With the creative minds at work to enable more opportunities to play, the variety and quality of playground equipment continues to expand. We know, too, that every kid has their favorite things to ride on, climb on or swing on at the playground, but here are some top outdoor playground equipment choices to consider.
The Climb and Discover Cave
This engaging climbing “rock” is designed for kids ages 2 to 12 years old and can withstand the toughest climbers. The size alone is an immediate attraction to kids with a use zone of 20 feet by 21 feet. Yet, the height is just over 3 feet, which means it’s safer for those occasional “failed” ascents with the proper surfacing!
The Climb and Discover Cave is a cool addition to any playground, especially those designed primarily for young children. There is enough room in and on the Climb and Discover Cave for up to 16 children to use at one time.
Kid adventurers can also climb inside the cave and through the holes on the side of the cave. In addition to being great fun, it’s an engaging way for children to improve their motor abilities and coordination. Whether it becomes a lost cave in the desert, or a pirate island hideout, it can encourage imaginative play. And best of all for the adults involved, it’s easy to fit into an indoor or outdoor playground.
Bean Bag Toss
“Some say it was invented in 14th century Germany. Others credit the Blackhawk tribe of Illinois. Still others point to a Kentucky farmer in the 1800’s.
Whatever its origins, the game cornhole emerged as a favorite pastime in Cincinnati about 15 years ago and soon spread like wildfire to backyards, beaches, breweries, and campgrounds across the United States…”
This playground version of the Bean Bag Toss will provide years of play at your park or playground. The historic (and recent!) popularity of this game guarantees that it will be a favorite event for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Constructed of the same high density sheet plastic as our playground activity panels our bean bag toss is virtually indestructible. That means that it’s also perfect for parks, playgrounds and schools. And our version is available with custom engraving options.
Here’s a new spin on an old classic, the merry-go-round. Compact, with a unique modern design, this fun piece of playground equipment will keep kids spinning happily. Designed for kids from 5 to 12 years old, the Orbit can accommodate up to six kids.
In addition, its Universal design and ease of use make it an inclusive playground addition. This means that kids of all abilities will enjoy the spinning motion. It can be set up to provide ease of entry with the platform flush to the surfacing.
Children can develop crucial skills such as balance, coordination, vestibular stimulation and proprioception in addition to cooperation and teamwork. And the best part is it all happens while having fun on this exciting, spinning social space!
The Half Dome Matrix Climber
The Half Dome Matrix Climber is a great addition to the playground and the design encourages some friendly competition as kids race to the top of the panels. This climber offers two ways to climb to the top with one being the sides of the dome and the other way by climbing the vertical ladder up to the top of the climber.
The unique, fun design keeps kids entertained while giving them a good workout at the same time.
Each climbing panel has hand and foot holes for safe and easy gripping and climbing. The Half Dome Matrix Climber promotes physical activity and helps build agility, balance and coordination skills. The Matrix panels are made from rotationally molded plastic that is both durable and resistant to heavy use and wear.
With a use zone of 27 feet by 20 feet, the Half Dome Matrix Climber has a “kid capacity” of 25 and is sure to be a hit on any playground.
Final Thoughts on Outdoor Playground Equipment
Along with ensuring accessibility for all children, it’s also important to consider safety when planning, designing and buying outdoor playground equipment. Safety is a primary consideration at Playgrounds Etc. , we always strive to go above and beyond to ensure that our playgrounds meet, or exceed, all consumer safety guidelines.
We would be happy to visit your site and give suggestions on ways to create a safer play environment. Playgrounds Etc. is proudly in compliance with Consumer Product Safety Guidelines, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.