Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

The Ultimate Covered Outdoor Kid Zone

May 13, 2019 in KIDspiration, Motherhood, Uncategorized - No Comments - 4 min read
pool design, home plans, outdoor kid play area, outdoor kid zone, shaded kids play area, custom home kids play area, outdoor kid activities

The Ultimate Covered Outdoor Kid Zone

May 13, 2019 in KIDspiration, Motherhood, Uncategorized - No Comments - 4 min read

The Ultimate Covered Outdoor Kid Zone

|This post contains Affiliate Links which means I get credit when you shop through my page! Thank you for all your support!|

When building our house we focused heavily on the kid spaces. The truth is the more areas they have to escape to the less time they’re spending in front of the T.V. or asking for a snack to feed their boredom. That is ultimately something very important to me. I think the less time kids are in front of a screen the more time they have to use their imaginations! Giving our kids an outdoor kid zone to foster independence and a love of the outdoors was my goal. This is how the idea of a covered outdoor kid zone was born. It was meant to be a place where our kids could escape to at any point in the day to play and get some fresh air (all while doing so in a safe place!) After dreaming this space up I look forward to creating it and I believe this is the ultimate outdoor kid zone that will get used often and for many years to come!

While I did focus heavily on the kid zones in this home, I also made sure each “kid zone” was a space they could grow with and could be transitioned with in time. Each space in our home can start out as a “kid zone” now then transform to a “teen zone” and then ultimately an adult multi-use space down the road. So, when I came up with this idea specifically I wanted to make sure it could be a space we would always find useful beyond the childhood years. The goal never wavers, it will always be an outside safe haven. With that said, this space can easily transform into a tanning outdoor lounge area with sun beds or a putting green (as it will already have the holes built in to the turf) that any resident of the home can appreciate!

pool design, home plans, outdoor kid play area, shaded kids play area, custom home kids play area, outdoor kid activities
The Blueprint Of The Screened in Lanai Space

Every Kid Zone in our home will have multi-purposes. As I spoke previously about the playroom’s-under the stairs playhouse – concept in our First Look post. This space to can grow with our kids and can also be used for a reading nook or library in the future. So, don’t be scared to go all out for the kids now because these spaces can be used later in their life as well!


outdoor kid play area, outdoor kid zone, shaded kids play area, custom home kids play area, outdoor kid activitiesKid Zone Concept:

The original idea was to have a space where the kids could play safely and independently with their outdoor toys but in a somewhat controlled environment of being screened in. The spot I chose for this is behind a media wall we have for our outdoor T.V/ I chose this area because the wall creates privacy AND blocks the children’s area/toys from the relaxing outdoor lounge area creating two separate spaces that don’t conflict with the experience you get in either one. This space will be a place the children can retreat to on their own and is going to hold all their favorite outdoor pieces including their:

  • Sand and Water Table

  • Greenville Garden Station by KidKraft
    This is going to be multi-fold. It will be a place for the girls to plant flowers since it is something they enjoy doing but this will also be a great place for a butterfly habitat or a bin for their rock collection (so that doesn’t end up in the house like usual!) garden for kids, garden center Kidkraft, kids garden

  • Kidkraft Picnic Table
    We have had this table for a year now and this area will be the perfect home for it! The girls love sitting here and playing with their outdoor dinosaur figures or eating lunch outdoors so it gets used often! This set is well made and will last a long time! kids picnic table, wooden picnic table for kids


We also plan to get some more fun outdoor items for the space like this outdoor bean bag chair lounger pictured above! I see this being a space where we will do lots of activities to fully take advantage of the space. Maybe even a little put-put with the kids!


 Play Surface:

As briefly mentioned above we chose artificial turf for this area because it would be softer than our travertine floor that the rest of the pool area will be getting and is very kid friendly. Also as mentioned we will have put-put holes put in for present and future use of the space. Our biggest concern was that we were told the artificial grass tends to get very hot in the sun but this area luckily stays mostly shaded throughout the day. If we do need more shade I will hang something similar to this shade sail over the top of the screened area above. The shade will also protect the toys inside from the weather elements. I also love how it will add a pop of color to the space as well! Another thought I have is to install some misters in this space to really make it somewhere the kids can enjoy year round!


I can’t wait to get this area set up for the kids and I will be sure to share the finished product here as well as in video form on our YouTube channel! Please make sure you have subscribed to our channel so you can see it when it is live!



Make sure you follow along on social media for more fun design inspirations!

Instagram | Facebook

pool design, home plans, outdoor kid play area, outdoor kid zone, shaded kids play area, custom home kids play area, outdoor kid activities
Pin me!

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Hello! Noelle here! I am the owner + creator of this blog. I am the wife to an amazing man and mother to 4 children under 5! Two incredible little girls who are 16 months apart and TWIN baby boys! They all keep me very busy to say the least but I have learned to embrace the chaos! They say children don’t allow you to be lazy and I couldn’t agree more! I love my family, decorating, being a total mamarazzi, shopping small, and writing. Here you will find everyday KIDspiration from kids play spaces to room décor, mom life and more. For more about this blog and me hit the “about me section” and keep reading! Welcome and I hope you enjoy what you see!

Subscribe & Follow

Subscribe to our Mailing List

Receive FREEBIES and be the first in the know by signing up for our newsletter below!


Contact me for Collaborations


  • Family vacas are my jam ☀️ Nothing beats the quality time we get to spend together, even if it’s a little hectic at times having 4 little ones 5 & under 🤪 All it takes are smiles like Beau has here to make it all worth it! #poolsideviews
  • These girls never leave home without their “daughters” aka their beloved @cuddleandkind dolls so of course they made their way to Naples with us too! As much fun as we’re having I wanted to bring awareness to a special cause; Tomorrow starts Double Your Impact ‪over at Cuddle & Kind in honour of World Hunger Day. ‪Did you know that ‬66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world!? This statistic stopped me and really made me feel how fortunate we are. We can all do our part though and we can help C+K on their mission to fill hungry bellies all over the world! Here is how:
* With every doll sold, instead of donating 10 meals for each doll sold, they will donate 20!  1 doll = 20 meals!
* For every print sold, they will donate 10 meals instead of 5! 
Shop from May 25th-28th to help double your impact!! Head over to @cuddleandkind and browse their adorable collection ✨ #ad #worldhungerday #cuddleandkind
  • First swim meet in the books for this girl!! She competed in the 25-free and the backstroke races for 6&under taking 3rd & 4th place 🏊🏼‍♀️ She got in the car and asked me if she can do it again tomorrow so I think it’s safe to say she had fun! #firstswimmeet #swimteam #5yearsold
  • When your days are as hectic as ours it sure comes in handy to have dinner all figured out for you! @hellofresh mail days are the best mail days and we all love to see the yummy meals they have planned for us! These smiles say it all!! And since I’m so grateful to you all I wanted to give you an opportunity to try HelloFresh too! Use code OHHAPPY80 for $80 off your first month of HelloFresh! You can find the link in my bio now! #hellofreshpartner 🍽 #hellofreshpics #freshfriends #getcooking
  • Joie has a passion for learning and she loves sharing it with friends! SO our new video she wanted to make on our YouTube channel is fun AND educational! She’s sharing all her knowledge about the 7 continents and how she has done her research using this amazing Talking Globe by @educationalinsights 🌎 ALSO, the voice on it is featuring @bindisueirwin and as a mama who grew up watching The Crocodile Hunter on repeat I absolutely love this addition! Link in bio!! ad #kidyoutuber #summerlearning
  • Weekends and popsicles go hand in hand around these parts ☀️🌴 Double Tap if you want to hold on to the weekend a little bit longer 🙋🏻‍♀️ #weekendvibes

Follow @ohhappyplay