Backyard Playground Equipment

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Give you kids the feeling of being at recess at school, but when they are at home. These backyard playground equipment options are just plain fun, and they will give your kids the opportunity to work off some of that excess energy, while having a great time. They can play alone or with friends, and either way, they will have a blast. We guarantee it.

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Our Picks

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Compact Wood Framed Rainbow Roof Playset

Compact Wood Framed Rainbow Roof Playset

Backyard Discovery

This backyard playground equipment contains all the activities your kids need. There is a mounted steering wheel and telescope on the covered platform, a climbing wall, and a picnic table. A wavy slide, swings, and monkey bars finish the set.

$799

Designer Advice:

You can create unique playsets by piecing together individual parts. Components you can use for DIY playground equipment include slides, swings, steering wheels, telescopes, and ladders. You can also get creative and build a sandbox, a rope climb, monkey bars, tunnels, tire swings, and a fire pole. The more activities you add to your swing set, the longer your children will be active and imaginative. 

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Metal Mixed Activity Swing Set

Metal Mixed Activity Swing Set

XDP Recreation

This 102” wide, 192” long, 74” tall split swing set contains two swings, a basket swing, a slide with a built-in ladder, and a two-person glider. The blue and white metal frame can support 700 pounds and children aged 3 to 8. 

$368.8

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Minimal Wood Covered Swingset

Minimal Wood Covered Swingset

Backyard Discovery

This recreational set is best for small backyard playground ideas. A roofed platform and climbing wall lead to the green slide. On the other side are two swings. The pre-stained wood frame supports several 3 to 10-year-olds weighing up to 1080 pounds. 

$499

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Large Framed Recreational Equipment

Large Framed Recreational Equipment

XDP Recreation

This large backyard recreation set is perfect for families with several children. It has a slide, two-person glider, see-saw, stand and swing, two sit-down swings, and monkey bars. The six steel legs support a 74” tall metal frame, which holds 1,000 pounds.

Designer Advice:

If you don’t want to start with large equipment set like this, you can build your way up to it by adding different pieces. Begin with the basics, like a pair of swings on a sturdy base. Then start building your playground, like using an embankment slide DIY. But remember, the more pieces you add, the more support it will need to stay safe. Pay attention to the weight of the equipment and how much weight each piece can hold.

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Tiny Toddler Teeter Totter Playset

Tiny Toddler Teeter Totter Playset

XDP Recreation

This four-piece set has a smooth yellow slide, a two-person metal see-saw with yellow seats, and two swings with an angular monkey bar in the middle. The frame's legs have been foam padded for safety. 

$186.15 $499.99

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Complete All in One Activity Equipment

Complete All in One Activity Equipment

Little Tikes

This giant outdoor activity set is perfect for home playground ideas for multiple kids aged 3 to 10 and up to 1300 pounds. This swing set has a large covered structure attached to standard gear, plus a bridge and monkey bars.

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Wooden Set with Sandbox

Wooden Set with Sandbox

KidKraft

This swing set has a curvy slide and a covered structure with a climbing wall and a built-in rope ladder over the sandbox. Monkey bars and swings are for kids aged 3 to 10 with a combined weight of 110 pounds.

$665.37

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Wood House Combined Activity Set

Wood House Combined Activity Set

Backyard Discovery

Use this pre-stained wooden swing set for backyard playground ideas. The tall covered climber attaches to a high-sided plastic slide, a picnic table, and a climbing wall with a platform and ladder. On the other side, there are two swings and a glider.

$1769.8

Designer Advice:

Buying large playsets with several different activities reduces complaints of boredom and allows for multiple children to play simultaneously. There are dozens of homemade playground ideas that you can use, depending on the size of your yard and the number of kids you want to support. The more pieces you add, the larger the set will get, so you’ll need a bigger free area.

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Buying Guide

A playground can be within a few feet of your home when equipment is set up in your backyard. There are many more options than a single swing set and slide to select from in today's market. Different equipment in various styles, colors, and materials will ensure fun for the kids.

  • Wood - Cedar wood delivers sturdy decks, steps, and frames for wooden swing sets. Up to 1000 pounds can be held with no fear of too many kids playing. Decay resistant, repelled by insects and possessing a natural beauty, cedar is a favorite for adding backyard playground equipment.
  • Metal - Teeter totters are secure and functional when built with heavy duty steel and protected with a rust-proof finish. Monkey bars and seesaws also use metal to create safe playing. Swing sets are available in metal that is powder-coated for extensive use. These are timeless pieces that can be kept for both children and grandchildren.
  • Plastic - Hexagon monkey bars and smaller swing sets and slides that are made from Polyethylene are good for tots that do not exceed 240 pounds in total weight. Bright colors are built into the material so there is never any chipping. Waterproof and dependable, this material can last for years.
  • Rope - Nylon rope with a 250-pound capacity sets the scene for Ninja Warrior Training or exploring on a Jungle Jim.

For limited space, a see-saw that measures 55" in length can be set almost anywhere and easily moved. If considering a large cedar swing set, consider the proportion to surrounding buildings and the land that is available. Some units are as tall as 12'6" and as wide as 23'. This is more of a permanent structure on your property.

  • Swing Sets - Swing sets come in metal, wood or plastic. If a slide is attached, it will be made of sturdy Polyethylene. Rope or metal chains secure the swings.
  • Climbing Sets - A variety of shapes and sizes for climbing and swinging are sturdy with metal, wood or plastic bases. Choose the design appropriate for your age group.
  • Seesaws - Teeter-totters and seesaws come in large and small models of plastic or metal. Metal has adjustable lengths.
  • Forts - Large wood or smaller plastic forts provide a platform for sliding, climbing and more.

There is little that is required in keeping backyard playground equipment ready for use. Wiping off swing set seats and slides to avoid slippery surfaces should be done after a rain. For dust and dirt build-up, wash with mild detergent and water. Watch for stainless steel bolts that may work loose and tighten where needed. Check the equipment for any damage that could be caused accidentally by children. You may choose to cover the unit during the winter months for better longevity.

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S embankment slide bespoke slides slides playground equipment

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Play Set Mountain Swing Set

Play Set Mountain Swing Set

Great kit for children to play, a great addition to the garden. Great gift idea, too. The kit contains many elements such as. slide and a climbing wall, so that children can develop their physical abilities.

Playground equipment plans

This playground equipment can be a great offer for all pre-schools offering a fully safe entertainment, which will develop the children's motor activity. It allows several kids to use the item at the same time.

Backyard playground ideas

This exciting idea for a children's playground is hand made from simple, publicly available materials. Numerous details and unusual play arrangements guarantee children a perfect place to spend their time outdoors. Solid wooden construction.

Backyard play equipment

This wonderfully decorated playground is a combination of natural wooden elements with interesting grass and earth formations. The whole made from eco-friendly materials is child-friendly and nature-friendly.

Diy gymnastics equipment

Wooden set designed for garden workout freaks. With this simple but efficient set, you can change your garden into the gym. You will be able to climb a wall and use ropes and bars to pull up, and train your muscles!

Playground equipment for backyard 10

Playground equipment idea: something worth having in your backyard, so that the kids would stay busy during sunny days! Ropes and wooden blocks attached to a pyramid structure encourage for climbing and pulling up.

Diy outdoor gym equipment

Surprise your children with some crazy fun by presenting to them this impressive gym equipment for outdoors. The ripple slides are mounted very firmly and surrounded by two vertical mesh screen enclosure for proper safety.

Kids obstacle course equipment

If you are looking for attractive garden play solutions, this impressive backyard play equipment will help you find a great solution. Curiously-designed wooden gutters give children plenty of game options, and solid construction provides endurance.

Backyard play equipment 17

9 piece set of equipment for dog backyard. Includes slide, tunnel, ladder and more. Frame is made of metal and covered with thick carpet. Suitable for large and medium sized dogs.

Backyard rope bridge

This well-designed children's playground with water wall play is an excellent way to have fun on hot days. Wooden construction with gutters gives you a lot of fun in the water and is very ingenious.

Backyard playground with the playground parts the professionals use

... backyard playground with the playground parts the professionals use

The ultimate tree house for kids equipped with a climbing

This is a completely different dimension of a backyard play equipment. In fact, it can be said that this is a wooden tree house, because wide branches run between its floors - but it is grounded. Everywhere there are mysterious passages and a safe railing.

Diy backyard playground

If you want for your little ones to have a crazy fun while playing in the backyard, you may want to check this beautiful merry-go-round. It is constructed of all-weather resistant metal and it spins like a charm.

How to build a merry go round playground

When you would like to organize the backyard playground for your children, do it yourself. A few meters of rope, a few timber beams and your son could became the spiderman in your own garden. Great!

Jungle gym diy kits

Sue has gotten us a lot of wonderful, new, indoor gym equipment, but at this time of the year, I can't help but "Think Spring". Wouldn't it be fun to build something like this to put in the grass at the far side of the playground?!

Build a merry go round

Thomas Gardner School Playground by Ivy Dawned, via Flickr

Swing-N-Slide Monster Web Swing

Play set or monkey bars off of back deck backyard

Play-set or monkey bars off of back deck.........Backyard Playground | Hand Crafted Wooden Playsets & Swing Sets - Gallery

Backyard play equipment 1

Outdoor playground inspiration: merry-go-round featuring a unique bicycle design in red, accommodating five kids at a time. Serves playful purposes and develops motor skills along with muscle strength.

Backyard wooden playground equipment like our safari pak cubby fort

Backyard wooden playground equipment like our Safari Pak Cubby Fort ...

Small playground equipment

While our days of swinging from the monkey bars are long behind us, our kids make up for it by spending hours jumping, running, climbing, and sliding up and down their favorite playground equipment. In fact, our kids live for…

Diy playground equipment

Home made playground equipment

Backyard play equipment 9

Create the perfect environment for your child to move around, have fun and play on the fresh air with this amazing climbing frame that is constructed of only the highest quality wood and will make for just the most fitting option for any spacious backyard.