Keeping the Kids Warm While Playing Outside in Cold Temperatures

Kids need at least an hour of physical activity each day and that doesn’t change even when it’s cold outside! Though you might be able to find alternative exercise options inside, some days you may just need to bundle up the kids and send them to the backyard. With a little bit of knowledge and by planning ahead, you can keep your kids warm while they play outside even on some of the coldest days of the year – especially here in Middle Tennessee! Here are some great tips we’ve compiled:

– Layer, layer, layer! You’ll want a base layer to keep them dry, a middle layer for warmth and an outside layer for protection from the elements. And if that’s not enough, you can certainly even add another middle layer! Note that the innermost layer should be made of a material other than cotton since cotton tends to soak up sweat instead of wicking it away from the skin, making kids feel colder faster. The outermost layer should be both breathable and water resistant – especially if they’ll be playing in the snow.

– Don’t neglect their hands and feet. Use the layering plan there, too: on their hands layering an inner mitten or glove under a waterproof set will provide the most protection. On their feet, warm, non-cotton socks inside of snow boots are the best option.

– Keep their heads warm. Warmth escapes quickly through their heads, so make sure they’re always wearing a hat that covers their ears and will stay securely on their heads.

– Give them room to move. Thin layers work best since kids who feel restricted won’t want to move very much, defeating the purpose of getting them bundled up in the first place! This is especially true for younger kids, so consider bundling them up less but limiting their time outdoors.

– Have extra clothes on hand. If it’s wet or snowy outside, you may need some extra clothes on hand, especially gloves and socks. Keep some extra pairs handy so you can make the change quickly and send them back outside!

– Know when to say when. No matter how bundled up your kids are, if the temperature is below freezing, you need to keep a mindful eye on everyone. Watch for kids who aren’t moving much and take seriously any complaints about cold extremities!

By using the advice above, you should be able to keep your kids warm even when the weather is less than ideal. We hope you – and your kids – enjoy your outdoor playtime this winter!

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 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

Happy Backyards Holiday Gift Guide: Swing Sets

If your kids have asked for a swing set for Christmas and you’ve started the search, you may have found yourself overwhelmed at all the brands, specifications and configurations available! We wanted to simplify the hunt for you by providing you with an overview of the brands we carry at Happy Backyards in Franklin. After you’ve perused the information below, stop by our store to talk with one of our knowledgeable associates who can help you find the perfect playset for you and your family!

Woodplay

Woodplay, known as “The Original Redwood Playset Company” and has been the industry leader since 1975. Made of top quality California Redwood, these swing sets will last for years and can be offer many different customization options and endless accessories.

What You Should Know: Happy Backyards offers four different Series of Woodplay swing sets – the Outback, Playhouse, Mega and Space Saver. Each option within the series then offers you additional combination options. For example, the Outback 5 Series is available in five different combos that offer different features. The options can seem overwhelming online which is why we recommend coming to our store so that we can walk you through the selection process!

Great For: Families looking for a long-lasting playset that can grow with their kids from toddlers to pre-teens and beyond!

Outback 5 Series

Outback 5 Series

Happy Backyards Brand by Playground One

Happy Backyards brand offers a great value while still offering plenty of customization options and add-ons. They are made of 100% natural Premium Cedar, which is naturally resistant to insects and decay so your swingset will last for years of play.

What You Should Know: Happy Backyards brand playsets are available in the following series – Happy Fort, Happy Gym, Happy Lodge, Happy Swinger and Mega. Like the Woodplay, there are many different options within each series. For example, there are seven different customization options within the Happy Fort series. Plus, there are so many additional ways to customize your playset with various add-ons and accessories so don’t hesitate to ask if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for online or in our store!

Great For: Families who have smaller spaces and smaller budgets but still want a long-lasting swing set that will provide the ability to add on elements to make it grow with their family.

Happy Fort Series

Happy Fort Series

So what are you waiting for? Stop by Happy Backyards this week to learn more about all of our swing sets!

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 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

Happy Backyards Holiday Gift Guide: Trampolines

With Christmas just around the corner, we wanted to bring you our holiday gift-giving guide in case backyard play equipment is on your list! In addition to playsets, basketball hoops and trainers, Happy Backyards carries one of the largest inventories of trampolines in Middle Tennessee. No matter what your “must-have” list is when it comes to a trampoline for your family, we’re sure to have it in our store as we carry three top-of-the-line trampoline brands: AlleyOop, JumpSport and SpringFree. Below we’ll highlight each brand so you’ll know exactly which one is perfect for your holiday gift-giving this year!

AlleyOop 

An introduction to AlleyOop: With AlleyOop trampolines, you get superior quality and the most advanced safety engineering that includes a safety enclosure employing their trademarked Triple-Fail-Safe backup system. Happy Backyards offers 6 AlleyOop models including 2 rectangular, 2 variable bounce and 2 double bounce trampolines.

You’ll love AlleyOop if: You have kids of different ages, weights and skill levels. With AlleyOop’s state-of-the-art technology, you can tune the trampoline to fit each child’s performance level for safer jumping.

Don’t miss AlleyOop’s: 2 and 3-step ladders, basketball hoops, weather covers and outback tents for outdoor camping adventures!

AlleyOOP VariableBounce with PowerBounce

AlleyOOP VariableBounce with PowerBounce

JumpSport

An introduction to JumpSport: JumpSport trampolines provide patented safety and quality features while being more affordable than many trampoline brands sold by “big box” retailers. Happy Backyards carries the 14’ round model – the JumpSport StagedBounce.

You’ll love JumpSport if: You’re looking for safety on a budget! JumpSport’s StagedBounce technology means that 50% of the springs engage immediately and 50% engage a fraction of a second later, making the mat safer while still offering a great low-impact workout.

Don’t miss JumpSport’s: 2-step ladder and basketball hoop!

JumpSport StagedBounce

JumpSport StagedBounce

SpringFree

An introduction to SpringFree: SpringFree trampolines are just what their name implies – 100% spring-free jumping so there are fewer injuries. Plus their FlexiNet safety enclosure provides strength and cushioning so kids are always safely enclosed. Happy Backyards offers 6 models, including the 11’ and 13’ square, the 11’ and 13’ oval and the 8’ and 10’ round.

You’ll love SpringFree if: You’re looking for a low-maintenance, high-safety trampoline. Because the trampoline is spring-free, there are no pads to care for or store during the off-season.

SpringFree Trampoline

SpringFree Trampoline

No matter what you want in a trampoline this holiday season, we’ve got it at Happy Backyards in Franklin! Stop in soon to see all 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 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

School mornings always seem to be a little (or a lot) chaotic with everyone looking for backpacks, shoes, coats, homework and lunchboxes, so a little bit of planning is needed to make sure that your kids get a healthy breakfast each day! Here are some ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts for your kids; most of them require a little planning ahead, but with a little bit of effort you can cut down on your time in the kitchen each morning and ensure that your kids are getting a filling and healthy start to their day!

Yogurt with Toppings – Offer plain low-fat yogurt but set out plenty of toppings for them to dress up their yogurt. Jam, honey, nuts, dried fruit and homemade granola (recipe below) all make for healthy options that should keep them full until lunch.

Breakfast Quesadillas – Heat up whole-wheat tortillas in a skillet and fill them with apples and cheese, peanut butter and bananas, or strawberries and cream cheese.

Tortilla Roll-Ups – These are a great way to use up your leftovers while also providing kids with protein and vegetables for breakfast – two very important food groups that are often overlooked at the first meal of the day. Just take whole-wheat tortillas and fill them with sausage, ham or turkey, scrambled eggs, cheese and leftover vegetables or salsa.

Fruit and Spinach Smoothies – Gather your ingredients the night before so you only have to blend them in the morning. Here’s a simple and healthy recipe that we love:

– 3 cups baby spinach

– 3 medium frozen bananas

– 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

– 2 tablespoons flaxseed

– 2 cups almond or coconut milk

Blend until combined in a high-powered blender.

Granola – Use this granola on yogurt or eat with milk as cereal:

– 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

– 3 cups rolled oats

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

– 1/3 cup honey

– 1/4 cup vegetable oil

– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

– 1/2 cup small-dice dried fruit

– 1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw or toasted nuts or seeds

Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside. Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add the fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Muffins – Bake muffins ahead of time and then freeze them. The night before, just pull out however many you need and allow them to thaw overnight.

Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins

– 2 cups old-fashioned oats

– 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

– ½ cup all-purpose flour

– 1 cup raisins

– 2 T baking powder

– 2 teaspoons pumpie pie spice

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 2 cups grated zucchini

– 1 cup canned pumpkin

– 1 cup almond milk

– ½ cup agave nectar

– 4 eggs beaten

– ¼ canola oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line them with paper liners. Combine oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, raisins, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda in a bowl. Mix zucchini, pumpkin, almond milk, agave nectar, eggs, and canola oil in a separate bowl; stir into dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast item to feed your kids when you’re in a hurry?

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 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

Nashville Trampoline Sale: Now Through November 10th

nashville trampoline saleFrom now through November 10th, Happy Backyards in Franklin is holding its Display Model and Fall Clearance sale! We’re offering the lowest prices of the year on our huge selection of swing sets, basketball hoops and trampolines!

Happy Backyards offers the largest selection of swing sets, basketball hoops and trampolines in the city and during our Nashville trampoline sale we’re giving you $200 off the lowest sale price on any AlleyOop Trampoline floor model at our store!

With AlleyOop Trampolines, you get superior quality with the most advanced safety engineering available on the market today. They offer the strongest safety enclosure while also employing the Triple-Fail-Safe backup system to keep kids as safe as possible at all times.

Double Bounce with PowerBounce

At our Nashville trampoline sale you’ll find round and rectangular AlleyOop Trampolines that offer their patented Double Bounce, PowerBounce and Variable Bounce technologies. Double Bounce technology is designed to help reduce the risk of injuries on the mat of the trampoline where most injuries occur, making it better and safer than single-bed trampolines. Their state-of-the-art PowerBounce technology improves the bounce performance and shock-absorption of the jumping surfaces, while the Variable Bounce is the first and only single-bed trampoline that can be tuned for different ages, weights and skill levels. With this, jumpers with a wide range of weights and skill levels can safely enjoy the same trampoline.

Variable Bounce with PowerBounce

But supplies are limited, so hurry in to our store to find the perfect trampoline for you and your family at our Nashville trampoline sale!

 

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 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.