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365…ok 366 days of simple, inexpensive and wildly fun 2-year-old play!

Indoor Monkey Bars

on February 8, 2012

I’ve been wanting to make this for Noah for some time.  Ever since we played at our friend’s house and saw this…


And yes – that would be my son.  Always nakie even when all his friends are fully clothed.  In jeans and long-sleeved shirts at that.  Anyway, I knew I couldn’t do it alone and with Pop in town for a few days I thought it would be the perfect time for this project.  My Dad can’t sit still anyway and he’s always looking for an excuse to get out of the house so he and Nannie were off, boy in tow, to gather supplies at Lowe’s.

There’s no real blue print for this project.  Certainly it could be more elaborate but even at its current size we hardly have room for it in the house.  But when I posted this picture on Facebook……I had a lot of people wanting to know how to make it themselves.  So here are a few up close pictures to inspire your own creation, as well as an important safety upgrade:

Nearly the entire structure is made with 1.5″ PVC pipe.  The adjustable handle uses .5″.  Once Noah really started swinging, Pop thought he should better stabilize the bar by adding two 45 degree angle braces.  Also, although it’s not seen in the photograph above, there are three levels for the main hanging bar.  The caps come off so the bar can be moved up as Noah grows or completely removed (as seen above).


During the safety upgrade, he also added screws so the contraption can be taken down into 2 pieces and stored a bit easier.  Lining up the tiny screw holes when re-assembling would be a nightmare though so he even thought to leave 2 little marks.  When those line up we know we have our screw holes lined up.  (Man, that just sounds awful)

Now go flex those baby muscles!


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