Designing a playset for older kids can be a bit of a challenge. Rather than starting from scratch, let’s examine our standard swing set and playhouse designs and pick some great ones for older kids!

These are the best designs, in my humble opinion, King Swings offers for older kids. However, you need to know your kids. What they enjoy could drastically change which set is a good match, so take this list as a starting point!

Wave Rider: For those Who Love Swings

The Wave Rider’s 10′ high beam provides excellent swinging, and with four positions, there is room for everyone or room for oversized web swings!

The Wave Rider excels at many things besides having a nice tall swing beam. It also has a spacious 7′ tall 6’x8′ tower with two slides and a rock wall. And did I mention the 3-rope tire swing under the tower? It is a great addition to this swing set!

This set is a great playset for older kids due to its height, its many options, and the high swing beam. Also, it is easily customized. You could add things like a fireman’s pole or perpendicular monkey bars.

Check out the New Wave Rider here!

The Chateau: King of “Other” Play

The Chateau is an awesome set for older kids. It is tall, it has a playhouse, it has a ball pit, and so much more!

One of the big selling points for the Chateau is the potential for other play on the swing set. Have a nerf or water gun fight with one team on the ground and the other in the towers! Plan out an obstacle course and have the children time themselves. With so many slides and access points, the Chateau lends itself to so many other games and play besides normal swinging, climbing, and sliding!

Check it out here!

The Nolen Set: Good for All Ages

The customer-designed swing set is an awesome playset for older kids!

What makes this set unique from the ones above is that it is also really good for younger kids! The double deck playset has lots of exciting features at the tallest height for the older kids but also fun options for the little ones as well.

This set does so many things well with tall swings, climbers, and fast slides, yet something for the little ones as well. Check it out here!


So what are the common denominators from all these swing sets?

  • 7′ high towers
  • 10′ high beams
  • Tall Rock Walls
  • Fast slides
  • Space for “other” play

If you include all or most of these in your playset design, you will have a playset that does well for older kids. However, it is up to you to know your children. If your children are not that thrilled about playgrounds already, you might want to think long and hard about the investment.

If you have any questions, our swing set design team would love to help you out!

Justin Doutrich

Dad to three kids, Justin knows how important it is for children to get lots of physical exercise. His time as a school teacher reinforced that idea. He is passionate about creating fun, enjoyable playgrounds that are safe but full of learning opportunities.

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