Creating A Kid Friendly Backyard

making your backyard more kid friendly this summer

Creating a kid-friendly backyard is a wonderful way to encourage outdoor play, imagination, and family bonding. Whether you have a sprawling lawn or a cozy urban courtyard, here are some delightful ideas to transform your outdoor space into a safe and fun haven for your children:


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  1. Play Structures and Swing Sets:

    • Swing Sets: Consider installing a swing set with swings, slides, and monkey bars. Swing sets come in various sizes and designs, from simple wooden frames to elaborate play structures.
    • Climbing Wall: Build a rock climbing wall for physical activity and strength-building. You can add it to an existing play structure or create a standalone wall in an open area of your yard.
    • Tire Swing: A classic tire swing hanging from a sturdy structure adds timeless fun to your backyard. Kids love the sensation of swinging through the air!
  2. Chalkboard Wall:

    • Paint a section of your fence or an outdoor wall with chalkboard paint. Kids can unleash their creativity by drawing, writing, and playing games on the chalkboard. It’s a fun way to combine art and outdoor play.
  3. Fire Pit:

    • Involve the whole family in building a fire pit. Gather around the fire for s’mores, storytelling, and bonding. Teach older kids about fire safety and responsible fire management.
35 Family-Friendly Backyard Designs
  1. Nature-Friendly Features:

    • Bee and Butterfly Garden: Plant tall-blooming annuals and perennials to attract bees and butterflies. Add whimsical touches like oak-log stools (known as a “stumpery”) where kids can sit and explore.
    • Bird Baths and Feeders: Encourage nature exploration by placing bird baths or feeders in your yard. Kids can observe birds and learn about different species.
  2. Shaded Areas:

    • Create shaded spots using pergolas, umbrellas, or trees. Shade protects kids from the sun during hot days and provides a cozy nook for reading or imaginative play.
  3. Splash Pad or Water Play Area:

    • If you have space, consider installing a small splash pad or water play area. Kids can run through sprinklers, play with water toys, and cool off on warm days.
  1. Outdoor Art and Crafts Station:

    • Set up an outdoor art corner with easels, paints, and brushes. Let kids express themselves through painting and other creative activities.
  2. Stepping Stones and Pathways:

    • Lay stepping stones or create pathways using colorful pavers. Kids can hop from stone to stone, play hopscotch, or follow the path on adventures.

Remember, involving kids in the design process makes them feel valued and excited about their backyard. Whether it’s a swing set, a chalkboard wall, or a bee-friendly garden, these kid-friendly features will turn your yard into a magical space where imaginations soar!

Long Fence has delivered dependable, quality service to customers in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. metro area since 1945. When you work with Long® Fence, you work with experts who have hundreds of years of combined experience in residential, commercial, and governmental projects. They are here to help you complete your next project and get you one step closer to your dream, outdoor space.

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Magazine & Events Manager at Sass Magazine

Katy is an entrepreneur, a social media know it all, and a lover of all the vintage things. She started Katy's Flower Wagon in 2020, having recently sold that business to pursue other creative endeavors. She has been working with Sass Magazine as well as local businesses as a social media manager. You can catch her around town snapping pictures, collaborating with local businesses, and working on all things Sass!
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