Throughout most of the country, playgrounds are closed indefinitely thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The only way to access a playground is to have one yourself, and this is a tall order. Assessing how to turn your backyard into a playground requires planning, purchasing, and sometimes a lot of work. But in a pinch, you can make do.
For almost all of these ideas though, you'll need a level surface. This is not as easy as it sounds. Thankfully, stores like Home Depot have guides available to show you how to prep your yard for all the equipment. Having done this at my sister-in-law's house, I will tell you that it might take more hours than you think, and you'll be completely covered in sweat. Order your post-playground beer now. Also if you cannot put it together yourselves, it might have to wait until arrangements can be made because "playground installation" is not an essential service. (Although I can understand wishing that it were. My kids are cooped up and unhappy.)
These ideas range in prices and difficulty, but it is worth the effort. I've included some "summer" type projects, because we're getting closer to warm weather, and at some point, you're going to want the kids outdoors more than not.
We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.