To me, it actually looks for a pretty limited age group (the slide, for example, seems like it would have to be pretty small). When my kids were younger we had just some of those pop up tunnels, an inflatable bounce house and one of the foldable slides. Oh, and fort building supplies.
Do you have an IKEA? They have really inexpensive indoor gym equipment (like rings & stuff). You could also make your own "rock wall" right against the wall--- just make sure you are attaching to studs! I bet you could also build something to drape play silks over and get the feel of the fort, etc.. I am not skilled at all, but it would be a really interesting idea to contact say, a local high school with a wood shop, and see if there would be some people interested in a BIG project!
Step2 makes some indoor stuff that's not so pricey - but again, you have to have the room.
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Oh, Ikea, how I miss you. Would it be wrong to plan a relocation around proximity to Ikea (and Whole Foods?)? That's not weird, right?
We have a basement that would fit a huge play set like the Cedarworks one, unfortunately there's no windows so don't like the kids spending more than a couple of minutes down there. I just love the cohesiveness of the structure. It's the design freak in me.
I'm not saying I'd fault individual parents who make that decision but to advertise it that way under the statement that "there are no guidelines for indoor play equipment" seems hugely irresponsible, given that it's not too much of a stretch to think that the standards would be the same.
I'd love to get something like that for the school where I work, but only if I had the means to install it with the same level of safety standards I'd apply if it were outdoors.
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If I had a finished basement, and were rich I'd be on that! But it does look a little limited -- probably would be perfect for a preschool coop or something because whoa, I want to climb on it!
I love Cedar Works. Right now we are living in a rented home that doesn't have the outdoor space, but once we move I'm so getting one for DD and her sibling [boy? girl] who knows! But I have fond memories of playing on our play set.
In the last few weeks I've seen ads for several wooden playsets, balance bikes, etc.
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It does look pretty though. I wish our neighborhood playground was as nice.
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My plan right now (yeah for a wood-working dh!) is to use the two slides (for wooden playsets) I found at a yard sale (still hoping I get them) for $30! to put on either side of a climbing thing. I think we'll nestle one of our toy shelves under one side, so it's fun to crawls under, and then dh can build a sort of bunkbed thingy for them to crawl all over. It's hard to type what I mean.
We won't exactly have the space either, but instead of having a boy room and a girl room, my kids are young enough we'll have a sleeping room and a playing room. One can stay tidy, and the other I can close the door. (Which works great for 2 reasons...the main one being baby dd will be safe!)
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