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Malia and Sasha Obama Get Swing Set!

Simple or Swank: The Obama Girls' New Swing Set

Swing sets have come a long way from the old tire hanging from a tree branch. Yesterday, Malia and Sasha Obama came home from school to see just how far they have come. While not necessarily the most extravagant swing set, their parents surprised them with a deluxe addition that would leave most tots jumping for joy!
Simple: The Rainbow All-American Double Decker ($1,700) is made expressly for Costco and includes two forts, three swings, a picnic table, sandbox, rock wall, ship's wheel, telescope, and climbing rope. Made of all-American timber, the set is sure to last for many years of outdoor play.

Swank: While you might not be able to buy an exact replica of the Obama girls' new play structure (it is etched with the names of all 44 presidents and has a plaque stating, "Malia and Sasha's castle handcrafted with pride in the heartland of America . . . God bless America"), the Rainbow Castle Package 4 ($3,500) is made from cedar and North American Redwood and comes with a tire swing, four swings, monkey bars, trapeze rings, a slide, fort, climbing wall, rope ladder, picnic table, and climbing ropes.

Which one do you prefer?

Photo courtesy of AP

luv2blazy luv2blazy 8 years
Our's is from Costco and it is great. We did seal the wood so it would last longer.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Forgot to mention that I love the look of the Obama's swing set; it fits in with the White House grounds. Growing up I had a swing set that slightly resembles the "simple" one shown; not as elaborate though,lol. I had that swing set until age 13 when I was given the option of keeping the set or having a pool placed installed. I loved the set but not enough to say no to a pool. :rotfl:
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
The girls are currently ages 10 and 7; I think they are still into this outdoor fun. Every child is different, one child of the same age might use it, another may walk past it. (I am definitely past their ages and still love swings.lol. ) Plus, as they get older they can just relax in the fort to get away from everything and unwind.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Those are just funny to see next to each other. One is all bright and sunshine-y and the other (the swank) one looks creepy and dark and just a little bit ominous (Swing set from a S. King novel)
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I agree with Kimpossible, they are both Swank! What is simple about a playset that costs 1700US$? Would love to have one though!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
even the simple one in this photo looks pretty swank to me lol. I honestly don't think there is an age limit on play like this.. as long as the structure can support heavier weights then age shouldn't matter. I still play on these things when I can!
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
aren't they kind of past the age of a play structure? i think my girls are about he same age as the obama girls and we got rid of ours over a year ago. the older one is going into jr high isn't she?
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