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My sister and her husband have 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren living close by. To keep them entertained when they visit brother-in-law created this area we call the Childrens Resort.

There are lots of inexpensive ideas here anyone could try.

Children's Resort

Childrens Resort

This is an overview of the area – it is a small wooded area not far from the patio where the parents gather so it is easy to keep an eye on the kids while the play.

Every resort needs at least one hammock. This one has been in place for 5 years now and has even been left out most of the winter some years. It comes in two sizes and is made of polyester sports net and is perfect for areas like this. Note the wood chips on the ground beneath the hammock – they are there to create a soft landing spot in case anyone falls out. Usually Granddad 🙂 . Wood chips have also been used under the swings as well.

Sandbox Area

Sandbox Area

The sandbox play area is just a load of sand dumped in a suitable spot. There are enough toys stored there to keep the cats out and the free form of the area encourages the kids to play “outside the box”.

Although the trees provide a lot of shade the sun does peek through and is a problem when the leaves are gone, in the spring and fall. So the next step will be to install a couple of shade sails. It will be easy here because we can custom make them to go from tree to tree and simply attach them to the trees.

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