8 Outrageously Cool Swings & Hide-Outs That Will Keep Your Kids Outside. All. Summer. Long.
Do you ever find that there comes a time every summer, where kids are just kinda over being outside? That’s when the “I’m borrrrrred”s start to happen. And that’s when you try to shoo them outside while your reminders that they won’t get this free time come September falls on deaf ears.
So how about a pre-emptive strike to the “I’m borrrred”s by setting up your backyard with some ridiculously cool contraptions that your kids will want to play on (or in) all summer long. They’ll never want to go back inside. Like, ever.
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If your little surfer dude (or dudette) likes to surf, skateboard, snowboard or simply feel like they’re flying, they’re going to love the Swurfer. Sure you can sit on it like a regular swing, but when you stand up and grasp the handles, that’s when the real fun begins. Attach to your swing set, under a deck or from a tree and swurf away. Totally radical.
Recommended for ages 6+; holds up to 250lbs
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We’ve seen the magic of these HugglePods first hand – they seem to have a powerful force field that pulls kids inside, levitates them, and captures them for hours. With a comfy bottom cushion, 3 porthole windows, flap door and LED lights inside, we’d never want to leave either! Hang it from their favorite outdoor spot over a sturdy tree branch or pole, or from the HugglePod Crescent Stand.
Recommended for ages 4+; holds up to 250lbs
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End the squabbles over who gets to swing first with this awesome curved platform swing that can support 4 kids (yes, miracles do happen). Pile them on and they can sit, stand or even lie down for an Aladdin-style magic carpet adventure.
Recommended for ages 5+; holds up to 400lbs
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Slackers Zipline Hawk Series
Would your kid like to have an amusement park ride in their own backyard? Yeah, thought so. With 2 strong trees and this zipline kit, they can come pretty darn close. Your kids can zip through the air with their feet just a few feet off the ground, while you sit back with your feet up too.
Recommended for ages 8+, holds 250lbs
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Hanging Lounge Chair
Tell your kids to “take a breather” on this floating chair and they’ll actually listen. Designed to fit the natural curves of their body, they’ll love hanging out (quite literally) on it, or taking it for a swing.
Recommended for ages 4+, holds 200lbs
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MONSTER WEB SWING
Is your backyard play set getting a little stale? Hook up this spider-web like swing and watch it come back to life. Kids can ride on their bellies for a thrilling ride, sit up for a leisurely swing, or simply relax on the comfy netting. Up to 3 riders at a time means more inclusive-play and less fighting.
Holds up to 250lbs.
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Club Fun Hanging Rope Hammock Chair
Just looking at this cozy hammock chair makes us want to curl up with a good book outside in the sunshine. It will have the same affect with your kids – they won’t ever want to get out, which means you may have to buy more than one. Hang it on an airy porch or from your swing set.
Holds up to 265lbs.
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Come on, how cool is this?! Inspired by the hanging nests of the Weaver bird, the Cacoon creates the perfect hide-away for kids to play, swing, read or hide from their younger siblings (or parents for that matter). It comes in 3 sizes and is made from weather-proof fabric. Hang it from your favorite sturdy tree, or use one of their special Cacoon Tripods. Would also make a pretty awesome seat for you to use while you watch your kids play outside (or perhaps to hide from them?)
Holds up to 440lbs
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