If you want to give your kids hours of fun, entertainment, and exercise then climbing frames and play zones for your garden are perfect. Here we review the best activity centres for children of different ages and take into consideration price, child’s age, features, garden size, and customer feedback.
Even though climbing frames can be costly they are an investment that will get years of use and cover age ranges from 1 to at least 14 years old so when you look at the initial outlay they are a very cost effective buy for your children. Not only are they great fun but they also encourage physical development in your toddlers as they learn to climb, and in older kids they fuel imagination, adventure, and confidence via climbing walls, play dens, swings, and monkey bars.
So lets take a look at the best climbing frames for this year, starting with the best for little ones.
Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym
Take a look at the Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym and you can see why it is one of the biggest selling and popular play areas for younger kids and toddlers out there. This starts with the price (only around £90), which is very reasonable for a well built and easy to assemble product.
The play gym is designed for the garden but its compact size does mean you can bring it indoors when the weather is not the best outside. The colourful Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym is aimed at kids from 18 months old to 4 years old and features plenty of peek-a-boo holes (which also masquerade as crawling/exploring holes), and there is also a great fun slide and a raised platform to play on. The play gym comes in a couple of different colourways and is very durable.
Customers love this climbing frame saying:
All 4 kids just jumped on it the second it was up. Huge hit… Bought for children aged 1 to 5 & they love it. Older children enjoy hiding underneath & the younger ones can manage the slide… bought this for my grandsons first birthday, he loves it… Bought for my lb’s 1st birthday. Very pleased with it. Very solid and an ideal size for his age range… I bought this last month for my 18 month old little boy he absolutely loves it and it’s very sturdy and safe… I bought this for for 15 month old son, who absolutely loves it…. I bought this for my granddaughter’s Birthday and she loves it ,would recommend as a great gift for any toddler.
Baby Vivo Kids Play Area
The Baby Vivo Kids Play Area is another really popular play area option for toddlers and young children (recommended for ages 12 months plus). This play area is really fun and colourful with happy teddy bears smiling and waving, making sure your child will love to play on it! The play area has a solid slide to one side and a very sturdy swing with straps so young children can enjoy it.
The price is a bit more than the Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym at around £125, but it does have slightly more options for playtime fun. This play area is primarily for outdoor use but can also be moved inside if space allows when the weather isn’t as good.
Smoby Fun Centre Playground Equipment
The Smoby Fun Centre Playground Equipment is suitable for your children when they get a bit more adventurous and need more options for their play- recommended for ages 4 and above. The colourful and stylish play centre will look great in an urban or country setting and is still compact enough to enjoy in a smaller garden.
This play centre is rated as ‘best’ as it has such a lot of play and fun options combined on one reasonably priced item- for around £320. Not only does the Smoby Fun Centre Playground Equipment provide the traditional ladder and slide there are also sports available with a basketball hoop and football goal and table with benches for resting between the fun!
Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre
The Plum Climbing Pyramid Wooden Play Centre is a more traditional wooden play centre aimed at children aged from 3 to 12 years so is a good investment piece that will grow with your family. The play centre is very reasonably price at around £450 for something that is solidly built and comes with a 5 year warranty from the manufacturer.
We’ve chosen this one as it has a different look and feel to a lot of climbing frames you can find and is a bit more compact for a medium or smaller garden. With no swing on the frame there is more options for siting the play centre. The play centre has a fun and durable slide as well as a really good quality climbing wall for great exploration and building of strength. The area under the pyramid can be used for loads of imaginative play as a den, cclubhouse and tent.
Dunster House Wooden BalconyFort Searcher
The Dunster House Wooden BalconyFort Searcher is the largest and most expensive of the climbing frames reviewed here and is in the list for good reason. So many options for play for kids 3 years and up to 14 years and such a stylish looking climbing frame to grace your garden for years to come. The BalconyFort really excels itself for offering a number of different play and exercise options that merit it’s higher price of around £670.
When fully assembled the BalconyFort comprises two swings, a great ladder and monkey bars, a climbing face to encourage coordination and strength building, two levels of playhouses and a great large slide. The selling point of the playhouse platform and balcony will make this fun in most weathers as shelter can quickly be taken during short showers. Perfect for making your children feel like king or queen of the castle!
Climbing Frame Review Summary
There is so much choice out there that can make choosing your perfect climbing frame difficult. However, all of the climbing frames and play centres in this review are high quality and highly recommended. All children’s age ranges are covered from toddlers to older children, and different price levels and features are discussed. Whichever climbing frame you choose your children will love it.