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(JSOnline)   Parents spending up to $40,000 for children's playsets, including one which is 58-feet long, 46-feet wide, and 16-feet tall   (jsonline.com) divider line 203
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2007-05-23 11:08:25 AM
My parents wouldn't spend $100 on a K'nex Farris Wheel.
 
2007-05-23 11:10:06 AM
58 feet long, 46 feet wide, and 16 feet tall

Or what a Manhattanite calls "a two bedroom apartment."

/Queensian
 
2007-05-23 11:15:23 AM
RodneyToady: Or what a Manhattanite calls "a two bedroom apartment."

Man, I wish! My three bedroom apartment is way smaller than that.
 
2007-05-23 11:18:12 AM
RodneyToady: Or what a Manhattanite calls "a two bedroom apartment."

Um, 58x46 = 2668 square feet. With 16 foot tall ceilings you're looking at serious space.
 
2007-05-23 11:29:44 AM
Tree + rope + tire....

For $40k it had better also include some really cool friends.

I hear you could package up three or four Venezuelan kids with a regular swing set and still be under $40k though.
 
2007-05-23 11:36:07 AM
Um, 58x46 = 2668 square feet. With 16 foot tall ceilings you're looking at serious space.

I was told there'd be no math...

/d'oh!
 
2007-05-23 12:05:52 PM
this thread is useless w/o videos of kids falling off playsets...
 
2007-05-23 12:10:43 PM
Fark all that. When I have kids, I'm building a large plywood boulder with loads of holds (for bouldering, naturally), with an extension off one side for a swing set and maybe a zipline later on. Also, the inside of the boulder will be a fairy princess castle in case my offspring are of the female persuasion.

/been planning this for years
 
2007-05-23 12:13:10 PM
So a Bag O' Glass isn't good enough for the kids of today, eh?
 
2007-05-23 12:19:11 PM
I spent $35 on a used one (older metal type with 4 swings and a slide) and another $100 or so to have a guy dismantle it, transport it, and reassemble it, including cementing it into the ground. Our next one will be the wooden one next door, probably in a year or two when the youngest outgrows it.
 
2007-05-23 12:21:44 PM
Whatever happened to just letting them play in traffic or in the park by themselves?
 
2007-05-23 12:22:23 PM
NikolaiFarkoff: I'm building a large plywood boulder with loads of holds (for bouldering, naturally), with an extension off one side for a swing set and maybe a zipline later on. Also, the inside of the boulder will be a fairy princess castle in case my offspring are of the female persuasion.

I am so on top of that.
 
2007-05-23 12:23:05 PM
that's not a playset, it's a BDSM dundgeon
 
2007-05-23 12:23:10 PM
Ummm.... Cool? I wish I'd had something like that when I was a little kid. AND, I think it'll help along natural selection. Only the kids that don't hand themselves or land on their heads will survive to procreate. It's win-win for everyone (even you!).
 
2007-05-23 12:24:38 PM
The company (Rainbow) that makes those is about 15 min from where I live. My wife and I went to look at their stuff - it's really great quality, good stuff. The owner told us about a family that bought one of their $60K models for their only child.

We bought our playset at Sam's Club.
 
2007-05-23 12:24:44 PM
Build your own, its a hell of a lot cheaper.
 
2007-05-23 12:24:44 PM
$16,000 Beach Bomb Hotwheel not inpressed.
i22.ebayimg.com
\\\\Collects Hotwheels
\\Has spent way over $40k in my lifetime on little cars
 
2007-05-23 12:25:59 PM
That's cool to see there's a resale market for them, especially with sellers packing it up and moving it to the new owner for a fee. If the playset is within your budget I don't see a problem with it. My main concern was what am I gonna do with that thing when the kid outgrows it? It becomes lawn decoration in just a few years.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:00 PM
I see lawsuits on the horizen.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:16 PM
I see these playsets in yards all over the place. I have yet to see kids on them for longer than five minutes. For an active imagination, these things are lacking.

Cardboard boxes. Every kid should be given cardboard boxes.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:24 PM
NickBob78: ...hand themselves...

Aren't their mom's telling them they'll go blind from that?
 
2007-05-23 12:26:24 PM
When I was a kid we had the basic swing set. And we were just down the street from my school which had a huge playground. But the best was when we got a new freezer. Played in that box for weeks. Then it rained.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:27 PM
"Where's your dad?"

"He's playing inside his wooden rock again."
 
2007-05-23 12:26:30 PM
including one which is 58 feet long, 46 feet wide, and 16 feet tall

that's a big parent
 
2007-05-23 12:26:32 PM
What happened to taking kids to parks? Running away from random dog attacks and trying to dodge your friendly local pedo is not only a great learning experience for children, but also provides much needed excercise that the youth of today are lacking. Few things in life will motivate you to keep on your toes and be aware of your surroundings like a hobo singing show tunes with both hands down his pants. And it's free.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:33 PM
Helicopter parents who have been conditioned by the news to beleive that some child-abducting sex offender is lurking in every park playground buy these things. I don't find this surprising at all.
 
2007-05-23 12:26:47 PM
Blah blah, when I was a kid, blah blah, metal swingset, hard ground underneath, blah blah, I survived, blah blah, pussification of America...

/blah
//srsly
 
2007-05-23 12:26:55 PM
I hear ya, ScottMpls . Our play set was down at the
down at the neighborhood playground, another relic of a bygone era. Eventually we upgraded to a tire swing.
/for 12K I could buy an actual house!
 
2007-05-23 12:27:17 PM
How the fark did the one in the article cost $5000? I've seen far more impressive ones advertised around here for a lot less.
 
2007-05-23 12:27:46 PM
*hang*

/crao
 
2007-05-23 12:27:52 PM
it'd be cheaper to just build one yourself.
 
2007-05-23 12:28:15 PM
if i spend that kind of money on a playset for the back yard, it better be a farking hobbit hole equipped with my own wizard. consumers these days are out of their minds.

/wanted a power wheel when i was a kid
//didn't get it
///"too expensive"
////slashies!
 
2007-05-23 12:29:07 PM
Get your kids alot of empty cardboard boxes, pots, pans, wooden spoons. They're not only good as toys but when they're done playing house, they make good weapons.

/Watch your kids at Christmas, they play with the toys for the day, but if there are big boxes, they get more use longer

JC
 
2007-05-23 12:29:07 PM
Good. I am a debt collection and foreclosure attorney. The more people I hear being stupid with borrowed money, the more job security I have.

I feel bad for the working poor who don't have health insurance and can't pay for medical bills. I have no sympathy for people who have to keep up with the neighbors with a McMansion, Escalade and $50,000 play set and end up overextending themselves with credit.
 
2007-05-23 12:29:55 PM
As they say, "Kids need your presence more than they need your presents". Sounds to me like there are a lot of guilty parents out there trying to compensate for something.

// Can't wait to see what spoilt farking kids come out of all this.
 
2007-05-23 12:30:21 PM
My dad built us a play set back in the 70's with his own lumber and tools...it had a ladder to a platform, an elevated horizontal 'swing from bar to bar with your hands and get splinters' thing, a tire swing, and ...something else but I can't remember. It was the coolest thing in the neighborhood and considering the outlandish crap people are shelling out for these days it only seems cooler now.
 
2007-05-23 12:30:42 PM
Is it just me or does anyone else see a major design flaw with this playset?

http://www.adventureplaysets.com/play_sets.php?y=2007&ps=67
 
2007-05-23 12:30:46 PM
Godfather827

The last confirmed pink Beach Bomb went for something like $78K.

I don't have one of those...
 
2007-05-23 12:32:13 PM
$40K!!!

Jebus Crust!!! I bet the crappy, tetanus-encrusted swingset I had cost less than $100 (circa 1987).

/Run the hose down the slide and put a plastic kiddy pool at the bottom...
//Good time!
 
2007-05-23 12:33:27 PM
In my day, we had no playsets as children, since we had to work 12-hour shifts in the mine -- then at the end of the 12-hour shift you'd turn around and work a 12-hour shift on the other side of the mine.

And we only had one shoe for the whole town! And if you got the shoe on a day when someone else had the foot, well that was your tough luck, buster!
 
2007-05-23 12:33:39 PM
Anyone who drops 40 grand on anything for their kids that isn't a college education (or, okay, a private school) is just ridiculous. The kids will like it, sure, but they won't like it 40 grand worth. Save your cash and take them somewhere cool and life-changing. 40K could take the whole family to France, or Australia, or something.
 
2007-05-23 12:34:13 PM
Old-school: lawn darts, bb-guns and bottlerockets... If someone doesn't lose an eye, you're not really having fun.
 
2007-05-23 12:34:21 PM
Oh, and a metal slide. Got to have a metal slide. Especially in the deep South.

*shudders*
 
2007-05-23 12:34:23 PM
Godfather827

And I, unfortunately, probably smashed $40,000 worth of Hotwheels as a kid.
 
2007-05-23 12:35:13 PM
Hell, I woulda killed another kid to have one of those motorized cars that you can drive back when I was little.

/Was happy with his constructs for many years
 
2007-05-23 12:35:23 PM
Hunh. When my kids were little, I built one of these things from plans I saw in a magazine (this was pre-intartubes). Had a swingset, sliding board, 'jungle gym', rope ladder, &c. Used a hand saw to cut the lumber too.

Don't remember what it cost exactly, but it was nowhere near $1K.
 
2007-05-23 12:36:12 PM
Why do you have to have buy one?
Take your kids to McDonalds, Burger King or Chucky Cheese.
Sure your kids will bring home flus and colds but you would have saved $40,000
 
2007-05-23 12:36:35 PM
EmperorSled
Is it just me or does anyone else see a major design flaw with this playset?


I would love to see someone try and go through the monkey bars while someone is swinging...lol

tools...

and where is the rock wall?
 
2007-05-23 12:36:54 PM
With public playgrounds becoming more plastic and foam bubbles nowadays, a good backyard playground is probably more desirable. (maybe not as extravagant, but...)

My favorite one as a kid was enormous and had wood mazes, great slides, and paintings of monsters everywhere. There was also an entire baseball field and gorgeous ground paintings you could play certain games on. It was so cool looking, sometimes the local college would actually perform nighttime plays there, right on the equipment.

I took my little cousin there last year and they had completely paved it for a tiny plastic slide and a few baby swings with safety belts. The baseball field had become completely overgrown. There are really no good playgrounds left...
 
2007-05-23 12:37:19 PM
EmperorSled
Is it just me or does anyone else see a major design flaw with this playset?


I would love to see someone try and go through the monkey bars while someone is swinging...lol

tools...

and where is the rock wall?www.adventureplaysets.com
 
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