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Smarter Home: Tons of Outdoor Fun

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Nothing's better than Spring. And though we adults love Spring, I think kids might like it even more. How they tire themselves out after playing outside all day. Most of us wait till May or June to get our  outdoor gear, but it's better to get stuff now. Since it's still early in the season, you can get great bargains. And when that first warm, sunny days creep up, you'll be all set with a backyard full of fun gear.

If your play set has seen better days, it might be time to get a new one. Run down playsets aren't just an eye-sore, they can be dangerous for adventurous kids. One tip on buying a backyard play set: Think about the kids this year and next. Some playsets are really only aimed at really young kids, who can quickly outgrow them. If you're going to spend the money, and time installing them, make sure you take a look at all your options. There are so many to choose from, at all different prices, from the tree-house adventure play set, to the more advanced Play zone swing sets.

Anothe backyard must-have is a kid-sized picnic table. I have found that the ones with the umbrellas are very useful, especially if it will be in direct sunlight. Besides eating at the table, kids can do crafts, do puzzles, and play games at their very own table. (If it gets dirty, you can just hose it down. How's that for easy cleanup?!)

Other fun stuff includes one of my all-time favorite toys to play with, the sandbox. Kids also love trampolines, and the Having a Ball playland.   

What do your kids enjoy playing with outdoors?


by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Leelee1008
by Alicia on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

my boys are older so they play alot of back yard baseball when they arent at actual baseball practice. 

Leelee1008
by Alicia on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM

we just bought a baby swing for our DD so were going to be putting that up outside, she should love it.

malexander2009
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I am not sure yet my oldest is only 14 months and the twins aren't here yet so we're going to be exploring outside today

othermom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

cool stuff. We got a small play set and some small toys

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Water!

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

water toys!!!

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

digging stuff lol

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

climbing stuff lol

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Mar. 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Our badmitton/volleyball set...The pool we were gifted...Hula hoops and digging in the garden...Only we won't have a garden at home this year but my sister in law has said we can grow a garden at her house...She has like 5-6 spots to grow a garden so I'm excited...

Jerichos_Mommy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM

running, playing ball, anything

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