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i'm debating whether to even look into a wooden play set (like Cedar Works or the Rainbow set on costco--I think those are the names) for our soon-to-be backyard. We have a nearly 4 year old DS. We are waiting for our second child (adopting from China). We plan to get a dog in the not-too-distant future. We will have a fenced in yard of decent size. We already have a sandbox and do a blow-up pool in the summer. . . .<br><br>
On one hand, it seems like it would be very convenient. On the other hand, there are excellent parks within walking distance. Is it better to go to the park, be social, participate in the communty and not have the easy out of the backyard? Or is it better to be able to hang out at home, especially if the younger kid is napping, etc? Also those things are darn expensive. So that's a factor.<br><br>
Any one have one of these sets? What do you think?
 

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We decided not to get one because we have a nice park two blocks away. I als think having one limits your backyard play options. And, the dog needs room to run and play with the kids. Plus, they are awfully expensive.<br><br>
Maybe a compromise and just a basketball hoop or something smaller. We have a mini bball hoop on a brick pad next to the sandbox. Plenty of fun.
 

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We have a swing set, not the large wooden ones but just the swings/slide/hanging bar. We have a park and the school both 4 houses away from us. The girls play more in our yard than they do at the park/school. When I had little ones that still napped it was alot easier to put the older ones outside to play than to go to the park.<br><br>
We do have a dog, and I'll foreworn you, get a different pool unless you are going to let all the air out after each use. Dog nails & blow up pools = holes & no pool.lol<br><br>
We have a large dog, an Old English Sheepdog. We never take her for walks or to the park. The kids play with her in the backyard & there is plenty of room for them to all play & run back there. The reason we don't take her for walks is she doesn't need them. She runs enough in our backyard. She's almost 10 and this is the first year she's had fat on her and I'll come off by fall.
 

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We have a smaller (2 swings, small fort and 10-foot slide) cedar jungle gym, and we love it. It IS better to go to the park, but there are lots of days when they want to go swing and slide and I just don't have it in me to get them there, watch them like a hawk (our park has a VERY enticing stream and footbridge over to a wooded area and soccer fields), make small talk etc. For example, the other day we were out running errands and came home in time to make dinner. They were feeling cooped up and wanted to play, but I had to start cooking. I was able to start up the food and sit downstairs on the patio going through the mail while they ran themselves ragged on the jungle gym <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's really nice to be able to do things at home while they play too.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br><br><br>
We are saving up to get a swing set. I actually just spent all morning looking on-line to find one we want. I was coming here to post about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I love the <a href="http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11189673&search=swaing&Sp=S&Mo=12&cm_re=1-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&N=0&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=All&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=swaing&Ntt=swaing&No=2&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1" target="_blank">one at costco</a> but dang that is a lot of money. <a href="http://www.willygoat.com/catalogsingle.asp?productID=28231" target="_blank">This</a> is one that looks do-able. <a href="http://www.willygoat.com/catalogsingle.asp?productID=32315" target="_blank">This one</a> would be even more fun! <a href="http://www.willygoat.com/catalogsingle.asp?productID=28228" target="_blank">This</a> is about what our price rage is.<br><br>
We don't have a park that is very close. The one that is with-in walking distance (but still quite a walk) is not very safe.<br><br>
We are actually not looking forward to eing "the" house that all the neighbourhood kids go to. We have a ahrd enough time as it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We had swing sets when I was a kid and they got A LOT of use... the second one we had was in a giant sandbox that my dad made and we played on that all of the time. Someday when we have a house, I hope we can get one for our kids. They sure have gotten nicer (wood vs. plastic and metal) since my day.
 

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For us, depends on the kid. Our oldest never seemed to miss not having one. Our youngest seemed to NEED it desperately though. We got it for him last year, and use it A LOT. He is just so incredibly active all the time.
 

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We have a large backyard and the nearest decent park is a 10 minute drive so we are getting one soon. Also, baby #3 is coming soon and when I am busy nursing/changing dipes/etc etc this summer it will give my kids something to do in the yard. No dog here but its a big yard so it wouldnt really matter. We will spend probably $700 or so... I am all for the big huge ones but we dont want to spend a fortune because we plan to move in a year-year and a half.
 

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Certainly we do both! We entertain in the backyard so that is a good use of the play equipment, and they usually have "outside time" each spring/summer/fall night after supper, and may go play in the backyard really any time. But they also go to one of the local playgrounds many mornings. I think little ones should be outside as much as possible.
 

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Our Sunray saves us! We go to the park, too, but it's awfully handy to take the boys and the dog in the backyard for some together time. We've got a toddler swing up in place of one of the manufacturer's swings so we can swing both kids at once. If I'm lucky, I can push real hard then go flop in the hammock for a few minutes...
 

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We are getting one, there is a small little park a 10 minute walk away, it's just a small one our subdivision put in. I really need to be to send DD1 out to play for a while when I'm busy with DD2.
 

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We have a rainbow play system and love it. It keeps the girls busy and we are able to go on the slide and swings too. We have the playhouse underneath and my girls love playing house in it. We have friends who have the options where there are more climbing areas and I like that too. We built ours so that we can add on the tornado slide in the future if we want. It was money well spent.
 

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My husband has put a few of these together over the years. Take into consideration that it takes some skill to put together and you will need a truck to haul it home from Costco. You need several feet of clearance on all sides and a safe play surface underneath of several inches of sand or play gravel.<br><br>
They do seem to be durable because we have kids on it all the time and they never run out of ideas of what to do next.<br><br>
We live on an acre in a country subdivision and we don't have the option of walking to the park.
 

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Dh wanted to get one of those a while back, the smaller ones, but I do not like them personally. I prefer the park. I am also a bit of a minimalist, as I want ds to play with little things, mostly natural and simple toys. I do not like to overstimulate him with loads of stuff to do, he has to come up with things to do in the garden by himself, this way his imagination has more room to grow in my opinion. I have to add though, that we have a sandbox, a swing and a small slide for him and a large backyard with lots of trees and bushes where he can go and explore on a daily basis, which he loves to do.
 

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We had always planned NOT to get a playset, since we have a great park a five minute walk away. But, we had the chance to buy the Costco playset at an unbelievable deal, so we went for it, and I have to say, I am really glad to have it. It attracts the kids to OUR house (which we want), and it is nice on those days where I just don't feel like being out in "public" at the park, I can sit in my jammies in my own backyard with my coffee <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We often have playdates at our house, and my friends with 3 or 4 kids like being able to relax a bit more at my house than the park. We are expecting #3 this summer, so I'm sure I will appreciate it even more! If you can afford it, go for it!
 
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