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Thinking of building a play area where the kids can run, swing, slide, climb, hang, hide and jump? Get a head start with these 15 ideas designed to inspire.

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Chalet with Swings(14 of 14)

This multi-level playhouse combines charm, whimsy and plenty of activity. It has a bridge over the swings, professional climbers' holds and a turbo tube slide. From this view you can see the balcony, flower box and hand-woven netted rope ladder on the right side. On the left side is a rung ladder up to the second-story window. Lots of added touches were included in this design, which was built for the non-profit Rebuilding Together. Check out the gable roof made of cedar shingles and the Dutch doors.

Play Like a Kid, Plan Like a Parent
SWING ASSEMBLY: Level ground, adequate anchoring and proper spacing are key to installing a safe and fun swing set.

You'll want this area to be well surfaced and padded. Kids like to jump off swings, so keep the swings well away from other equipment and obstacles. Try to avoid heavy seats that can cause bumps if a child is struck. There are many strong plastic seats now available that are lightweight.

If you are planning a disk or tire swing, provide a wide berth with a 360-degree radius spaced away from other equipment and pathways. How far apart you should space each swing on a set depends on the sideways motion.

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