Archive for April, 2013


6 Ways to Prepare Your Playset for Summer

April 30th, 2013 by

6 Ways to Prepare Your Playset for SummerIt’s finally warming up and that means it’s time to start playing outside again. Your playset may have taken a beating over the winter after being buried in snow, used as a nest or restroom for your local wildlife, and a burial ground for the last falling leaves. Before your kids go full swing into playset season, your playset will require a cleaning. Read on for our recommendations on how to prepare your playset for summer.

1.  Remove Obvious Debris: Over the winter, some leaves, twigs, and other pieces of nature have probably made their home in your playset. Start your spring-cleaning by removing the most obvious clutter.

2.  Scrub It Down: Either using a hose or a bucket of soapy water and a brush, give your playset a full scrub down. This will remove the gunk that has accumulated on the wood sections of the playset and will help keep your playset looking pristine for years to come.

3.  Wipe It Off: All of the plastic or vinyl items on your playset should be fairly easy to clean. Simply use a wet soapy rag to wipe down the slide, swings, monkey bars, and any other non-wooden surfaces that may have developed a layer of grime over the winter. Remember to clean anywhere your children’s hands will be grabbing—it’ll save you clean up time on your kids later!

4.  Nuts and Bolts Inspection: As you’re cleaning, make sure to inspect all of the metal elements of your swing set. Check to see that there is no corrosion or loosening at any points and that all attachments are secure.

5.  Spruce Up Your Mulch: If you have a mulch base for your outdoor play area, you may want to get a new bag or two of rubber mulch to make sure you have a solid pad for your children to play on. After a long play season and several snowfalls, you may have lost some of your original mulch, so filling in the holes and thin spots with a new bag will ensure your kids have a safe landing zone wherever they play.

6.  Add a New Feature: And the last way to prepare your playset for summer? Add on a new feature! The beginning of the outside play season is one of the best times to add on a new feature like a rock wall or a rope swing to your playset. The excitement of something new will have your kids outside all day. Plus, they’ll have the whole summer to wear it in.

It may seem like a lot of effort, but doing regular maintenance on your playset will keep it in good working order for years to come. So the next time it’s nice outside, grab the hose, a rag, and your kids, and get everyone involved for a quick spring-cleaning so that the next sunny day can be a play day.

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use Too

April 19th, 2013 by

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use TooHere at Play N’ Learn Playground Superstores we focus a lot on ways for kids to have fun, but rest assured we haven’t forgotten about you adults who want to have a good time too. When it comes to doing backyard or game room additions, you can play with both the kids and the adults in your family.  Read on for a few ways to make your play area fun for all ages.

Basketball Hoops

A basketball hoop is worth its weight in gold as an addition that the whole family can use. Whether it’s for playing HORSE with your kids or having an intense pick-up game with your neighbors, a basketball hoop can provide endless hours of activity no matter what your age.

Trampolines

If you have the space in your backyard, a trampoline with proper safety additions is a surefire way to keep you and the kids fit and busy. There’s no question that once the neighborhood catches wind of a trampoline that there will be a line of kids in your back yard. But bouncing on a trampoline isn’t just fun—it also helps develop stability muscles. If you bounce long enough you’ll realize that it’s quite the workout! If that’s not a justification for spending the evening bouncing around outside, we don’t know what is.

Table Tennis

Table tennis or ping pong is a great game to set up either outdoors or indoors, depending on how much space you have in your game room. It helps your kids develop hand-eye coordination and you can even play doubles to get more friends involved. But there’s no outgrowing table tennis—after your kids have played a few rounds it’s the parents’ turn!

Billiards

A pool table is a basement addition that’s really meant for the adults. The great thing about having a billiards table in your home is that now you don’t have to go to the bar and hire a sitter just to shoot some pool with your friends. And of course, the kids can use it too—just after you’re done playing.

Foosball

A foosball table is a nice addition that doesn’t take up quite as much space as a ping pong or pool table but still allows for a spirited competition. In fact, you don’t even need a game room to fit one of these into your home.

So when you’re considering your next backyard addition, consider an all-ages item. You can have your cake and eat it too—your kids will be happy and entertained, but you’ll also get a fun item that you can use with your adult friends. We’ll let you figure out who gets to play with it first, the parents or the kids.