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Four types of climbing structures kids love in playground designs

Posted on 02.11.2016 in Children's development , Education , Inspiration , Products

Climbing structures remain a crowd pleaser when designing park and school playground equipment. Loved by all, climbing structures are especially popular with kids over the age of six and as well as early teens. This is a time when muscular and skeletal growth is occurring at an accelerated rate, and children are constantly seeking physical challenges to recalibrate their balance, coordination and strength. Read on to discover the four different types of climbing structures and their myriad variations.


1. Bloqx

Part of turning playgrounds into destinations is creating iconic play equipment that draws children and families in. Bloqx stand out in an urban setting like a city sculpture or public work of art would, and children rush towards them intrigued by their colours and shapes. These climbing structures are giant three-dimensional shapes dotted with climbing grips like you’d find at indoor rock climbing. Children can challenge themselves physically, create paths and adventures among the bloqx, or simply engage socially with friends within this setting.

Bloqx can be as simple and complex as you like. Choose just one to complement existing outdoor play equipment or up to six for a standalone feature of your park. Bloqx are a trademark product of our much-loved supplier KOMPAN.

2. Climbing nets

Climbing nets come in seemingly endless shapes and sizes. Created by Corocord who for the past 40 years have been reaching new heights with their bespoke and architectural rope installations.

BasiX Nets

Corocord climbing nets start with BasiXs, simple shapes that add a unique challenge to your play area. They range from the simplistic hammock to the traditional fun of rope trails. BasiX play nets can also be designed into two dimensional shapes like the corkscrew, spider’s web or arc tunnel. They offer play opportunities for children to pass over, under or even through. Pictured above is the Arc Tunnel.


Spacenets are some of the most complex climbing nets on the markets. Visually striking and physically challenging, they provide high play value especially for pre-teens. Three dimensional with a high peak in the centre, Spacenets come in mini, small, and large sizes, and can be single, double or even quadruple masted. Octa nets are similar but they come off the ground, creating more complex climbing challenges the higher up you go. Spacenets can also be built into othercomplex three dimensional shapes like the cuboctahedron and octahedron, or the more organic jelly fish and giant fish trap.


Climbing structures started with ladders, somersault poles and monkey bars and became staples of a traditional playground. They were once built from wood, steel and tire chains. Today’s climbing structures offer an incredible variety of nets and poles designed to ignite the imagination. Parkour’s resemble the obstacle courses that soldiers go through when they’re in military training. They offer physical challenge to children as they reach new levels of ability and endurance. Or they can simply provide a space to hang out in with friends.

3. Frisbees


These fascinating climbing structures are bright, eye catching and challenging. Setting new design standards through their unique, curved form and really challenge all of the senses when playing.

4. Rope Loops

This futuristic climbing structure by Corocord is an attractive eye catcher in any urban setting, awakening children’s (and adults) natural curiosity. The play value is high with endless possibility of movement; swinging, sliding, climbing, balancing, perching, crawling, jumping, scrambling and hopping– limited only by one’s imagination.