Sledding is just about the only
outdoor winter activity I enjoy and it just so happens to be a great socially distanced thing to do with a group. If you live in a cold climate, sledding is definitely not cancelled this year, so you’re going to want to know about these sleds and tubes for kids and families. Whether you’re hoping to share a tube as you soar down the snowy hill, or your kid will be gliding down that hill solo, there’s something here for everyone at a wide variety of price points.
You'll find a pair of sleds featuring the cutest characters (plus they’re foam so your kid can’t claim it’s “too heavy” to haul back up the hill) and classic wooden toboggan styles that are equally perfect for styling a holiday photo shoot or for riding. There are
inflatable sleds that are durable yet easily transportable, and even a unicorn tube because your kid needs a mythical accessory for every occasion.
Just note that while sledding is a fun activity for the whole family (especially when followed by cocoa or hot cider) it's only a good time for everyone if no one gets hurt. Kids Health recommends that kids under 5 are accompanied by adults, and that all kids (and adults, looking at you, Fun Uncle)
avoid standing on the sled or going down head first. With that out of the way, check out these awesome sleds and tubes for all ages. We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 Timeless Wood
This wooden sled is giving me serious Austrian vibes and I love how it can double as winter decor when not in use. It's made of kiln-dried northern hardwoods with steel blades for tracking and grip. and It includes the foam pads so you'll have two comfy riders in tow.
2 A Christmas Vacation Sled
Channel the wild fun of
Christmas Vacation with this aluminum saucer sled. It’s made of durable, premium-grade aluminum alloy and it has soft grip handles that are comfy to hold. And while this may have a vintage look, it’ll soar down the hill. 3 A Sturdy Style
This sturdy option is great for hauling up to two kids (or a child and the dog). The grooved sides make it easy for little hands to hold on tight, and the rope makes pulling the sled up the hill as painless as possible. Plus it’s available in green, blue, or red so you can pick your kids’ fave.
4 A Festive Design
This inflatable sled is printed with a cute skier mountainscape which will make it stand out against a sea of solid colors. It can hold up two 250 pounds or two riders, but because it's inflatable it's easy to carry, which is a definite bonus when hauling it back up the hill. The vinyl material can withstand -25 degrees (though at that temperature I hope you're inside drinking hot chocolate).
5 A Sled With No Sharp Edges
They’ll be soaring down the snowy hill safely thanks to anti-slip seat, foot rests and surrounding railing. Plus, this sled is designed to have no sharp corners or edges; every surface is rounded and smooth so there are no unexpected snags or bruises. It’s light enough for kids to carry, too.
6 Tandem Ride
Tandem tubing is so fun, especially when each person has their own seat and handle (so there's no child limbs poking you in the stomach). The two-person tube is lightweight but durable and can hold up to 400 pounds; this one's best for kids ages 6 and up. The peppermint twist shape makes it all the sweeter.
7 A Wooden Toboggan
With six feet of gorgeous wood, there's plenty of room for your crew to hop on. The toboggan comfortably fits two adults or three children, and you'll feel like you're cruising on Santa's sleigh (though it's best to have an experienced person steering). You can buy this one as is, or for an extra cost you can buy a pad for ultimate comfort and you can even get it custom engraved with your family name.
8 A Two Pack
This duo of foam sleds are light enough for kids to carry without too much complaint. Ideal for siblings who are still getting the hang of taking turns, the fox and the penguin designs will look super sweet sailing down the hill.
9 A Unicorn Tube
Unicorn lovers rejoice, you can now soar down a snowy hill on your favorite mythical creature. Kids will flip for this one (and good luck getting them to share), plus it's made from a flexible material that’s designed to be weather-resistant and not crack in the snow. The handles are roomier too so they can accommodate bulky gloves.
10 Eye-Catching & Fast
You'll have no problem watching your child soar down the snowy hill with this brightly colored, glittery tube that will glint in the snow (and kind of reminds me of a fancy donut). Its unique swirl pattern is actually inspired by images taken with the Hubble Telescope It fits one rider, is cold-resistant up to -25 degrees, and supports up to 250 pounds.
11 A Classic Flyer
This lightweight (it's only 3 pounds) no-frills option is perfect for a long day of sledding. It can hold up to 200 pounds and it has a molded handle for steering (or holding on for dear life). Plus, you really can't beat the price.
12 A Vehicle Lovers Dream
If your little one can't get enough of all vehicles and knows the name of everything on a construction site, then they'll love this sled. It's made of high polymer resin and it has stainless steel runners for traction.
13 Plaid & Inflatable
A toboggan style without the extra weight? Sign me up. This inflatable sled looks like a stocking and it holds up to 250 pounds. It's both portable and durable with a reinforced rubber bottom that won't pop if you hit some ice or a stick.
14 Buffalo Plaid Tube
This buffalo plaid tube brings serious winter vibes to any slope. Originally designed to be used in commercial tubing parks, you can bet this one is as durable as it is cute. This comes in two sizes; the smaller one is good for solo sledding and the larger works well for a parent and a child.
15 A Sled With A Steering Wheel
Kids will love feeling like they're "driving" the sled (and in a sense, they are). This option has a two ski steering system and a steel brake, so they can stop safely no matter how fast they're going. The sled is designed for kids ages 3 and up.
16 A Sled Fit For A Holiday Card
This sweet sled is made for children 18 months to 4 years old. It has a tow rope to make pulling your little one a breeze, and it's made of northern hardwood Maple to last a long time.
17 Lime Green
Amidst a sea of red sleds, this lime green one will stand out. It has a fold-over edge to keep snow out of little eyes (no tears!) plus this design is made to reduce turbulence.
18 A Sled For Babies
While this one is more for gently pulling than it is for sending sailing down a hill, this sweet baby sled is a great way to get your baby in on the fun. It comes with a bucket seat with a three-point safety belt and the pull rod is adjustable so adults are comfy too. Best of all, the seat can be removed as your child grows so it transforms into a more traditional sled.
19 A Sled With A Buckle
Perfect for kids as young as 1 year old (or even younger as long as they can sit up), this sled has a buckle, similar to one you'd find on a booster seat, that keeps your little one from falling out. It can hold up to 40 pounds and has a pull rope so you can pull your little one along safely.
Sleds are sure to be a popular gift this winter with parents everywhere doing their part to spread joy (and find fun and active things to do with their kids). But winter is coming, so act quick. You don't want to find yourself hastily covering the lid of a trash can in butter spray in order to enjoy the first snowy hill of the year.
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This article was originally published on
November 18, 2020