The snow has melted and the grass is starting to grow. Good thing, too, because after the winter freeze, spring can make anyone’s backyard look like a nightmare. It takes a bit of TLC to get your backyard and garden back into shape so that you can enjoy warm spring and summer days out there. But it’s finally time to scrub the deck, replant your garden, and treat the lawn. Soon the grass will be thick and green and the kids will have something to do other than stare at their phones.
If you want to make sure your kids are enjoying themselves outdoors this summer, put some thought into backyard fun this spring. There are plenty of ways you can get more from the outdoors with some classic backyard accessories and a few new ideas.
#1 Trampoline – Did you have a friend with a trampoline when you were growing up? You know how much fun they can be and how easy it is get kids to play on them. There are also tons of trampoline games the kids can play. It also helps that trampolines today are often considerably safer than they were in the past, thanks to nets and additional padding. Having a trampoline in the backyard is a great way to get kids active with minimal effort on your part. Just be prepared to have neighborhood kids over regularly.
#2 Pools – If you’ve got young kids, a splash pool may be all you need, but not everyone wants a splash pool lying around in their backyard. Plus, as your kids get older, it will probably be relegated to the garage for years. Inground pools are a classic option with construction costs around $10,000 depending on the yard (hitting rock can get expensive), while above ground pools are much lower cost. A pool can be a big investment, but it’s one that will pay back in dividends on those muggy summer days. Even on cooler spring and autumn days, a pool can be a useful way to burn off energy. Keep your pool warm year round by installing solar heating panels to extend your pool season
#3 Backyard Movie Projectors – Love movie nights but wish you could spend them outdoors on those balmy summer evenings? Grab the popcorn and a blanket and watch movies under the stars in your own backyard with your very own backyard movie projector. You can find screens for $100 and a digital projector is super easy to set up. If you’re worried about the neighbors, just make sure to watch your volume or invite them over.
All it takes is a bit of work this spring and you and the kids will be able to enjoy long afternoons and evenings outside. Investing in your backyard is a great way to get the kids out in the sun and away from the screens. Trampolines, pools, and backyard movie projectors also make it easier to get in more quality time that you’re always after. Start today to get your backyard ready for a summer to remember – and many summers to come. Your kids will thank you for it.