An indoor playground can provide a safe area to play during wet or cold weather or when a trip to the neighborhood park is just not in the cards. Your indoor playground can be made of one large set or of several movable parts. The key idea is to have a place for the kids to play, use imagination and even get a little exercise.
Indoor Playground Equipment
There are plenty of companies that sell high quality indoor playground equipment that can be set up quickly and moved. While you can certainly build your own playground equipment, think twice before building permanent structures unless you run a daycare or child care center from your home.
Before purchasing or assembling equipment, think about where you are going to be housing it. Will this be a permanent structure or a temporary one? Are your kids large enough for an elaborate system, and will they quickly outgrow it?
Plan out your area, whether the garage, an extra room or a closed-in porch. Evaluate the space to determne where the equipment will go and how it will be configured.
There are plenty of different types of equipment you could choose, including inflatable pieces and plastic panels. There are pieces designed for children to climb, rock wall systems, sand boxes, see-saws, playhouses, slides, small swings, tunnels, ladders and poles.
Measure the room and begin drawing the actual system on graph paper. This will help you visualize it a little better before actually purchasing anything. Keep in mind the things your kids like and how the play.
Leave enough room to walk around safely and comfortably, and make sure there is enough space between the equipment and any windows, walls or doors.
When you are ready to assemble the indoor playground equipment, lay down the rubber floor tiles. This will provide a softer cushion for the kids in case they fall.
Refer to your drawing as you put the pieces together and position them in place. Make sure there is enough room to walk around now that the actual physical pieces are in the room. If not, then make some slight adjustments to ensure freedom of movement and safety.
Now that the basic structures are in place, you can add the other elements like chairs, benches and a place for the adults to sit while the kids are playing. Consider adding chests or shelves for storing toys when not in use.
Never leave a child unattended, even in a room dedicated to indoor playground equipment. Once everything is in place, let the kids in and enjoy.