Be the first to discover the fun on the Magellan. This well-rounded play structure leads children through activity after activity. Kids get a chance to limber up at the Stretching Ring. The single ring suspended mid-air allows them to swing or just stretch. As they move along, the pair of Double Disk Cables challenge their balance and agility. Set between the two is the Challenge Climb. The way is studded with grips for people to pull themselves to the top or even over. Continuing on, they reach the Twisted Trident. The waves that make up the bottom rungs add a bit of flair to this otherwise simple piece of equipment. Next to it is the NaviClimb. Encouraging children to climb in a more four legged manner, this climber combines finger strength with fine and gross motor skills. Once they have reached the top, it is easy to clamber down to one of the Suspended PlayShells for a break or another challenge.
The benefits to challenge style courses are innumerable. Oftentimes, older children do not feel challenged on the more traditional style structures. With the multiple free-form shapes and unusual climbers, children have to find a way to play. This encourages imaginative play the narrative is no longer forced by themed pieces. Children have to become their own authors of the story. Finally, while obstacle structure typically don’t have decks, they encourage more full body weight work. When there is a surface under their feet on classic structures, they don’t have to balance and support themselves. Moving up a ladder, or climbing up suspended components requires more strength and constant balance.
For a similarly sized play system, check out the North Star, Global, Nina, and Columbus. If you are more interested in something a little bit larger, the Seeker, the Pinta, the Voyage, the Santa Maria, and the Expedition. For an even larger system, check out the Trek and the Peak Adventure.