Between the hot sun, the humidity, and the occasional dreaded heat wave, summer weather can have you playing a constant game of trying to stay cool. Instead of sitting in the air conditioning all day or driving out to the community pool, you can stay at home while still enjoying the outdoors. Your playset can turn into a natural cooling station and water park just by adding water!
Read on to find out how to turn your playset into a very cool attraction. Before trying any of these wet modifications, make sure you are loaded up with the right amount of mulch around your playset so that any impact areas are fully padded.
Grab the hose and make your slide into a water slide. You can hang the hose next to the slide so the water runs down, and either leave it running or just spray the slide down every once and a while. If you have a padded surface or a small blow up baby pool, you can put it at the bottom of the slide for an extra splash and shock absorption.
Just by relocating your sprinkler, you can turn your swings into a fun water game. Set up the sprinkler in front of, behind, or even right below your swings so that when your kids swing, they go through the water stream. Your kids will have to time their swings so that the arcs of the swings match the arc of the water.
The space under your playset’s fort is a perfect spot for a shaded lagoon. Place a baby pool underneath the fort for the ultimate relaxing cool down spot. Add floating toys or rubber ducks to complete the lake effect.
Super Soaker Watch Tower
For some high octane play, turn the top area of your playset’s fort into a watch tower stocked with Super Soakers. Your kids can have a full on water fight in the yard with the added complexity of the second level. They can use the water slide as a quick escape route, or the parents can stake out the top level to gain the upper hand.
Playing with water can cause your playset to become slippery, so be sure to stress to your kids that they should be extra careful. Keep a stack of towels nearby in case anything needs to be dried off. And don’t forget to put the popsicles in the freezer for when you’re ready for a break from the water park fun!Tweet