Kids love to play outdoor games. Climbing domes are fun and great for both exercise and physical activity. Climbing Domes are not only fun for kids, but they can also be educationally beneficial for developing motor skills and problem-solving skills. Climbing Domes can also help kids develop hand-eye coordination, balance, coordination, and self-confidence. In this article, we’ll show you an easy way to make a climbing dome.
What are climbing domes and how do they work?
Climb domes are interactive playground structures for children. Climb domes are made from blown-up plastic tubes (also known as pipes), which are like the skin of the structure. They are usually filled with water, and many climbing domes have added features like stairs, slides, bridges, etc. Children can enjoy playing in different ways in this structure.
The climbing dome is mostly used for children’s recreational areas, and it is extremely suitable for the playground environment, especially in smaller spaces, and for indoor applications. Climb domes are suitable for use by all age groups. They come in a range of sizes and can be circular, square, octagonal, or triangular in shape. Climb domes have many distinct advantages compared to traditional play equipment or playground structures. They can provide children with a variety of active play opportunities, and they can be a lot of fun both for children and adults.
What are the advantages of climbing domes?
Climbing domes offer numerous advantages when compared to climbing trees, sealing walls, or rock outcrops. Structurally, a climbing dome can be of uniform thickness all the way round, allowing children and their parents to climb along the diameter, rather than up and down sharp ridges or vertical walls.
Children can crawl through the climbing domes in many different ways. They are designed to accommodate climbers of all ages and climbing abilities. Some of the advantages of climbing domes are that they are:
- Safe: Climbing domes are a safe alternative to traditional playgrounds, as they don’t contain any hard edges or objects. They are designed for older kids’ play, so you won’t have any daredevils jumping from high cliffs or sliding down slides.
- Versatile: Climbing domes can be tailored to include a variety of obstacles and climbing structures. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the type of climbing dome that you can install in your backyard. Some climbing domes are specifically designed for younger kids, while others are better suited to older kids and adult climbers.
- Durable: Climbing domes are constructed from durable materials to ensure that the product is designed for years of play. A well-designed climbing dome is waterproof and can withstand up to 50 different uses, so you can expect reduced downtime and maintenance costs down the line.
How to build your own climbing dome for indoor or outdoor use?
If you want to build a climbing dome, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You can create a climbing dome for indoor or outdoor use. Building your own dome requires only a few basic tools, such as a circular saw or jigsaw, ruler, tape measure, drill, and wood glue. Here is a step-by-step guide for building an indoor climbing dome:
- The first thing you’ll need to do is measure the area where you plan to build your dome. Measure the length, width, and height of your selected area, and use these numbers to calculate the amount of wood required for the frame.
- Next, you’ll need to build the frame. Our climbing dome measures 36 feet wide and 16 feet high, so we cut 3 8-foot x 4-foot boards and 3 4-foot x 8-foot boards. We also cut a 6-foot x 4-foot board for our door.
- Build the frame by assembling the 8-foot boards on the 4-foot side, and the 4-foot boards on the 8-foot side. Drill pilot holes before securing the boards with wood screws.
- Once the frame is built, measure and mark the center of each 8-foot board and drill a 1 1/2-inch hole using a hole saw.
- Next, mark and drill a 5-inch hole in the middle of each 4-foot board.
Different shapes of dome structures
- Geometric climbing dome: in this type of climbing dome, there is a triangle in the middle which is the most common shape of dome. Often this climbing dome is made with a good material like polyester (PVC). This type of climbing dome is commonly used in schools where climbing exercise is important. So in school premises, you can see this geometric climbing dome.
- Cone climbing dome: this is another shape of climbing dome which is made out of PVC (polyester). In this type of climbing dome the frame is made of aluminum. Very often this climbing dome is used for outdoor climbing exercises where rain is no problem. So, this kind of climbing dome is used in parks and houses.
- Hexagon climbing dome: in this type of climbing dome, the frame is made of fiberglass and wire, the climbing dome gives the climber a sense of satisfaction and this climbing dome is used for homes and parks.
- Octagon: this is another shape of climbing dome which is made out of aluminum. This climbing dome gives the climber a sense of adventure and is used in parks and homes.
- Trapezoid: in this type of climbing dome, the frame is made of fiberglass and wire, the climbing dome gives the climber a sense of challenge. This climbing dome is used for school and homes.
- Trapezoid Climbing Frame: in this type of climbing dome, the frame is made of fiberglass and wire. This climbing dome gives the climber a sense of challenge and is used for school and homes.
Some ideas for outside climbing domes
The most popular climbing domes are typically dome shape, but sometimes a dome with chutes or tunnels added can provide even more play value for kids to enjoy.
The standard dome has a diameter of eight feet, and many configurations are offered in this size. Some dome climbers are set up to include stairs, incline ramps, ladders, and platforms – perfect to build a range of challenging play elements. The circular dome offers a 30-inch diameter, and they are available with or without bottom legs. Some models have the added feature of slotted openings through which kids can run, crawl, or slide.