The biggest advantage of the wooden play system is the rich, natural look. Many of our wooden playsets have club houses that with, windows, shutters, and wooden roofs look like cute little houses. Wood offers a natural beauty that will integrate into your home surroundings without creating a distraction.Full-Timbered Redwood and Cedar vs Vinyl
Wood swing sets are generally made from redwood or cedar, two types of wood that are excellent at resisting rot, decay, and insects. Why not use vinyl sleeve? The interior of the vinyl swing set also contain wood, however it is a general a lower quality and was as smaller dimension lumber. The vinyl units will also hold in moisture, creating a situation where the timber inside the vinyl sleeve basically rots from the inside out. This can make the system wobbly and unsecure.Wood play systems will generally be much cooler to the touch than plastic or vinyl coated play sets Vinyl will typically fade over time as well. Wood play systems do require general maintenance such as bi-annual stain/seal. Doing so will provide your family with many years fun!
Wood Swing Sets. Wood playsets are our most popular option. They are strong and durable, they look amazing in just about any backyard, and they have a ton of features and options. Our wooden playsets are made of sustainable, commercially grown redwood or cedar. This means that they are resistant to rot and decay and will last many years if maintained properly.
There are a lot of things to consider when making this investment for your kids and your yard. We can help you with other factors like deck height and style options. Come play with us at one of our 2 Pittsburgh showrooms or give us a call at 1-800-381-4902.
The Playhouse style: more of an upright, post & beam construction, a convertible picnic table underneath with room for a sandbox, more of a gathering center or “clubhouse” feel.
Redwood is the premium building material in the industry. Feels the best, holds its shape the best, and will require the least amount of maintenance. Lifetime warranty on redwood.
Trampolines are also safer than before – adding safety nets and even completely removing springs. Our smart springless design has not only changed the way trampolines work but it has eliminated the impact areas most commonly related to injuries.2 – Trampolines Can’t Be Used Safely
Keep it Locked: Zip the net when the trampoline is not being used will keep unwanted jumpers away.3 – Trampolines Ruin Your Grass
To avoid this from happening, choose the best spot in your yard for the trampoline – one away from trees and shaded areas. And if you’re worried, you can always move the trampoline to multiple spots to ensure the grass isn’t blocked too long.4 – All Trampolines Are the Same
No, all trampolines are not the same and they are not all equal. Trampolines come in many different sizes – large, medium, small – and different shapes – circle, square, oval. And not just that, there are different types of trampolines – springless trampolines, spring-based trampolines and fitness trampolines. You have lots of options to find the best trampoline for you and your family.5 – Trampolines Are Just For Kids
Kids love trampolines, but they are just as much fun for adults too! You can add it to your exercise routine, use it to reduce stress and turn it into an outdoor activity for the whole family. Set family challenges to find out who can do the most jumps in a minute or who can do the most seat drops. A trampoline can be a great way to engage the entire family in the backyard.At Springfree we believe that kids deserve safe, active outdoor play. That’s why we re-engineered the trampoline from the ground up. To give families a fun way to play outside and give parents piece of mind that their children are safe.
Follow these steps to find the right fit for you and your family.
The first step to deciding which trampoline you need is to measure your yard and find out how much space you have. Trampolines range in sizes as small as 10 feet round and as large as 13 feet diameter.
Next, look for a section of your backyard that is clear of branches, debris, fences and slopes. (If you think the slope is more than 1 foot, you may want to have us come out and do a yard assessment).
The trampoline model you choose also depends on who will be using the trampoline. Is it just the kids or will Mom and Dad jump too? The trampoline maximum user weight can help.
The Maximum User Weight is based on how heavy you are and how high you jump. It is about ensuring jumpers don’t ‘bottom out’ (touch the ground while jumping). Each trampoline will have this marked and depending on who will be using it you may need a larger trampoline.
There are two types of trampolines on the market – the traditional spring-based trampolines and new springless trampolines.
Springless designs completely remove springs from the equation – like our Springfree™ trampolines. Instead of springs, they use flexible composite rods that are underneath the jumping surface and out of harms way.
When it comes to trampolines, safety is at the top of the list for every parent. Trampolines have come a long way since you were a kid! Now all trampolines are required to have an enclosure net and pads covering the springs.
Dr. Keith Alexander, inventor of the Springfree™ trampoline, has gone so far as to redesign the trampoline from the ground up to make jumping safe. How?
Hidden Frame – Springfree™ Trampoline’s frame is well beneath the jumping surface – you can’t hit it.
SoftEdge Mat – Springfree™ has created a shock absorbent SoftEdge™ mat that eliminates any hard edges at the jumping surface.
FlexiNet Enclosure – Springfree™ Trampoline’s FlexiNet enclosure has flexible net rods that cushion jumpers and prevent falls.
Most parents want a trampoline to get their kids outside and active. Springfree™ with tgoma is the only Smart Trampoline that is digitally interactive and encourages safe, active outdoor play. Sensors on the trampoline mat connect via Bluetooth® to your tablet. Using your body as a controller, the sensors track your movement creating an interactive experience.
tgoma’s games are designed to offer a fun physical workout to challenge the entire family, while increasing the family time in the backyard. It has educational games that make learning fun; plus tgomaFit which allows you to set and track personal fitness goals and jump into a healthier lifestyle!Step 6 – Can I Keep It Up All Year?
In many cases you can leave your trampoline outside all year long. But you may need to take precautions in order to protect it including taking down the net, removing the mat, and covering it during winter. You can also disassemble your trampoline, but this can prove to be a difficult process (not to mention re-assembling in the Spring!).Springfree™ trampoline makes it easy for you. They are designed to stand against the harshest conditions. The SoftEdge mat and safety enclosure are UV-resistant to prevent deterioration from the sun and our frame is double powder coated steel for durability and to prevent rusting. The composite fiberglass rods are rust proof, unlike metal coil springs. So you can leave it up all year long, even in the rain and snow.
5 Basketball games you can play with your kids other than HORSE
Basketball doesn’t have to be a sweaty, competitive game of 5-on-5. Maybe there are only three children playing, or the game is being dominated by more athletic children, leaving others without the opportunity to play. Either way, there are numerous games played with a ball and basket that youngsters of all skill levels will enjoy.
Here are five H-O-R-S-E alternative kids can play with just a basketball and hoop.
1. Knock Out
This game does require a low level of shooting ability, but remains an ideal game for kids with varying skills because everyone gets a chance.
Knock Out requires two basketballs and two or more players. The players form a line at the free throw line with the first two receiving basketballs. The first player shoots, and if he or she misses, the second player can “knock out” the first player by making the basket before the first player is able to corral the rebound and put his or her ball in the basket. If the first player is able to make the shot before the second player, they pass it to the next player in line, who then tries to knock out the second player while the first player returns to the end of the line. The game goes on until all but one player is knocked out.
2. Around the World
There are many variations of this game, but this one requires at least two players and a single basketball. The object of the game is to “go around the world” by making consecutive shots from predetermined spots around the court.
The first player must make a layup, followed by a shot between the basket and the free throw line, a free throw, a 20-foot shot from the wing, a 3-point shot, and a shot from half court. Once this is accomplished, the player must make every shot again on his or her return to the basket. The game ends with the layup.
Normally, the player must make all predetermined shots in a row or start over. But to make the game quicker, allow the player to stay on the spot where he or she missed while the other players take their turns. The player can start again from this point on the next turn.
Note: There are other variations, with the most common being shots ordered around the three-point line.
3. Firing Squad
This is a variation of Around the World, but instead of taking turns, all players shoot at the same time until a player has made a basket from each predetermined spot on the court.
As a game for kids, golf teaches young players to shoot from spots all around the court. The game requires two or more players and one basketball. The first player begins on the first hole, a predetermined spot where he or she must shoot. If the player makes the shot on the first attempt, the score for that “hole” is one. If the player misses the shot, they must shoot from where they grabbed the rebound. The score for that hole is the number of shots it took the player to make the basket. Just like a golf course, you can do this from 18 different spots on the court. The lowest score wins.
5. Musical Basketballs
Like musical chairs, but with basketballs, this game requires one ball per player and a source of music. Put all the balls in a circle and have kids, similar to musical chairs, walk around the balls while music plays. Once the music stops, the players grab a basketball and shoot. Once a player makes a basket, he sits down to show that he’s finished. The last player standing is out.
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Article written by Brian Kendal www.activekids.com
As you’ve probably realized by now, there are many residential basketball systems available on today’s market. At Playground World, we carry two of the best-selling residential hoops in America: Goalrilla and Goalsetter. This article will help you understand some of the differences between the two basketball systems.
- Dupont® Powder Coated Paint – Powder coated products are less likely to be affected by impacts, moisture, chemicals, UV rays, and extreme weather conditions.
- Rim Mounting – The flex-rim on a Goalrilla goal is mounted directly to the steel frame located just behind the glass backboard. This technology allows all the pressure to be taken off the glass during aggressive play, including dunking.
- All Backboards Are Double-Framed- The back frame is heavy steel while the front frame is polished aluminum, giving the finished product a professional look and superior performance. This is a key difference and not to be discounted, as many competitors will gloss over details like these. It may not be apparent in a photo, but up close, the fit and finish of this is quite noticeable.
- Clear View Backboards- Tired of seeing that steel backboard support in your backboard? They have become the preferred choice for the basketball purist, and they truly do give you that clean, clear look to your backboard. Goalrilla has an entire line of Clearview (CV) goals that look and play as close to the professional arena goals as you can get.
- Rim Height Adjustment Range – Goalrilla hoops adjust from 10’ to 7’8”.
- Rim Height Adjustment Range –Goalsetter hoops adjust from 10’ to 6’ (Signature series)
- Both an adjustable and stationary system – Goalsetter has an internal locking system that prevents changing goal heights, unless authorized. This is quite handy for commercial applications, when you don’t want users lowering heights.
- Hinged Ground Anchor System – The hinged ground anchor system allows you to take your hoop with you if you move. You simply leave the anchor and install a new anchor in your new home.
- Triple Coated Paint Process – One coat of primer and two coats of baked on acrylic enamel make this goal a great option for parks, schools, and other commercial uses.
- Made in the USA – Due to strong finances and demand for Goalsetter, 100% of the manufacturing for Goalsetter still takes place in Iowa today. They are manufactured just steps away from the teams who actually design and engineer the systems. This allows Goalsetter to have outstanding quality control and very quick response to dealer and customer requests.
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