School\u2019s out for the summer! If keeping your kids active (and away from the TV and video games) over their summer vacation is going to be a struggle, consider adding a swing set in your backyard for hours of outdoor fun. With so many models to choose from, a seemingly endless combination of different bases, swings, slides, climbers, and fun accessories, here\u2019s our\u00a0advice on choosing the right swing set for your kids\r\n\r\nChoosing the Right Materials\r\nWhile you may have grown up playing on an aluminum swing set, vinyl and wood are the most popular construction materials for swing sets currently on the market. Both are quality materials that are durable and will last for years. When choosing the right swing set for your kids, start with choosing the right material.\r\n\r\nBenefits of Vinyl\r\nVinyl swing sets\u00a0use treated wood components that are inserted into thick, vinyl posts. Outside of an annual cleaning, there is very little maintenance necessary for a vinyl swing set. With vinyl, you avoid the need for annual staining, painting, or sealing. Vinyl is considered a premium material, and this is reflected in the price.\r\n\r\nBenefits of Wood\r\nWooden swing sets\u00a0are generally crafted from pine. Wood offers a natural aesthetic that can blend in seamlessly with your backyard. Wooden swing sets can also be stained or painted after purchase with any color of your choosing, ensuring a perfect match to your home. Wooden swing sets require some upkeep to avoid looking dull, so they will need to be cleaned and repainted or re-stained periodically.\r\n\r\nChoosing the Right Equipment\r\nA big part of choosing the right swing set for your kids is adding activities and accessories that are suited for the age they are now, not where they\u2019ll be in several years. The great thing about modern swing sets is that they can be adapted as your children grow. You can expand with new elements at any time, replacing those that they have outgrown. When customizing a new swing set, follow these guidelines to create a stimulating play experience for children at every age.\r\n\r\nUnder 2-Years-Old\r\n\r\nInfant swings\r\nDual or Uni rider swings\r\nTunnels with bubble panels\r\nOpen slides\r\nGround-level playhouses\r\n2- to 5-Years-Old\r\n\r\nBelt swings\r\nTire swings\r\nSmaller rock-climbing ramps\r\nCargo net climbers\r\nEnclosed slides\r\nTower-level playhouses\r\nOlder than 5-Years-Old\r\n\r\nLarger rock-climbing ramps\r\nTrapeze bars or rings\r\nMonkey bars\r\nFire poles\r\nBuoy ball swings\r\nDisc swings\r\nSpring swings\r\nWater cannons\r\nChoosing the Right Safety Materials\r\nThe majority of playground injuries, almost 70%, occur because of falls from equipment or equipment failure. In addition to purchasing a safe swing set or playset, you can create a safe play area with the materials you place underneath.\r\n\r\n\r\nChoosing the right materials as the base for your new swing set can minimize any playground injuries in your backyard. Most people may think that grass offers a good cushion to break a fall, but rubber mulch is a much better material to choose for soft flooring. Rubber is more effective as a shock absorber and reduces the after-effects of a fall. A safer summer is a more fun summer!\r\n\r\nCheck out our selection of vinyl and wooden swing sets \u2014 big and small \u2014 and get inspired to customize and build the perfect outdoor play space for your family.