My son loves the sandbox. The big problem we have in the day is that its right in the sun and their is no shade on our patio. I thought about purchasing a sandbox with a shade but man are they pricey! As i sat looking at my sandbox, i realized their must be an easier option, and guess what!? their is. Ikea has a kids tent for $9.99 that works great for a round plastic sandbox and also a circus tent for $19.99 that also fits great for a round sandbox. Such an easy fix! Cheers for things just working out!