Expose your kids to the great outdoors

June 14th, 2017 by

42714340_SThe temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. Have you been spending time in the outdoors with your kids? Here are three reasons you should!

Vitamin D. Exposure to the sun’s golden rays provides vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for overall health and well-being. In addition, it provides energy and helps to strengthen our bones and teeth. To get the most out of your time in the sun, always make sure to apply SPF 30 sunscreen and above.

Time away from electronics. Modern society is filled with technology and entertainment that utilizes screens. Are you tired of the kids spending hours glued to their tablets or computers? Spending time under the sun is a great way to keep them entertained and healthy. Take a trip to the local swimming pool or spend time playing on a playground.

Encourages physical activity. The warmer temperatures might leave you feeling like it’s best to stay inside all day, but getting outdoors encourages regular physical activity. Whether you’re shooting hoops on the basketball court or playing on the swings, any kind of physical activity is better than sitting around and doing absolutely nothing.

What’s your favorite way to stay active outside? Use the coming months to partake in your favorite activities. Not only will it keep you busy while school is out, it will help benefit your overall well-being too.

Benefits of Trampolines for Adults

January 17th, 2017 by

Many think that trampolines are only for children. While many children have and actively use trampolines as a way to be active and play, research has shown that adults can benefit too. Trampolines and trampoline accessories have been shown to benefit a number of adults, especially in the physical activity department. Here are a few benefits that trampolines provide:Trampolines and Trampoline Accessories for Kids and Adults

  • It’s a form of low impact workout. Trampolining is less likely to lead to some of the joint related injuries that other higher impact workouts bring. The trampoline moves with you as you land, reducing impact.
  • Improve your balance and coordination. You get better at maintaining your balance due to trying to keep up with bouncing and the force of each bounce. This later can help prevent falls and motor coordination later in life.
  • It’s a fun workout! Working out tends to be a drag for many adults. But how fun and convenient is it to walk outside and bounce on a trampoline! You’re more likely to work out and get your children to be active if you’re having fun.

As long as you have the right trampoline for your space, trampolining is a great way to stay active and have tons of fun while doing so. Find the right trampoline and trampoline accessories for you and your family by visiting PlayNLearn.com today!

Keep Your Child Safe on Commercial Playground Equipment

January 9th, 2017 by

Going to the community playground can be lots of fun for children of all ages. They get to meet up with friends, make new ones, and explore all the park has to offer. However, commercial playground equipment can be dangerous if not used properly. Just by following a few of these simple steps, you can keep you child safe at the playground.Commercial Playground Equipment - PlayNLearn.com

  • Make sure your kids are dressed properly for the playground. Closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes that can get dirty, and no jewelry should all be part of your child’s playground wardrobe.
  • Be sure they playground your child is playing on is age appropriate. Many injuries occur because children are playing on equipment that is too advanced for them.
  • Check the commercial play equipment for any damages or pests. Also, inclement weather can cause problems as well, so know what your local weather forecast expects.
  • Simply talk to your children about the expectations of playing on the playground. By supervising and talking to them, you take the most effective step in keeping them safe.

Keeping your children safe at the local playground is easy to do and will benefit everyone in the long run. For more on playground safety and products, visit us at PlayNLearn.com.

Signs your Playground Should be Replaced

December 21st, 2016 by

Age, wear and weather often take a toll on any outdoor equipment or furniture. Before your children dash outside to spend time in the backyard, you want to make sure your residential or commercial playground equipment is safe.

When you recognize any of these signs of damage, it’s time for maintenance:

Open S-hooks on Swings – These can occur either at the top of the swing or by the seat. If these start to open, the chains can come apart and cause accidents. When the hooks by the seat open, they can also rip clothes or cause cuts.

Exposed Screws – As paint and plastic wear down over time, the barriers that protect screws from dangerously protruding can start to fade. These can catch clothes and cause scrapes.swing-1715552_1280

Visible Rust – Metal equipment wears faster than other material and can break where smaller joints or chains are in place. Rust-damaged edges can also become sharp and hazardous to play.

Missing or Broken Parts- Usually caused by extreme weight, rough-housing or other disturbances can cause parts of your playground to break and/or the structure can start to lose its integrity. Check to see if any of the handles, ladder steps, swing parts, gate posts or monkey bars are broken, loose or missing.

Damaged Wood – For playgrounds with wooden parts, it’s important to check for places where there could be splintering or cracking.  This not only can shows signs of age, but any possible insects or pests that might be damaging the equipment.

Whether you are repairing the swingset you already have, installing rubber mulch to cushion falls, or replacing all of your residential or commercial playground equipment, make sure you address these problems before someone gets hurt. Visit PlayNLearn.com for ideas and services to help make your play space safer!


Three Physical Developments Supported by Playground Use

December 12th, 2016 by

When children return from tumbling around the playground, their clothes are sweaty and they have a little less energy than they began with. But have you ever wondered how this time contributes to their growth? Besides basic exercise, what else is occurring to encourage physical stages of development?

Here are three developments promoted by spending the afternoon at the playground:

Coordinated movements – By actions like pumping legs back and forth to swing, children improve their ability to direct their feet and time movements. At the same time, holding on the sides of the swings to stay in place allows them to coordinate several movements at once. Game, child playing

Independent play—Free play gives children the opportunity to learn how to entertain themselves and explore the world on their own. They get to make choices between running, climbing and sliding. With self-directed play, backyard swingsets are a private world there for discovering.

Balance-Taking on gravity is another import part of enjoying backyard swingsets. As children climb and slide, they are forced to hone their balance. They learn how to stay upright, jump and lean from side to side, creating their own new repertoire of movement skills.

Give your children space to develop their physical abilities by choosing a playground that’s perfect for your family. Play N’ Learn has playgrounds that are perfect for any age and space. Learn more at PlayNLearn.com.

Games to Play with a Basketball Hoop

November 17th, 2016 by

Shooting hoops or playing a game one on one can get a little boring after a while. Having a basketball hoop in your yard gives endless possibilities to enhance your skills by playing fun games. Here are a couple games that are great for your game and playtime.goalrilla basketball hoop

HORSE This classic game is a fan favorite for a reason; it’s simple and only takes a couple people to play. If you haven’t played this game before, start by having someone stand anywhere on the court and make a shot. The second person stands in the same place and tries to make the same shot. If they make the shot, they move on to a new location and try a different shot. If they don’t make the shot, they get an “H”. For every missed shot the player makes, they get a letter. Whoever spells out “horse” first loses.

Time Trials This game is a great one person game or can be done with multiple players. All you need is a basketball and a timer. The player sets a set amount on the timer and tries to shoot as many hoops as they can in the time allotted. Once the timer goes off, they can try again or the other player can try to beat their score. This game can get a little rough for your backboard, so be sure you have a hoop, such as a Goalrilla basketball hoop, that can handle the pressure.

Around the World You need at least two players for this game. This game involves setting up at least five spots around the court to take shots from. Both players start at the same spot and take turns shooting. If you make the shot, you can move on to the next spot. Each player has two chances to make the shot. If they don’t, they get sent back to the beginning. The first player to make it to every stop, or “around the world”, wins.

There are plenty of other games out there, so just be sure to get out and start playing! For more on Goalrilla Basketball hoops, accessories, and more, visit PlayNLearn.com today.

Why Communal Playgrounds are Great for Your Kids

November 8th, 2016 by

Whether it’s a playground at school or the local park, some parents are hesitant about communal playgrounds. Playgrounds with commercial playground equipment are beneficial to children for a number of reasons. Here’s why:Commercial Playground

Age appropriate equipment assists physical development. Children who play on playgrounds made for their age group explore and learn new physical skills. Children can enhance their climbing, hand eye, and other coordination skills while playing on age appropriate equipment.

Playgrounds are great for social development. Children who play on communal playgrounds with their peers pick up on social cues and learn more about how to interact with others. Skills like sharing, collaboration, and imaginative play are all things that children learn while on the playground.

Early play enforces other lifelong benefits. Children who find that they enjoy playing on the playground may develop a habit of daily play. This keeps them active and healthy. Additionally, children can develop self-confidence when conquering new play structures. For instance, if they once found the rope bridge at the park scary, if they try it on their own and succeed, they develop the confidence to try new things and believe in their abilities.

Having your children play on commercial play equipment fosters a number of fantastic, lifelong benefits. For more information on playground equipment for your home, school, or commercial property, visit PlayNLearn.com.


Quick Playground Curb Appeal Fixes

October 25th, 2016 by

Do you have a playground that could use some sprucing up? Curb appeal fixes to playgrounds can be fast and easy to do! Here are some things you can do to keep your playground looking pristine.

  • Change out the mulch. Old mulch can date a playground and make it look older and worn than it really is. Consider switching to rubber mulch. Not only is getting rubber mulch easy, but it can be added to a playground or flower bed in a snap. It also has benefits such as weed control and a safer way for children to play.

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  • Add some seasonal plants. Adding plants that are in season near and or around your playground can really add appeal to an area. Gardening and planting new things is a great way to spend quality time with your family.
  • Decorate and add new things. Adding decorations or play fort accessories is another easy way to update your yard and your play space. Be sure to use items that are not going to get in the way of the children playing. Also, use decorations that are made for outdoor use.

There are plenty of other things you can do to quick fix your outdoor space, but these quick fixes are best when you want it done quick! Need playground equipment, basketball hoops, or play fort accessories for your backyard? Talk to Play N’ Learn today! They can help you find the best solution for you and your family to get outside and play.

Steps You Can Take to Keep Your Swingset in Top Condition.

October 20th, 2016 by

Many people think that once swingset installation is complete, all the work is done. However, there are small things that you should do to keep your swingset safe and in top condition. Here are some tips on how to do so:

  • Inspect your swingset regularly. Look at your equipment for loose bolts, broken pieces, or even debris. Also, check for pests if you go for a long time without using the set. This helps you know what you need to fix for safe play.playnlearn10
  • Store removable parts. Items such as covers, games, and swings should be removed for bad weather and when not using equipment for long periods of time. This protects your investment and keeps your children’s favorite things safe and ready for use.
  • Clean often. Power washing your set is a good way to keep it looking great and clean for use. Also, spraying for bugs ensures your children won’t get bites or run into critters they don’t like. Finally, if your playground is surrounded by mulch, re-mulch for a pristine look and safe landing spots.

Completing these steps every month or two allows for your children to have a safe place to play. Also, it keeps your investment looking great for play dates to come! For more on swingset installation, rubber mulch, and other ways to play, visit PlayNLearn.com today!

Does Your Playground Need a New Swingset?

September 22nd, 2016 by

commercial playground equipmentParks, schools, and communities in general should have a quality outdoor environment for children of all ages to go, make friends and stay active. Commercial playground equipment helps build communities, it enriches the lives of children and families, and it allows everyone to have fun together. If you need playground equipment for your school or park in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores are the area’s exclusive supplier of Superior International Industries playground equipment.

Since 1986, Play N’ Learn has worked with churches, schools, daycare centers and preschool facilities to offer design, site work, and installation of playground equipment. Our services have also been provided to apartment complexes and neighborhood communities in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. If you would like commercial playground equipment in these areas, look no further than Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores for safe, high-quality equipment and swingset installation.

As proud members of the ASTM, IPEMA, and CPSCO, our play structures are guaranteed to exceed industry standards. We have plenty of great structural choices to choose from with swings, slides, jungle gyms, and other swingset accessories like steering wheels, rock walls, trapeze bars, monkey bars, and more. You can trust our expertise in providing safe playground equipment for you and your children to enjoy. Visit our Columbia, MD or Chantilly, VA store locations or contact us through our website at PlayNLearn.com today.