My husband and I picked this toy up for our youngest daughters third birthday. That was over a year ago and, weather permiting, she plays on this slide center daily. Our seven year old also loves to slide and climb on this center as well. They don't use the goal with a basketball and never really have. This toy is very durable and all three of our children have stood on top and pretended it was a pirate ship with no problems at all. We love the way the steps are curved kind of like a climbing wall to make it easy for little ones to navigate easily. The plastic did fade in the sun but that was to be expected. I would definitely recommend this slide to family and friends.