Climbing frames give children hours of fun, entertainment and exercise, all within the comfort of their own garden. Although some wooden climbing frames can seem costly, their robust and sturdy design means kids can get years of enjoyment out of them – so the initial outlay may prove to be cost effective as your child develops. Wooden climbing frames can come with swings, monkey bars and slides, providing not only great fun and fuelling your child’s imagination, but also encouraging their physical development.
There is a lot of choice out there so here we review 3 of the best wooden climbing frames for children of different ages, and take into consideration price, features and garden size.
Approximate price: £1000
The Little Tikes Richmond Treehouse Climbing Frame is aimed at children aged between 3 and 8 years old, which makes it perfect for a large family with a big garden. This is also a perfect product for keeping kids entertained at parties, or even if the neighbour’s children are around. The focal point of this climbing frame is a tower which has a veranda, a dutch door and shutter windows. The tower sits above a large sandpit, and there is also an extra long slide, two standard swings and a disk swing (both are height adjustable) and a ladder to keep your children entertained.
As this climbing frame is made by Little Tikes, it is a high quality product made from solid, robust treated wood frames. It is priced towards the higher end of the market, costing around £1000 (see best current prices here), although children can many years enjoyment from it.
Dimensions: 3.0m x 5.8m x 3.0m
Approximate price: £430
The Plum Bonobo II Wooden Climbing Frame is suitable for children aged between 3 and 12 years old, again perfect for a large family. The climbing frame consists of a lookout tower that is accessed by a wooden ladder, which leads onto a heavy duty moulded plastic wave slide. There are also two swings (both height adjustable) and a sandpit – the older kids can climb while the younger kids play in the sand! A perfect product for families with children of different ages.
The climbing frame was design with safety standards in mind, as the timber is FSC certified and tested to make sure it is durable and strong. The tower also has a roof to prevent the deck getting wet and help prevent slipping.
Plum Bonobo II Wooden Climbing Frame is best suited for a moderately sized garden and is priced towards the middle of the market at around £430 (see best current prices here). This price includes a 5 year manufacturer warranty against wood rot and manufacturer defects.
Dimensions: 3.14m x 3.58m x 2.45m
Approximate price: £400
The Plum Meerkat Wooden Climbing Frame with Swing is a wonderful affordable activity centre for children aged between 3 and 12 years. The climbing frame comprises of a swing, a two seat glider, a 6 foot wave slide, a play platform, climbing slats and a soft feel knotted rope. There is also the optional extra to buy baby seat to buy if required.
This frame is also made from FSC certified pressure tested reinforced timber. The glider is attached with metal fastenings which go around the timber poles, so there are no screws and hooks drilled into the wood, protecting the integrity of the framework and making it extra safe. Other safety features include extra braces at the side for stability, while the swing and glider seats, along with the side, are made of heavy duty moulded plastic.
The Plum Meerkat Wooden Climbing Frame is also best suited in a moderately sized garden and costs around £400 (see best current prices here). For this price you also get an amazing 10 year warranty that protects against wood rot and insect damage.
Dimensions: 3.35m x 3.29m x 2.30m