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Friday, April 18, 2014

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Backyards That Your Kids Will Go Crazy for (29 pics)

A Working Train
There’s nothing like taking the Express from the swing set to the sandbox.
A BMX Skatepark
Pro BMX rider Mike Spinner built 11,000 square feet of ramps behind his house.

The Waterslide of Doom
Kids, let me save you the trouble of asking. The answer is, “No, your parents won’t build this in your backyard.”
A Roller Coaster
Indiana grandfather John Ivers built “The Blue Flash” for his grandkids. The gauntlet has been thrown, granddads.
A Luge Track
Long Island dad Jay Venini built this awesome luge run for his kids just in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A Spaceship
Seattle based dad Jon Howell, along with his friend, Jeremy Elson, built this rocket for his son, Eliot, to take to the moon (or at least the top of the trees).
A Giant Pool Table
Former cage fighter Steve Wienecke built this 30 foot long pool table in his backyard, and yes, it is as awesome as it looks.
A Lazy River
Inner tubing has never been as much fun as when it’s in your own backyard.
A Giant Checkerboard
Whoever said checkers wasn’t a workout?
A Reading Nook
The perfect place to finish that Harry Potter book.

Tree Houses Straight Out Of Harry Potter
Author JK Rowling had these Hogwarts-inspired tree houses built in her backyard for her little Muggles to enjoy.
A Beach Entry Pool
Lucky kids can sink their toes into the sand before taking a dip.
A Swing Unlike Any Other
Located at the edge of a cliff in in Baños, Ecuador, this swing takes those crazy enough to ride it over an enormous abyss.

A Stage
The perfect place for little thespians to play.
A Western Town
Retired dentist Jimmy Helms spent 14 years turning his backyard in Texas into something straight out of the Old West, complete with a general store, saloon, schoolhouse, and small church.
A Water Slide
Who needs a water park?
An Outdoor Loft
It’s basically a giant hammock that will fit 20 people.
An Inflatable Theater
The 16 by 13 foot screen inflates in just five minutes and turns any backyard into a full fledged movie theater.

An In-Ground Trampoline
All the bouncing with half the injuries.
A See-Through Above Ground Pool
Andres Remy Architects designed this modern pool in Devoto, Argentina.

A Windmill Playhouse
If the pirate ship is a little rich for your taste you can get this one for $38,000.
Red Beard’s Revenge Pirate Ship
This playhouse from PoshTots goes for $52,000.
The Hobbit House
Architect Peter Archer built this Middle Earth inspired house in a backyard belonging to a hardcore fan of author J.R.R. Tolkien.
A Trio of Tree Houses
They look like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.

A Supersized Tree House
Dallas-based grandparents Steve and Jeri Wakefield built this 100 square foot structure for their grandsons. It has a climbing wall, slide, and zip line!
An Ice Hockey Rink
Coolest backyard ever, eh?

A Wiffle Ball Stadium
Known as Riley Field, this backyard stadium in Mumford, New York, hosts regular tournaments and leagues.
A Fairy Tale Castle
Heinz and Hildegard Schonewolf of Dudweiler, Germany, spent 37 years of their life building this 350 square foot, liveable castle in their backyard. I want to go to there.
A Mini-Replica Of Paris, France
Artist Gerard Brion built this wee “City of Love” in his backyard from recycled materials he found in the trash!


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