Get Your Yard On! Inspiring, Family-Friendly Outdoor Spaces from Our Tours

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Summer is in full swing so my yard should be too, right? Yeah...not so much. I got off to a good start in early Spring by taking tarps off the furniture and cleaning it and then it got hot, I got busy/lazy, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. If you're in the same boat, here are some terrific, family-friendly outdoor spaces from our house tours to inspire you to get your yard, porch or patio ready for summer.

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Twins Macy and Oliver are all set for backyard fun with their slide and tunnels. From Marisa & Peter's Playfully Eclectic Home in Venice Beach, California.

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Audrie and Finn have their own backyard hideaway in this treehouse/playset. From The Roeder's Modern Life is Beautiful in Round Rock, Texas.

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Eli looks ready to log a lot of hours in his backyard sandbox. From Kate's "Home is Where the Art Is" in Chicago, Illinois.

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A gorgeous pool like this might be on your fantasy wishlist, but let's dare to dream, shall we? From Sam & Anne's Cozy Modern Blend in South Austin, Texas.

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Luna may be training for the circus with her trampoline, landing pad and swing. From Anna & Jeff's Southwest Kitsch in Denver, Colorado.

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This yurt is actually an adult workspace but we imagine Rachel's kids spend time here as well - and can you imagine what a playhouse this would make for kids? From Rachel's Historic Family Home in Los Angeles, California.

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The Figlewicz kids just moved to the neighborhood and I bet they'll attract plenty of new friends who want to jump on their trampoline this summer. From The Figgle Family's Cozy First Home in Lomita, California.

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Can young Hunter climb this rope swing yet? No. Can he try? You betcha. From Behind the Seams at the House of Hunter and Harper in Los Angeles, California.

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Ashlyn has her own child-size table and chairs outside for al fresco meals or playing. From Sarah & Matt's Expertly Styled Home in San Rafael, California.

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Forget Hammer time; there's going to be some serious hammock time (after exhausting themselves on their playset) for Alexandra, Mateo and Sabrina this summer. From Charmaine & Mark's Lovely, Lively Family Home in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

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After a swim in their gorgeous pool and some sandbox time, Molly's kids can retreat to this terrific treehouse. From Three Generations Living Together in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.

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"How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing, Ever a child can do!" From The Martinez Family's Modern Mountain Turkey Coop in Boulder, Colorado.

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Not only do Chloe and Cora have a huge swingset to play on and a cute pond with lily pads, their yard boasts this beautiful covered structure for a bit of shade during hot Texas summers. From Aria & Jason's Austin Oasis in Austin, Texas.

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Shiva has really maximized her yard for her and her daughters' enjoyment: a rabbit hutch, rope swing, edible garden and this big-enough-for-three teepee. From Shiva's Eclectic, Romantic Modern Ranch in Pacific Palisades, California.

I hope you enjoyed a peek at these wonderful, family-friendly outdoor spaces. If you have outdoor space that isn't summer-ready yet - get going!

(Images: as credited in their original posts)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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