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Use our Planning Guides and How-To's to educate yourself on useful topics surrounding the playground industry. Our expert advice is free of charge. From wide reaching topics like bullying prevention to recreation industry-specific topics like playground safety, our mission is keeping our readers up to date and educated on everything related to the industry.


These buying guides will assist you in the process of choosing your playground equipment. Tips from these guides will steer you in the right direction.

Adult Playground Equipment

ASTM Certification

Available Styles: Fabric Roofs

Backyard Playgrounds

Becoming Kings and Queens of the Playground

Determining Age Appropriate Equipment

Different Types and Benefits of Playground Slides

Glide Elbows: How They Help

Guide to Indoor Playgrounds

Guide to Playground Components

Guide to Playground Safety for Kids

Guide for Natural Playgrounds

Heavy Duty Playground Swings

How Does Recycled Plastic Park Furniture Benefit the Environment

Names of Playground Equipment

Park Bench Buying Guide

Pirate Theme Sets Sail

Playgrounds for Senior Citizens

Playground Installation

Playground Materials

Poured In Place Surface

Rubber Mulch Nuggets

Swing Maintenance

The Benefits of Water Play

The Pros and Cons of Playground Climbing Equipment

Understanding Used Equipment Risks

Why Buying Used Playground Equipment is Never a Good Idea

Why Playgrounds Still Matter!

Wood vs. Metal Playground Equipment

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Our calculators assist you with computing engineered wood fiber, rubber mulch, playground borders, and more. Simply type in your site measurements and an estimate calculates in seconds.

Engineered Wood Fiber Calculator

Playground Border Calculator

Rubber Mulch Calculator

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Browse our infographics that assist in a better understanding of playgrounds through use of images to tell a story. Feel free to share any of the images with use of the embed code on the individual pages.

9 Types of Play and Why They Matter

16 Inspirational Quotes from Children's Literature

25 Ways That Recess Helps Children be Happy, Healthy, and Successful!

26 Powerful Ingredients to Supplement Your Smoothies

30 Infused Water Recipes to Fuel Work and Play

30 Reasons Why Free Play Benefits Child Development

32 Inspirational Quotes from Young Adult Literature

32 Life Lessons from the Cutest Creatures in Fiction

33 Ways to Raise a Happy, Healthy Child

34 Reasons Why Play Matters

40 Benefits of Having a Pet

A Timeline of 101 Marvel Character Comic Book Debuts

Big Hearts, Bright Minds: 25 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

Child Obesity in the United States and How to Fight It

Creating Confident Kids

Life Advice from 38 Anime Characters

Life Advice from 50 Beloved Characters in Kid's Entertainment

Parenting Gems from the Kingdom of Fiction

Play Fuel

The Evolution of the Swingset and Playgrounds

The Most Popular Names by Decade Since 1880

The Opening Lines from 44 Timeless Children's Books

The Sugar Content of Snacks Marketed to Kids

The Wide World of Music: A Guide to 100 Musical Instruments [Interactive]

Which State is the Most Physically Active?

Why Children Should Read: 20 Inspirational Quotes and Insights

Wild and Whimsical: Play in the Animal Kingdom

Wild Child: 33 Evergreen Benefits of Outdoor Play

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Our interview series brings together people from all over the world: our customers, twitter extraordinaires, and more. Find our everything from how to better run your childcare to parenting tips on playground behavior.

Interview Series: Learning from @playgrounddad - 12/12/2013

Interview with CPSI Kevin Van Wye - 08/04/2014

Interview with Playworks' Beth Kimberly - 01/30/2014

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Discover even more about playgrounds with our lists! These lists will give you the "Top" anything. From the top reasons to use shade to the top playground themes, you will have all of the information you could need when making playground decisions.

50 Benefits of Public Playground Inspections

77 Reasons Kids Need Playgrounds

Best Outdoor Playground Games For Kids

Five Unique Playgrounds for Your Summer Road Trip

How Playgrounds Promote Exercise: Tips on Turning the Playground Into Your Gym

List of Elementary School Field Day Activities

Play All Summer with these Fun Camp Games

Play and Learn the 50 States

Playground Songs and Clapping Games for Kids

Ten Playground Games with Instruction

Ten Reasons to Use Sports Bleachers at Sporting Events

Ten Reasons You Need the Dog Park as Much as Your Dog

Ten Ways Bench Swings Can Bring Zen to the Playground

Top Ten Playground Games

Top Ten Playground Items That Are Not Structures

Winter Playground Ideas and Activities for Kids

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Needing help planning your playground? These planning guides will help you in the beginning stages of choosing your playground equipment.

A Guide for Outdoor and Indoor Runners

A Guide to Hiking With Kids

A Guide To Inclusive Playground Design

A Guide to Natural Playgrounds

A Kids Guide To Exploring The Great Outdoors

A Musical Playground for Kids: Music Theory Lessons

A Parents Guide to Outdoor Activities for Kids

Back to School Tips and Advice

Beginner's Guide to the Charcoal Camp Grill

Characteristics of Early Childhood Playground Equipment

Classroom Management Techniques

Designing Innovative School Playgrounds

Don't Let Seasonal Allergies Keep You Off The Playground

Exploring Fun with Adventure Playgrounds

Following the Bicycling Trend

Fun Outdoor Activities for a Rainy Day

FUNdraising Resources

Get Outdoors: Learning to Ride a Bike

Guide for Team Building Activities

Guide to Bullying Prevention

Guide to Effective Play Supervision for Parents and Guardians

Guide to Encouraging Children Through Themed Playground Equipment

Guide to Following School Playground Equipment Trends

Guide to Gaining the Maximum Social Benefits of Public Playgrounds

Guide to Going Green at School

Guide to Grants for Equipment

Guide to Outdoor Park Fun for Families

Guide to Outdoor Teambuilding Activities

Guide to Playground Hygiene

Guide to Playground Safety

Guide to Proper Playground Maintenance

Guide to Swinging Safely on the Playground

Guide to Understanding CPSC Safety

Guide to Understanding Everything Playground Safety

History of Playgrounds

History of the National Recreation and Park Association

Inclusive Play Equipment

Keeping Kids Healthy On The Playground

Kids' Guide to Staying Healthy

Kids Guide To Outdoor Fall Fun

Learning Science on the Playground

Let's Play - Soccer Resource Page

New Playground Design & Planning Tips

Outdoor Fun for Kids: Camping Safety Tips

Outdoor Fun with Rock Climbing

Outdoor Hiking for Beginners

Outdoor Kids Fitness and Nutrition Guide for the Summer

Outdoor Sports For Kids

Outdoor Sports for the Kids at the Playground!

Outdoor Tips: Beach Safety For The Whole Family

Parks Over Pinterest: Getting Teens to Spend More Time Outdoors

Playing Outdoors: Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Playground Mulch 101

Playground Safety for your Children and Pets

Puppy Playground - Agility Resources For Your Pooch

Safety Resource Guide For Biking And Other Outdoor Activities

Spring Activities To Get Outside After Winter

Sunscreen and UV Safety on the Playground

Teacher and Parent Playground Guides and Checklists

The History of Physical Education

The Importance of Shade Structures for Outdoor Play

The Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Bugs

The Ultimate Summer Park Playground Guide

The Wonderful World of Sound: Musical Playground Equipment

Unwritten Rules of an Off-Leash Dog Park

Using the Park to Bring the Family Together

Volunteering for Community Playground Projects

Water Safety Tips for Parents

Winter Play Ideas - Learning How to Ski

Youth Sports & Injury Prevention

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These how-to articles will give pointed advice in a variety of playground related topics. Enjoy learning more about the industry!

A Kid's Guide to Bird-Watching in the Playground

Avoid Dehydration When Spending Time Outdoors

Basketball Drills on the Playground for Kids!

Beyond the Playground: Outdoor Activities for Kids

Bringing Language Arts to Play

Conflict Resolution at School & on the Playground

Experimenting With Science Games

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Outdoor Activities

First Aid Basics for the Playground and Beyond!

How-To Accommodate Special Needs Children on the Playground

How-To Learn Through Play

How-To Make Math Fun

How-To Make Physical Activity Fun

How-To Playground Games

How-To Playground Safety

How To Recycle and Keep Our Parks Clean

How-To Reduce Plastic Waste

How-To Turn Your Campfire Meals into Gourmet Dishes

How-To Use the Playground for Exercise

Incorporating Playground Games in Class

Keeping our Parks and Playgrounds Clean!

Outdoor Safety Resource

Overcoming Shyness on the Playground

Playground First Aid 101

Playground Workouts for Adults

Playtime is Over: Setting Up a Homework Routine

School Safety for Kids

Stranger Danger and Playground Safety for Kids!

Staying Safe Outdoors in Severe Weather

The Benefits of Playgrounds on Child Development

Tips for Transitioning to a New School

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Browse some of the hottest industry topics:

A Musical Playground: Harmonica Resources

Back To School: Manage Your Child's Asthma & Allergies

BMX Safety in the Park and on the Trails

Commercial Baby and Toddler Swings for Playgrounds

Commercial Tire Swings for Playgrounds

Curved Slides

Eco-Friendly Playground Equipment

Facts About Charter Schools

KaBOOM! Playground Grants

Modern-Themed Playground Equipment

Monkey Bar Rings

Musical Playgrounds for Kids: The History of Jazz Music

Obstacle Course Equipment

Outdoor Gym Equipment for Schools and Organizations

Outdoor Slides for Toddlers

Playground Equipment for Autistic Children

Playground Games For Kids: Badminton Basics!

Playground Monkey Bars for Sale

Recess's Effects on Children's Health & Wellness

Sand and Water Playground Equipment

Sensory Play Equipment for Children With Autism

Sensory Playground Equipment

Sensory Walls and Panels

Spiral Playground Slides

Stand-Alone Monkey Bars for Sale

The Importance of Using Safety Equipment In Sports

Tick Safety: Identification, Removal and Prevention

Toddler Outdoor Playground Equipment

Toddler Picnic Tables

Toddler Playground Swings

Transportation-Themed Playground Equipment

Tree House Theme Playground Equipment

Tube/Tunnel Slides

Wave Slides for the Playground

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