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Best way to create an outdoor play area for kids until we move?

We are moving out of our little rental house in about 6 months but until then our kids desperately need a play area. The best options are either the concrete patio or the wooden deck. It shouldn't rain much here in the next 6 months, but there will be plenty of falling leaves. Any ideas for how to convert either of these spaces into usable play areas? The patio would need some sort of kid-fencing, whereas the deck would just need that plastic side netting. But the floors of either would require something - but what? Astroturf? Those interlocking foam mats? Some third thing I don't know about? Ideally the solution is economical enough to make sense for six months (or it's something we can keep when we move), and it doesn't destroy our rental.
posted by Anonymousness on May 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I get interlocking rubber play surface mats in the bay area?

I am looking for something like these for our backyard. They need to be designed for outdoor use and rain. You can find similar ones online, but since these are really heavy, the shipping costs are as much as the mats. Are there any local retailers in the bay area that will sell small quantities to an individual? I have Amazon Prime but have not found anything Prime-eligible that looks decent.
posted by benzenedream on Apr 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Scaredypants!

My soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter is pretty timid, physically. It's nothing crippling or even worrisome, but still…c'mon kid, geez, just jump! You'll be fine! [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 10, 2014 - 34 answers

kids and quiet

I lost my voice completely! Any good kid activity suggestions that involve complete quiet from the adult?
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Go Home, Little Girl

What is the parental etiquette for when someone's kid comes to your door trying play with your kid, you tell them no, we're having dinner, and kid essentially won't take no for an answer and tries to continue to get into your house? What is the best way to redirect said kiddo from this behavior again if I can't say anything to her parents? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Nov 5, 2013 - 23 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Non-Toy Toys for Toddlers

For kids under the age of three, what household objects have been the most entertaining for your kids? I'm looking for household objects that your kid discovered and ended up being a cherished play item, not things bought in a toy store (e.g. buckets, bags, boxes, dead remotes, phones, etc.)? No electronics please.
posted by benzenedream on Feb 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Little kids, big tree?

I need ideas for tree-based fun for my small kids. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Entertaining Kids

What are some inexpensive ways to entertain grade school-aged kids? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Mar 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Calling all kids and kids-at-heart

Help source photographs and ideas for the design of a maximally creative schoolyard play space for grades K-8. [more inside]
posted by tidecat on Feb 24, 2011 - 6 answers

How can a serious person learn to be playful with kids?

I am generally serious, practical, logical and introverted. How can I learn to be lighthearted, playful, and entertaining with young children? I'm afraid I'm boring and unimaginative. Also I've forgotten a lot of kids songs and games. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 24, 2010 - 40 answers

Need to find a SPECIFIC laugh track

LaughTrackFilter: Trying to find a specific laugh track featuring this annoying little boy's giggle, which seems to be prominent in all commercials featuring children at play. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

What to do at Grandma's house

What kind of activities can a 5-year-old do alone to entertain herself? My daughter goes to my mom's 2 days a week, from 9 am to 3 pm. She’s getting really, really bored. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Nov 17, 2009 - 33 answers

Help me play better with my kids

Please help me think of some new, interesting, positive role-playing scenarios for my girls to use with their dolls and stuffed animals. [more inside]
posted by yawper on May 12, 2009 - 22 answers

Kids + Snow = Fun. Help Us Keep It That Way!

We're going to be introducing our nearly-4-year-old son to the joys of snowshoeing, igloo-building and possibly even snow-camping this season. Help us not screw it up for him! [more inside]
posted by scrump on Dec 12, 2008 - 19 answers

Activities for a four-year-old who has to be up in the middle of the night

Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
posted by winston on Sep 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Recommend a Swing Set

Children's backyard play structure filter: recommendations wanted. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on May 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me keep my kids busy

I will be spending the day in White Plains, New York, and I'm looking for some activities for my 3&4 year old kids. Anyone know of an online resource that could help, or perhaps familiar with the area?
posted by curiocity on Sep 29, 2007 - 7 answers

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