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Swingset Question for the Parents

I was wondering from you more seasoned parents out here whom have owned a swingset / play yard at your personal residence at one time or another if you would recommend others parents to purchase one or to stay away because most kids grow tired of it after a year or two. The question put simply is in your opinion or experience, is a quality monster swingset that cost a couple of grand invaluable or just a waste of money in most cases.

Just for a liitle background here, I currently have a one year old son and hope to have a one to two more children in the comming years.

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We got a ton of use out of ours for the first few years. If you have a kid that young, and you will be having more, by all means, get one. Get a nice one.

We went with the wood ones and loved it. Once the kids were old enough, we donated it to another family through our church.


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I had a fairly large wooden set made of treated and stained with the olympic cedar stain so it matched my real cedar fence and deck- it was less than half the cost of cedar - my kids used it for a solid 4 years, and my youngest (age 6) still would be using it if we didnt relocate 3 years ago.......

I say do it, if you put up a decent one with a clubhouse top, picnic table or sandbox underneath, rope swing, house swing and regular swings, they will use it for years, also, they seemed to like the wavy bump slide more than the original straight slide I put on it when I first built it.

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By the way those of you who are for it, any suggestions on brands much like wink posted would be greatly appreciated. What prompted this whole thing was how impressed I was with what is avaliable today when I visited a local showroom for Rainbow Play Systems http://www.rainbowplay.com/ . I was floored by the prices, but would consider it provided the kids would get use out of it for several years.

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By the way those of you who are for it, any suggestions on brands much like wink posted would be greatly appreciated. What prompted this whole thing was how impressed I was with what is avaliable today when I visited a local showroom for Rainbow Play Systems http://www.rainbowplay.com/ . I was floored by the prices, but would consider it provided the kids would get use out of it for several years.
Buy the plans and accessories, and build it yourself- those prefab ones arent as sturdy if you ask me.

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I bought the plans like this one, bought the wood myself and built it.

http://www.backyardcity.com/swing-se...g-Set-Kits.htm

Total was around $500.

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I just went through the analysis process of buying a swing set and it was between rainbow and backyard adventures (Woodland fence off route 59). A friend of ours spent 10k last year with backyard adventures and highly recommended them. Rainbow was a close runner up but backyard adventures had more structural components for less cost. And the seller for me was a wood roof instead of the cloth type roof on the rainbow sets. And to add a wood roof on the rainbow set was like a grand more! They all use a combination of ceder and redwood...but I settled in on this one for just over 3k: http://www.backyardadventures.com/ex...2H.html#mou_92

Has everything for the kids (I have a one year old and 3 year old). Monkey bars..tire swing...infant swing...slide etc.

And if your anything like me..I'd rather let the professionals install it..level it..etc. I was looking for something that would last me 10 plus years so I figured spend the money now and have no worries later.

But that's just my opinon....should be installed sometime next week.
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No matter what you get they'll grow tired of it occassionally. Its kind of a convience thing as well.

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If you have tons of cash then get one, a big one. Usually kids get tired of it pretty quick and there is no urgency to go on it because it's always there. Use a neighbors that already spent the cash.
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Do it. We bought a nice set (less than 1k) and have had it for several years. My Son is now 5 and he still loves his "Park". Family comes over, their youngins love it too.
When my Son shows some dis-interest (doesn't seem to be anytime soon), I'll be donating it to another Family.
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My Dad went cheap on the set I had as a kid...installed it himself...I think I got lockjaw from it and it pulled up from the ground while I was swinging on it.

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By the way those of you who are for it, any suggestions on brands much like wink posted would be greatly appreciated. What prompted this whole thing was how impressed I was with what is avaliable today when I visited a local showroom for Rainbow Play Systems http://www.rainbowplay.com/ . I was floored by the prices, but would consider it provided the kids would get use out of it for several years.
My wife would not go for a treated lumber (oooh, poisonous slivers) Rainbow unit so we got a big ceder one the kids used for years.

My neighbor is considering buying it now but he is too cheap I think. So if you have a pickup truck and a few bills you can come and get ours. I think a couple of pieces need to be replaced cuz some wood bees had a field day a few years ago but Rainbow is just up 41 in Highland Park.
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Well so far it seems like the concensus here is mostly possitive, with no one chiming in that they did regret the decision to purchase one, which eases my mind if my wife and I choose to proceed with this. If the kids have periods of being boared with it I can understand, I just don't want to hear stories of people that spent $10K and their kids played on it for six months and the set just sat their for the next six years untouched.

If we are going to do anything, I am going to look into other systems, now that I have a few more places to look thanks to you guys. The one thing I did like about the Rainbow stuff was that I can buy the basic set up and add modules at a later time if the kids get boared and want more.

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Well so far it seems like the concensus here is mostly possitive, with no one chiming in that they did regret the decision to purchase one, which eases my mind if my wife and I choose to proceed with this. If the kids have periods of being boared with it I can understand, I just don't want to hear stories of people that spent $10K and their kids played on it for six months and the set just sat their for the next six years untouched.

If we are going to do anything, I am going to look into other systems, now that I have a few more places to look thanks to you guys. The one thing I did like about the Rainbow stuff was that I can buy the basic set up and add modules at a later time if the kids get boared and want more.
As I said, I have a Rainbow that is the basic cedar "club house series" with monkey rail with 2 swings, under-tire option, trapeze and slide for sale cheap...
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As I said, I have a Rainbow that is the basic cedar "club house series" with monkey rail with 2 swings, under-tire option, trapeze and slide for sale cheap...
WTF! What am I gonna do now when I drop bye for a visit?
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Well that deal just went down the drain, I can't leave a fellow board member on the streets without his monkey bars and slide to play with

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Well so far it seems like the concensus here is mostly possitive, with no one chiming in that they did regret the decision to purchase one, which eases my mind if my wife and I choose to proceed with this. If the kids have periods of being boared with it I can understand, I just don't want to hear stories of people that spent $10K and their kids played on it for six months and the set just sat their for the next six years untouched.
If I spent 10 G's on it, I would MAKE them play with it until they were going off to college!

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If I spent 10 G's on it, I would MAKE them play with it until they were going off to college!
I wasn't looking to spend that, but I will tell you if I did I would be telling JR that you have two choices here, go play on your jungle gym or go to work and pay daddy back for it.

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