Remember when you were a kid? Remember when you were a pirate, a river boat captain, when you scaled the Matterhorn or were a trapeze artist in the circus? Today’s kids have their own unique way of expressing themselves. “It’s a sign of the times,” says Bob Hill, Co-Owner with Eric Fritz, of Woodplay, “Kids are always going to have active imaginations, and backyard play systems are a wholesome and healthy way for active kids to express themselves.”
Play systems enable kids to play in a safe, secure and, most important to many parents, an easily monitored environment. Parents express comfort that their children enjoy playing in their own yard along with neighborhood kids in their sight.
Many times, parents initially think that play systems are ‘over the top’ compared to the swing-sets they remember from their childhood. However, the more they reflect on the situation, they realize they do not want their kids out of sight at the neighborhood park for any amount of time, even if the park is across the street. Times have changed and backyard play systems help families enjoy their families, homes and yards to a significant degree.
Play System Design
The well-known brands of play systems are generally good quality and have much to offer any family. There are three basic base designs available: square bases, angle bases, and combination bases. Square based systems limit you to the faces presented by the bases. There are multiple options and accessories you can add to the base to change how you can use the base, but you are limited to the choices that you have. With an angle base or combination base, you can select from a wide variety of accessories, and you are not limited to a specific amount of baces. You can configure your base in any manner you choose! They are custom built to fit your preferences and are limited only by your imagination.
Backyard play systems not only provide you and your children with a space to play, enjoy, and use their imaginations, the system will add value to your property. Families with children who are looking for a house will frequently select a house with a backyard play system over one that does not have one.
Accessories & Add-On Options
The variety of accessories and add-on options that are available to you when creating a backyard play system are numerous. Here are some of the more common options available:
Extra Big Bonker Bags (punching bags)
Swing Arm Attachment
Freestanding Swing set
Freestanding Overhead Climber
School Bells Seesaw
Standard Sandbox & Cover
Portable Balance Beam
Rail Cushions & Oversized Handles
Hooked Fire pole
Rope Rung Ladder
Heavy Duty Ramp
Climbing Walls (Small/Large – Vertical/Angled)
Bonus & Sun Rooms
Slides (Traditional, Wave, Tornado Styles, etc.)
Swings (Knotted Rope. Toddler, Gliders, Tires, Trapeze/Rings, Belt Seat, Buoy Ball, Etc.)
Swing Beams (3,3 or 4 Positions, Sky High, Super Duty)
Forts, Play Houses, Sky Tops, Swing Climbers, and Mega Sets, even Adult Hammock Swings!
Making selections as to what to include in your backyard play system is only limited by the budget that you have available. The best way to decide what to include in your backyard play system is to take your children to a system(s) that is already put together and have them play on it. You will quickly see what options they are drawn to and play with and those that they ignore.