If you’ve been thinking for a while that you would love for your family to enjoy more time outdoors together, a landscaping upgrade could be the answer for your Waltham, MA, property. Your family is not alone if the kids seem to spend too much time wrapped up in their cell phones and gaming devices. They need something compelling to get them outdoors. An outdoor games area would encourage fun activities—and you wouldn’t have to go anywhere! Here are three ideas for a beautifully landscaped games area:
Small Kids Area
While a jungle gym and swing set over a healthy lawn is standard backyard fun for the little ones, you may also want to consider an outdoor chalkboard wall, complete with colored chalk. They can enjoy drawing pictures and playing tic-tac-toe while you can watch from the comfort of your patio. A recessed race car track for toy cars can provide hours of racing fun for both boys and girls. But the biggest draw might be an outdoor theater with a grassy stage for impromptu plays and performances for young and old alike.
Big Kids Area
While an area for the bigger kids with an in-ground trampoline would certainly be a hit, so would a half basketball court. Court lighting and a nearby drink cooler will encourage them to play late into the night with friends—and maybe even with their parents. A regulation horseshoe game with sand pits and soft grass would be another way to provide hours of laughter and entertainment for your older children and guests.
No adult area would be complete without a putting green! The whole family could enjoy competing against one another, all while teaching the little ones to play, too. The putting green just might be Dad’s go-to relaxation after a long week. Another idea is permanent seating that faces an accessible outdoor movie screen. The kids could have friends over to watch a movie without dirtying the inside of the house. And with a regularly scheduled family movie night, everyone could look forward to pizza on the patio and popcorn with the show.
Adding a fire pit close by to the backyard games area would extend the outdoor fun, giving everyone a place to wind down and keep warm as the weather cools down. The ambiance and calm a fire brings to your yard give the adults a spot to unwind and chat, while the kids entertain themselves. Be sure to bring out the marshmallows to help the kids wind down with some s’mores. To further enjoy the evening, strategically installed lighting can stretch out the hours while lush, green grass invites the entire grown-up group to kick off their shoes and play like kids again.
By paying close attention to the structure and flow of your yard, Northern Lights Inc. can help you maximize the available area to deliver the enjoyable experience you desire. Since 2001, Northern Lights has specialized in revamping underused spaces into dream yards. Get in touch to discuss your ideal outdoor game area.
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