Twinkle Play Tents

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Twinkle Play Tents are tents for kids that will light up once you enter them and start moving and / or making noise. Unlike regular tents for camping, these tents are designed for indoor use, but can also be used outdoors. When selecting a tent, you'll have a choice between the Princess Palace or the Dragon's Lair, and each will offer you a unique opportunity to use your imagination. If any adults want to join in on the fun, the tents are big enough to house a couple of adults, too.

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Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of Twinkle Play Tents is $39.99 plus $8.99 shipping, for a total price of $48.98.

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How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Assemble Tent

    When it comes to these tents, some assembly is necessary, so once you've selected and obtained one, you'll need to follow the included instructions in order to assemble it. You'll also need to obtain 3 AAA batteries and insert them where the instructions direct you to.

  2. Open Tent and Enter

    Once you've assembled your tent in a place of your choice, you'll be able to open the front flap and enter it. Following that, the starlight on your tent's ceiling will begin to emit multicolored, moving light. This will continue as long as you keep moving, speaking or singing, or playing music inside the tent.

  3. Leave Tent

    After you're done playing in your tent for the time being, simply exit it through the front flap and the light within it will turn off. At that point, you can choose whether to take down your tent or leave it assembled until the next time you want to play inside it.


  • Two Types of Tent

    The Twinkle Play Tents come in two types: the Princess Palace and the Dragon's Lair. Each has a different multicolored design on its walls. While boys may prefer to play in a Dragon's Lair and girls might have a preference for the Princess Palace, both types are suitable for both genders ( separate or together).

  • Generous Size

    While these tents are a bit smaller than standard-sized camping tents, they're still big enough to hold a few kids at once, or a couple of adults with a child. Adults and taller children will have to crouch down, though, since each tent is only about four feet tall.

  • Led Lights

    The starlight within each tent contains an LED light, a type that won't burn your fingers if touched and tends to last longer than other types of small bulbs. Each starlight will also automatically shut off once you leave your tent or become silent and motionless, so that will contribute to the bulbs within them lasting a long period of time, too.

  • Carrying Case Included

    Each tent comes with a round, blue carrying case with a handle, which will come in handy if you want to take your tent somewhere outside your home, such as a friend's house. Furthermore, you'll be able to use the bag to store your tent in your own home, if you choose not to leave the tent assembled all the time. You may even be able to fit a few other small items in the bag along with it.

Positive Points

  • Use Indoors or Out

    Twinkle Play Tents are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and if you find that your tent's taking up too much space in a particular room, you'll be able to take it down quickly. If it's too rainy or snowy to play outside, it might be fun to set up one of these tents indoors and pretend that you're on a summer camping trip.

  • Promotes Activity

    These tents promote both physical and mental activity, since regardless of whether you're a child or an adult, you'll need to move or say something in order to get the lights moving. Kids tend to be lethargic these days, plopping themselves in front of the television or video games, so one of these tents might be just the motivation they need to get up and dance. One of these will also encourage kids to talk to each other and play pretend instead of staring at cell phones or computers.

  • No Zipper

    Since these tents are designed mainly for kids, it's beneficial that each has a front flap with no zipper. That means you won't have to worry about a child pinching their finger on a zipper or accidentally zipping themselves inside a tent and not knowing how to get out. If you're an adult supervising some kids, you'll also be able to enter any of these tents in a flash if you're concerned about what the kids are up to inside.

Negative Points

  • May Have to Provide Own Music

    While it's stated that you can play music in your Princess Palance or Dragon's Lair, there's no information on where that music will come from, so you might have to provide your own. It could take you a considerable amount of time to generate a playlist, as you'll need to obtain CDs at the store or online, or spend time downloading tunes.

  • Batteries Not Included

    Twinkle Play Tents require 3 AAA batteries to emit light, but these aren't included with each tent, so you'll need to visit a store or website in order to get them. Plus, you'll be responsible for each replacement set when the first one runs out.

  • Doesn't Come Assembled

    Your tent won't be already assembled when it arrives at your home, so you'll need to spend some time putting it up. This could be a hassle if you're not good at that sort of thing, especially if you have an impatient child waiting to use their new toy.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Don't Eat in Tent

    To keep your tent clean, it's best not to eat or drink in there. If it gets full of crumbs or spills, it may smell and won't be fun to play in anymore. You'll also need to go without it while it's being taken down and cleaned. If you do ever need to clean it, make sure that you don't run it through the washing machine!

  2. Don't Allow Pets in

    In order to preserve the attractiveness and stability of your tent, it's best not to allow pets in, either. They could scratch the floor or walls with their claws, creating rips and holes. With enough rips and holes, the tent may start toppling over instead of standing straight.

  3. Keep Music Playing

    If you think you'll be running in and out of your tent while playing a particular game, there's a trick you can use to keep the starlight from shutting off. All you'll need to do is keep music playing on any device that's inside. The starlight will pick up on the sound, sense that someone's still in there, and keep offering you dancing light.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Exclusive

    This product is available exclusively at Walmart stores around the country.

  2. Offer

    Twinkle Play Tents comes with a free and convenient storage bag for a limited time. With the storage bad you can easily clean up after playtime and store the play tent away when it's not in use.

  3. Guarantee

    This product is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee. If the play tent does not live up to your expectations or there is anything wrong with your order, you will be able to return the product for your money back.

  4. Cleaning

    It is almost guaranteed that kids are going to drag dirt and grime into the play tent. Over time, the tent might start to become dirty and need a little bit of cleaning. To do this, simply use a solution of vinegar diluted with warm water and gently wipe the tent down with a cloth. Try to avoid harsh cleaning products as they could deteriorate the tent's material.


  • Adult Supervision

    It is advisable to keep an eye on children when they are playing with Twinkle Play Tents. Children could get into trouble if left unsupervised inside the tent.

  • Reviews

    There are currently no reviews available for this product anywhere online. This may be due to the fact that it is still a newer product or it might mean that people simply are not buying Twinkle Play Tents.

Sold Out

Right now, on the product's website, they claim to be sold out of Twinkle Play Tents and that the play tents are only currently available at Walmart. This may be disappointing for those who prefer to do most of their shopping online since they will be unable to order the product.


  • Blanket Forts

    One similar way for children to play is to use blankets to build their own blanket fort. Kids can drape sheets or comforters across couches and chairs and be able to customize their blanket fort to their liking. This is a much cheaper alternative and encourages kids to use their imaginations.

  • Other Play Tents

    There are many similar products available on the market. Not all other play tents have the same features such as the LED lights, but there are many different play tents that have a different layout. Some alternative play tents even have tunnels that can be used to connect two tents together.


  1. Difficult for Kids

    Twinkle Play Tents requires the tent to be assembled before it is ready to be played in. While this might be fine for older kids, younger children may have difficulty setting up the play tent. It is a good idea to help your children set up the tent, making sure it is done properly, before letting them play inside.

How It Works

Twinkle Play Tents uses LED lights to light up the inside of the play tent. These lights react to a child's movement, voice or any music that is played inside the tent. These LEDs are safe and won't get hot to the touch. The lights are also designed to shut off and stay off when there is not any activity inside of the tent.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Twinkle Play Tents online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Twinkle Play Tents online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.


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Posted: 04 Mar 2018 Laura holt - (Rosenberg, TX)

Not worth the Money!

These are made very cheap and poles are very breakable and flemsy. We bought a tent at wal-mart a few weeks ago for 15 dollars that is way better than this one. We have had it for a few hours and I'm already debating taking it back. The star turned off and won't turn back on even with music playing and kids running. I regret this purchase. Expected alot more for $40.00.

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Posted: 19 Feb 2018 jennifer - (Winterset, IA)


Assembly-- no problem, storing it between play times. Problem, theres absolutely no online videos for how to fold this stupid thing to put it away. Also, if your kids happen to trip over the piece where they walk in and fall in to a pole, it will break in half. First night they were so excited they walked in and tripped falling into the pole across and bent the pole, upon trying to adjust it back to straight it snapped in half, this was first night. Hadnt even owned it one hour. Not worth $40.

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