Advantages of Outdoor Fitness Stations

Think an outdoor fitness station would be a great addition to your local park, but want to understand the advantages?

In this article, we break down the advantages of an outdoor fitness station in a public space and how the team at Kidzspace can help you.

What Are the Benefits of Installing Outdoor Fitness Stations

There are many advantages to installing outdoor fitness equipment in your local park. Let’s explore this further:

Improves Physical Health & Stabilises Mood 

We all know that recent research indicates that people who exercise on a regular basis have improved physical health and are potentially happier (or at least a little less anxious) than those who don’t. Therefore, installing fitness stations in your neighbourhood will presumably make residents healthier and happier.

Provides Fresh Air

Working out is good exercise but the false temperature controls of air conditioning and heaters aren’t that great – especially in a smaller space like a gym.

Providing an option for people to work out outdoors, while still using specialist equipment like that found at a fitness precinct allows people to maintain their health and get fresh air – something they may not have access to if cooped up in an office Monday to Friday.

Saves Residents Money

Everyone is looking for ways to cut costs these days, so paying for a gym membership monthly or weekly may be something people have to let go of.

By providing a facility such as a free outdoor fitness station at your local park, you’re allowing residents to save money whilst improving their health and wellbeing.

Promotes Socialisation & Creates Community

One of the great things about gyms is the people you meet and the community that develops as a result of attending on a regular basis. This is something you can also foster by installing outdoor fitness equipment in a public space.

Invites Change of Routine

Want to appeal to those who work from home? By installing an outdoor fitness station in your neighbourhood, you give those residents somewhere to go and a way to mix up their routine on their lunch break or downtime from the humdrum of their 9 to 5 commitments.

Eco Friendly

More and more Councils and environmental groups are looking for eco-friendly facilities to install in their communities or regions. Outdoor fitness stations aren’t a drag on the environment and still provide the equipment or facilities residents need.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in outdoor play equipment and fitness stations that both children and adults  love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your local park.

Ready to install an outdoor fitness station near you? Get in touch with the experts at Kidzspace today to find out more. 

How to Design a Tween Playground

Planning a public playground that will appeal to tweens but don’t know where to start?
In this article, we’ll discuss the important considerations to make when designing a tween playground, and how Kidzspace can help.

Factors to Consider When Designing a Playground for Tweens

Before you start designing the ultimate public tween playground, there are many things you need to consider if you want it to be effective and popular. In this section, we’ll talk about them in more detail.

Theme & Age Group 

While having a specific theme, like underwater creatures or pirates may have been appropriate for a playground aimed at younger children, tweens are likely to be turned off by such things.

Think about the demographic you’re appealing to and what it is they like, because when designing a tween playground, it probably won’t be a pirate  or animal  themed area (but if it is, that’s OK).  

Type of Equipment & How it’s Used 

The type of equipment you install for a playground aimed at four year olds will be vastly different to that you install for tweens. Rather than castles and ships, it might be more appealing to have equipment that is challenging and encourages strength and mobility training:

– group swings
– agility or balance equipment

– climbing nets
– ziplines or monkey bars

Allow for Freespace

Tweens are likely to have their own ideas about what they want from a park and the kinds of things they want to do at the playground. As such, it’s necessary to create a separate space where they can explore such creativity with ball games and other team or solo sports.

Spectator Areas

Not all tweens go to the park or playground to actually use the equipment. Sometimes, it’s enough for them to be in the same space as others their age.

Therefore, you should make sure to include spectator areas, where tweens can watch the activity happening around them, without feeling pressured to participate.

Accessibility 

When designing any type of playground – either for tweens, toddlers or anyone in between – accessibility for those who are disabled or use mobility equipment is incredibly important.  This includes ramps, rubber matting, accessible toilets and the like so no one is left out.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in play equipment and playgrounds that children and tweens love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your school.

Get started with designing your tween playground by getting in touch with our experts at Kidzspace today. 

Advantages of Playgrounds in Schools

Want to install a slide in your playground, but need to know more  about the benefits of doing so?

In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of installing slides in your public playground, and how the experienced team at Kidzspace can help.

Benefits of Slides in Playgrounds

The advantages of having a slide in your public playground. In this section, we’ll break down some of the most common reasons they are so popular.

Promotes Creativity

Public playgrounds and slides in particular tap into the need for unstructured play. This improves your child’s creativity as they dream up new ways to go down the slide safely and develop games with other children.

Increases Physical & Mental Health

Using playground equipment like slides for as little as 30 minutes a day has been known to increase physical and mental health – much in the same way regular exercise does in adults.

It is also useful from a mental standpoint. It increases endorphins and lowers anxiety while improving mood.

Improves Spatial Awareness

Spatial awareness is something we learn over time. By encouraging children to use the slide, they develop such skills quicker – like learning to put your feet down at the bottom of the slide to prevent falling off.

Facilitates Communication

Children are more likely to communicate with others when they are around children their own age. One place they are likely to meet others is in the queue to use the slide.

Meets Developmental Goals

Are your children meeting their developmental goals? One way to ensure this is happening is to encourage playing on slides. Research suggests that doing so improves:
– balance
– coordination
– strength and flexibility
– sleep patterns

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in play equipment and slides that children love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your school.

Get started with designing your school playground by getting in touch with our experts at Kidzspace today. 

Looking to install a commercial playground, but don’t know how much it will cost you?

In this article, our experts will take you through the factors you need to consider when estimating the cost of your playground and how the team at Kidzspace can help.

Factors That Influence the Cost of Your Playground

It can be difficult to estimate how much your playground will cost, largely because there are a number of different factors that will influence the price. In this section, we’ll discuss some of the most important things you need to consider:

Equipment & Material

Generally speaking, you can spend between 50 and 60 percent of your budget on equipment, which is why choosing the right equipment for your playground is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

At Kidzspace, we pride ourselves on offering our clients quality equipment at an affordable price – regardless of how small (or large) your budget is.

Licences & Permits

When building a commercial playground, you may find that you require specific licensing or permits. This is something you’ll need to factor in when it comes to organising your budget and how much you can expect to pay.

Labour & Accessibility

How much labour is involved in the design and installation of your playground is also something that will no doubt affect the cost. For instance, if accessibility is limited, your installation team may have to devise creative ways to get around those barriers, or it simply might take them longer.

You will also need to determine things like the cost of site preparation when setting up your budget.

Design & Turn Around Time

The design you opt for and how quickly you need the work to be completed is also something that will influence the price. You may find, for instance, that a more complex design required in a rush may cost you more than one with a straight-forward design and relaxed timelines.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in quality equipment for public parks and playgrounds.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground.

Want high quality commercial playground equipment that won’t break the bank? Get in touch with our experts at Kidzspace to find out how we can help.  

Designing a playground for your local park but don’t know how to go about it? Our experts will talk you through it.

In this article we’ll talk about the most important things you need to consider when designing the perfect public playground, and how the experienced team at Kidzspace can help with all your requirements.

Things to Consider When Building a Public Playground

There are a few things you need to factor in when designing or building an outdoor fitness station. Here we’ll go through some of the most important:

Age & Abilities

What age is your target demographic? Do you intend to appeal to a specific age group, or those of all ages and abilities? In either case, you need to ensure that the equipment, location and facilities are suited to your preferred audience

Location & Terrain

Have you got an ideal location in mind for where you’d like to install your playground? When you do, you’ll have to scope out the terrain and figure out things like where you’re going to have shady areas, if it’s suitable for your favourite equipment and if there are any major drainage or planning issues you have yet to consider.

Permits

Building in a commercial space like a public place like a park, there are usually some types of permits or licensing you will need to obtain. This is something you will need to think of when in the initial design stages of your playground.

Design

Designing a playground is more involved than most people expect, so if you find the process overwhelming. In that case you may need to contact a professional designer for assistance.

Theme

Are you going for a specific theme in  the design and creation of your public playground or is it more “freestyle”? Maybe your ideal location is right near the beach and you want to extend that in the design of your playground. 

Maintenance & Durability

Equipment from Kidzspace is renowned for its durability and fuss-free maintenance. But it’s not infallible. This is something you will need to take into account when designing your playground and choosing the ideal equipment for your space.

Equipment

Last but not least, you need to think about the type of equipment and amenities you want to install in your playground. Perhaps you want a swing set and a slide, or maybe you want to take a different route and create an eco-friendly adventure playground. It’s all up to you and what will suit your target demographic.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in quality equipment for public parks and playgrounds.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground.

Ready to install a playground in your local park? Contact the expert team at Kidzspace to find out how we can help with your individual needs. 

Building a playground in a public park and want to promote the benefits to nearby residents? We’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll focus on the benefits of building a playground in the local public park, and how the team at Kidzspace can help you with design and installation.

Advantages of Playgrounds in Public Parks

There are a number of benefits to installing a playground in your public park or neighbourhood. In this section, we’ll discuss some of the most common reasons why they are such a great addition to your local area;.

Improves Social Interaction 

Commercial playgrounds in public parks allow children (and even parents) to foster their social interaction skills. Not only do children and adults get a chance to meet and interact with people they wouldn’t normally, our younger counterparts have the opportunity to learn vital skills like communication and taking turns or sharing

Inspires Creativity 

Even if your child (or children in your neighbourhood)  is not all that creative, using public playgrounds can inspire imaginative play and allow them to embrace their creative side. This is great for their individual development, especially in the early years before they start school.

Encourages Physical Activity

These days, a lot of people work from home, and this is something children have adapted to with an increase in the use of technology and other devices.

The installation of a public park in your local area increases the opportunity for both adults and children to get outside and engage in physical activity.

Raises Property Values 

When done right, a public playground has the potential to attract more buyers to the neighbourhood. This, in turn, increases property values and raises the profile of the area.

Develops Community 

When creating a neighbourhood or estate, you want to create a community your residents will love and care about for years to come. This is something you can inspire when you develop a public park into a playground for all ages.

Offers Free Resource 

One of the best things about public playgrounds for the community is that they’re free. They will draw people to the area and this will again, raise its profile and make property a hot asset.

How Kidzspace’s Experts Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in commercial playgrounds that  look great and will stand the test of time.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground.

Ready to install a playground in your local park? Contact the expert team at Kidzspace to find out how we can help with your individual needs. 

Installing a swing in your commercial playground is a great way to appeal to all age groups in the community, but how do you go about it?

In this article we’ll help you determine how to buy the right swing for your playground, and how the team at Kidzspace can help.

What to Consider When Buying Swings For Your Playground

Installing a swing in your commercial playground might seem like a simple endeavour, but there are actually a number of things you need to consider when making sure it fits your playground for purpose.

In this section, we’ll go through some of the most important things you need to think of:

Size & Space Available

Determining the space you have available for equipment like swings for swing sets will help narrow down which playground equipment is right for your design.

For instance, if your playground is on the smaller side, you might opt for your standard twin swing set, but if it’s larger, you might be able to get away with something more adventurous.

Usage

How the swing will be used, and even how often it will be used is something you also need to think of. Think of how it will be used, by who and when?

Age Group

What age group will your playground (and therefore your swing) cater for? If you want to appeal to a vast range of children, you may opt for a couple of different types of swings, but if your age range sits on the younger side, a more traditional swing set may be just what you’re after.

Safety

When designing any type of playground, safety is paramount, and much of that comes down to the type of equipment (in this case: swings) you opt for. Will your average child be able to use this equipment safely, or are there certain hazards you need to be aware of (and can circumvent by choosing another option)?

Quality & Durability

When choosing the right play equipment or swings for your playground, you want to ensure the product is quality and durable. In most cases, whatever you choose will need to be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear, and even stand up to a variety of weather conditions.

(This is something you can be certain of when you work with Kidzspace.)

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in quality swings designed for fun and safety

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground.

Need the perfect swing for your commercial playground? Get in touch with the Kidzspace experts today to get started. 

Designing a playground and want to appeal to those aged five years and younger? Soft play equipment may be your answer.

In this article we’ll discuss the benefits of including soft play equipment when designing a playground, the educational and development advantages of doing so and how Kidzspace can help. 

The Advantages of Soft Play Equipment for Your Playground

There are many benefits to including soft play equipment in your playground design. In this section, we’ll go through some of the reasons this is a popular choice with many of our clients.

Indoor/Outdoor Play

When you think of “soft play equipment” probably one of the first things that springs to mind is indoor play areas in public places like restaurants or shopping centres.

But the truth is, depending on the type of equipment you choose, soft play equipment can be used for both indoor and outdoor play. With the right shade options, you can create a suitable space using soft play equipment that is suitable to a variety of weather conditions.

Sensory Stimulation

Research suggests that soft play equipment is useful in providing sensory stimulation. This makes it a perfect option when you’re designing a playground for those who become overwhelmed in crowds, or are younger and still discovering how to play with others.

Development & Learning

Because many children’s first experience of playing with other children their age is through soft play solutions, the benefits it has on your child’s social interaction is undeniable.

Even at a young age, children can engage with others and learn key skills in their development such as sharing, communication, taking turns, expression and more. 

Variety

There is a lot of variety when it comes to choosing the right kind of soft play equipment for your playground.  Examples of soft play solutions include:
– bean bags
– soft ball pits
– foam blocks
– climbing walls
– mats
– obstacle courses
– tunnels

Good for All Ages

There was once a time when soft play equipment was designed for toddlers or babies. That is not the case today. Because of the variety of soft play equipment out there, you can design a playground that appeals to children (and even parents) of all ages. You just have to think creatively!

Safety

Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention one of the major reasons our clients choose soft play equipment for their playgrounds. Safety!

No matter how much you try to protect them, children are more susceptible to injury. But with soft play equipment you reduce some of the risk and danger associated with playing on regular playground equipment.

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in play equipment and playgrounds for schools that children love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground, complete with engaging, imaginative soft play equipment.

Find out more about our range of soft play equipment by getting in touch with the experienced Kidzspace team.

How to Build an Outdoor Fitness Station

Want to know how to build an outdoor fitness station in your commercial playground?

In this article, we’ll discuss the considerations you should make when designing the perfect outdoor fitness station and how the team at Kidzspace can help.

Things to Consider When Building an Outdoor Fitness Station

There are a few things you need to factor in when designing or building an outdoor fitness station. Here we’ll go through some of the most important:

Age & Abilities

When building an outdoor fitness station, you want to ensure you install equipment for all ages and abilities.

While you might have installed the station initially to cater to a particular age group, it’s better if you have options that appeal to all ages and abilities so it becomes a community that everyone can get involved in. 

Location

Not only do you have to consider where specifically your fitness station is located in relation to any other playground equipment, you also have to think of:

– whether there are amenities such as parking, toilets, showers and drinking fountains near by
– if there is enough space for people to move around comfortably without interrupting others

– if it’s accessible by all potential users and if not, can you install matting or ramps to make it so? 

Equipment

The equipment you choose is, of course, a major consideration. This is why you need to think of what type of outdoor gym you want to have and the people you will be appealing to.

Will you need only one set of shoulder rotators or does your target audience want more than that? Do you want some mini ski equipment or a horse rider? It’s up to you. 

Maintenance

Potentially more than any other type of equipment, outdoor gym equipment needs a lot of upkeep. Therefore you need to make sure you have the resources in place to facilitate this. You may even have to have a roster or set of rules to ensure everyone is using the equipment fairly and correctly.

Budget

We hate to be sticks in the mud but often budget will determine what you can install in your outdoor gym. But, if you work with the team at Kidzspace, we have a variety of options available to suit any budget, so no one misses out!

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in quality swings designed for fun and safety

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your playground.

Build the perfect commercial outdoor fitness station by getting in touch with the experts at Kidzspace today.

What to Install in an Inclusive Playground

Installing a playground in your school but don’t know what you need to do to ensure it’s accessible and inclusive? You’ve come to the right place.

The focus of this article will be on what an inclusive playground is and the key principles of design you should follow when planning one, what to include in an inclusive playground and how the experts at Kidzspace can assist you.

What is an Inclusive Playground?

An inclusive playground is one that has elements for children of all abilities. There are several key design principles to consider when planning and designing an inclusive playground. This includes:

Fairness

Children want a fair playground. This means a playground that has activities for children of all abilities. So too, there should be opportunities for social interaction with everyone (regardless of disability) so it’s an even playing field for everyone.

Smart

Whatever equipment is installed needs to be appropriate for the child’s age group and abilities. It should be “smart” enough to engage them on their level and make them feel included.

Active

An inclusive playground can afford a child with a disability the opportunity to be active.

Comfort

An inclusive playground means the children using the equipment or space need to feel comfortable in their environment. They should not feel excluded or ostracised in any way, so multiple zones may be an option for different ages and abilities.

Independence & Safety

Inclusive playgrounds give children a sense of independence and safety. They should be able to use the provided equipment with limited or no assistance from adults where possible.

What to Include in an Inclusive Playground

Planning an inclusive playground means understanding that everyone has different needs. No two disabilities are the same, so you should be aware of that and make the necessary accommodations. Consider including:

– ramps and walking pathways
– soft play surfaces or rubber matting
– sensory equipment for those who need a break or are overwhelmed in crowds
– additional seating
– multiple entrances and wider spaces around equipment for improved layout
– provisions for those with vision impairment
– wayfinding signage
– access to toilets
– flat surfaces for mobility equipment

How Kidzspace Can Help

For over 40 years, the team at Kidzspace has specialised in play equipment and playgrounds for schools that children love.

Regardless of budget or individual requirements, our design team has the knowledge and capabilities to provide you with the right option for your school.

Need help designing an inclusive playground? Speak to the team at Kidzspace today.