’ Jump Portable Activity Center. For those times when you want to both entertain and contain your baby on the go, there’s the Summer Infant Pop N’ Jump Activity Center. Portable and lightweight, you can bring this activity center on playdates, holidays and even the backyard for some outdoor play. It even comes with a UV canopy to protect your little one from harmful rays. $49, buy here.

Manhattan toys

7. Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center. This gorgeous wooden tree activity center from Manhattan Toy will provide your kiddo with countless hours of entertainment. Beads, gliders and gears oh my, this center is sure to peak your child’s interest and curiosity $72.85, buy here.

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Natalie Gentile

Natalie Gentile

NATALIE GENTILE is Well Rounded's Gear Editor. She is a NYC-based baby gear consultant and the founder of Kind Kidlet. To make the transition into parenthood less confusing and time-consuming, King Kidlet develops custom baby registries tailored to fit the specific needs and personal styles of families. Natalie is a mama to a sweet baby girl and lives with her family in Queens. Follow her on Instagram here.

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