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Friday, July 27, 2012

Maintaining Good Balance

Straight-Balance-Beam
Straight Balance Beam
With the Olympic Opening Ceremonies starting tonight it is safe to say I have the Olympics on my mind! Gymnastics is one of my favorite events, and thought I may not be a world class gymnast I can enjoy pretending to be one on a balance beam!

We offer several Balance improving products. The most common balance product is the Straight Balance Beam. However, there are a few other types that offer more of a challenge. For example, the Curved Balance Beam steps up the difficulty from a straight balance beam with a curved surface. Another favorite take on the balance items is the Single Button Bounce. These buttons allow kids to bounce as they move from button to button. They are also available stationary for youngsters that just want to move from button to button.
Curved-Balance-Beam
Curved Balance Beam

With this many options, and more, you are sure to find your inner gymnast!



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Bounce Buttons

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Having Your Own Olympics

With the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympic Games being tomorrow, all I have had is the Games on my mind. I absolutely love watching the Olympics. All of the events can be exciting, but my two favorite are swimming and gymnastics. I took gymnastics when I was younger and every little gymnast dreams of being in the Olympics.

Parallel-Bars
Parallel Bars
It was always fun to be on the equipment and pretend to be in the Olympics and that the whole world was watching. If you or your kids find yourself caught up in the Games and want to pretend to be some of the world's best athletes then just head to your local playground! You will be surprised at what you can find to have your own Olympic events.

Triple-Horizontal-Bars
Triple Horizontal Bars
One great item is the Parallel Bars. Not only are they an actual event in the Olympic Games, but they are great for exercise! Building upper body strength is a great benefit of using the parallel bars.

The Triple Horizontal Bars are also perfect for hosting your own Olympic events. They can be considered a modified version of the high bar in the men's gymnastics events.

But don't limit yourself to just modified events! Create your own!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Space Themed Playground?

Themed playgrounds are great for imaginative play. The only problem is choosing which theme to go with! The demand for themed playgrounds is on the rise and picking the right theme is always a concern.

Why not go with a space themed playground? The idea of space continues to fascinate kids since it is so unknown. Playing on a space themed playground allows them to pretend to be astronauts walking on the moon, finding alien life, and being a part of a space station.

The Deep Space Tres Play System is a great space themed play system! Provide a space station for kids by installing this system and see their curiosity for space grow.

Deep-Space-Tres-Play-System
Deep Space Tres Play System

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dreaming of the Beach

I don't know about you, but I am anxious to be on a beach. The beautiful sunshine has me thinking of sand and water. But when you just can't get to the beach, a beach themed playground will have to do!

Luckily, we have a few beach themed playgrounds to fit your need for the ocean. The Kapalua Beach Play System is a great structure to remind you of a tiki hut on the water. With palm trees and a leaf canopy, you will be taken to the beach while your kids play and have a fun time.

With summer quickly coming to a close, this playground will bring a beach feeling even on the gloomiest of days. 

Kapalua-Beach-Play-System
Kapalua Beach Play System

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When buying Outdoor Playground Equipment

When it comes to buying outdoor playground equipment, you need to consider certain things that can lead you to the commercial grade play sets. There are different types of play sets, such as see-saw, swings sets, play house, climber and so on that are constructed using materials like metal, plastic and wood. Look for the one that is made of superior quality material be it wood, metal or plastic.

outdoor-playsystem
Another thing that you should consider while looking for playground equipment is the quality. Ensure that the play sets you are going to buy is IPEMA certified. Also, check that the playground equipment complies with the guidelines laid by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

The playground equipment safety measures should also be taken into consideration while designing them. Make sure that your chosen playground equipment is installed with railings, hinges and other essential anchors and all its rough edges are properly covered.

You should select the playground equipment after determining the size of the location, where you are going to install it. You can also seek the professional help in such matter. They can guide you which outside playground equipment would fit the best after analyzing the size of the play set and location.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Outdoor Playground Equipment Buying Guide

There are various outdoor play sets options for you to choose from. But before you choose one, you should consider certain factors like dimensions, quality, safety, and prices. To begin with, you should firstly check the dimensions of the play sets. Knowing the area of your backyard, choose the play set that can not only fit in it but also provide adequate space to the kids for doing other playful activities.

outdoor-playground
Quality has always been top selling factor of play sets. When shopping for a play set, ensure that it should meet the defined quality and safety factors as well. Check that all the pointy edges in the play sets are properly covered so that it should not harm the kids.

Kids are imaginative by nature. It would be a treat for them if you buy equipment which is loaded with exciting stuff such as rope, ladders, climbing walls and forts. This would not only add more fun to their play time but would also enhance motor, physical, mental and communication skills.

Depending upon the above mentioned factors, the price of child playground equipment varies. After considering all the factors, you can buy the play structures that perfectly fit in your budget. You can also opt for playground equipment.
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Making Playgrounds Accessible for Disabled Children

Recently, the Department of Court Justice has adopted the revisions made to American with Disabilities Act(ADA) Standards. One of the changes also involve playgrounds that are created in communities and other public areas. Under this change, the playgrounds are now required to be accessible by parents, grandparents, and caregivers with different physical conditions.

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Not only the play areas should be accessible but the play structures installed in it should also be ADA compliant. Now, as per the new regulation, a certain percentage of ground level playground equipment and above ground play sets should also be made accessible for the physically challenged children.

Children who have special disabilities no longer have to miss out the fun in the playground. They can now reach out for their favorite play set installed in the playground and enjoy with their friends. It has been made possible with ADA Playground equipment.

Besides meeting the ADA Standards, the play structures installed in the park for handicapped and other children should also strictly comply with American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). PlaygroundEquipment.com offers such play sets to the customers on discount. Equipment offered by this store is designed by some of the renowned brands like American Playground, Champion Sports, Child Works, Childforms and Gorilla Playsets.
Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Time Temps Mean Hot Equipment

We are finally seeing a cool down from that string of 100 degree days! Summer temps are still hot and this can really heat up playground equipment. This hot equipment can burn children and cause serious injury if not carefully prevented.

Consider installing a shade over the playground to protect the equipment, and children, from the sun's harmful rays. We offer shades that come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. A custom designed shade is also available.

Not only are you protecting children from being burned by hot equipment, you are also protecting them from a sun burn. Kids will be able to play freely without worrying about being burned.

Not only are shades used for playgrounds, but for pools, picnic areas, and even parking lots! With our large selection you are sure to find one that fits your needs.

Contact any of our sales associates to see which shade is the best fit for your play area.
Rectangle-Fabric-Shade
Rectangle Fabric Shade

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, America

I look forward to this day all year. Not with a Christmas-like anticipation exactly, but it is still one of my favorite holidays. Being outside with family and friends, good food, and of course fireworks, help make this holiday great.

What is your absolute favorite thing about this holiday? Is there one year that stands out more than the rest?

No matter how old I get I will always love to play with sparklers. They never cease to fascinate me. I love to draw shapes with them and see the smoke hold the shape. And of course Snap Dragons will always be a favorite. Throwing those little balls of paper on the ground, seeing the momentary spark, and hearing the snapping sound just makes you feel like a kid again.

I absolutely love to watch fireworks. As of right now my plans for tomorrow are still up in the air, but as long as I see fireworks tomorrow night I will be content.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Make sure you do something to bring out the kid in you.

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Getting festive!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Encouraging Children to Play Outside

I am a working woman and hardly get sufficient time to spend with my kids except on weekends. My children are quite a handful. They are always trying new things and looking for new games to play. Sometime back, I bought a PC and a PSP for them and they spent a lot of time playing on those machines. The fact that they did not want to play outside became a matter of concern to me. So, I decided to take my kids to our community park every weekend.

I still remember the first time I took my kids to the park. A green playground installed with so many swings and slides lit up my kids' eyes. They just rushed to a play set nearby and began playing on it. There were other playground equipment for kids like a see saw, a swing and a dome climber. I saw kids became very impatient while waiting for their turn. So, I discussed this matter with other parents and they decided to install some more and beneficial play set in our community park, where our kids play.
Seth Play System
Seth Play System

It was very clear in my mind, which type of equipment I had to buy for the playground. After browsing the internet for few hours, I came across PlaygroundEquipment.com. They offer exactly the kind of play sets I needed. This online store sells commercial grade play sets of renowned brands including Gorilla Playsets, Child Works and Childforms. Moreover, playground equipment offered by this online store meets the defined quality standards and safety measures. After selecting the playsets, I put this proposal before the local authorities and they accepted it.

They bought all my chosen commercial equipment from this online store including two big play houses. Now that our community park is filled with many types of equipment, my kids visit the park even in my absence!