Children love to mimic adult activities, and playing pool is no exception! With some help, even very young children can enjoy the many benefits of billiards. Choosing the right pool table can enhance their play even further, and help them reap all the rewards, though the buyer must keep several important features in mind while shopping.
The following ten pool tables are great options, and we’ve weighed out their pros and cons to help you think through the right option for you.
The Ten Best Pool Tables for Kids
While the Indoor Kids Play Pool Billiards Table is designed for children, at 69cm, it will accommodate older children and adults, as well. Constructed from light wood veneer and MDF with green felt, it’s attractive, though it doesn’t necessarily have the formal look of a traditional pool table.
At 65cm tall, it’s the perfect height for children. Assembly is a breeze; this table only requires its four sturdy legs to be screwed into place.
While it doesn’t fold away and doesn’t have the stability of a slate table, this is an easy, convenient option for those wishing to help children catch a love of pool.
The Indoor Kids Play Pool Billiards Table comes with two pool cues, billiards balls, and a pool cue.
- Easy assembly
- Clean, modern design
- Sized well for young and older children
- Convenient size for storage
- Includes all billiards accessories
- Not large enough for adult play
- Legs might have trouble staying level
At five feet, the Viavito Unisex Folding Pool Table is quite a bit larger than our previous option. A stylish black with green felt, it will stand out wherever it’s placed.
One very appealing feature of this table is its option to fold away. Its unique L-shaped leg design allows it to fold vertically and be stored in a closet or against the wall. Because of this feature, the Viavito table is appealing to those with limited storage.
The Viavito’s height is 78cm, so it’s a good option for children as young as six or seven. This table has excellent ball rebound, though because it’s not made for use with standard size billiards balls and because its felt is a bit rough, adults used to playing on standard slate tables might notice the difference. It includes two cues, chalk, brush, and a set of pool balls.
- Eye-catching design
- Unique vertical fold away option
- L-shaped legs enhance level playing surface
- Excellent ball rebound
- Large enough for adult play
- Can’t use with standard balls
- Felt is a little rough
The A to Z 08068 Kids Toy Mini Table Top Pool Game is one of the smallest pool tables we’re reviewing here today, which makes it perfect for the very youngest of kids! It doesn’t have legs, so its footprint is tiny. In fact, it’s designed to be played on a tabletop, or even on the floor so that storage will be a cinch: just slide into a cupboard or under a bed.
This is not a table suited to adult play, but a great way for the very youngest children to begin interacting with the game of billiards. It’s an especially good choice if the buyer is worried the child might not be interested in playing pool for the long term and just wants to test out the game. The quality of this toy is not particularly high, which is fine as competitive games will not be played on it, but purchasers should be aware that this toy might not outlast a single child.
Finally, all accessories are included with this toy.
- Minimal footprint
- Perfect size for the youngest children
- Includes all accessories
- Easy to store out of sight
- Great introduction to billiards
- Not for older children or adults
- Poor quality
The Global Gizmo table is another table top option well suited to young people. At 50cm, it’s a fun option for the very smallest hands. Table top options are beloved by parents and caretakers alike, as they enable easy and efficient storage.
When little ones tire of their toy, parents can slide it under a bed or into a cupboard. It won’t take up valuable living space the way larger, more permanent tables might!
This table top option is better than most thanks to its heavy design. While not too heavy to lift easily, its construction is sturdy and substantial, helping to ensure better game quality.
While little ones might not have the finesse to appreciate well-balanced playing fields, they will notice that they have more ball control playing on this table.
- Easy to play on any table top
- Storage is a cinch
- Weight of table means higher quality of game
- Small size suited to young children
- All accessories included
- Not suitable for adult play
- No leveller
Children will love playing pool on this junior version of the real thing! Designed for children, but with a grown up appearance and features, this table will be able to accommodate crowds at a youth club or a young person in his or her bedroom.
The Charles Bentley Kids Junior table has a fresh wooden veneer finish, and green felt. The pockets are composed of netting, making it easy to identify and retrieve balls, even for young children.
While made with manufactured materials and not slate, purchasers can expect a solid build quality that will accommodate young people as they develop their skills.
This table includes more than the usual assortment of accessories, for both pool and snooker: a scoreboard, cloth brush, triangle, chalk, cues, and set of pool balls and full-colour snooker balls.
- Larger size suited to older children and some adults
- Leg supports increases stability
- Quality build
- Can be used as a tabletop game by not affixing the legs
- Comes with pool and snooker accessories
- Comes flat packed; major assembly required
- No leveller
With striking blue felt, the Charles Bentley table 4Ft 6 Inch table stands out attractively. Similar to its fellow Charles Bentley table in this list, it is slightly larger, making it a more appealing choice for older children. It is, however, still smaller than most full-size tables.
It features foldaway black metal legs, which make it easy to store and portable. The pool table can also be used with the legs as a tabletop game.
The metal legs and wooden construction of this table lend it weight. We’re used to thinking of this as a bad thing in toys, but in fact, the weight will help to steady the table and enhance children’s enjoyment of the game. These materials will also add to the overall quality of the table, and help ensure it will last after children have outgrown it.
- Foldaway legs
- Large enough for older children
- Includes all accessories
- Heavy table for better play
- Smaller size so less footprint than full-size table
- Playing felt constructed with creases
- Not appropriate for very young children
A popular option for people purchasing pool tables for young people is to purchase a multi games table.
This table from UKayed is an exciting option, thanks to its five different game modes. It’s a great choice for children who need lots of variety, or for areas that will be hosts to a large number of children who want more options than just billiards.
It allows for football, billiards, table tennis, chess, and backgammon play, and includes all necessary accessories for each game.
At 51cm, the Ukayed 5 in 1 Deluxe Games Table is one of the largest tables we’re reviewing today, so might not be appropriate for very small children without assistance. It is a true tabletop game system, so while storage is easier, buyers might be frustrated by having to find a table large enough to accommodate this toy.
However, if that obstacle can be overcome, the tabletop feature might be the perfect way to accommodate children as they grow.
- Four games options in addition to pool
- Large size for older children
- Can accommodate growing children
- Attractive classic design
- Reinforced corner pockets
- No legs
- Quality concerns
This tiny toy is sure to delight little ones! While older children and adults might not appreciate the miniature nature of this tabletop option, youngsters will appreciate being able to access it from their height.
Children will even be able to play with this toy on the floor, helpful when they are learning balance in addition to hand-eye coordination.
The Novelty Mini Table Top Pool table comes with sixteen balls, two cues for dual person play, and a triangle. While its construction is largely plastic, its green felt is not unattractive and its small accessories will be easy to store.
Purchasers should keep in mind that this toy will not be able to compete when compared with larger, higher quality toys, but its diminutive size makes it appealing as a novelty.
Indeed, even adults might be tempted to pick up the tiny cues for a game on this mini table!
- Size is perfect for very small children
- Easy to store
- Accessories included
- Can be used on the floor
- Novelty size is eye catching
- Light weight makes quality play difficult
- Mostly plastic construction
Another multi sports game table, this HLC product includes options for playing football, table tennis, air hockey, and of course pool. Unlike other options we’ve reviewed, this multi game toy is not a tabletop game. In fact, its unique L-shaped legs help to provide greater stability and increased playing performance.
Its L-shaped legs have an extra feature: they allow this table to be folded away vertically when not in use, a huge benefit to people looking to save space. Its blue felt and colourful graphics make it unique from most of the other tables reviewed here, as well.
From a size perspective, the HLC is well suited to children from four years. It will also accommodate older children, however, which gives it added versatility.
Purchases should not be surprised by the assembly; this product comes flat packed and requires some construction.
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- L-shaped legs provide greater stability
- Three additional game modes besides pool
- Unique design
- Larger size suited to older/taller children
- Foldaway design
- No leveller
- MDF construction might not last
At six feet, this final HLC product is the largest table reviewed today. Covered in green felt and with modern style black legs and table, the HLC stands out in a good way.
Its L-shaped legs provide excellent stability, even without the missing levellers.
A huge bonus for this table is its foldaway feature. When children are finished playing, they can easily adjust the table so that it stores away vertically in a closet or against the way. Because this table is so long, this thoughtful storage feature can allow smaller spaces to accommodate a table larger than normal.
Balls are retrieved via classic white nets, and cues are included. While not a slate table, this table offers enough stability thanks to its wood construction to provide hours of enjoyable play for young people. Its construction is robust and durable.
- Foldaway design makes for easy storage
- Eye catching unique blue felt
- Large table suitable for adults
- Accommodates billiards or snooker
- Easy assembly
- Too large for very small children
- Might be too large for home use
The Winning Choice
The HLC 6FT Folding Billiards Snooker/Pool Table is the perfect option for almost all children, as it strikes just the right note between smaller sizes and high quality playing. Only the very smallest kids will find this table difficult to use. Most children, in fact, will appreciate its junior-yet-realistic dimensions and be able to use it even as they grow into young adults, developing their skills and enjoying their play.
The HLC 6FT Folding Billiards Snooker/Pool Table’s solid wood construction enhances its quality and durability, and its blue felt and clean lines catch the eye. Despite its larger size, its foldaway feature makes it an attractive option for children of all ages, and a clear winner.
Benefits of Pool/Snooker Play for Children
It might sound strange to think of pool or snooker as great games for kids, but in fact, children love to play! Pool can be a great indoor alternative to screen time when the weather is poor, and children have the opportunity to play alone or with competitors, making it an especially versatile activity.
Pool also allows children to develop skills like spatial reasoning and situational logic. Kids can practice motor skills as they play, and often appreciate pool as an alternative to rough and tumble outdoor sports. The same children who appreciate games like chess often appreciate que sports.
In addition to these skills, pool encourages problem-solving and strategy development. As children enjoy the cues and pool balls, they will also find themselves learning to take shots that set opponents at a disadvantage or thinking through the sequence of their shots, without even realising they are learning.
Finding the Right Pool Table
There are many things to keep in mind when shopping for a pool table for children. Whether you’re gifting billiards play to a grandchild, family friend, or your child or children, taking the time to choose the right table can make all the difference.
You can go several different directions when shopping for a pool table for children: you can purchase a miniature toy table made specifically for young children, a table designed to be portable and therefore smaller than a full-size table, or you can purchase a larger table that’s closer to regulation standards, but not quite full-size. Each option has its pros and cons.
A Table That’s Made for Very Young Children
The benefit to pool tables made for young children is that they’re smaller, making them accessible to even the very youngest. Their miniature dimensions lend themselves well to children who have already expressed interest in the game and can enable kids to develop their playing skills seamlessly.
They are typically more affordable because they’re not designed to be used for years and years. On the flip side, they’re often not made with the same kind of quality you might expect in a full-size pool table, and may not outlast more than one child.
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Portable tables are usually smaller than full-size eight- or nine-foot tables but have the added benefit of being able to fold away or put away. Because of this, they’re often a good choice players who aren’t yet fully grown. Children don’t have to struggle to reach across the table and can use cues that are their size to play.
Again, these portable types of tables won’t necessarily last–or create the kind of competitive environment–the way a high end, adult-size table would.
A More Realistic Pool Table
Full-size pool tables can be eight feet or nine feet long. If you are gifting a table, and don’t want to purchase a miniature toy table or a portable table, you might consider a regular pool table. Obviously, this option will not be suitable for very young children, but slightly older children will appreciate the more realistic dimensions of tables this size.
How to Choose the Right Table
Once you’ve thought through the type of pool table you’ll be purchasing there is a host of other features to consider. One of the first things you should consider is the table top’s composition. Tables can be constructed from any number of materials, but the best are made from slate. This presents obvious setbacks, namely portability. However, if you desire a regulation table, you’ll want to make sure your table is made from slate that’s 1” thick.
The legs and frame of the table are the next things you should consider. Well-constructed pool table legs are very important. Not only must they hold up what can be a very heavy table, but they must also hold up as children lean on, climb on, or otherwise put weight on the table. They also must be able to keep the table level.
In a portable table, the table legs should come with a leveller. Particularly if the pool table is made with slate, the frame of the table should also be very strong, preferably constructed with cross beams.
You should also consider the accessories that the table comes with: billiard pools, cue sticks, etc. All of these items can be purchased separately, but the buyer should consider that this will add to the overall investment.