How to Prep Your Backyard as a Neighborhood Hangout for Your Kids This Summer

If you live in a close-knit community, your backyard is probably the go-to place for your kiddo and their friends in the summertime. However, you can better prep your backyard for summertime fun with the following how-to ideas.

Keep it Classic

Classic for a kid’s backyard means a playground with swings, slides, and a sandbox and/or hanging bars. Most kids love these traditional play places, so invest in one that will stand the test of time. Thick, wooden, weather-treated playgrounds are best, but classic steel playgrounds work well in a pinch. Just make sure you dig proper holes to hold the beams in place.

Build an Awesome, Deluxe Clubhouse

Clubhouses can be bought for a hefty price, or you can build your own. Get the kids involved in the blueprints and the actual build. It could be a great bonding experience, and your youngsters wind up with an awesome clubhouse/playhouse that they can proudly show off to their neighborhood friends. Include a picnic area, some organizers for books and snacks, and maybe a battery-powered radio for passing the time with those pop hits they love.

Summertime = Fun with Water

Summer equals heat and that usually means water to combat those sweltering temperatures. You can snag splash pads for a good price at most toy or retail stores. Or, you could make your own with a tarp, some suds, and a hose. Slick it down and let those kiddos take a run at a DIY slip-and-slide. There are also water balloons that makes for super-fun backyard battles with friends and family.

Provide Shade, Chilled Snacks and Drinks, and Comfortable Hangout Spots

In the summertime heat, kids and adults alike can get overheated in a heartbeat. Ergo, you need some backyard hangout spots with plenty of shade. So, bring out an ice-filled cooler of snacks and beverages (bottled water is a must), and furnish your backyard with hammocks or lounge chairs under the shade trees. If your backyard is limited on natural shade, build your own with a square of mesh and some poles in the ground. Or, consider building wooden gazebos to combat the heat and give everyone a shady, pleasant place to relax outdoors.