The problem I have is with the bottom of the sandbox and the cover. The bottom is a piece of thin plastic like a painters drop cloth but not as thick. It won't last past a good scrape from a plastic sandbox shovel. The cover is basically a rag that is tied to the sides of the box with thin little strips. It might keep small animals from using it as a litter box but is so insufficient that if one really wanted in, it wouldn't stop them. That is the only real purpose I can see for the cover as it won't keep trash and leaves from blowing in and definitely won't keep weather out. The actual sandbox is very nice and the seats are great so my grandkids aren't sitting in the sand. I just think for the price it could have a better cover and a much more durable bottom. The plastic would be ok if the actual bottom was wood or thick plastic and the thin plastic was used as a liner.