With so much choice around if can be difficult to choose the right climbing frame or play centre for your kids. You need to take garden size, child’s age, and budget into account and it is a decision you want to get right because whatever play centre you choose it will be a significant outlay and it is something you will want to last for a few years.
Here we show you our recommendations for the best climbing frame / play centre for 2014, where we include 2 selections. One selection is for a slighty larger climbing frame that will appeal to a wider age range and possibly more towards older children, while the other choice will appeal for slightly younger kids and toddlers (although older kids can still enjoy). Both recommendations are biased towards overall popularity, fun, and features, but if you want to see more choices where a greater range of prices and features are taken into account you should see our best play centres for toddlers and best play centres for older kids pages.
This climbing frame is up there as one of the most feature rich available, with wooden bridges, three separate towers/dens, two sides, swings, sand pits, climbing walls, and more. Wooden climbing frames like this are aimed at slightly older kids who are 3 years old all the way up to 12 years old, although some features can be used with younger kids under greater supervision, such as the slides and sand pits for example.
The Plum Wildebeest Large Wooden Climbing Frame & Play Centre is an expensive purchase and there are several less expensive wooden climbing frames that have great features and accessories, although they do not have all those that the Plum Wildebeest does. However, this climbing frame is available from several online retailer and prices can be significantly cheaper. See current prices here.
The play dens and fabric roofs on the Wildebeest climbing frame are shower-proof, and there are plenty of grips, barriers, and hand rails to make this climbing frame as safe as possible. If you want to fuel your kids imagination and sense of exploration then this is the perfect climbing frame for your back garden. It is however relatively large and better suited to larger gardens. See dimensions and image below.
12ft play tower deck dimensions: L1.50 x W1.50 x H1.50m.
10ft play tower deck dimensions: L1.20 x W1.20 x H1.20m.
9ft play tower deck dimensions: L1.00 x W1.00 x H0.90m.
Assembled size: L8.55 x W5.50 x H3.60m.
The Little Tikes Tropical Playground Climbing Frame is one of the best plastic play centres you can get. It is hugely popular and has many different features that will give your kids hours of fun. There are four different levels to play on and explore, a cool bubble window at the highest level, two slides, a crawl tunnel and also climbing walls to scramble up.
This climbing frame / play centre is recommended for children of 3 years and older, however people who own this play centre say kids as young as 24 months play on it just fine. This climbing frame will be great for kids up to 8 years old and maybe even older so you can get many years of fun out of it. The bright colours will really appeal to younger kids, while the endless exploration and climbing areas will help build confidence and also encourage general play.
Like the wooden climbing frames there are less expensive options if the feature packed Tropical Playground Climbing Frame is a little expensive for your requirements. The general cost of this climbing frame is around £650, although again several online retailers sell this play centre and you can see current best prices here.
The Plum Wildebeest Large Wooden Climbing Frame & Play Centre and the Little Tikes Tropical Playground Climbing Frame are two highly recommended play centres that will definitely be a massive hit with your children. These are not the cheapest climbing frames around and if you would be more comfortable spending a bit less then browse all climbing frames here. All frames on this website are high quality and will give your kids hours of fun.