Family's Backyard Roller Coaster Is a Parent's Worst Nightmare

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backyard roller coasterI'm not big on roller coasters. Neither are my kids, actually. Nothing personal, I just really dislike that uncomfortable feeling of tipping over the edge, coupled with the yeah-you're-going-to-be-dizzy-for-the-rest-of-the-day effect they seem to have on me and my equilibrium. Plus, there's all that vomiting.

But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate roller coasters and marvel at how other folks and their kids can get such pleasure out of shooting through corkscrews at 100 mph with nothing but inertia and a seat belt keeping them in place.

I can't even imagine the amount of time and research put into designing a roller coaster to ensure the safety of everyone involved. That's why it blows my mind when I see average parents create a backyard roller coaster out of PVC tubing and concrete for their 3-year-old son.

I'm not talking about a simple little circle track you'd see at a local Chuck E. Cheese's or something for toddlers. Uh uh. This sucker has a 12-foot drop at the start.

I'm crazy nervous just putting my kids on a school bus, let alone a homemade roller coaster that features a basic seat belt and needs a long wooden pole to push you up to the starting ramp. Take a look at the video below and tell me your heart doesn't stop every single time that kid starts rolling! I mean, he's not even wearing a helmet!!!

These parents are professional architects, though, so it's all okay, right? Right? Wait, they're not? They own a local car dealership? Hoo boy. Thankfully they only allow their own son to ride the rails, no one else.

But can you imagine being neighbors with these guys? That can't be good for property values. And your own kids would be screaming at you to build something similar or to go over and play. I'd be worried sick that my kids would run next door when no one's home and try playing on that thing themselves.

I'm all for playing with your kids and creating crazy cool activities for them, but how about something a little bit safer, like say a miniature golf course?

Would you let your kids ride on a backyard roller coaster?


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ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

That just seems like a bad idea. But it's their yard. As long as it's not crazy loud I don't see the problem. No my kids would not be allowed to ride on a homemade rollercoaster.

cmjaz cmjaz

Very bad idea.

Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

I consider myself a pretty safety-conscious mom, and sometimes a bit more anxious and helicoptery when it comes to my kids running around and possibly getting hurt.  But my only reaction upon seeing that video was "Dude, that's awesome!"  Granted, given my husband's inconsistent results with home repairs and woodworking, I wouldn't let him build one for our kids... but I might let the dad from the video build them one! Theirs obviously works. :)

Deann... Deanna2872

I'm with Meg on this one! My dad is quite the do-it-yourself kind of guy, my mom is a retired engineer, and my ex-hubs is pretty good with his hands and very intelligent. I would SO let them get together and do something like this for my kids. Well, I would have when they were younger. They're all pretty much grown up now, but maybe someday for my grandbabies! Lol :)

momto... momtolittleg

yep, that's awesome!!  I'd let my kid ride it.  Maybe not the FIRST time, but...

Ankles Ankles

I think it's cool. I would let md kids ride it.

Ankles Ankles

I think it's cool. I would let my kids ride it.

Geeky... GeekyMumof2boys

That's AWESOME. It doesn't look dangerous to me at all. What a cool dad. My dad made me & my brother a go-cart when we were kids and I loved it. Well the first time I drove it he hadn't hooked up breaks yet, it went way faster than it should've, and I crashed into a light post at the end of the sidewalk. But he improved it and it was FUN! I don't see what's so dangerous looking about the mini "roller coaster". It's not like some hillbilly put it together out of junk. The dad knows what he's doing and obviously put it together very carefully :) Go dad!

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

Really cool! I dunno if I'd have made it 12 ft high, 6 ft high would be high enough for a 3 yr old.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Oh my goodness! This is beyond AWESOME!!! Are you kidding me with all the safety nonsense? Weren't you ever a kid? Didn't you ever ride your bike down the stairs in front of the library, or down that massive sled hill? For that matter, didn't you ride your sled down that iced-over sled hill? Standing on a toboggan?


I did. All of those things. And I started them when I was a little kid. We worried a little about falling, but you know what? Falling meant hugs from mom, and a chocolate chip cookie to go along with the band-aid on your knee. And a torn pair of jeans as a trophy.


Kids today are SO incredibly sheltered in the name of "safety". They don't know HOW to fall anymore. When we were kids, we'd have been riding that thing all day and half the night, and if we fell, we'd have tucked into a little ball, because we knew what to do to protect ourselves. Now? Hah!! "Oh my gosh! Helmets! Elbow Pads! Knee Pads!! BUBBLE WRAP!!"


Let the kids be kids.

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