Playgrounds haven’t changed much since they were invented in the 1800s. You’ve got your swings, slide, and maybe a jungle gym if your local government feels generous. It’s not much but whatever was good for our great, great grandparents must be enough for 21st-century kids… right?
Spimbey doesn’t add a new attraction to your local playground, nor does it reinvent how kids view playtime. What it does is make playground assembly easier and more modular, giving grown-ups more time to relax on weekends instead of becoming the de facto family carpenters.
Depending on your kids’ needs and the amount of play space you have available, you can order the appropriate number of playground components:
You’ve got your 3-position swing which is always a crowd-pleaser (the double glider holds up to 2 children at a time while two belt swings can hold 1 child each).
You can choose from either a large or a small playhouse – both of which have a large front opening, a window, and a secret trapdoor at the back. While you can stand these up on their own, the playhouses can also fit on top of the play deck.
The Play Deck
This is where the bulk of playtime occurs. Here, you have an 8-foot diagonal slide, a sandpit, and a stall where kids can set up a lemonade stand (complete with 2 benches), and a rock wall that leads to a viewing deck. There’s even a working telescope once you reach the top!
As mentioned before, there’s enough space on the viewing deck so that you can install either the large or small playhouse. Kids can take a ladder located at the back of the play deck and go through the playhouse’s trapdoor, then emerge from the front and use the slide. If they’re feeling more adventurous, they can climb the 4-foot rock wall in the front using the installed 5 handholds to reach the viewing deck. Excluding those smart alecks who try to climb up via the slide, all the entrances to the viewing deck have safety grips that ensure kids won’t fall on their way up.
All Spimbey components are designed in Switzerland and made with child safety in mind. From the stainless steel snap-on connector tarps to the pre-drilled holes in the water-based painted wood, you can tell that no one is getting hurt as long as they don’t play too roughly (that goes for the assembly, too).
Spimbey just recently reached its US$23,122 goal, but it still has a month to go. If you want to find out more about this modular playground (such as each component’s dimensions and measurements) or just want to back the project, be sure to check out its Kickstarter page.