Jungle gyms & monkey bars for kids

Updated March 23, 2017

Jungle gyms and monkey bars are pieces of playground equipment usually made of metal pipes, plastic or wood that allow children to climb around or swing from the frames in a relatively safe manner. Several companies offer sets for children that you can put in your home or backyard.

Dome Climber Jungle Gym

Dome Climber jungle gyms are plastic domes that come in five sizes ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet tall. The domes are geodesic, meaning they are spherical structures made up of a network triangular elements that distribute stress across the structure. The company recommends the smallest domes, which are 3 feet tall by 6 feet wide, for kids who are between two and six years old. The company does not recommend the largest dome, which is 8 feet tall and 15 feet wide, for anyone under six years old.

Eezy Peezy

Eezy Peezy offers a number of different monkey bar options, including the geodesic dome. You can also get steel structures for maximum durability and weight support. The company claims its structure can support up to 10 kids at one time. Some of its offerings come with additional options, such as a square area at the top of the dome or a see-saw, slide or basketball hoop attached to the side of the dome.

DreamGYM Basic Jungle Gym

DreamGYM's basic indoor jungle gym is a do-it-yourself kit that includes ladders, monkey bars and gymnastic rings. You will have to buy the boards and dowels for building the jungle gym separately. The jungle gym takes up a 24-square-foot area. You can upgrade the gym with accessories such as a climbing rock wall. The gym is intended for kids three to 10 years old.

Playkids Jungle Gym

Playkids offers a variety of elaborate jungle gyms made of metal or wood with a 10-year warranty, best for those who want more than just a standard jungle gym. The company has offerings for residential areas ranging from a standard swingset to a large wooden fort-like jungle gym with ladders, sliding tubes and other accessories. The company from south Florida delivers to all U.S. states.

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Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Dan Taylor has been a professional journalist since 2004. He has been published in the "Baltimore Sun" and "The Washington Times." He started as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia and now writes for "Inside the Navy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government with a journalism track from Patrick Henry College.