I don’t know about you but living in Seattle sometimes puts me and the kids into a stir crazy mood. I’m not sure if you know this but it rains here. It’s not as much as people think, but it’s enough to not be able to go outside sometimes.

This is an issue even if your kids go to school, but when you homeschool everything is multiplied. Kids are home more often, therefore more craziness.

With a twice a day napping baby our outings aren’t always the best way to go for us. So we decided to convert our free standing garage into a kids play area.

Since we park our cars in the front anyways, the garage was just being used for storing things we should have thrown out or given away. I think a lot of families have areas like this where they have space that’s not really being used.


Let’s be real, would you rather store old tennis rackets or have some space for your kiddos to run around?

So in preparation for our garage conversion, I’m putting together a list of things that will make a kids gym pretty magical without having to buy a giant stuffed unicorn.

1. Low-density foam balls. 22891b

Why low density? Because they can’t cause as much damage. It’s physics! My kids love playing with these at our gym. With a whole pack of these they invent all kinds of new ball games.

2. Ikea Plufsig play mats (only $34.99)


I love these, I spent a lot of time looking for a good, inexpensive playmat. So many of them are so expensive. Of course, Ikea comes through with a great gymnastics play mat. We bought 3. They are great,  fold up nicely and look pretty since the colors are easy on the eyes. My only complaint is that they are slightly smaller than I thought they would be.

3. Ring and trapeze Combo set 

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This combo set gets great review on Amazon, we used to have an indoor swing for the kids in our old house and they are not as scary as they sound. I promise. You just have to make sure you install it into a beam. Youtube and Google will teach you don’t worry.

4. Indoor Nest Swing

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These look so cozy! Of course I’m too big to snuggle up with a book in there, but you know it’s for the kids.

5. Plasma Car

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I think this one only works if you don’t have carpet. The wheels are gentle enough not to do damage on wood, and they are just so much fun. If you haven’t tried one you should give it a go 🙂

6. Toy Monster Monkey Bar Tower


This climbing structure is small enough for an indoor play gym if you have the space. I put an inexpensive carpet below it so it won’t damage any floors. It’s super cute and gets the kid’s energy out on those rainy days, which we have A LOT of in Seattle.

8. Chalk Paint

I love how the door is painted with chalk paint in the photo at the top. Chalk paint is such a good idea because it lets kids write and play without the risk of having marker all over your walls, or couch, or carpet. Yeah that’s definitely happened to us.

 9. Indoor Rock Climbing Area


I love this idea fo putting rock climbing holds in a play room and letting kids climb up and down the wall to get their energy out. Such good exercise and it also lets them do a bit of problem-solving since it can be tricky to figure out where to put your hands and feet. I love the little climbing wall in the picture below.

Here’s a handy how to guide on building your own climbing wall.

What do you think?

What would you put in an indoor kids’ gym? I’ve heard rock climbing wall and skate ramp. Those might be too adventurous for me. I would love to hear more ideas though!

Here are some more playroom ideas that I like for inspiration:

And one with an awesome chalk wall:


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