The 8 Best Baby Activity Tables of 2019

These activity tables combine fun and learning

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First Look

Best Overall: Discovering Music Activity Table at Amazon

"Baby Einstein makes a ton of fun and educational toys for kids."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Learn & Groove Table at Amazon

"Teaches numbers, letters, shapes, and colors."

Best Budget: 3-in-1 Switcharoo Activity Table at Amazon

"Use it as a take-along toy to provide entertainment on the go."

Best Wooden Option: Top Adventure Activity Center at Amazon

"Divided into four quadrants and adorned with adorable illustrations."

Best with Detachable Legs: Little Office at Amazon

"Easy to assemble and provides lots of learning opportunities."

Best Educational: Laugh and Learn Learning Table at Amazon

"For learning and fun in one great toy."

Best Water Activity Table: Spiralin' Seas Play Table at Amazon

"Comes with five round characters that squirt water."

Best Versatile: 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center at Amazon

"A fun twist for little ones who aren’t quite up on their feet yet."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table

Baby Einstein™ Discovering Music Activity Table™

 

Baby Einstein™

Baby Einstein makes a ton of fun and educational toys, and this music activity table is no exception. It features an array of fun buttons and lights that let them play the piano, guitar, drums, and French horn and learn numbers and letters as well. It can even expose them to a bit of foreign language, as it can be set to one of three languages—French, Spanish, and English. 

Designed for kids ages 6 months to 3 years, the legs are removable, so it can be used when little ones are sitting or lying on the floor or standing up as they get steadier on their feet.

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Runner-Up, Best-Overall: LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table

LeapFrog jumps to the top of our list with its fun Learn & Groove Musical Table. It features buttons that play musical notes from various instruments and songs, such as “Old MacDonald” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” It also teaches things like numbers, letters, shapes, and colors and can be used in either English or Spanish mode. Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years, it can be used with or without the legs, so it can grow with babies as they learn to stand and walk.

Best Budget: Little Tikes 3-in-1 Switcharoo Activity Table

For a ton of fun at a relatively low price, there’s this 3-in-1 Switcharoo Activity Table from Little Tikes. You can use it on the floor without legs or put the legs on when they’re ready to stand and play, or as a take-along toy to provide entertainment on the go.

Babies can explore fun buttons and features, which play songs, sounds, and phrases. The table can switch between a school theme and a zoo theme for even more options.

Best Wooden Option: Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center

For those who prefer wood as an alternative to the sea of plastic toys, there’s this activity table from Manhattan Toy. With a tree theme, it’s divided into four quadrants and adorned with adorable illustrations, sliding beads and blocks, and other activities to stimulate their imagination and senses without the need for batteries or electricity. It stands 22.5 inches high and is 18 inches wide, so it’s big enough for a couple of kids to play around at the same time. 

Recommended for ages 12 months and up, parents say it’s a toy kids turn to over and over for years.

Best with Detachable Legs: LeapFrog Little Office Learning Center

For a fun learning table with a tech-savvy twist, there’s this Little Office Learning Center from LeapPad. It features a laptop, phone, and globe, so they can conduct worldwide business—the business of play, of course. Its legs can be detached, so it can be used while baby is sitting, laying down, or standing up, and it’s light enough that it can be easily moved from room to room or taken on the go. It plays more than 180 songs, phrases, and sounds. You can switch between English and Spanish modes, and when they spin the globe, they hear greetings and songs from around the world. 

Best Educational: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Around the Town Learning Table

For learning and fun in one great toy, there’s this activity table from Fisher-Price. A cute puppy is at the center of the actions with places for it and kids to visit together, including home, a zoo, the market, and a farm. There are lights, sounds, and musical options galore to bring it all to life and three levels of play, so it can grow with kids as they learn. It teaches shapes, the alphabet, and more and can be used in English and Spanish modes. It can also be used with or without the legs, so they can play sitting or standing for additional versatility. 

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Best Water Activity Table: Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table

For splish, splashin’ fun, there’s this water table from Little Tikes. It comes with five round characters that squirt water and double as balls that can be dropped down the spiral and into the water. It also comes with a cup that can be used to pour water into the funnel and set the water wheel spinning. It’s a great way to build fine motor and cause-and-effect skills and cool down during hot weather at the same time. 

It can hold up to 7 gallons of water, and it measures 29 x 29 x 31.5 inches. Some note that’s it’s fun to take the legs off and let little ones dip their toes into it too. It’s recommended for ages 24 months to 6 years, and parents say kids get years of fun from it. Some note that it can be a bit challenging to assemble and clean, but most say it’s worth it for the hours of entertainment it provides. 

Best Versatile: 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center

This activity table from Bright Start offers a fun twist for little ones who aren’t quite up on their feet yet. Attached to the table is a seat they can sit in and move all the way around the table and help them strengthen their legs and get a taste of mobility. When they’re ready to stand up on their own, the seat can be detached, and the play can continue. The table features more than 15 activities accompanied by sounds, music, and more. 

Parents give this table high marks and say it’s a great way to keep babies and older kids entertained. They say it keeps them running in circles, in the best possible way, and that it’s a fun and safe alternative to traditional walkers.

Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our roundup of the best advanced toddler toys.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular baby activity tables on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15-20 different baby activity tables overall, screened options from 10-15 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the baby activity tables themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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