With the holidays coming up, some of you might be looking for the best backyard play set or swing set. That’s exactly what we were doing three years ago. I wanted a play structure that would give the kids the hours of entertainment I remember enjoying as a kid, but didn’t want to spend a small fortune on something that they’d eventually outgrow. I wanted wood, so the kids wouldn’t burn themselves on metal in our scorching desert heat. However I knew I wanted the swing set to sit on the grass, so it was unavoidable that the wood would get blasted with water from the sprinkler. Another reason not to spend a ton on a wood play set.
After researching our options, we found the perfect swing set at Walmart. Ours is the Adventure Play Sets Pathfinder Wooden Swing Set, an all-cedar wood swing set with two single swings, a double glider swing, a slide, fort area with ladder and rock wall leading up to it, and a built-in picnic table, and sand-box area. Three years later, the kids (now ages 6 and 8) are still getting plenty of use out of it. Their favorite way to use it is as a water slide. They loop the hose around the wood over the slide, hanging it down with a steady low flow of water down the slide. At the bottom of the slide, they fill their inflatable pool so they can land with a big splash!
They also love swinging on the two single swings, or on the glider swing with friends.
Our exact model is out of stock, so I picked out a few very similar swing sets you might like to surprise your kids with on Christmas morning.
We ordered ours online and had it shipped to our local Walmart — no shipping charge!
Santa built the swing set in pieces in the neighbor’s yard, then set it up with his elves while the kids were sleeping Christmas Eve. They found a poem on the mantle telling them to look outside for a surprise! If the grandparents are looking for a gift for the kids, perhaps they’d like to sponsor this Santa gift — that’s what our parents did!