Choosing the perfect climbing frame for your kids and your garden can be a dilemma. There’s so many to choose from, so many considerations. And let’s face it, they’re not cheap, so this is an investment you want to get right. We’ve all heard the saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice,’ which is why it’s important to do your research and find the ideal quality product for your family.
We’ve had cheap plastic climbing frames (that didn’t last), and small swings in the past but now that our kids are at the age that they can be out in the garden, either with me, or while I’m washing up and watching from the window, we’ve decided to grant their wish and get them something more substantial.
As kids, they want something fun; they want to recreate the amazing commercial play parks we’ve been to; they want features that will challenge them, keep them entertained for hours, and they want to hang out with their friends. My little girl will enjoy a raised house/cabin to play in. And a slide! My boy wants a climbing wall and monkey bars, and maybe a pole to slide down.
As their mum, I also need to consider what will fit in our garden (we need adult space too!), where is the safest place to position it, and most importantly we need to make sure this purchase is not going to be a one hit wonder.
We don’t have a huge garden, but we have an L-shape space that will perfectly accommodate a climbing frame at one end. There are no overhanging trees, no neighbours to annoy near this space, and nothing hazardous nearby.
✔ TRY IT!
We did a bit of research online and then went to have a look at the Rainbow Play climbing frames at Longacres. The kids could play on them, and we could see what captured their imagination. We were able to ask the boring questions about safety and warranties and maintenance. Most importantly, we could see the quality and robust build of the frames which set our minds at rest and assured us we were buying a superior, durable product. It was great to see that even if we went for a fairly basic design to start with, we could add features to the modular system as the kids grow to keep them captivated for years to come.
So, yes this is an investment, but our kids will be at home with us for at least the next ten years, so we know it is going to be worth it!