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Best Kids Toy Roller Coaster Sets

Kids' toy roller coaster sets are STEM toys that can help unleash a child's imagination.

When kids build and play with a working model roller coaster, they will learn basic engineering and stimulate problem-solving and spatial reasoning. Motor skills and hand-eye coordination develop. They are similar to marble run toys in this respect. They will learn while having a lot of fun.

LEGO Roller Coaster Track Systems

LEGO's roller coaster track systems are based around their established building blocks together with model-specific parts. They create the mood and atmosphere of a day at an amusement park - with minifigures and entertainment facilities - and the thrill of the roller coaster ride itself.

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster Kit

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster 10261 Building Kit, 2019 (4124 Pieces)

This LEGO Creator Expert Kit is big! A fully functioning two train roller coaster set that provides all the speed, excitement, and thrills of the real thing.

It has plenty of authentic detail too. Like a ticket booth, height marker, a boarding station with working barriers; lap bars to secure riders in the cars, a cotton candy cart, and a smoothie stand.

The hand-cranked chain-lift takes cars to the top of the roller coaster. Then gravity takes over. You can electrify the chain-lift, but you would need to buy the LEGO Power Functions motor and Power Functions battery pack separately.

There's a lot of fun to be had assembling and operating this kit. It's definitely for older kids or with adult supervision.

LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster 10261 Building Kit (4124 Pieces)
  • Model no: 10261
  • 4124 pieces
  • 11 x Minifigures: 5 x riders, cotton candy vendor, 2 x grandparents and child, 2 x ride attendants
  • Dimensions: Height 20 inches x Width 34 inches x Depth16 inches

Recommended Ages: 16 years and up.

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller Coaster Set

LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster 31084 Building Kit (923 Pieces)

The working LEGO Pirate Roller Coaster has a pirate theme and can be built and rebuilt as either the roller coaster or as the Ship Ride or Skull Ride.

There are plenty of features from the buccaneers' free-booting era - a sunken galleon, an octopus, shark cars running on the rails, cannon, cutlass, a skeleton, and a skull archway.

A ticket booth and mini-figures round off the amusement park setting of this pirate-themed roller coaster building set.

LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster 31084 Building Kit (923 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

You can also build The Ship Ride

LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster 31084 Building Kit (923 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • Model no: 31084
  • 923 pieces
  • 4 x Minifigures plus a skeleton figure
  • Fully compatible with other LEGO sets and bricks

Recommended ages: 9 to 13 years.

Discontinued by the manufacturer but still available and a good buy!

Lego Toy Story 4 Carnival Thrill Coaster

LEGO | Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 Carnival Thrill Coaster 10771 Building Kit, New 2019 (98 Pieces)

LEGO 4+ sets are an excellent way for young beginners to LEGO to become familiar with the building blocks and construction pieces and to indulge in imaginative play.

This roller coaster set includes Buzz Lightyear and Alien mini-figures, easy to assemble roller coaster cars, and track and provides plenty of hands-on activities.

  • Model no: 10771
  • 98 pieces
  • Buzz Lightyear and Alien Mini-figures

Recommended Ages: 4 years and up.

K'NEX Roller Coaster Building Sets

K'nex roller coaster building sets use their proprietary snap-together rod and connector building system rather than blocks.

See all K'nex Roller Coaster sets HERE!

K'nex Web Weaver Roller Coaster Kit

K’NEX Thrill Rides – Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set – 439 Pieces – Ages 9 and Up – Construction Educational Toy

Over 430 parts are here to build a roller coaster that stands 2.5 feet high and that kids can play with horizontally and vertically.

Web Weaver uses a battery-operated air-powered coaster car. The car can propel itself at high speed around the circuit when used upright or on its side.

Once you've built this roller coaster, you can switch off the lights and see the track glow in the dark!

There are full building instructions, and you can purchase broken or spare parts from the K'nex official website if necessary. 

For ages: 9 years and up.

K'NEX Thrill Rides Bionic Blast Roller Coaster

K'NEX Thrill Rides - Bionic Blast Roller Coaster Building Set with Ride It! App - 809Piece - Ages 9+ Building Set

Bionic Blast is a tech robot themed roller coaster. It uses two Ferris Wheels to get the coaster car to the top of the structure; then the car hurtles down the track to reset for another trip to the top.

Kids can download the free K'NEX Ride It! app from knex.com, enabling them to ride the Bionic Blast using the included virtual reality VR viewer. Kids assemble the K'nex cardboard VR viewer following simple instructions, then place their smart device into it.

The app also shows kids how to design a layout of their own design.

In The Box:

  • 809 pieces  including:
  • Roller Coaster track
  • Rods and connectors
  • Coaster car
  • Motor - requires two AA batteries, which are not included
  • Themed graphics
  • Full color instruction sheet

Age range: 9 to 14 years.

CDX Blocks Roller Coaster Sets

CDX Blocks roller coasters use a block system that is fully compatible with the world's largest building block system and is designed by a real-life roller coaster engineer.

They work just like a real roller coaster.

The coaster cars are pre-assembled and have precision-machined metal wheels for smooth running. They are hauled to the top of the track by a hand-cranked chain drive and then free-fall using gravity to complete the track's circuit.

A motor and power supply is available that fits the gear drive on all CDX Blocks roller coasters. You can also buy expansion packs and spare parts from the CDX Blocks website.

Illustrated, step-by-step instructions make for quick assembly and a real working model roller coaster.

Except for the Sidewinder, they may appear to have a 'vanilla' look to them, but kids can overcome this by creating some colorful additions to the finished set with LEGO pieces. 

See all CDX Blocks roller coaster sets HERE!

CDX Blocks Cyclone

CDX Blocks Cyclone Roller Coaster Building Block System

At 48 inches long, the Cyclone is a big model and uses over 900 pieces.

CDX Blocks Cyclone Roller Coaster Building Block System

Age range: 14 years and over.

CDX Blocks Little Dipper Roller Coaster Kit

CDX Blocks Little Dipper Roller Coaster

Little Dipper is the junior model in the CDX range. It comprises 332 pieces and makes a roller coaster nineteen inches long.

CDX Blocks Little Dipper Roller Coaster

Recommended age range: 10 years and up.

CDX Blocks Sidewinder

CDX Blocks The Sidewinder Roller Coaster

The Sidewinder is the most colorful of the CDX Blocks roller coaster kits and includes a loop in the track. The 825 pieces build into a structure measuring: Length 38 inches x Depth 15 inches x Height 19 inches.

CDX Blocks The Sidewinder Roller Coaster

Recommended ages: 10 and over.