Now that summer is creeping around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your neglected backyard. There is a good chance that winter has really done some damage to your landscaping, but plants and trees aside you want to also start thinking about creating a fun space for the kids to play. There is a good chance that you will be having family barbecues and your kids’ friends over for play dates. It is important that your outdoor space is not only fun, but also safe and family-friendly.
The key is to make sure that your kids have the space to let their imaginations run wild and you want the area to be conducive to physical fitness. The last thing you want is for your kids to be spending the summer in front of the computer or television. Here is how to create a family-friendly outdoor space for your home.
Build a Jungle Gym in Your Backyard
One way to make your backyard family-friendly is to build a jungle gym. There are lots of ways to do this. You can build one from scratch, or you can purchase a set that can be installed. Usually, the latter is easier and it can be safer, which is a result of stringent quality control and testing. All you have to do is search “playground equipment Melbourne” or “jungle gym” and then the city you live in. You should be able to find numerous results.
Place a Tall Fence Around the Perimeter of Your Outdoor Space
On top of giving your kids activities to engage in outdoors, you also want your backyard to be safe. The last thing you want is for your kids to get out of the yard unsupervised, especially if you have young kids. The best way to keep your kids protected is to place a tall fence around the outdoor space.
Include Furniture that Doesn’t Have Any Hard Edges
Another way to keep kids safe is to get rid of that hard wrought-iron furniture. Ideally, you want furniture with soft edges. Not only will this furniture be safer, but it will also be much more comfortable. Now that the weather is warming up, a lot of retailers are selling great outdoor furniture.
Place a Swing Between Two Trees
If you don’t have the budget for a jungle gym, or if you want to include another play area, you could simply place a swing set on one of your trees. You want to make sure, though, that the tree is sturdy enough not only to hold up a swing, but also the trunk should be sturdy enough to hold a certain amount of weight. Remember, you want your kids to be safe, but you also want your trees to be safe too.
Construct an Art Wall
On top of everything, you may also want to place an art wall someplace close to the swing set. This will allow your children to get creative. All you need is a big wooden plank and a can of chalkboard paint. In the end, this is a great way to enliven your family-friendly outdoor space.