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Opening Star Outdoor Playset

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Set the stage for an unforgettable youth.

girl laughing outdoorsEpitomizing the savings of purchasing outdoor playsets for your own backyard, the Opening Star playset is your classic combination of a safe playset and fun. Whether you're thinking economically in terms of price, or are just working with an economy of available space in your yard, the Opening Star may be a perfect fit. The unique configuration of this playset includes two swings, climbing rock wall and ladder, though it's easy enough to add extensions for accessories like a rope-ladder or trapeze bar. The lower level picnic table literally doubles the usable space of the tower, giving you the most bang for your buck. Included in the price are all the usual safety features and guarantees that you expect from Kids Creations - quality, safety and savings from our family to yours. Unlike other manufacturers, we only use 100% California redwood. Not only is redwood resistant to the elements, it requires minimal maintenance and is virtually splinter-free.

  • Key Features

    • 10' heavy duty wave slide
    • Wooden roof
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Picnic table
    • Trapeze bar
    • Telescope
    • Ductile iron swing hangers
    • Steering wheel
    • 2 belt swings
    • Disc rope swing
    • 2 safety handles
    • Rope ladder
  • Product Specs
    • Material: 100% California  redwood construction - resistant to rot, decay and insects
      • All corners are sanded to ensure edges are smooth to the touch
      • Recessed bolts and hardware eliminates unnecessary cuts and scrapes
    • Country of Origin: Hand-crafted with pride in the U.S.A
    • Finish: Pre-sanded and pre-stained for beautiful finish and longevity
    • Dimensions: 20'4" W x 16'6" D x 11' H
    • Ages: 3-11 years
    • Play deck height: 5' | Play deck dimensions: 5' x 5'
    • Deck supports: 4"x6"
    • Swing beam construction: 4"x6"
    • Safety steps: 2"x6"
    • Posts: 4"x4"
    • Swing beam: 4-position - rated at 250 lbs. per swing
    • Swing hangers: Commercial grade with safety clips for easy adjustablity
    • Safety handles: 2 | Color: Green
    • Slide length: 10' | Material: Heavy-duty plastic | Color: Green
    • Canopy: Redwood roof
    • Swing seats: Features two premium, 1-piece molded swing seats with reinforcred nylon grommets and built-in UV protection - will not heat or fade in direct sunlight  | Color: Green
    • Swing chain: Plastisol coated chain offers a pinch-free grip that stays cool to the touch and won't fray or rust | Color: Green
    • Swing chain length: 66"
    • Belt swing weight limit: 250 lbs.
    • Disc rope swing - Material: Heavy-duty plastic | Length of Rope: 13" | Measurements: 12" D x 4 1/2" High | Weight Limit: 225 lbs. | Color: Green disc swing with yellow rope
    • Total weight: 1206 lbs.
    • Safety standards: Meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards for residential use only

      Tools Required: 
    • Socket set
    • Hammer
    • Level
    • Star Drive Bit (included)
    • Framing Square
    • Tape Measure
    • Drill
    • Impact Driver
    • Ladder
    Opening start playset safety footprint


    • Limited lifetime warranty on wooden components
    • 3-year warranty on hardware/accessories
    • 1-year warranty on ropes and vinyl canopies

    Installation options:

    • Do-it-yourself: Free shipping on all online swing set purchases
    • Professional installation - additional charge will apply for installations beyond 50 miles from local distribution center

      Easy to build:
    • Pre-cut, ready for assembly
    • No special skills or tools needed
    • Includes fully illustrated, easy to follow instructions
    • Experienced customer service helpine available 6 days a week

      Delivery time: 3-4 weeks for curbside delivery or professional installation. Lead times may vary during peak season and holidays.
  • Resources
  • Safety

    We design our outdoor playsets to bring the excitement of the common playground to backyards across America. However, we have become the most respected playset manufacturer in the U.S. by putting safety first, always. As an active ASTM safety committee member, we have gone beyond the normal safety guidelines to ensure your children are always safe. Here are the safety features included on our playsets.

    • Recessed bolts and hardware - All bolt connections are recessed, ensuring no cuts, scrapes or torn clothesASTM safety logo
    • Rounded corners and edges - virtually splinter-free
    • Plastisol coated belt and tire swing chains - no more finger pinching
    • Sturdy steel swing connectors – providing a full range of motion
    • Safety handles - helping kids get a grip to the top
    • Interlocking flat steps - making climbing easy
    • Heavy-duty molded slides - Strong enough for the big kids!
    • Safe redwood staining process – 100% safe for children

      Parents Role in Backyard Playground Safety:

    While we do everything we can to maximize children's safety, parents should keep an eye on their children during play to ensure they are using the play structure as intended. Here are a few suggestions to keep your children's backyard play area safe:

    • ASTM guidelines recommended a 6’ safety perimeter around your playset as well as overhead.

      Teach your kids safe play rules:
    • Look First - Never run in front of or behind someone who is swinging
    • Share - Take turns on rock walls, rope ladder, slides and swings
    • Wait until it’s dry – Always wait until the playset is dry before you play
    • No bullies allowed - No pushing, shoving or roughhousing allowed

      Add a fall suface (ground cover) under your playset.

    While our outdoor playsets are hand-crafted to eliminate unnecessary cuts and scrapes, we suggest adding a fall surface under your play structure to add another layer of protection for children – just in case they lose their balance and fall. We recommend to add rubber mats, rubber mulch, wood chips sand or pea gravel under your playset. To see a pros and cons list of the best materials for under a playset, check out the resources tab on this page. For a detailed guide on playset fall surfaces, be sure to check out our resources tab on this page.

  • Before You Buy

    This outdoor playset is not intended for public use. It is intended for residential use and is not warrantied for public or commercial use.

    What to consider when buying a playset?

    Before buying a playset, always check with your homeowner’s association before assembly. Some HOA’s have height restrictions on building and play structures. Also, determine how much space you have in your yard. Will there be enough space for your children to run around with their friends safely? 

    How many kids can fit comfortably on the playset?

    This playset has been designed for use by a maximum of eight children at one time, having a combined weight of 1,200 pounds. This playset is recommended for children 3 years through 11 years of age.

    How is the playset delivered?

    Once your playset is built and ready to ship from our shop in Monroe, MI, the delivery company will contact you to schedule a delivery date and time. The typical swing set will be delivered curbside and comes in multiple bundles/boxes. Some larger packages may need to be opened and hand offloaded to the ground.  It might be helpful to have another person help you bring the components into your backyard, but it not a necessity.

    What is your standard lead time on curbside delivery and professional installation?
    Approximate lead time is usually 3-4 weeks from order date. Lead times may vary during peak season and holidays. Please call our customer service helpline shortly after your order is placed to determine delivery or installation date.

    Can I swing on the playset with my kids?

    In most cases, parents and grandparents can swing along with children! Swing beam is rated at 250 pounds per swing position. So, as long as you do not exceed that weight limit per swing, anyone can join in on the adventure. 

    How much space do I really need in my yard?

    The amount of space needed for a safe play experience may vary for each playset, but we suggest following ASTM’s guidelines of having a 6’ safety area around your playset. This area should not include any obstructions such as trees, plants, sheds or any other structures. In addition to the safety benefits of a 6’ clearance, it gives children space to run around in your backyard all day long. 

    What kind of construction knowledge do I need to have to assemble your playsets?

    We welcome anyone to build our playsets, even those with little do-it-yourself experience. Each playset kit is pre-cut, ready for assembly and can be built with basic tools, so you don’t have to be Bob Vila to install our playsets. Actually, parents often comment on how much pride they have building their playset on their own. Don’t worry, if you have questions during assembly, our dedicated customer service team can answer your questions via phone or online chat.

    Can you install our playset for me?

    We also offer professional installation on our Premier Redwood Series of playsets for $299.

    Maintenance Tips:

    Periodic maintenance is suggested to ensure safe enjoyment of your playset and optional accessories. Be sure to check out our outdoor playset maintenance checklist within the resources tab on this page.

    Checking, splitting and surfacing cracking are characteristics of all playsets. This is caused by varying seasonal temperatures and moisture conditions. To minimize this checking and/or cracking, you may coat your playset with a water repellent.

    Best way to stain the Opening Star playset:

    The Opening Star playset is factory stained to provide a beautiful finish and long lasting protection. We recommend staining wood playsets once a year to maintain its rich color and naturally resilient qualities.  Prior to staining, clean all wooden components.  Use a high quality water based stain or sealant such as Thompson’s Water Seal® . After staining or sealing, please allow 24 hours to dry before allowing children to start their adventure.

    Have any other questions? Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    1. Great product but very poor service

      Posted by Jim Norlin on 19th Jan 2021

      I've owned a Kids Creation set since about 2010, and added on multiple accessories over the years, as dozens and dozens of kids played on it. I've also disassembled and moved it 3 times with no wear/tear on it. It is of the highest quality materials and durability for a very fair price. That said, the service and support over the last 10 years has been poor. 4 different times over the years whenever I wanted to add accessories or ask questions I was unable to contact anyone or get responses back using their phone numbers or emails. This past fall it happened again while I was trying to expand our set for kids stuck at home, and while I assume it was pandemic related, I never got a response to my emails or messages or even a canned response saying they were unable to assist. They lost my business and I ended up incorporating a new monkey bars set and rope swing on my own. Please make it an improvement focus for the future.

    2. Unbelievable Quality and Durability

      Posted by Jerry and Ashley Ward on 24th Jan 2014

      We've owned our swing set for almost 5 years. Unfortunately the set up we have was a custom but it is roughly the same style as the Opening Star. This swing set is as high of quality product as any of the name brand (Rainbow or comparable) swing sets you will find on the market. Trust me we did our research for months before buying. We had it put together in one day and it has been used constantly over the last 5 years. We have several kids in our family ages 14-3 and I can tell you they look like ants at a picnic on this thing. It has never faltered. Nothing has broken nor has any of the wood warped. There is no need to spray any kind of stain or waterproofing on the wood. Most higher end swing sets require some kind of annual treatment.
      The true test came on May 20 2013. We were victims of the Moore OK Tornado. The Tornado passed roughly 200 yards from our house. Our fence, pool, roof, sheds had some kind of wind damage from the storm. When I surveyed the damage in backyard that swing set didn't move. Even the tarp was still intact. (remember this set is 5 years old and we have not replaced anything) About the only damage to the swing set that I coiuld see was one of the buttons holding the tarp to the wood came loose. With a quick snap it was like it never happened. The fencing around our backyard was pulled up by the concrete post anchor in the ground if that gives you any indication of the wind speeds during the tornado. We have several friends who bought "cheaper" sets and their's were completely leveled or picked up by the wind. This was a true test of the durability of the set. I would recommend this company and any swing set they build.

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