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  • Play Slides: 5 Things to Know

    For most children, the slide is the most exciting part of the swing set. Even for adults, zipping down the slide is an exhilarating and enjoyable moment that brings us back to childhood. Whether you're shopping for a swing set or going the DIY route, we recommend learning about the different types of play slides available. Gaining this knowledge will allow you to pick the right slide for your family.

    Here are five things we think you should know when searching for play slides:

    1. There is no standard size. If you enjoy shopping online, do remember to look beyond the photos and check out the specs. Two similar looking swing sets may appear to have play slides that are the same length, but in reality, one may be 10 feet long while another is 12 or 14. The same goes for spiral tube slides, which come in a variety of sizes too. But remember to plan for the future. The kids will outgrow a toddler slide sooner than you think!
    2. There are a few safety factors to consider. When it comes to your child's wellbeing, we suggest choosing a slide with high side walls. This is especially important if you have small children (don't forget about cousins and neighbors) playing on the swing set.
    3. Not all slides are created equally. For starters, different styles of play slides offer different assembly methods. Here at Eastern Jungle Gym, wave slides come with our compact to mid-sized residential swing sets. Our larger playsets often incorporate scoop slides, with double-wall construction. That feature is one of a few that makes them similar to commercial grade units. Wave and scoop slides offer different rides, so if possible, we advise letting the kids try both before deciding.
    4. Color is your choice. We often hear customers wonder if one color will retain less heat than another. In our 24 years' of experience, we've seen that the heat difference between colors is negligible. Choose whichever colors will look best in your backyard! If you are concerned about heat, try to find a playset spot that is shady at least part of the day.
    5. Two is better than one! Having two play slides on your swing set really does double the fun. Whether they are two of the same or one is open and one is a spiral tube slide, this is the one activity that kids are always vying for.  If your swing set simply cannot accommodate a second slide, simply swap out the old one for a new unit. The installation process is fairly simple, so you can go back and forth easily, depending on the kids' preference.

    Play slides are the crown jewel of any backyard swing sets, so do your research and find the right one. The kids will get years of use -- and countless childhood memories --  out of a high quality, age-appropriate slide.

  • Six Ways to Modify a Backyard Playset for Older Kids

    When it comes to providing outdoor fun for the little ones in the family, there's nothing better than a backyard playset. It is not uncommon for parents or grandparents to purchase one for the kiddoes once they reach a certain age. But as the kids get older, it may be necessary to make some minor adjustments to the swing set in order to keep the activities exciting and developmentally challenging. After all, a backyard playset is an investment that families should be able to enjoy for a number of years.

    If this situation sounds familiar, there are several potential modifications you can implement to make the swing set more age-appropriate. They range from simple and inexpensive to a bit more advanced. Depending on the types of activities your swing set features, here are six options to consider:

    1. Rock Climbing Wall Adjustments: Removing some of the hand holds on the backyard playset's rock wall will make the climb a bit more difficult. This will help the kids to improve their agility and upper body strength.
    2. Replace the Swings: It may seem like a no-brainer, but any infant swings or toddler swings should be replaced with traditional sling swings. Sling swings allow youngsters to work their leg muscles as they pump and soar through the air.
    3. Add monkey bars: Because monkey bars require coordination skills and athletic arms, the activity is typically reserved for older children. Adding a set of monkey bars (or, as some call it, an overhead ladder) to a backyard playset that the kids have had for a few years will make the unit seem brand new.
    4. Add a gym ring/trapeze bar comboLike monkey bars, the gym ring/trapeze bar combo is another item parents usually hold off on during their initial purchase. But once they are physically ready for the challenge, the kids love this activity. They especially have a blast hanging upside down! If you don't want to sacrifice a spot on your swing beam for this activity, you can always add a wooden accessory arm off the clubhouse as a fourth swing position.
    5. Swap out the step ladder: Replace the wooden step ladder -- which many parents opt for early on because of the surface area it offers -- for one with metal rungs. Or you could add a wooden gang plank ramp, which gives the kids a chance to jog up to the clubhouse, another great way to get their heartbeat up! 
    6. Upgrade or add a slide: It is common for moms and dads to wait on the spiral tube slide because they want to keep the tots in sight at all times. Once the children are a bit older, that reservation fades. Whether you add this type of slide or upgrade to a larger one (say the 14-foot scoop slide from a 10-foot wave slide), updating the slide gives any backyard playset a new look and feel.

    Each of these options are a great way to renew the interest in your backyard playset. Kids will be kids, and at times, that means parents need to get a bit creative to help avoid boredom. Believe it or not, even adding a new accessory toy is often enough to get the children excited again and playing on the set.

  • 9 Tips for Assembling a Wood Playset

    Building a wood playset for the kids should be nothing short of a memorable experience that involves the whole family. But sometimes this is easier said than done.

    Most of us have been in a situation where a project that should be an enjoyable opportunity for bonding and productivity slowly turns into a slightly frustrating situation because of minor mishaps. Usually this can be attributed to underestimating the scope of the project, or hitting some other sort of speed bumps -- missing a tool, stripping a screw, assembling components in the wrong direction, etc. -- along the way.

    That's why we are excited to use our 24-plus years of experience manufacturing, assembling and installing swing sets to offer some advice. Here are nine tips to help you build your family's wood playset with as few hiccups as possible!

    1. Read through product specs, features and assembly instructions, thoroughly and carefully, paying attention to any notices about the type of lumber needed for the product and the list of items included with the product. When you receive the product, lay out the pieces and compare them to the list of parts. This will save you from starting the project and then having to pause after realizing that you need a different type of lumber (for example, Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets are designed to fit kiln-dried wood) or are missing an important component (perhaps you would like to purchase stakes because the children using the set are a bit older), either because it was not part of the purchase or maybe because it was omitted in error.

    2. Pick the right location. This should be a fairly level area, away from concrete, asphalt and other hard surfaces. A rubber mulch play area is ideal. We also recommend keeping stationary components at least 6 feet from any obstructions (trees, fences, storage sheds, etc.).

    3. Give yourself enough time. We advise setting aside at least one full day for the construction of your wood playset, depending on the size of the unit, your experience with assembling wooden structures and so on. It is highly recommended that you have at least one adult there to lend assistance.

    4. Gather the required tools. For a traditional A-frame swing set, you'll need the following: 1/2" standard socket, 3/4" standard socket, standard socket wrench, electric drill, 1/4" pilot drill bit, tape measure, level, claw hammer, step ladder. Additional tools may be necessary depending on the wood playset model you have selected, but this information should be included in the instructions that come with the product.

    5. Begin the assembly on the ground. Your wood swing set will likely involve some sort of brackets. We recommend keeping these brackets on the ground as you slide in the lumber and secure the beam and posts.

    6. If you purchased a wood swing set kit, keep the boxes nearby. They could come in handy for keeping hardware organized, or for sliding the swing set into place (as this couple did in a time-lapse video showing the construction of our A-frame Cedar Bench Swing).

    7. Remember the basicsWear safety glasses; be sure to tighten and secure all lag bolts and nuts; pilot recessed holes as instructed to help maintain the integrity of the wood, etc.

    8. Keep in mind, checks (which are often mistakenly referred to as "cracks") and knot holes are normal characteristics of timbers. Do not worry if you come across these natural imperfections during setup. Checks are inevitable, as they result from the wood absorbing and releasing moisture. Typically, they do not impact the structure.

    9. Have fun! Remember, you're creating childhood memories by building your kids a beautiful backyard swing set. Make the memory a good one!

  • A Parent’s Perspective: Backyard Swing Set Benefits

    Here at Eastern Jungle Gym, we firmly believe that having a backyard swing set fosters increased physical fitness, problem-solving abilities and socialization skills, as well as improved independence. We also know that a backyard swing set is what many longtime memories are made of — hence, our slogan, “Creating Childhood Memories.” But we would be remiss if we did not mention the other family members it impacts, too: Parents.

    For moms and dads, there is a long list of milestones to look forward to between a child’s birth and his or her first birthday. Somewhere around seven, eight or nine months, the little one experiences the swing for the first time — a moment he or she will never remember, but one that mom and dad will never forget. I was so excited to put my child on the swing for the first time. Despite it being a gloomy February day, the temperature was warm enough to spend a little while outside, so away we went, snowsuit and all! It didn’t even matter that baby fell asleep after about five minutes in the swing. We had snapped a few photos and were already looking forward to next time.

    When you have a swing set right outside your back door, it is almost impossible to go even one day without using it, no matter the kids’ ages. This is why it makes sense to go with a backyard swing set that is large enough for the children to grow into. If you get something too small, they will outgrow it in no time, and you will be left making a second purchase. Your child may be too small for some of the activities initially, and that’s OK. Simply stick with the ones that are age-appropriate and work your way up. Besides, the sense of challenge that some of the activities provide will help your child develop confidence and new skills. And that means those memorable moments will keep coming as the little ones achieve more and more on their backyard swing set. Investing in a backyard swing set — whether a simple A-frame style or one with towers and multiple activities — is even becoming a popular choice for grandparents for these same reasons.

    Whether you are a mom, dad, grandparent, aunt or uncle, having playset at home is an investment in happiness. It allows the satisfaction and pride a parent feels so often during a child’s early years to be experienced by a number of other family members as they visit for get-togethers, parties and holidays. Having a backyard swing set allows mom, dad, child and others to enjoy an endless number of those special moments as the baby grows from infant to toddler and beyond.

  • Eastern Adds RI Retailer for Cedar Playsets

    Eastern Jungle Gym is pleased to announce the addition of a new authorized retailer for its cedar playsets, just in time for the 2016 spring season.

    Hearthside Fireplace & Patio of Warwick, Rhode Island has added playsets to their inventory, focusing exclusively on Eastern’s wooden swing sets. A gorgeous Dream model swing set is  is now standing in Hearthside’s huge showroom. It includes a 10-foot wave slide, clubhouse, rock climbing wall, sling swings and an added picnic table. The showroom also features fireplaces, stoves, hot tubs, fire pits, patio furniture and more.

    One of Eastern Jungle Gym's cedar playsets at Hearthside Fireplace & Patio in Ri The Dream is just one of many cedar playsets from Eastern Jungle Gym that are now available for sale at Hearthside Fireplace & Patio in Warwick, RI.

    “We’re thrilled to partner with a company that’s proven its commitment to high quality customer service and products for so many years,” said Rolf Zimmermann, Eastern Jungle Gym’s vice president of sales. “We admire Hearthside’s dedication to helping local families beautify their home’s hearth and patio. We’re very excited to help in accomplishing that goal.”

    Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets will fit in nicely with the products at Hearthside. They add to the look of any backyard, in large part because they are made from solid cedar wood. The playsets come standard with a bright tent top canopy, in either solid green, or green and yellow stripes. The slides also come in yellow or green. There are plenty of add-on and accessory options too, for those looking to customize.

    Beyond the aesthetics of Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets, customers love the fact that these backyard playgrounds are big and sturdy enough for adults to join in on the fun. Each swing set is constructed with heavy-duty hardware, high quality accessories and the patent-pending Easy 1-2-3 A-Frame Bracket.

    All Eastern Jungle Gym models—from the Classic and Straight-Base Series, to the Angled-Base and Multi-Deck—will be available for purchase through Hearthside. There are more than 70 playsets in total. Customers can also shop for an Eastern Jungle Gym swing set at EN-R-GY Saver Fireplace & Patio, a division of Hearthside Fireplace & Patio. EN-R-GY Saver is located at 1470 Washington Street in Holliston, Mass.

    Professional delivery and installation will also be available, as is financing through Wells Fargo.

    Hearthside is the second retailer to join Eastern Jungle Gym’s international network of dealers so far this year. With 23 years’ experience in the business of cedar playsets and swing sets, Eastern Jungle Gym looks forward to continuing both brick and mortar and online expansions.

    For more on Hearthside Fireplace & Patio, click here or call 800-431-6747.

  • New Dealer for Eastern Jungle Gym Cedar Swing Sets

    Northborough, MA -- Eastern Jungle Gym, a leading manufacturer of cedar swing sets for more than 23 years, is excited to announce the addition of a new retailer in Central Massachusetts.

    Backyard Adventures of Massachusetts is Eastern Jungle Gym's latest authorized specialty retailer. The store began selling Eastern’s cedar swing sets last month.

    Founded in 1986, Backyard Adventures is committed to providing its customers with high quality play equipment for the home. In addition to swing sets, the company also carries trampolines, storage sheds (in pine, cedar and vinyl), and even residential ice rinks.

    “Like Eastern Jungle Gym, Backyard Adventures is all about helping families find the perfect piece of outdoor entertainment for the little ones,” said Rolf Zimmermann, Eastern’s vice president of sales. “Just as importantly, these folks share our commitment to top-notch customer service, which is why we are so pleased about this partnership.”

    Cedar swing sets on display in Massachusetts Cedar swing sets from Eastern Jungle Gym on display at Backyard Adventures in Northborough, Mass.

    There are currently nine Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets on display at Backyard Adventures, which is located at 6 Belmont Street in Northborough. Professional installation is available, as is 12-month financing. The store is open seven days a week come spring. Customers can expect to see great deals and specials on the playsets, too.

    Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets are manufactured in Carmel, New York. The models range from the traditional Classic A-frame swing sets, to the larger Angled-Base and Straight-Base models, to the multi-deck Sky, Fantasy and Fantasy Tree House models. The swing sets are sold online, as well as at authorized retailers throughout North America.

    In total, Eastern offers more than 70 playsets. Each is made of 100-percent cedar wood, with heavy-duty hardware, high quality accessories and thru-bolt construction. They also come with a 15-year warranty.

    With a blossoming e-commerce presence and a strong network of dealers, Eastern Jungle Gym looks forward to continued growth and future expansions.

    “We expect to be ‘creating childhood memories’ for decades and decades,” Zimmermann said, “and we’re so pleased to know that Backyard Adventures shares that goal.”

    For more on Backyard Adventures, click here, or call 508-329-5151.

  • Eastern Jungle Gym Heads South for Annual Dealer Meeting

    Eastern Jungle Gym was thrilled to join one of its swing set retailers for 10-year anniversary celebrations and annual sales meetings last month.

    Rolf Zimmermann, Eastern Jungle Gym’s vice president of sales, joined the staff at Carolinas-based Liberty Storage Solutions for the gathering. The agenda for the day included special recognitions, a review of the company’s mission and core values, a roundtable discussion, a “Meet the Vendors” segment, a tour of the plant and much more.

    Plant at Liberty Storage Solutions The Liberty Storage Solutions plant.

    “It was a great opportunity for me to introduce myself and learn more about Liberty, while also sharing some of our company history and highlights,” Zimmermann said.

    Zimmermann was especially excited to put faces to names as he extended his trip and traveled to several of Liberty’s locations. There he provided training by answered questions about Eastern Jungle Gym’s cedar swing sets, discussing key product features — namely Eastern’s thru-bolt construction and patent-pending Easy 123 A-Frame Bracket —and even role playing different sales situations.

    In addition to Eastern Jungle Gym’s swing sets and storage sheds, Liberty Storage Solutions sells gazebos, carports, garages and children’s playhouses. The company came on board as an authorized, factory-direct retailer of Eastern Jungle Gym swing sets in the spring of 2015. At that time, 10 of the company’s 20 locations carried the playsets. This year, Liberty is expanding its inventory. The goal is to have swing sets on display at all locations come spring.

    Eastern Jungle Gym playset at Liberty Storage Solutions A Supreme swing set from Eastern Jungle Gym on display at Liberty Storage Solutions.

    “Last year, their best-selling Eastern Jungle Gym was the Fantasy Tree House swing set,” Zimmermann said. “We’re excited to see what this season brings, and we look forward to many successful years with Liberty.”

    Eastern Jungle Gym remains committed to growing its network of authorized swing set retailers across the United States and beyond, while maintaining a strong online presence. Click here for a full list of Eastern Jungle Gym swing set retailers.

  • The Childhood Benefits of a Backyard Playground

    For many children, a backyard playground or swing set is a dream come true. An outdoor playset gives them the opportunity to explore, learn and improve physical skills on a daily basis, without ever leaving home. As they learn and play, they are expending energy and making memories on the swings, slide, tire swing, rock-climbing wall and other activities.

    But the benefits of a backyard playground go beyond the happiness parents and family members see their kids experiencing on the swing set. Here is a list of the other childhood benefits, some known and others often overlooked, associated with owning a backyard playground:

    Helps Children Learn to Play with Others: One of the most important skills children will need during their school years -- and later on as an adult in the workplace -- is the ability to communicate and work with others. Swing sets and backyard playgrounds facilitate this because the little ones need to share and take turns when it comes to going down the slide, looking through the binoculars in the clubhouse, climbing up the ladder, and so on. By learning how to cooperate with their peers early on and simultaneously imagining and exploring together, the children are understanding and adopting important social norms.

    Helps Them Learn to Play Alone: Just as important as it is to learn to interact with others, learning to entertain oneself and be content alone is a wonderful skill for children to gain. Whether the little one is an only child or a young sibling whose brothers and sisters are much older, a swing set gives him or her many activities to keep busy. Displaying independence at such a young age is a good indication that the child may continue to nurture this skill as he or she grows.

    Helps Develop Muscles: Who doesn’t want their child to be strong and healthy? A swing set or backyard playground allows little ones to be just that. With more than 23 years in the business, we have seen a common scenario play out: a new wooden swing set is installed, and the parents of young children are quietly hesitant because of the size of the playset. By the end of the day, that hesitation is gone because they see how quickly their children pick up the new activities. As they master these challenges — swinging, climbing, hanging, pushing, etc. — they develop upper body strength, leg strength and more.

    Helps Develop Motor Skills: With all the activities the average backyard playground offers today, there are endless opportunities to work on grasping, hand/eye/foot coordination, balance, jumping ability, hanging strength, and more. We always recommending choosing a swing set that is large enough to grow with your family, so there are opportunities to develop different motor skills at different ages (think learning how to step as a young toddler to becoming an expert on the monkey bars just a few years later). Some of the abilities children develop on their swing set will help them grow into athletes, too.

    Encourages Physical Activity: With all of the devices available to little ones today, it's important to instill a love of movement and a love of the outdoors. There are enormous benefits to simply being outside (see this article and this article for specifics that range from the importance of Vitamin D to mental health improvements to advantages for vision and sight). A backyard playground will get the kids out of the house each day for years to come. What a wonderful way to get them to exercise without even really knowing it! The benefits of a swing set may be even greater if your child attends a school where recess has started to dwindle away in recent years.

    It’s important to remember that all of these benefits work alongside the number-one reward of having a backyard playground for the kids, which is the happiness they feel anytime they play on it. What sorts of positive effects has your home swing set had on your children? Tell us in the comments. And don’t forget to check out this blog, which discusses the impact swing sets have on self-esteem and problem-solving skills.

    Thanks for reading and happy playing!

  • Growing Family Wins Swing Set Giveaway

    The winner of Eastern Jungle Gym's 2015 Holiday Swing Set Giveaway is a New Hampshire woman with several nieces and nephews, all 8 years old and younger -- and a baby on the way.

    Carly Daring will receive the Classic Cedar Swing Set, which retails for $999.

    "I was really excited," Carly said, recalling when she heard the news that she won the swing set giveaway. "It's our first house and we always have family over, so we'll have it set up in the yard and our nieces and nephews will be able to use it. And then our son will be able to use it down the road."

    With three swing positions, the Classic Cedar Swing Set offers the flexibility of swapping out the standard swings for others (such as the horse glider swing for two). Carly is already thinking of adding an infant swing, such as the full bucket swing, until her son is old enough to transition to a half-bucket swing or sling swing.

    Winner of Eastern Jungle Gym's Holiday Swing Set Giveaway Carly Daring is the winner of Eastern Jungle Gym's Holiday Swing Set Giveaway.

    "Either way," she said, "I am sure it will get a lot of use for many years!"

    The Classic Cedar Swing Set comes complete with two sling swings and a gym ring/trapeze bar combo. Made of 100-percent solid cedar wood, the swing set relies on heavy duty hardware, patent-pending 1-2-3 A-Frame brackets and thru-bolt construction. The other playsets in the Classic series feature the bench swing, three-chain tire swing, the full-bucket swing and more.

    The contest was run by Housewife on a Mission, as part of a larger giveaway hop that ran from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18. Eastern Jungle Gym holds giveaways and contests several times a year, and past prizes have included swing set accessory bundles and Dream swing sets. For information on upcoming giveaways, follow Eastern Jungle Gym on FacebookTwitter and Google Plus.

  • Eastern Jungle Gym Swing Set Arrives at African Orphanage

    South Sudan, Africa — Children at an orphanage in Terekeka have a new Eastern Jungle Gym swing set.

    The Fantasy playset was installed at a Harvesters Reaching the Nation orphanage. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children in isolated areas of the globe. Harvesters Reaching the Nation currently serves about 200 orphans in South Sudan, according to its website.

    Children at African orphanage playing on Eastern Jungle Gym swing set Children at an South Sudan orphanage in Africa play on an Eastern Jungle Gym swing set.

    As soon as the setup was complete, it was clear that the wooden cedar swing set was a hit. The kids wasted no time exploring their new playground and sharing laughs as they swung through the air, zipped down the slide, climbed through the clubhouses and scaled the rock climbing wall.

    "Seeing a photo of those children enjoying themselves on an Eastern Jungle Gym swing set is just about as rewarding as it gets," said Rolf Zimmermann, Vice President of Sales for the company. "It's amazing to think of all the places where we have helped create childhood memories over the last 23 years."

    The Fantasy is part of Eastern Jungle Gym’s Multi-Deck Series, which incorporates multiple towers, clubhouses, playhouses, slides, swings and more. With of all its activities, the Fantasy is one of many Eastern Jungle Gym playsets that can easily accommodate a large group of children varying in ages. The Fantasy features three clubhouses (two covered and one uncovered), a wave slide, a spiral slide, double-wide monkey bars, a tire swing and a rock climbing wall.

    Eastern Jungle Gym's Straight-Base and Angled-Base series are also able to entertain several children at once. These swing sets offer a single play deck with multiple swing positions on the swing beam, a slide, a rock climbing wall and a variety of other activities: tire swing, picnic table, sandbox, horse glider swing and so on.

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