How can I can I utilize my clothesline area into a play area ?

It's approximately 14' x 6'....bricked stepping stones are currently in place. I was thinking of hanging some type of sunshade over it, Play it up a bit with kid size tables, etc. Any ideas or suggestions would be great!
q how can i can i utilize my clothesline area into a play area
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  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jul 08, 2017
    Yes. A canvas or tarp-type cover would be great. Tables and chairs or a kid-sized picnic table would be great. Kids love stuff they can do so a small "pool" with holes in the bottom for drainage and filled with sand? Maybe some ropes from one of the lines for hanging stuff. Just tie knots in the rope and put a metal clip through each one. If there's water nearby, you could dig out a small garden to teach them about growing things. Maybe a screened box for collecting and watching bugs before they're released.
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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 10, 2017
      Monica, after reading Jan's ideas and your reply, I was reminded of something I did that was a huge hit. My grandkids (18 mo & 3 1/2) were coming to stay for a couple of days. It was the first time for the little guy (18 mo old). I remembered how much fun it is to play in a puddle so I made a puddle (nothing permanent, just water in a sidewalk dip) They had a ball playing with it. The next time they came (he usually didn't stay) he screamed bloody murder to get out of the car. He was tugging at his car seat straps and just screaming "Me, me, me" I finally asked him if he wanted to stay at Nana's. He nodded his head so I let him out. He ran right to the water faucet to start a puddle! LOL I still laugh at that story. So he stayed and his Mama had a free afternoon. Three years later, making a puddle is one of the first things they want to do when they get to Nana's every week. Thye run through it, ride their bikes through it, make up a car wash and sometimes a bath tub for a doll. They have more fun with that little puddle than with anything else at our house! So when you're creating this space, remember that kids don't need fancy stuff. A puddle is lots of fun!
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 08, 2017
    There are quite a few ideas in this link. Maybe one or more of these can inspire you.

    Good luck and have fun!

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Jul 08, 2017
    Somebody was thoughtful to put bricks under the clothes line. Definitely, like your idea of the sunshade for the kids. I see there is a bench off to the side, incorporate that too, for adult shade and relaxation. I picture lemonade sipping there! Oh, if you have winds, secure the sunshade or roll up. A fun project for sure!
    • Monica Arteaga Monica Arteaga on Jul 09, 2017
      Yes, that brick idea was mine several years ago...clothes would sometimes slip from my hands and fall on the ground, get covered with dirt or grass. Although it's been a while since I've use the clotheslines I do have two grandsons that I would like to take out to my backyard more often once we fix it up with grass and more shady trees. Our home has been under construction for the past two years. Thank You for your ideas.
  • Excellent idea and I love Jan's suggestions too. Make sure to add in a few adult size chairs for visiting when you have a bunch of kids. I see lots of art creations, fun and laughter in the near future! 🎉
  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 08, 2017
    The kids (of any age) would love to do art work at a table just their size. Homemade play dough, or stringing raw noodles and mosto would make great fun. Shade is definitely a must. Lots of good times headed your way.
  • Sandy Sandy on Jul 08, 2017
    Kids love tents. Use the clotheslines to hold the tarps. Put kid size furniture inside. I would wall off the area (with tarp) towards the garbage cans or move the garbage cans. Wouldn't really want my kids playing by garbage.
  • Debbie Solar-Preisig Debbie Solar-Preisig on Jul 10, 2017
    A shady area is always good for kids. A kid size table or a small sandbox I think are excellent ideas.
  • Debbie Solar-Preisig Debbie Solar-Preisig on Jul 10, 2017
    I like Sandy's idea for using a tarp over the clothesline as a tent.
  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Jul 12, 2017
    Monica, Glad to hear you are a fixer-upper. Enjoy and Have a Happy Home!