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#1 spr_maiden

Posted 09 April 2018 - 08:35 AM

Hi

I'm searching for ideas on how to make our backyard more enticing and interesting to play in for my children.  Age range is 5-8 years.
As per the title, we are in a rental so play structures that are easy enough to move would be ideal. Also, cost is a factor, as is lasting the distance interest/age-wise.
The yard is average urban sized, with no tree branches to hang swings from. The only cement area to access is too sloped to do much except draw on with chalk.

Atm we have a once upon a time well-used trampoline, and a vegie patch in the corner. We have a portable soccer net but it really doesn't get used much. I would love for the kiddies to have things to climb, hang from, hang out in the shade in, even a b ball hoop (though no idea where we could attach that one).

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
TIA.

#2 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 09 April 2018 - 08:57 AM

You can get free standing basketball hoops and free standing climbing and swing frames. Also umbrellas with water filled bases and cantilevered to provide shade.
Inflatable waterslide in summer.
Check gumtree and others for second hand for larger items. Just be prepared to regrass any bare patches when you move.

#3 spr_maiden

Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:12 AM

Thanks Kiwi Bicycle.

Water pressure is not good enough for waterslide type items - just gave ours away in last clean up as can't use it.
The umbrella is a great idea.

Do you know if there's free standing swings for older children?

Thank you

#4 Caribou

Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:16 AM

Plum cubby houses or even climbing frames might be an option. You stake it into the ground. Downside is grass can get a bit bare there.

Maybe these ppl https://www.vulyplay.com/swingsets

Or these ppl. https://www.funkymonkeybars.com

#5 Mae55

Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:24 AM

The main thing used is our backyard is the basketball ring. We got a good quality free standing ring and it’s used daily. The trampoline is used much less often, the cubby rarely and we gave away the swing set. One of my kids would use monkey bars but the other one wouldn’t.

#6 spr_maiden

Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:59 AM

Caribou they are awesome!

Didn't want to pay that much though - is that pretty standard pricing for outdoor play equipment?

We have a bare patch in the yard already - neighbours' bamboo and our macadamia tree means grass won't grow there. Would set it up there.  We move the trampoline around so grass survives.

#7 spr_maiden

Posted 09 April 2018 - 10:01 AM

View PostMae55, on 09 April 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

The main thing used is our backyard is the basketball ring. We got a good quality free standing ring and it’s used daily. The trampoline is used much less often, the cubby rarely and we gave away the swing set. One of my kids would use monkey bars but the other one wouldn’t.

is there a particular brand of hoop you have?

Googled attaching to a tree, and it seems there's ways to do it without harming the tree.
Also, do you have concrete area under the hoop?

Edited by spr_maiden, 09 April 2018 - 10:02 AM.


#8 Caribou

Posted 09 April 2018 - 10:24 AM

View Postspr_maiden, on 09 April 2018 - 09:59 AM, said:

Caribou they are awesome!

Didn't want to pay that much though - is that pretty standard pricing for outdoor play equipment?

We have a bare patch in the yard already - neighbours' bamboo and our macadamia tree means grass won't grow there. Would set it up there.  We move the trampoline around so grass survives.

I don’t want to pay that much either, but it’s looking that’s the expected prices. I’m actually looking for these for my 6.5yr old and my 1yo (I know he won’t use it for a while, trying to see it as a long term investment!) but yes the price :omg: I try look at how much it costs me for 3 x week for two years. May look less painful!

#9 Manicmum

Posted 09 April 2018 - 10:45 AM

Monkey bars are the winner here, great investment, good resale

#10 spr_maiden

Posted 09 April 2018 - 01:22 PM

Yes Caribou, pay per use might make it hurt less lol
God they better use them!

#11 Manicmum

Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:25 AM

Mine have used them daily for 4 years. Their friends love coming over because no one else has monkey bars!! They’ve moved interstate, survived divorce and and another house move. It’s even their favorite ice block eating place.

#12 .Jerry.

Posted 11 April 2018 - 08:28 AM

Vuly has some new equipment that is a bit more interesting than a swing set:
https://www.vulyplay.com/swingsets

#13 mumto4boys

Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:34 PM

I love that vuly one, but I'd say that it is geared towards older kids than yours.

We bought a swing set 25 years ago and it's still going strong. Our own kids have grown up, but visitors still use it. Ours is like the ones linked. They are not concreted into the ground, just set on top of the grass, with a couple of pegs ( like tent pegs) holding them down.

Ours isn't the same brand as these, but very similar. Ours came with a baby seat swing, which we were able to swap for a regular swing as the kids grew.

Ours has followed us to two homes. If you want to move it to a different spot in the backyard, it is easily moved by 2 adults.

Ours is most similar to the Kmart one, with a free standing slide. These are much cheaper but we've had 25 years out of ours.

http://www.kmart.com...CFUUwlgodUdEIPQ


https://www.target.c...CFZOclgodFy4LKA



https://www.bunnings...AiAAEgLGbfD_BwE

#14 MoonPie

Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:40 PM

We have a funky monkey bar set. Cost us a freaking fortune but the kids use is daily - they are 4 and 11 and it suits them both.

The tipping factor was that they have fantastic resale value.

#15 mumto4boys

Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ours is similar to this Hills one.

https://www.gumtree....set-/1181584801

If you can find a decent Hills one second hand, if any of the seat parts are cracked, you can buy replacement parts and accessories cheaply from Peppertown.

#16 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 03 May 2018 - 12:04 AM

View PostMoonPie, on 02 May 2018 - 11:40 PM, said:

We have a funky monkey bar set. Cost us a freaking fortune but the kids use is daily - they are 4 and 11 and it suits them both.

The tipping factor was that they have fantastic resale value.

We got some for Christmas, DD loves them so much. Her strength now is amazing.



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