When it comes to engaging the little ones for more than 5 minutes, nothing quite beats a trip to the local park for some fun on the swings and climbing frames.  Out with burning off some of that energy that they seem to have in abundance, getting your kids on the climbing frames can also help with the development of their motor skills, balance and strength.

However, sometimes getting out to the park might not be all that easy. As parents, we know too well that plans change very quickly, especially when your kids are involved. That’s why, if you have the garden space, you may want to consider installing a swing set, climbing frame or a combination of both so that regardless of what the day throws at you, the kids can get outside for some fresh air and exercise.

There are lots of options out the to choose from depending on your kids age and your budget, have a read on for a roundup of our top picks.

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1. Climbing Dome Swing Set

The traditional shape of this dome climbing frame is guaranteed to keep the kids busy. As this is free standing, there is no need for cement. Set up is fairly straightforward and can be done with only 1 or 2 people with ease.

The strong and sturdy frame looks like the type that you see kids clambering over in the park. The dome shape would also make a fabulous den, expect the kids to be asking for your old blankets!

Buy now: £247.99

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2. 5 Piece Outdoor Garden Swing Slide Seesaw Playset

The variety in this five-piece set has everything needed to keep boredom at bay. The apparatus includes 2 individual swings, a swing seesaw, an up and down seesaw and a slide, basically the go to favourites at every park visit.

Made from heavy duty powder coated steel, with steel chains and plastic sheaf covers, you’ll have piece of mind to know that that the frame is strong and robust.

Buy now: £179.99

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3. Plum Capuchin Wooden Pole Swing Set

This set is guaranteed to keep kids of various ages entertained. The different activities include a swing seat, a monkey swing, a wooden trapeze bar and a punch bag. There’s something for everyone providing hours of outdoor play with the added bonus of physical exercise too.

Everything you need to install the set is included such as ground anchors for concreting into the ground. For additional stability, the sturdy frame also has wooden cross braces.

Buy now: £254.99 Save £45.00

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4. TP Acorn Small to Tall Swing Set with 2 Seats

This adorable swing set with stripped back style really shows off the quality of the wood and wouldn’t be too bulky if you are looking for something that doesn’t dominate your garden area. And if you are environmentally conscious, you’ll be happy to know that all the wood included comes from sustainable sources.

The beauty of this swing set is that it ‘grows’ with your child. At the low height, the swing can be used from 6 months to 3 years with the comfortable soft seat and as they get older, from 3 to 10, the seat can be changed to the swing seat and the height increased.

Buy now: £149.99

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This fun multifunctional playground is perfect for toddlers as their first outdoor play set. The swing, slide and basketball hoop is plenty to keep your little one busy.

Set up is so straightforward, it will be assembled and ready for play in no time at all. The eye catching, brightly coloured frame is also weather resistant and easy to clean.

Recommended for children 3 years and over.

Buy now: £153.99

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6. TP Castlewood Wooden Climbing Frame & Slide

This is our priciest pick on the list, but the impressive Castlewood Wooden Climbing Frame and Slide is sure to be a big hit and would make a beautiful addition to any garden.

The hexagonal tower has many features that will let allow kids use their imagination whilst having fun outdoors at the same time. Features include a ladder that leads to a spacious covered platform, a fun fireman’s pole, an integral climbing wall, a generously sized CrazyWavy slide and a seated, shaded area at the base which would be ideal to use as a sandpit in the summer.

This frame and slide will continue to be hit for many years to come and the 5 years guarantee that is provided against wood rot causing failure will hopefully give you the peace of mind when making the investment.

Buy now: £499.98

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Prices correct as of 04/04/2019