This innovative new playpen is an instant hit with my family

My kids immediately hopped in the Pop N Go — stuffed animals and all — as soon as I got it out of the box.

My kids immediately hopped in the Pop N Go — stuffed animals and all — as soon as I got it out of the box.

At some point, every dad is going to get asked by their kid(s) to build a fort. And once you do it one time, you know you're going to get asked to do it 100 more.

It's definitely a good bonding experience with your kids to gather up every blanket, pillow, and chair in the house and turn your living room into the setting for an amazing blanket fort, letting your imagination run wild as you huddle in the darkness and protection of the fort.

But sometimes, you just want to get something built quickly, so you throw a blanket over a chair and the ottoman and — voila — blanket fort. You pretend not to see your kids' underwhelmed faces.

Enter the Pop N Go.

I recently had the chance to try out this new pop-up playpen — or should I say, my kids had a chance to try it out.

Billed as "the lightest, safest, and most convenient portable playpen in the world," I've got to say, after about a week of trying it out, they may be right.

It is an incredibly easy-to-use design. Set up takes less than a minute, and while take-down is a little more cumbersome, there's no denying it's better than any other system like this I've seen or come across.

Best of all, my kids absolutely love it. Since we first got our Pop N Go, not only did both my son and daughter immediately jump in an use it as a fort, they have each taken turns sleeping in it at night in their rooms. During the day, they use it as a fort or play space, or for whatever their imaginations have cooked up that day.

I can definitely see us putting it in our backyard this summer and letting the kids use it as their fort, castle, hideout, etc., and it'll certainly make an appearance at soccer games and at the park as well. It's so light that we could even take it up into the mountains for one of our weekend hikes and eat lunch inside as a family.

I'm a big fan of the Pop N Go. If you want to check it out for yourself, they're running a Kickstarter campaign (which ends today, after which they'll transition to IndieGoGo): has a great video that shows just how simple it is to set up the Pop N Go: