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Steps to Creating a Summer Fun Area

Even something as simple as installing a swing can liven up your backyard and make it a great place for kids to spend the summer.

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I played outside a lot as a kid, but nobody ever called it a "summer fun area." We had a basic swing set and a sprinkler, and I used both of them plenty in the summer months. But beyond that, we had to go down the street to the pool or just hang out in the neighborhood with our friends. The days were long, and we stayed outside for most of them until nightfall, when you could hear parents all over calling for their children to come inside.

How times have changed.

These days, parents aren't as comfortable letting their kids play unsupervised or roam their neighborhood. There might not be a neighborhood pool or park, or these facilities may not be in good condition. So why not create a safe summer fun area in your own backyard? You might immediately start envisioning costly play structures and big pools; while those are wonderful, of course, you don't have to spend a lot of money to keep your kids happy and entertained at home. With some careful planning, you can put together a summer fun area that's tailored to your children's interests and as unique as they are.

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