Great-Looking, Rust-Proof Play Equipment for Your Yard

K. Emily Bond
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rusty swingset backyard

Just because you’re a parent, that doesn't mean you have to junk up your lawn in the name of swing-time summer fun. Bid farewell to pink plastic slides and ugly, rusty swing sets. Say hello to cedar wood play centers, gazebos, cabanas, and more.

Here are some great-looking play equipment ideas for turning your backyard into the envy of the neighborhood.

play loft woodWelcome to the Play Loft of Your Dreams
This gazebo-centric play system from HomePlace Collection is lovely, quaint, and built by some of the best craftsmen in the nation, the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

It is pricey though, starting at $2,861. But my, oh my, isn’t it pretty?

 

 

 

 

walmart swing setNow for a Little Adventure
Available from Walmart, this playset is a much better bargain at $499. That means you can afford to focus on your landscaping while your kids swing on this eco-friendly cedar wood swing set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

leaf shaped tree swingAdd a Splash of Color
How about a leaf-shaped tree swing from Sassafras Enterprises? It's super-cute, stylish, and affordable at just $23. Hang it outside on a sturdy tree branch or inside from a ceiling rafter. It also comes in Ladybug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sand box water table pool wadingCabana-rama
This pint-sized cabana from Magic Cabin ($420) was crafted from the solid pines of Austria. The full set features a vinyl roof to shield kids from the sun and comes with an easy-hideaway sandpit as well as an insert to convert the sandpit to a wading pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of backyard play equipment do you have for your kids?

 

Images via ...-Wink-.../Flickr; HomePlace Collection; Walmart; Amazon; Magic Cabin

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