I would consider the first day of school the official last day of summer. With that said – that does NOT mean we have to say goodbye to one of my favorite things – playing outside.
We moved into our house in January between snowstorm D and snowstorm E of the 2013 season. While most normal people think of paint colors, furniture, carpeting or home improvements all I could think of was buying a swing set for my backyard. My backyard!
After living in Manhattan for thirteen years – almost four of those with a child – I was busting at the seams to open my door and let my daughter run free. Picture the scene from Funny Farm (1988)Funny Farm but not a dog and we have a fence. I started researching swing sets immediately. Plus, a swing set is a rite of passage for a suburban kid, right? The kid plays outside, while the parent watches them from the kitchen and cooks dinner. Wasn’t there a Norman Rockwell painting of this scene?
Asking around – all roads led to Wood Kingdom – a store located in Farmingdale with a huge selection and helpful staff. After much research I decided on a customized PVC (yes PVC DY) Swing Kingdom Mountain Climber. Three swings on one side and one baby swing on the other. Plus a wave slide, rock climbing wall, monkey bars, and a rope wall. I was very excited. I mean my daughter was very excited. I kept upgrading to a bigger and better swing set eventually settling on this PVC one because it required no maintenance. Ever. That was worth paying a little more to me.
What’s that you say? I don’t have to pack a bag of stuff and/or put on shoes/pants/a bra so my kids can play on swings? Wa-hoo! Plus there’s that part about it being great exercise. Not to mention fun. Not to mention we got a hammock swing for me and that I fit on the “big girl” swings and can go so so so high! Watch me! Watch me! But I digress.
Given my daughter’s previous backyard was “going to the park” I was eager to get her new shmancy swing set installed. It was so cool when it came. A truck arrived with our partially built swing set in the back. A bunch of nice guys who had driven in from Lancaster assembled it in my backyard as we eagerly watched. And then bam it was up – out the door to play!
It has been amazing in all three seasons so far. Since it is right in our backyard my daughter can play on it even for ten minutes on a cold day just to get some fresh air and exercise. My son loves the baby swing and having the second arm to separate him makes me feel safe when my daughter has a bunch of friends over and they are rocking out on the glider (an impulse addition that is the surprising star performer) or on the monkey bars.
This swing set makes me so happy. I mean my kids so happy… I love sitting in my kitchen and watching my daughter play on it. I love inviting her friends over after school and having half a dozen kids on it and it still looking like ten more could fit. I love that I don’t have to worry about splinters or up-keep or walk to a park for some fun. I simply love this swing set.
If I put as much energy and effort into decorating my house, there would be at least one picture hung on a wall after nine months by now. But then I would have to hammer a hole into my wall – which is too much of a commitment.
If you are on Long Island, I high recommend checking out Wood Kingdom. Besides tons of wood and PVC swing sets (on super sale right now because it is the end of the season), they have play equipment, sheds, trampolines, fences, and amazing toys like Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying ClownfishAir Swimmers (a remote control fish balloon that is crazy awesome fun).
Thank you Wood Kingdom for introducing me to a great, fun, and safe product. You have become one of my favorite things!
*GIVEAWAY* Wood Kingdom has offered to give away a clown fish Air Swimmer to one lucky reader!
To win – please post in the comment section below:
What summer activity are you going to carry into the Fall?
Winner will be chosen Wednesday, September 10th.
Here is a little more on Wood Kingdom because as you know – I LOVE learning about the heritage of brands:
For over 20 years, Wood Kingdom in Farmingdale has been serving Long Island and the tri-state area. We are a family owned & operated business featuring indoor and outdoor showrooms. Offering top quality Swing-sets, Birthday Parties, Sheds, Gazebos many other great quality indoor & outdoor fun products from the industry’s best manufacturers. Our friendly and professional sales staff will be sure to find a product to match your needs. We deliver, install and maintain swing sets, trampolines, basketball systems, sheds, and gazebos in New York, Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New Jersey, Connecticut.
In addition to the Swing-sets & Sheds, Wood Kingdom offers a large selection of outdoor & educational toys by Step 2 & specialize in high quality Basketball Systems & Trampolines.
The Children’s Birthday parties are something we take great pride in. Wood Kingdoms’ birthday parties started 18 years ago and have been an indoor party industry model. The party business is a unique and ever changing concept in which we are always striving to be the best. In our clean and child friendly atmosphere your child & guests will be sure to have an enjoyable and amazing experience that will create lasting memories. Call today to schedule your child’s birthday at Wood Kingdom and be sure to take advantage of our flexible Open Play sessions.