Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Play


Now that summer has arrived, the backyard is the central spot for family activities. Here’s a roundup of unique spaces for outdoor play that break the traditional mold to bring the fun to a whole new level!

  • Kiddie Car Wash 1 of 8
    Kiddie Car Wash
    How about a backyard car wash for keeping cool during the hot days of summer? (via
  • Nest Treehouse 2 of 8
    Nest Treehouse
    Why constrain your ideas to the traditional concept of a playhouse? This lovely little nest in a Virginia farm garden creates a natural space for children to gather and share secrets. (via
  • Backyard Skate Ramp 3 of 8
    Backyard Skate Ramp
    Give your kids a safe place to skate with a backyard half-pipe! This example from a family home in Australia sports a super fun paint scheme. (via
  • Cabana Mezzanine Playhouse 4 of 8
    Cabana Mezzanine Playhouse
    A garden mezzanine provides the ideal spot for summer stargazing. French website provides detailed DIY instructions—unfortunately they're only available in French, so you may need a little help from Google Translate.
  • Backyard Theater 5 of 8
    Backyard Theater
    This backyard theater by playhouse designer Barbara Butler provides the perfect setting for children to host their productions. (via
  • Gypsy Wagon 6 of 8
    Gypsy Wagon
    A gypsy wagon provides the perfect spot for little gypsies to gather. (via
  • Giant Chess Set 7 of 8
    Giant Chess Set
    The giant chess pieces in this backyard chess set provide a surreal setting for a child's imagination to run wild. (via
  • Sunken Trampoline 8 of 8
    Sunken Trampoline
    A sunken trampoline like this one by Sixx Design takes care of most of the safety issues that plagued trampolines in the past. (via


Build your own sunken trampoline with DIY instructions that can be found here!


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