As a mom of seven, putting in a playground at our new house in the country was at the top of my want list for our backyard. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make our home a haven of fun and laughter with great backyard activities, so a playground was a no-brainer.
Today, I want to share with you our recent adventure of putting in a custom backyard playground from Backyard Adventures. Trust me, it has been a game-changer for us!
In this blog post, I’m going to share the benefits of having a playground in your backyard and why designing a custom playground with Backyard Adventures is worth considering.
Benefits of a Playground
You probably look at a playground and think, “That would be fun for my kids,” and you’re right. They ARE a lot of fun, but there are a lot of other great benefits too!
Active Play and Physical Development
One of the most significant advantages of having a backyard playground is that it encourages active play and promotes physical development in children. In today’s screen-dominated world, it’s more important than ever to provide opportunities for our little ones to get moving.
I try very hard to limit screen time at our home, especially when the weather is nice. Some days we don’t even end up on screens at all.
From swinging on the monkey bars to climbing the rock wall, my kids are constantly engaged in activities that keep them active and healthy when they are playing outside on the new playground.
Social Interaction and Teamwork
A playground is the perfect setting for social interaction and the development of essential social skills. My children are forced to take turns, share, and cooperate while playing on the playground.
Whether it’s a game of tag or an imaginary pirate adventure, their sibling bonds and teamwork skills have flourished in this setting. It’s heartwarming to watch them grow and learn together all while having such a great time!
Imaginative Play and Creativity
A backyard playground is like a blank canvas for imagination and creativity. Just in the two weeks we’ve had the playground, my kids have transformed the playset into a pirate ship, a castle, a secret hideout for Revolutionary soldiers, and a fast-food restaurant, taking their playtime to a whole new level.
Their creativity knows no bounds as they embark on thrilling make-believe journeys.
Emotional Well-being and Stress Relief
Children, just like us, experience stress and a range of emotions. Having a playground in the backyard provides them with a safe space to let go, release their energy, and unwind.
It’s a stress-free zone where laughter fills the air, and the worries of the day melt away. Our children find solace in their little sanctuary, and it brings a sense of peace and joy to our entire family.
Why Design a Custom Playground
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a playground for your kids. In the end, we went with a custom-designed playground which turned out great for us! Here are some good reasons why you should consider a custom playground for your home.
Tailored to Your Children’s Interests and Age Range
When you opt for a custom playground, you have the freedom to design it according to your children’s specific interests and age range. Our backyard playground caters to the diverse needs and preferences of our seven children, spanning from 13 years old to just nine months old.
The variety of equipment, such as a slide, swings, and climbing wall, ensures that there’s something for everyone. Customization allows you to create a play space that grows with your children, accommodating their evolving interests and abilities.
Maximizing Available Space
Every backyard is unique, and designing a custom playground allows you to maximize the available space. In the spot where we wanted to place our playground, we had a few trees we wanted to keep, so we needed to make sure we could work around them.
Backyard Adventures offers a range of modular components, allowing you to create a layout that fits perfectly in your outdoor area. With strategic planning, we managed to optimize our space and create a playground that provides ample room for active play without compromising on safety, aesthetics, or any of our trees.
Safety and Quality Assurance
As moms, safety is always our top priority. When designing a custom playground, you can ensure that all safety standards are met and that the equipment is of the highest quality. Backyard Adventures takes safety seriously, and their products are designed with sturdy materials and rigorous safety standards in mind.
It’s a relief knowing that our children are playing on equipment that is built to last and crafted with their well-being in mind.
Long-term Investment in Family Fun
Investing in a custom backyard playground is a long-term investment in your family’s fun and well-being. It’s a gift that keeps on giving as your children grow and create countless memories. From birthday parties to lazy summer afternoons, our playground has become the heart of our home.
It’s a place where we come together, laugh, and bond as a family. The value it brings to our lives is truly immeasurable.
Ability to Add-On
Because these units are basically modular, there is the potential to add onto them and make them larger in the future as children get older and the budget allows.
I spoke with the installer about my desire to do so in a few years so he was able to position our playground in a way that makes that possible, even with our current trees and landscaping.
My Personal Backyard Adventures Custom Playground Review
When it was time to design our backyard playground, I spoke to each of my kids individually to find out their #1 playground request.
To be quite honest, I was surprised by the things some of my kids wanted. Zellene specifically asked for monkey bars and Maggie really wanted a tire swing. I didn’t realize those were things they liked that much.
Jacob wanted a rope ladder, Aram wanted a regular swing, and Gideon wanted a clubhouse. Killian and Matthias didn’t have much to say, so I decided on a baby swing for Matthias and a kitchen set for Killian. (Spoiler alert, I chose well!)
I was really glad I took the time to ask them what they wanted because, to be honest, had I designed the swingset without their input, it would have turned out looking a lot different than it did.
We were lucky enough to have Bear Playgrounds assemble the playground for us. I would estimate that it took them between 12-14 hours total with two men working on it.
The team assembling did a phenomenal job and I’m very pleased with the work. They are based out of the Pittsburg, PA area, so if you are local, make sure you check them out!
My kids have played on this playground so many hours already and we’ve only had it for about two weeks. It’s at a spot in our yard that gets some evening shade which has been great when Orin and I want to go out there with them in the evening.
I think the most surprising thing to me has been just how much Killian LOVES the built-in kitchen set in the playhouse. He has spent so much time out there playing there. My older kids really love all of the other great features as well.
We ended up with 1 infant swing, 1 regular swing, 1 tire swing, and 2 two-person swings. I almost always see at least one child on a swing of some kind, even Matthias loves to go out and swing.
I’m very impressed with the quality of the wood used in this playground from Backyard Adventures, along with the accessories (swings, kitchen set, bar on the monkey bars, fireman pole, ect.).
Everything is built to last! My husband and I have climbed on the structure, and we have been swinging on the swings with our kids without any issues.
Designing and installing a custom backyard playground from Backyard Adventures has been a such a great experience for our family! The benefits of having a playground right outside our door are beyond measure.
It fosters active play, social interaction, and imaginative adventures. It nurtures our children’s physical, emotional, and social development while providing them with a safe haven of fun and laughter.
So, if you’re considering adding a playground to your backyard, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take the plunge. Design a custom playground with Backyard Adventures that suits your family’s needs, and watch as your children’s smiles light up your home and hearts.
Remember, these childhood years fly by in the blink of an eye, and the memories you create with your little ones are priceless. Cheers to building beautiful memories together!
Disclaimer: This blog post is based on my personal experience and is not sponsored by Backyard Adventures. The opinions expressed are my own.