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Places to Play

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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Garden Playhouse(9 of 14)

You can't help but smile when you peer out the kitchen window at this wonderfully whimsical playhouse. It certainly adds artistic pizazz to your backyard. Using a diverse palette that includes hot pink and grass green, the Garden Playhouse complements an already naturally beautiful setting.

With stars affixed to the pyramid roof for an extra touch of fun, there is no inhibition in this design. It can be built in a variety of sizes, small enough to fit on a deck or big enough to accommodate adults.

Play Like a Kid, Plan Like a Parent
MAINTANANCE: The best way of assuring that your play area will last a long time and remain safe is to routinely maintain the structure.

On active play equipment such as swing sets, inspect and tighten nuts and bolts once or twice a month. Oil moving parts occasionally. Make sure caps and plugs on bolts and tubes are secure. Check that the seats and chains on swing sets are handling the wear and tear. Sand and repair rusted areas.

Weather takes a heavy toll on play equipment and structures, so, for example, remove plastic swing seats during cold weather when they can crack.

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