Ultimate Backyard Playset Activities

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 1.01.19 PMSpring is here and summer won’t be far behind it so we see lots of backyard playset time in your family’s future! While your playset is sure to keep your kids busy and entertained for hours, inevitably you’ll hear the phrase “I’m bored!” before we ever even get to June! With the prevalence of technology in our world now, parents can be quick to satisfy their kids’ “I’m bored” with video games, smartphone apps and television shows, but more and more studies are showing that our kids NEED to be bored. When left on their own, kids can be creative and engage their brains in the play and imagination that they need. So when your kids come complaining in a few weeks, send them back out to the backyard with some of these games to play and help them think of new creative ways to use their playset:

Relay Races. Hand over an old-fashioned stopwatch and let them set up a relay race using the playset and some toys from the garage. Kids can time each other as they climb the rock wall, do the monkey bars, swing a certain number of times on the swings and then slide down the slide. Encourage them to try over and over again and so that they can decrease their time with each attempt. With older kids, increase the difficulty by providing them with a blindfold to wear while they navigate the course!

Water Park. Turn on the sprinklers and put the kids in swimsuits! Add a baby pool to the bottom of the slide and point the sprinklers towards the swings and your kids will soon be “swingin’ in the rain!”

Fort Building. Throw out some blankets, sheets and clothespins and let kids run wild with building forts! They could cover the sides and front of the playset for a secret hideout or attach clothesline from the playset to a nearby tree to create a puppet theater or home base and jail for tag games.

Painting. If you have younger kids, a bucket of water and some paintbrushes can keep them busy for hours. Encourage them to “paint” the playset with water and then start on your fence when they’re done with that!

Imagination Games. When kids use their imaginations, the playset can turn into any number of fun things: a pirate ship, jail, house, store, lemonade stand and lighthouse, just to name a few! Keep a bin of random items (cups, bowls, sticks, etc.) in your garage and allow your kids to use them to aid in their play.

What games and activities do your kids enjoy doing on their playset?

Looking to add or upgrade your current playset before summer? Stop by Happy Backyards in Franklin to see which of our models might be the best fit for your family!

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for more than 20 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

Create March Madness in Your Own Driveway

basketball-157925_960_720If you follow college basketball at all, you know that we’re in the midst of March Madness and the field has already been narrowed down to the Sweet Sixteen with the top two teams competing for the championship on April 3rd. If you have a young basketball fan in your home, March Madness is a great time to get them involved in the tournament! In addition to having them fill out a tournament bracket to guess who will win each game, here are a few other ways to create some March Madness in your very own home:

– Plan your own March Madness basketball tournament. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a “pick-up game” tournament. Depending on the number of players, divide the teams evenly and create a bracket for the event. Teams can play for 10-15 minutes each within any parameters that you develop and will continue to play until there is a winner!

– Throw a March Madness party. Even if your favorite team isn’t in the tournament, you can still throw a party that everyone will enjoy! Invite your friends and neighbors to dress up in their favorite team colors and have them guess the final outcomes of the games. Round out your event by serving basketball-themed foods; Pinterest is a wealth of information for things like this!

– Organize a night of basketball games. If you don’t have enough people to create an entire tournament as mentioned above, play these games with just your family or invite some friends and neighbors to join in the fun. Here are some of our favorite games that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy:

  1. Gotcha – Everyone begins by lining up behind the free throw line (or a line of your choosing). The first two players have basketballs and the first person in line shoots to make a basket. Once the first person shoots, the second person in line can shoot his or her basketball, too. Once the first person makes a basket, the ball is passed to the third person in line and then the second basketball is passed to the fourth person and so on down the line. The goal is to try to make a basket before the person in front of you makes theirs, thus knocking them out of the game. The game continues until only one winner remains in the game.
  2. Hot Shot Shooting – Designate ten shooting spots at different places around the goal, using sidewalk chalk or tape to assign a points value to each spot. (For example, spots close to the goal may be worth 5 points whereas a 3-point shot could be worth 15 points.) Each player then gets 10 shots and can choose to use them at each of the designated spots. The other players keep a running tally of the score and the player with the most final points is deemed the winner.
  3. Twenty-One – Each player is on his or her own, with the goal being to be the first player to score 21 points. The first player gets the ball behind the 3-point line and tries to score. The defensive players try to keep the player from scoring; if the player scores, he or she gets the ball back again. The ball changes possession when a defensive player steals or rebounds the ball. The offensive player can score 2 or 3-point shots and the first person to score 21 points is the winner.

And don’t forget that you can celebrate March Madness by stopping by Happy Backyards to check out all of our new basketball goals!

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for more than 20 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

Why You Should Buy Your Teen a Basketball Hoop

Basketball hoops are great additions to your home no matter how old your kids are! But if you’ve got teens in your home, a basketball hoop can be beneficial in many different ways. Here are five great reasons to consider buying your teenager a basketball hoop:

goalrilla-gs60Basketball keeps your teens at home and out of trouble. As you well know if you have teenagers, oftentimes teens can get themselves into trouble simply because they’re bored and looking for something fun to do! When you have a basketball goal at your home, teens can safely find fun in their very own driveway.

A basketball hoop can help your house be the “fun house.” Teenagers usually gravitate towards fun and food, so when your house has both, it’s certainly the perfect combination! When you have teens you know how hard it can be to keep track of where they are and with whom they’re hanging out. But when your house is the “hang out house,” you can get to know your kids’ friends as well as know where they are.

Basketball is fun for the whole family, including parents and younger children. If you have kids that are a wide range of ages you know how difficult it can be to find activities that the family as a whole can enjoy together. Basketball is one such activity that kids can enjoy from toddlers to teenagers and beyond! Purchasing an adjustable goal ensures that your entire family can enjoy the game together for years to come.

Basketball gets teens moving. If you have a teenager who resorts to watching television and playing video games, you know if can be difficult to get them off the couch and moving, which can help to improve both their physical and emotional health. A basketball hoop in your driveway gives them a way to unwind and relax while getting them off of their technology devices.

Basketball encourages critical thinking skills. Teenagers probably won’t even realize that they’re also using their brains in addition to their bodies when they’re playing basketball! If they’re playing by themselves, they’re calculating angles and distances without even realizing it. When they’re playing with others, they’re learning to communicate and work as a team.

If you would like to buy a basketball hoop for your teenager, stop by Happy Backyards in Franklin to check out the variety of goals that we offer!

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for more than 20 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

Nashville Swing Sets : Supreme Dual Powerhouse

Treat your kids to one of these amazing Nashville swing sets this Christmas! Any park or playground will be a let down after they’ve played on this in their own backyard; they’ll never want to leave home again! The Supreme Dual Powerhouse’s features grow with your child so if you have kids of different ages and want to invest in a swing set that will last your family for their entire childhood and beyond, this is the set for you!

Made of 100% all natural premium Pacific Cedar wood, the swing set will splinter less than less hardy sets made of pine or North American timber. Plus solid (not glued) timber and rust proof hardware helps to ensure that this playset will still be safe even after many years of hard play.

Nashville Swing Sets

Dual 6.5 foot high decks anchor the Supreme Dual Powerhouse. A solid wood roof covers one deck while a heavy duty canopy roof fully covers the other.

A crawl tunnel connects the two decks for easy flow no matter how many kids at on the playset at one time.

Dual 13 foot wave slides provide a fun exit from each of the decks and are great fun for kids of all ages.

For those who want a challenge, two rockwalls with attached climbing ropes lead up to each of the decks. For those who want to take the easier route, ladders with hand rails also lead up to each of the decks.

The 9.5 foot swing beam provides ample space for two belt swings along with a knotted rope and disc. But with universal attachments for swings and accessories, the options for customization are endless. Plus, swing chains are vinyl dipped to protect small fingers from pinching and extreme temperatures.

An accessory arm with trapeze bar adds extra fun while a ship’s wheel at the helm easily lends itself to large childhood imaginations.

Underneath the swing set (with a 6.5 foot clearance), a 360-degree tire swing and a 3-in-1 picnic table complete the set’s amenities.

Key Dimensions:

Footprint: 40’ Long x 19’ Wide

Overall height: 13.5’ Tall

Deck sizes: 5’x5’

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for more than 20 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

DID YOU KNOW? We have some Awesome swing set accessories!!

Happy Backyards offers some fun and unique accessories for your swing set and backyard! Check out all of the below and then stop by to see all the accessories that we carry in-store.

Pirate Boat Swing

This 48” basket swing can hold up to four kids, giving them a pendulum style swing that isn’t just the typical back and forth of a standard swing. This swing is also great for special needs kids who need gradual sensory integration.

Equipment Needs: 6-9 foot swing beam

Weight Limit: 170 lbs

Pirate Swing

Pirate Boat Swing

 

Daydreamer Swing

This unique swing combines the fun of a tire swing with the comfort of a handwoven seat. Kids can sit in a variety of ways on the seat and it’s great for smaller kids because their hands and feet won’t fall through and they’ll be more secure on the wider base.

Swing Diameter: 22.5”

Length of Rope: 63”

Swing

Daydreamer Swing

 

Glider Swing

This swing allows two kids to work together to swing at the same time. It’s made of molded polyethylene and features a coated chain for both safety and durability. It also includes wooden blocks with nylon hangers for mounting at 4 different points of contact.

Glider Swing

Glider Swing

 

Air Pogo

This is a one-of-a-kind swing that combines the bounce of a pogo stick with the swing of a backyard disc swing. The Air Pogo just needs an 8.5 foot suspension with a 6 foot obstacle clearance in order to provide kids fun for hours! Kids can swing and bounce up to 2.5 feet without touching the ground, all while twisting, twirling and flying through the air!

Recommended: Ages 5-10 (90 lb weight limit)

Air Pogo

Air Pogo

 

ZL70 Zip Line

This 70 foot zip line features an easy-to-grip trolley with four pulleys that creates a safe and fun activity for kids of all ages! Just attach the cable between two trees or supports and you’re ready!

Recommended: Ages 8 and up

Weight Limit: 225 lbs

Zip Line

Zip Line

 

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for more than 20 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.