Good Questions: Ideas for Alyson's Make-A-Wish Playroom

Good Questions: Ideas for Alyson's Make-A-Wish Playroom

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Carrie McBride
Dec 19, 2008

Dear Ohdeedoh,

My daughter, Alyson, was diagnosed with Leukemia in August. She has just been granted a Wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her Wish was processed quite fast (within 3 weeks) and they want to have everything built/installed by the end of January '09. We need to come up with a fantastic space quickly and would greatly appreciate your help.

For her wish, Alyson would like to create a play area in our basement. (We live in Colorado and something inside makes a lot of sense.) She wants a swing or two and a slide. Other than that, she just "wants somewhere to play".

Our family would very much welcome any ideas that fellow Ohdeedoh readers would share. Links to pictures, wild and crazy thoughts, lessons learned from your own playroom or anything else you'd like to share.

Because this is Make-A-Wish, we are allowed to think big!

With gratitude, Julie.

A few things to know: Alyson just turned four and her big brother, Bradyn, is nine. Ideally Julie wants to create a playroom where they'll both be happy playing now and in the years to come. The basement area is about 1,400 square feet with 12 ft. high ceilings. The steel support beams are exposed for swing installation.

"Playroom" can mean a lot of things and include many different activities. Alyson has already requested swings and a slide and below are a few other ideas for things to include depending on which appeal to her and Bradyn.

  • an arts and crafts area
  • a play kitchen
  • a dress-up chest
  • a stage for theater or singing
  • a book nook
  • general toy storage
  • (add your idea in the comments)

We were thinking about good indoor swings and remembered this post about the Ikarus Swing by Haba.

Another option for indoor play equipment are these items from Ikea: Ekorre swing, Ekorre hand rings (for 5+ years) and the Vippig seesaw.

We also remembered a post about the Rutschi indoor slide. Can anyone recommend other great slides?

Or, heck, consider bringing a real outdoor playground inside. We found this photo at the website of muralist Amber Pine (hey, a mural's a fine idea too).

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We're excited to share some of our ideas to make this playroom a fantastically fun space and we hope you'll take a moment to do the same. If your kids have a playroom - what's their favorite thing about it? Do you have a picture to share - leave a link in the comments or tag photos in Flickr with "Ohdeedoh" and "playroom." Know of a website the family should check out for inspiration? Any ideas or resources are welcome.

You can visit Alyson and her family at their blog where Alyson enjoys having comments and "Love Notes" read to her.

Good luck, Julie! We hope your family has as much fun brainstorming and designing this play space as Alyson and Bradyn will have using it!

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