Thursday, March 28, 2013

New in Store: Ziplines and Slacklines. Two Great New Resaons to go Play Outside!

Anyone who visits our back yard will immediately notice two toys that we've had for years: a zip line and a slack line. We mow around them, we duck under them or climb over them on our way to the tomato patch. We love them because each of our kids has spent hours and hours playing with them.

The zip line in particular is a family favorite. This will be it's 14th summer running between two old silver maple trees outside our back door. It isn't very long, but our kids have invented countless ways to play with it: zipping through a sprinkler, jumping off into a wading pool, going fast, going slow, all with a refrain of "Watch this!".

A Zipline kit is one of the most exciting items that you can put in your backyard for hours and hours of enjoyment. The ziplines help improve strength, athletic skills, and balance all while riding a just a few feet off the ground.

We're impressed with the quality of the new zipline kit from Brand 44, a Colorado Company dedicated to getting kids to play outside. Ours comes with sturdy metal hardware and a seat for easier zipping. 


slacklines and zip lines at Peapods
New in store: Slackline and Zipline



A few years ago, we also installed a slackline across another part of the yard. A slackline is a wider version of a tightrope that runs low to the ground and has more slack in it so that it's a bit bouncy. It's great for learning balance. We've seen lots of kids (tho not our own--but they still might!) get really good at slackline and perform amazing tricks.

Our slackline kit is also by Brand 44 and, like their zip line, is also very well built with quality hardware that'll last for years. Whether you're just starting out, looking to build more core strength and balance, or just looking for a fun new backyard adventure, this slackline kit is all you need to start enjoying this popular new sport.

So, our recommendation for this coming summer is to add a bit of adventure to your backyard and see what your kids will do! We think you'll be amazed at how much fun they'll have.  
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