Snowy And Rainy Day Indoor Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

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During the summer months it's easy to throw the kids out into the backyard and know they'll be happily occupied for hours. Once the winter draws in and the temperature plummets, it's a different story. Winter can seem never-ending, particularly if you have a houseful of children feeling cooped up and restless.

Have no fear! There are lots of entertaining things your kids can do indoors on those days when the weather is doing its best to make life complicated.

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Backyard Playground Surfacing: What Are The Options?

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For any child lucky enough to have one, a backyard playset is a wonderful part of growing up. Given the opportunity, most kids will happily spend hours on swings, monkey bars, slides and the like. So these structures need to be as safe as possible.

We want our children to get outside, explore, bond with each other, have fun, and get the full benefit of fresh air and exercise. But along with that, safety is naturally an important concern for any parent. So you may well be asking: "What should go under our new playset?"

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9 Fab Play Forts Kids Will Love

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What kid doesn't want a fort (clubhouse, playhouse, whatever you want to call it), a special place they can call their own, where all kinds of adventures can happen - a grown-up-free zone, except by invitation!

Different kids, of course, have different interests and different needs. And parents have different-sized backyards and different budgets. So, what suits the tearaway twins of your neighbors down the street may not necessarily be the best choice for your own intrepid little angels. So far, so obvious...

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Suncast Vista Swing Set Review

Suncast Vista playset

Remember when your mother used to tell you to "Go play outside"? If you'd had one of these Suncast wood and resin swing sets, she would have had to be telling you to come inside instead!

Seriously, this Suncast swing set offers so many fun play options. But don't just take our word for it - all the important facts you need to know about are here in this review.

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Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Cedar Swing Set Review

Backyard Discovery Skyfort II playset from the front, no kids to be seen

If you’re looking for an all-in-one, multifunctional playset for your yard, the Skyfort II by Backyard Discovery is probably one you’ll want to consider.

The Skyfort ii is the second generation of an appealing, well-designed and -crafted backyard cedar swing set that has gained popularity right across the country. Could this home playground provide endless hours of outdoor fun, adventure and exercise for your kids and their friends?

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Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Playset Review

Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure playsetyset - Earthtones color version (model 90042)

Get the low-down here on the Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Playset (also called the "A-Frame Playset" or the "Heavy Duty Metal Playset with Clubhouse" on the manufacturer's website).

What does it offer kids? What age range is it suitable for? What does it offer parents? Why choose this model rather than a wooden playset? If you're looking for something low-maintenance and/or free-standing, definitely read on!

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Cedar Summit Summerstone Playset Review

Cedar Summit Summerstone Playset from the front, with children playing

There are so many playsets and backyard playgrounds to choose from - and they all look enticing. How do you ever work out which one would be right for your family?

In this review, we'll focus on the Summerstone playset from Cedar Summit and try to answer any questions you have so you can make the best decision.

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