Remember the many childhood hours you spent swinging in the park and climbing the jungle gym? You can create the same kind of fun for your kids, in your own backyard. A simple swing set kit includes A-frames, brackets, hanging rings and swings. A mature tree with a strong branch also makes a great hanger for a single swing. You could make that one big enough for adults to have a little fun as well.
Play forts include a variety of climbing and sliding options for children. These play structures look like a tree house on a deck surrounded by ladders, climbing walls and a slide or two. Elaborate play forts might include a kids' swing set, monkey bars and a rope ladder. These offer hours of fun for several kids playing together. A canvas or wooden roof over the fort provides a little shade for tiny tots. Provide added safety from those inevitable falls by installing your playground set on the lawn.