Comments: Ugly Plastic and Ugly Yards

At least you don't have the plastic play structures INSIDE THE HOUSE like a lot of people do. So you're miles ahead of most people with kids.

Posted by NBS at May 5, 2008 03:36 PM

I know what you mean. We had a huge sand box until one day I got so fed up i ripped up the grass in one corner of the yard and dug a small hole. I then put edging along the side and dumped in a few bags of sand. It looks like it should be there now:)

Posted by Kelsey Smith at May 5, 2008 05:14 PM

Falling off of play structures and hurting oneself is a rite of passage you are unfairly denying your children.

Bear in mind I grew up in pre-paranoid Brooklyn, where we had metal monkey bars and concrete beneath to fall on. Somehow we survived the experience.

Posted by skinnydan at May 6, 2008 07:09 AM

It took me eons to learn how to slide down the bars of those old metal jungle gyms without knocking my breath out.

Posted by Janis Gore at May 6, 2008 03:07 PM

Yeah, but that's a life skill you take with you forever.

Posted by skinnydan at May 7, 2008 07:46 AM

And I wish our yard were fenced in so I could send the big boys out for a few minutes. We have a plastic 2-yr-old-type slide, a couple of plastic ride-on toys, and a fairly ugly little canopy swing (which is the one I bought- only $15!) I actually really would like a sandbox for the boys, and I've been looking at plastic ones. There are worse things!

Posted by Lenise at May 7, 2008 03:13 PM

Actually, Lenise, the worst problem with the plastic sandboxes is that children consider them too small and restricting. The lid is a really nice feature though.

Too bad I can't send our old sandbox to you guys.

Posted by Jordana at May 8, 2008 07:15 AM

Your post was great- As we become parents we sacrifice a nice landscape for our kids far too often! If you reconsider on the play structure, check us out at where we make custom, beautiful, eco-friendly, and safe swingsets for families.
Happy spring!
Liz R.

Posted by Liz Renter at May 9, 2008 07:11 AM