Parents invest in backyard playsets, trampolines to keep kids entertained during coronavirus pandemic

Agya K. Aning and Amy Shwabe

The coronavirus pandemic has forced some moms and dads to do more to keep their children occupied than ever before — including what can become substantial investments in their backyards.

To keep the youngsters happy — and out of Mommy and Daddy's hair for just a few minutes, please — an increasing number of parents are buying playsets, trampolines and other equipment.

Sales are up sharply over last year, as parents have contended with months of work from home and stay-at-home orders combined with an early end of in-person classes.

Depending on how handy and ambitious you are, backyard equipment can cost from about $100 for a single swing to thousands of dollars for units that have enough slides, ropes and monkey bars to keep every kid on the block busy.