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  • Take A Look At This Awesome Playground Lolo And Lola Built For Their Apos

    It has a slide, a swing set, a playhouse, and everything that the little ones will enjoy.
    by Cielo Anne Calzado .
Take A Look At This Awesome Playground Lolo And Lola Built For Their Apos
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Aia Juliano
  • Now that children are mostly confined inside the house because of the pandemic, families are realizing how precious the outdoors are. Some took the time to build DIY pools to beat the heat, while others turned a portion of their home into play spaces.

    For grandparents Noel and Loida Lontoc, they chose to make their grandkids happy by building a playground inside their family compound, with the rest of their children — now adults —  contributing to complete the outdoor space. It was also their way of fulfilling their own childhood dreams.

    “My Dad is a contractor and has a construction firm which was established in 1993,” shares Aia Juliano, one of the couple’s children, in an interview with SmartParenting.com.ph.

    “My parents are so loving, mas higit ang pagmamahal sa mga apo. Gusto nila na lagi silang masaya. Mabilis daw po kasi lalaki ang mga bata and gusto nilang nakikita na nae-enjoy ng kids and childhood nila. In 2015, nagpagawa din ng swimming pool beside our main house,” she relates.

    Inside the family’s compound, Noel, Loida, and the kids of their youngest daughter who works abroad live in the main house while Aia and her Kuya live in a condo-type building with their respective families. It was Noel who was also in charge of constructing the building.

    A playground inside the family compound

    There’s no denying that kids miss the outdoors, too, and while they have access to a swimming pool, missing activities they are used to are normal. “Noong nag-start ang quarantine, araw-araw sila nagsu-swimming, pero noong tumagal na, nagtatanong na din sila at parang nase-stress. Nami-miss na nila ang school, ang classmates nila, even the trees outside,” Aia shares.

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    Finishing the playground just in time for one of their grandkids’ 7th birthday is indeed a blessing for the family. The kids now have an outdoor area where they can bond and play together.

    The best part? Building the playground became a family affair. Since Noel has a construction business, some of their workers were called to work on it while Loida was on top of making sure each aspect is polished. Aia, her husband, and her Kuya helped in their own little way as well to make sure the little ones will get the best playground.

    See the rest of this amazing outdoor space below:

     

    Any kid would LOVE to play here!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Aia Juliano

    The playground looks similar to the play areas seen near parks. You can’t dismiss the amount of hard work Noel, Loida, and the rest of the family put into it.

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    Noel collated the family's ideas for the playground and translated them into one final drawing.
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    Loida requested for a mini bridge and a fish pond as these were part of her childhood dream.
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    Aia’s husband, who loves basketball, had the basketball court made. It helped that he has his own construction firm so getting it done was quite easy.
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    Aside from playing outdoors, the kids can also read and play inside this covered area. It also comes in handy for homeschooling.
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    Who doesn’t love lutu-lutuan? This corner of the playhouse is perfect for whipping up imaginary meals and baked treats.
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    This part of the playground is personalized with the kids’ handprints.
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    There used to be a warehouse for construction supplies in the area where the playground now stands. The family had to relocate their supplies and also spend time demolishing the warehouse before proceeding with the construction.
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    Some of the kids’ favorites in the playground include the play sand, swing, and slide. Since there are only 2 swings, they take turns,” shares Aia.
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    When not in use and at nighttime, the play sand is covered with faux turf to keep cats out.
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    Most of the materials used in the project are excess construction supplies from Noel’s firm to save on costs. H frames, which are used for scaffolding, were welded together to create a house-like structure.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Aia Juliano

    When asked about the kids’ reaction to the playground, Aia shared that some of them are still too young to realize how lucky they are. “Kita mo pa din na sobrang happy and excited sila, kasi noong kinabit na ang duyan, ang aga na nila nagigising like mga 6 a.m. pa lang nasa playground na sila at nakapila sa duyan,” she says.

    This family project proves that as long you put your mind and heart into something, nothing is impossible — especially if it involves putting smiles on your loved ones’ faces.

    Want to share your home makeover and get featured? Email us at smartparentingsubmissions@gmail.com and tell us about your project. For more home improvement and renovation ideas, click here.

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