Choosing the perfect climbing frame for your kids and garden

wooden climbing frames


Choosing the perfect climbing frame for your kids and your garden can be a dilemma. There’s so many to choose from, so many considerations. And let’s face it, they’re not cheap, so this is an investment you want to get right. We’ve all heard the saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice,’ which is why it’s important to do your research and find the ideal quality product for your family.


We’ve had cheap plastic climbing frames (that didn’t last), and small swings in the past but now that our kids are at the age that they can be out in the garden, either with me, or while I’m washing up and watching from the window, we’ve decided to grant their wish and get them something more substantial.



As kids, they want something fun; they want to recreate the amazing commercial play parks we’ve been to; they want features that will challenge them, keep them entertained for hours, and they want to hang out with their friends. My little girl will enjoy a raised house/cabin to play in. And a slide! My boy wants a climbing wall and monkey bars, and maybe a pole to slide down.



As their mum, I also need to consider what will fit in our garden (we need adult space too!), where is the safest place to position it, and most importantly we need to make sure this purchase is not going to be a one hit wonder.



We don’t have a huge garden, but we have an L-shape space that will perfectly accommodate a climbing frame at one end. There are no overhanging trees, no neighbours to annoy near this space, and nothing hazardous nearby.


Get Outside & Get Some Fresh Air!

children outdoor play


Mums for centuries have told their kids to get outside and get some fresh air, but why is it so important? Do they just want the kids out from under their feet or is there real benefit to it?

The answer is yes! According to a study by The American Academy of Paediatrics, children who spend time outside demonstrate longer attention spans, perform better at school, and get measurably higher grades. Children who play outside in fresh air and sunlight have improved people skills, as outdoor play enables them to relate to each other and to use their imaginations to play, expanding their creative thinking.

Playing outside also provides many physical benefits. It’s more demanding on the body than indoor play, so it improves fitness, decreasing a child’s risk of diabetes and childhood obesity. Kids who spend time outside are also more likely to get their daily dose of Vitamin D, which the body synthesizes from sunlight (even in winter), and increases bone strength and decreases the risk of certain cancers.

A study by Cambridge University Scientists suggests that kids who get outdoor time have better eyesight, with less near-sightedness and less need for glasses. They also found that outdoor time soothes kids and lowers the need for medication for depression and hyperactivity.

The World Health Organisation tells us that we spend too much time indoors – on average a staggering 90% of our time. Indoor air becomes stale, especially in winter, and can spread colds and other illnesses, whereas fresh air gives us the levels of oxygen we need to keep cells healthy, our lungs clean, and our skin blooming.

So, yes, there are benefits to getting fresh air, keep telling your kids to get out there and get some! Wrap them up warm and go for walks after a meal, or send them out for half an hour to play in the garden and know that you are helping to keep them healthy!

Black Friday is Here!

We have two fantastic offers on our Rainbow Play Systems this Black Friday weekend.  This is the best discount we will be offering this side of Christmas.  Our Christmas delivery schedule is getting booked up fast, so please call our sales team on 08444 938080 to make sure you don't miss out.

Black Friday Climbing Frame Offer

This Black Friday weekend we are offering £500 off our Sunshine Castle and Sunshine Clubhouses as well as FREE delivery* whilst stocks last. 

Offers end at 5pm on 28th November.


*Delivery offer valid for mainland UK only, excluding Scotland highlands and Islands. Additional charges will apply for these areas and may not be available in all areas. Installation is not included as part of this offer, please speak with a Rainbow Sales Adviser for more information and cost.  Promotion available November 25 to 5pm on the 28 November, 2016 and may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. While quantities last. Rainbow Play reserves the right to limit, discontinue or replace this promotion without notice.

Christopher's Smile Springfree Bouncathon


We will be hosting a sponsored Bounce-a-thon for Christopher’s Smile.  The event is for all ages from 4 years upwards to raise funds for children’s cancer research charity Christopher’s Smile.

The event takes place between 10 am and 4pm on Saturday 2nd July at our showsite which is situated in Longacres Garden Centre in Bagshot Surrey.

Each participant will bounce on a ‘Springfree’ trampoline for between 10 and 15 minutes.  Bouncing time slots should be booked in advance by contacting Christopher’s Smile at the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participants can either just bounce for the duration of their time slot or can set a target for the number of bounces in a given time e.g. 40 bounces a minute.

The event is open to all, from the young (minimum age 4 years) to the young at heart.  Participants must be able to access the trampolines and children must be accompanied to the event site by an adult.

It costs nothing to take part but participants are expected to raise sponsorship.  This can be done in 2 ways:

  • Create a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page – this is our preferred method as it is easy to set up a page and you can send the link to your friends and relatives. It is secure and there is even an app for your mobile phone ( ).
  • Contact Christopher’s Smile for a paper fundraising form to record collected cash or cheque donations. If you choose this method we would ask that you bring your sponsorship money along with your sponsorship forms with you on the day.

To download a guide to the event with instructions on setting up your Virgin Money Giving fundraising online page please click here