Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Shift your imagination into overdrive

From prehistoric adventures to musically inspired fun, from castles to mountains to ships and fire trucks, our custom and themed playgrounds provide the perfect setting for imaginative play. Amazing custom playground designs begin with extraordinary vision. The Little Tikes Commercial Custom Design Studio is a team of talented and creative designers who will help you develop your idea and bring it to life, step by step.

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Custom and Themed Playgrounds

What Is Custom Play Equipment?

When you decide to design a playground, you may be wondering where to start. Knowing your options when it comes to customizability can open the door to unlimited possibilities. What exactly is custom play equipment? Can you customize the equipment’s size, shape, or theme? The answer is yes and more!

Here is what you can change or customize for a unique playground design:

  • Choose the color scheme for your surface
  • Customize colors and other independent play parts
  • Change the color schemes and themes of the playground structure
  • Add or remove themed playground parts
  • Adjust the playground set to fit within the parameters of your space

Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Custom and Themed Playgrounds

The Benefits of Themed and Custom Playground Design

Custom playground equipment offer lots of benefits to kids and your community or organization.

If you want the most inclusive playground possible, custom options allow you to create a playground that specifically meets the needs of your community. If you want to build a bridge between children of all abilities, custom designs ensure all playground equipment in your play space can be used by everyone.

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Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Custom outdoor playground equipment helps give kids confidence by suggesting options for play. Themes can ignite creativity, and themed structures offer lots of freedom for creativity as well as some suggestions for fun. For example, a nautical-theme playground gives children the opportunity to pretend they are the captain of the ship, while also imagining, themselves in different situations at sea. They could fight off pirates or meet a mermaid – the possibilities are endless!

Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Custom made playgrounds promote childhood development. Themed playgrounds offer hands-on play and encourage kids to learn as they have fun. A fire truck-themed playground, for example, can help kids develop emotionally and cognitively as they imagine racing to help others. Themed playgrounds can also help children develop social skills by encouraging group play. A castle-themed playground, for instance, encourages kids to take on different roles in a castle and to act out their parts together.

Custom and Themed Playgrounds

Themed playground equipment has a strong sensory play element. Nature-themed play areas let children explore the textures and visual appeal of the natural world, for example.

Custom playground equipment has lots of visual appeal. If you are building a playground, of course you want kids to be able to enjoy it. You are likely building a playground because you want to offer the children in your community or organization all the benefits of play. Themed playgrounds are bright and include fun shapes that draw kids in and encourage them to make the most of the play space.

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How to Design Your Own Playground

Want to design a custom playground that genuinely reflects the values of your space? When you work with Little Tikes Commercial, you’ll receive help and guidance from our in-house Custom Design Studio team. You have the option to start from scratch or customize a playground set or equipment piece already featured on our website.

If you’d like to design playground equipment system choices around a specific theme or color scheme, we can help you accomplish that as well. We’ll work with you to make sure your vision comes to life and fits your spatial dimensions and budget.

Looking for ideas to help you get started designing your own custom-themed playground? Start by choosing:

  • Climbers
  • Panels
  • Slides
  • Ground play pieces
  • A color scheme
  • Custom surfacing
  • Playground pieces such as shade structures, overheads, decks and ramps, riders, tunnels, bridges, benches, tables, swings, inclusive play components, independent playground equipment, and more. 

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Who Does Custom Play Equipment Benefit?

Custom play equipment can benefit industries such as:

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Examples of Themes for Your Custom Playground

Whether you’re a landscape architect assigned to a community playground project or are tasked with adding a park to a school or business, you may be brainstorming playground themes that will best represent your space. Playgrounds serve as gathering spaces for families and community members to socialize and allow kids to burn off extra energy. What playground themes will attract the biggest crowds? What custom playgrounds entice children the most?

Themed playgrounds are one of the hottest trends in community park planning because they serve as major attractions while helping kids and families get the most out of playtime. Here are five custom playground themes that may serve as inspiration as you draw up your playground designs:

Animal motifs

You can’t go wrong with an animal theme! Whether you want to add whales and octopuses to your playground to go along with an underwater theme or barn animals to inspire role-playing, this theme is sure to delight and entertain.

Community-inspired playgrounds

 Help reinforce local pride by choosing a theme that reflects the community’s most treasured aspects. For example, install a city skyline or a mini riverwalk to remind park visitors what makes their city or neighborhood special. 

Transportation themes

Kids love to emulate the adults in their lives. One of the best ways to encourage role-playing is to incorporate fire trucks, airplanes, and other modes of transportation throughout the park. 

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Custom and Themed Playgrounds from Little Tikes Commercial

Little Tikes Commercial has designed and built many custom and themed playgrounds which have helped organizations and communities come together. Take the Del Valle Park in Lakewood, California. Designed around a decommissioned F3D-2 Skynight fighter jet, this airplane-themed park is a nod to the community’s history and a tribute to veterans while also giving kids a place to play and imagine themselves in the sky.

If you are looking for innovative themed playground design or want to design a custom playground, Little Tikes Commercial can help. We can support you at every stage of the process, including designing, building and financing. Our expert teams can guide you, whether you have a specific idea or just a general sense of what you are looking for. We have the expertise to make suggestions, explain options and help you create the best playground possible for your needs and budget.

Little Tikes Commercial Custom Playground Designers

With decades of experience in the industry and designers, sales reps, financial team members and other professionals on hand, we have everyone you need for your custom playground team. We can take your vision of a play space and ensure it becomes a reality, with safe, top-quality playground equipment designed to last for years.

If you have always wanted a custom playground, Little Tikes Commercial custom playground builders can help make it a reality. Just contact us today to start the process!

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