A race track can be one of the most exciting toys your child ever owns, no matter if they are two years old or twelve years old. If your child has a love for cars and tracks, then you’re going to want to check out this list. We’ve found the seven absolute best kids race tracks you won’t want to miss.
Best Kids Race Tracks
(Best side by side racing track)
Why it’s great: This thrilling raceway is perfect for the older kids that want to add a little competition to their lives. The six-lane raceway comes with an impressive eight feet of lane complete with exciting sounds and lights, bringing the “realness” of racing right to your living room.
Kids will love the thrill of competition, while parents will love the fact that it comes with a storage container that folds and stores fairly easily. No more accidental (and somewhat painful) steps on Hot Wheels!
Keep in mind: The track is designed for thinner Hot Wheel cars. If the car has thicker tires, it likely will not fit on the race track.
Good for: Older kids that want to race with their siblings or best friends.
(For construction truck lovers)
Why it’s great: Do you have a little one with big dreams of being in construction? Then bring the construction right to their bedroom with this iHaHa Construction Rate Track. This track comes with a whopping 200 track pieces to encourage STEM building.
Not only is there plenty of tracks to mix and match, but there are two race cars, four construction trucks, and some cool accessories to bring the construction zone to life.
Keep in mind: The smaller accessories (signs and trees) can be a potential choking hazard for really small players. Keep an eye on them!
Good for: Little ones that want to pretend they’re bulldozing the down and building it back up from scratch!
(Best glow in the dark track)
Why it’s great: This is a glow-in-the-dark race track. Do I need to say any more? Kids love race tracks, but they love things that glow in the dark even more. Combine the two, and you have a winning race track the whole family will enjoy.
The USA Toyz race track comes with 360 pieces of tracks that snap together in a flash. Create exciting race tracks, including bridges, slopes, and more. Watch the two LED race cars swivel and glide across the track – even in the dark.
Keep in mind: The cars tend to eat up battery life quite quickly. Consider buying rechargeable batteries to combat this or have a good amount of batteries on hand at all times.
Good for: Any child(ren) that loves glow-in-the-dark toys and wants to race their cars at night!
(For dinosaur lovers)
Why it’s great: Plenty of little ones love dinosaurs and race cars. The JitteryGit Dinosaur Toys Track combines them both for a track that is adventurous and fun. Kids will love putting together the 150 pieces of track with different twists and turns to their heart’s content.
Aside from the vast amount of tracks to play with, the set also comes with a few rawr-ific accessories like trees, gates, and of course – dinosaurs. Now, they can create a dinosaur jungle paradise in their living room.
Keep in mind: The track can be a bit of a challenge to put together at first. With some practice and elbow grease, kids will have no issue in no time.
Good for: Dinosaur lovers that want to recreate their fave dino movies and shows at home.
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(Best ramp style track)
Why it’s great: I know what you’re thinking – what about a race track for the toddlers? I got you covered! The Coogam Wooden Race Track Car Ramp is designed for tiny fingers and growing minds.
On top, you have the “parking lot” where the five included cars will sit. Toddlers will enjoy placing the cars onto the ramp and watching them slide down the four tracks. Mesmerizing? Absolutely.
Keep in mind: The wood can chip over time, but it does not impact how the toy works. Try to keep it away from your child’s mouth to avoid excessive chipping.
Good for: Little boys and girls that are just starting to get into the world of race cars and tracks.
Why it’s great: Do you want speed? Do you crave stunts? This one is for the older kids who want to be wowed by their race car set.
The Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set is designed for thrills. The turbo boosters launch cars to unimaginable speeds, while the two quick loops offer 360-degree action that kids will love. Reconfigure the track for even more stimulation.
Keep in mind: The car launcher is kind of loud and is so powerful, Hot Wheels might go flying off the track altogether.
Good for: The thrill-seeking child that wants to blast their race cars into next week.
Why it’s great: Why use a race car track when you can become the race car track? With the Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster, kids will have a blast going down the miniature roller coaster with the wind in their hair.
Although the track comes with nine feet of fun, it breaks down easily to place in storage while not in use. While in use, kids will have fun while also improving their motor skills, self-expression, and sensory exploration. Yay!
Keep in mind: It can require a learning curve to set up as some parents had difficulty snapping the pieces together at first.
Good for: Young toddlers that like to have fun and don’t mind some thrill!
FAQs about Race Tracks
1. What age are Hot Wheels Tracks for?
It depends on the track. However, the Hot Wheels tracks are geared to children ages three to eight most of the time. It’s no secret that Hot Wheels really has no age limit, though. With the right track, the whole family can get involved (including teens and parents!).
2. Are Hot Wheels safe?
Yes, Hot Wheels are safe. Hot Wheels has been around for quite some time and is known as a trusted brand. The company has improved its rack tracks throughout the years to ensure they are safe for its players. You can learn more about Hot Wheels here
3. At what age can kids play with Matchbox cars?
This is a great question! Matchbox cars are typically best suited for children ages three and up. That is because children under the age of three may try to put the car in their mouth, creating a choking hazard. Before the age of three, many cars are suitable to be played with. They are designed to be bulkier, thus avoiding the choking hazard. This is why it is imperative to look at the age recommendation before buying.
4. Are Hot Wheels choking hazards?
Unfortunately, yes, Hot Wheels can pose a choking hazard to children under three. That is why the company has listed their toys as being safe for ages three years and up. However, always double-check the age recommendation as some Hot Wheels tracks are better suited for older age groups.
5. What's the difference between Hotwheels and Matchbox?
A lot of people do not know the difference between Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy cars. The biggest difference is in appearance. Matchbox cars focus on being more realistic, while Hot Wheels are more fantasy with “mods” trying to create the hot rod look.
6. What to look for when buying a race track set for kids?
The most important thing will be your child’s age. That’s because some race tracks are better suited for the younger crowd while others are built for big kids. From there, you can include their likes and dislikes. Are they a fan of dinosaurs? Do they want their car to bolt off at high speeds? While many of these tracks are bound to be a hit, always consider your child’s age and personality when buying a race track set.
If you have or know a child that loves race tracks, you’re going to want to add one of these fun race tracks to your holiday gift-buying list. Whether they are a fan of Hot Wheels and want to race with their pals or want to set up a construction zone in the living room, these tracks are sure to bring hours of fun for children of all ages.
The only question that remains is this: which one of these thrilling and cool race tracks will end up in your living room?