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With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, we want to remind all the families out there that this holiday is the perfect time to use the home basketball system. What many people don’t realize is that Thanksgiving is a great opportunity not just for eating and catching up with family, but for exercising, too. After all, the average American consumes 3,000 calories on dinner alone, never mind appetizers and dessert!    To make this Thanksgiving a bit healthier for your family and guests, we recommend making time for some exercise, either pre- or post-dinner. With a home basketball system, you can get the whole group moving. Try a shootout game of “H-O-R-S-E” or “Around the World,” as these games allow for an unlimited number of players. Another option is a game of two-on-two. To keep things moving, set a winning point value (for example, 5 points) and have the winners take...
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Believe it or not, playground sets can -- and should -- be used all year long. Many of the families we meet envision their children using the swing set only during warm weather. But if you ask us, there is no reason the kids can't use it in the fall and winter months, too. Everyday: We recommend getting the kids in the routine of playing outside each day. Whether it's 20 minutes on a particularly brisk day or an hour when the temperature is more pleasant, getting the kids moving after a long day at school is beneficial for many reasons. Not only will they burn calories as they get their bodies moving, but the kids will also release any stress they've built up after so many hours of concentration. And because they were most likely sitting for most of the day, the activity will feel great. Just be sure they bundle...
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Shopping and planning for a backyard storage shed involves style and size selection, color choice, placement decisions and much more. There are a number of other customization options to consider, too, but unfortunately, some retailers use the term “Upgrades” to refer to what should really be standard. In this blog you’ll learn about what 25 years’ of experience in the storage shed industry has taught us about the components that should be included in a quality storage shed.   Interior of Door is Painted: It’s important that the inside of the door on your storage shed is painted, as this helps protect it from the elements. After all, if you live in a region that experiences different seasons, your shed will be used on the extremely warm summer days; the frigid, snowy winters days; the rainy days of early spring and even the crisp days of autumn.  30-Year Architectural Shingles: Not...
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If you are thinking about purchasing a backyard trampoline for your family, you know there is no shortage of brand, size and shape options to consider. From the no-net trampolines more common in days past to the modern, more expensive in-ground models on the market today, this is a purchase that warrants thorough research. With that in mind, we’re going to take you through a few of the key features you will want to look for as you shop for a trampoline. Safety Net Enclosure: In our opinion, the safety net enclosure aspect of the trampoline is non-negotiable. For safety reasons, some sort of net is a must-have. It prevents falls and ensures that the jumper will be gently directed back to the trampoline surface in the event of a sideways bounce.  Quality Construction and Materials: Whether you’re leaning toward a traditional trampoline or a Springfree model, which uses composite rods...
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        As far as beautiful backyards go, few outside home improvements yield as much bang for your buck as outdoor kitchen islands. That’s why we’re dedicating this final installment of our Patio Designs series to the selection, maintenance and use of outdoor kitchen islands. Once you’ve finished reading this blog, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed purchase, which is important anytime you’re making an investment as a homeowner.        A common misconception surrounding outdoor kitchens islands is the notion that these products must be custom-made. Custom-built outdoor kitchens are certainly one option, but working with contractors sometimes mean a long and expensive process. Depending on the size of the island, the project could take weeks or months. Between the timeline and the fact you don't know what the finished product will look, a custom kitchen island can be a risky decision. ...
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For many people, the search for a backyard shed takes place solely on the Internet, with photos and vague descriptions standing in for research. Here at Best in Backyards, we believe that buying a storage shed is a personal investment. With that in mind, we want to share a few tips to help you start shopping. These points can help you find a shed that will not only look great on your property, but also fit your needs and budget. Consider your storage demands: What sort of items are you looking to house in your new storage shed? A snow blower? Garden tools? Pool supplies? Outdoor holiday decorations? We recommend creating a list of all the objects you plan to place in your backyard shed. Be as specific as possible, and don’t hesitate to look toward the future. For example, if you are thinking of upgrading from a push mower to...
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     Outdoor awnings are perfect for folks who enjoy spending lots of time outside. Whether spring, summer or fall, there almost always comes a point in the day when it’s prudent to take a break from the sun. For many people, that means retreating from the backyard and heading back inside. Having a retractable patio canopy allows the whole family to stay put, while extending their time outside and enjoying Mother Nature from a shaded space.      The feature that sets apart outdoor awnings from other shade solutions is its impermanence. Pergolas and pavilions certainly have their place in the backyard, adding elegance and creating a lasting outdoor room, but backyard awnings offer unparalleled flexibility. Perhaps you love sipping your coffee on the deck, but the morning sun is just a bit too strong. Or maybe the positioning of your home means intense afternoon rays. Outdoor awnings allow you...
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     Our team of factory-trained professionals has been busy with deliveries all summer long, installing everything from wooden swing sets to storage sheds to trampolines and beyond. Here's a look at a few of the recently completed swing set jobs, with descriptions of the models and add-ons.     Installed in a woodsy area of the customer's backyard, this Supreme cedar swing set has been customized with two add-ons: a wood roof and monkey bars. Standard features include the three-chain tire swing, 10-foot wave slide, three-position swing beam and more.     This wooden swing set is the Imagination model, which includes the most activities and accessories of any Eastern Jungle Gym playset. In total, the Imagination offers six swing positions, plus three slides, three clubhouses, a rock climbing wall and much more. Even so, this family chose to customize by adding wood roofs and a gang plank ramp.  ...
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        When it comes to the hot days and relaxing evenings of summer, nothing allows you to enjoy the gorgeous weather from the comfort of your home quite like an outdoor room. There are a range of outdoor room structures to choose from — pergolas, gazebos and retractable awnings — but the backyard pavilion is one of our favorites. With a clean design and a number of stylish customization options, the outdoor pavilion instantly adds a sense of sophistication to your backyard.          Pavilions are known for the shade they provide. Thanks to a solid roof made of shingles or a bold, colored metal, anyone sitting under the backyard pavilion is fairly well protected from the sun, depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun. For many homeowners, this bit of shade is a welcomed addition in a backyard that centers around...
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Dana Reed of Reed Boyz BBQ turned in the winning burger at this weekend’s 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle, earning him a trip to the World Food Championships this fall. With his wife Debbie and his twin boys John and James, Dana returned to the Best in Backyards superstore in Mahopac to compete at the Bull Burger Battle for the second year in a row. In 2015, he submitted an Asian turkey burger and came in fourth. This time around, his entry — The Mustang — consisted of smoked cheddar, “fronions,” jalapeño, an English cucumber relish and a pretzel bun. The judges gave the Mustang a score of 96. “My approach this year was to cook more towards the judges,” said Dana, a Montvale, NJ resident. “I went with a well-executed, simpler burger.” As Bull Burger Battle winner, Dana took home a new Bull Steer Grill Cart. His sponsored trip...
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     When it comes to beautifying your home, outdoor rooms are all the rage. Not only do they look elegant and sophisticated to guests and anyone who gets a passing glimpse of your backyard, but they also provide an additional space for entertaining. Plus, outdoor rooms add value to your home. That means another selling point to entice potential buyers if you eventually put your house on the market.       With a number of styles and materials to consider, there is no shortage of beautiful structures to choose from when adding to your backyard. Whether your home is a cape, ranch, colonial, Victorian or modern, finding the perfect outdoor room simply requires a bit of browsing and planning. The options include retractable awnings, which attach to your home and provide a shaded area that you control; gazebos, which you may have seen on your local village green; pavilions, which...
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Mahopac, NY — With more than a dozen handpicked competitors confirmed and a top-notch panel of judges eager to find the winning creation, preparations are nearly complete for the 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle at Best in Backyards. Scheduled for Saturday, June 18, the third annual New York Bull Burger Battle is an official qualifying event for the 2016 World Food Championships. It is the second Bull Burger Battle of 2016, with the first having taken place in Baton Rouge earlier this month and the others slated for Chicago, San Diego and Indianapolis.  Activities for the Mahopac event will begin at about 10:30 a.m., shortly before the first group of competitors fires up their grills. Attendees will have the chance to enter to win a Bel Air Grill, valued at $499, and they will also have the opportunity to sample food cooked on a premier Bull BBQ grill cart. Live radio entertainment will...
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Carmel, NY — Best in Backyards of New York and Connecticut is excited to announce the addition of a revolutionary trampoline to its superstores, Springfree featuring tgoma.  Designed to transform screen time from a stationary, indoor activity to a physical one, the new and improved Springfree trampolines with tgoma combine traditional trampoline fun with interactive digital gaming. Springfree featuring tgoma—which stands for “take gaming outside and make it active”—capitalizes on the intense popularity surrounding devices. A study from Common Sense Media released last year found children in the US spend up to 60 hours each week consuming media, and experts say young people are spending less and less time playing outside. “Instead of fighting technology, it’s about leveraging it to transform ‘screen time’ from an isolating, sedentary activity to a healthful, engaging experience for the entire family,” said Steve Holmes, founder of tgoma.  The first of its kind, this product stays true to the safety-conscious, patented...
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Best in Backyards, the retail division of Eastern Jungle Gym, has donated a cedar swing set to be auctioned off at the upcoming Share the Love gala, a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9 at the Regency Hyatt in Greenwich, CT. It is hosted by the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for improved treatment of the most aggressive types of pediatric cancer. More than 200 people from Fairfield County, Westchester County and the surrounding areas will dine and dance the night away from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. In addition to the auction, there will also be casino tables and an awards ceremony. The Dream cedar swing set will be up for grabs starting with a $1,000 bid. Highlights include a 10-foot wave slide, a rock-climbing wall, a clubhouse with a tent top canopy, sling swings and more. It...
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With the 2016 New York Bull Burger Battle just three months away, Best in Backyards is excited to announce that competitor applications are now being accepted.    Best in Backyards will host the event for the third consecutive year at its Mahopac, New York location on Saturday, June 18. Approximately 15 of the region’s most passionate and dedicated grill masters will go head-to-head as they prepare the burger that could win them a sponsored trip to the World Food Championships, as well as a new BBQ Steer Premium Grill Cart from Bull Outdoor Products. In total, the winning prize package is valued at $3,350.   Both of New York’s former Burger Champions, Joe Saccente and Skip Day, will return for the 2016 competition. Many other familiar faces will be in attendance, too, in addition to some newcomers. Interested parties may submit an application here.   The search for a panel of...
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            Best in Backyards is excited to announce an addition to its trampoline selection just in time for the 2016 spring season. All Best in Backyards superstores will now sell JumpSport Elite Trampolines, which come from the creators of the trampoline safety net.              JumpSport Elite Trampolines feature patented safety systems engineered to increase the jumping surface's shock absorbency, and to ensure a smooth transfer of energy from trampoline to jumper. These products rely on a heavy duty frame, made of 14-gauge steel and backed up by a 10-year warranty. JumpSport Elite Trampolines also provide a soft, deep and high bounce for both children and adults.             "For the past 23 years, our parent company, Eastern Jungle Gym, has gone by the motto 'Creating childhood memories,'" said Rolf Zimmermann, vice president of sales for Best in Backyards and Eastern Jungle Gym. "We're happy to say...
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     All the best backyard swing sets have a few things in common: high quality materials, top-notch construction and safety features, and exciting activities. Whether you are shopping for a swing set or looking to add on to an existing backyard playground, there is no shortage of add-ons you can look to for a unique, one-of-a-kind playset. The kids will absolutely love you for it!      Here is our list of top swing set add-ons, in no particular order: Monkey Bars: The monkey bars are a classic choice, and often a favorite for kids. Parents like them too because they help the little ones develop upper body strength. Whether you go with traditional monkey bars or the double-wide monkey bars, we recommend they be constructed of steel rungs and a wooden cedar frame. A set of monkey bars takes any backyard swing set from average to awesome in no-time. A...
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     For many homeowners, the storage shed is a place to keep garden tools, lawn equipment, recreational items and other objects associated with somewhat warm weather. But a storage shed should be taken advantage of year-round, not just in spring, summer and fall.      Here are some ideas that will help you get the most out of your storage shed during the colder months, too.   Store wood pellets, firewood or coal: Anyone with a wood or coal-burning stove in their house knows how often the fuel needs to be replenished. Instead of trekking out to the edge of the backyard to your stash of firewood, coal or wood pellets, keep a smaller amount nearby in your storage shed. Many people have positioned their storage shed in a place that’s convenient to access from the front door, so having the supplies in the shed means those refill trips are...
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The children at the HONOR shelter in Middletown, New York now have a new playground to keep them busy, thanks in part to Best in Backyards. The cedar swing set, a Dream 1 by Eastern Jungle Gym, was installed at the homeless center just in time for Christmas. It replaces one that was stolen--and later returned destroyed--from the shelter a couple of years ago. "It's always wonderful when we can help make kids happy, and it's even better at this time of year with the holidays,” said Scott Honigsberg, owner of Best in Backyards, the retail division of Eastern Jungle Gym. Best in Backyards provided the playset at a discounted price, with free delivery and installation. “What better way to have helped spread Christmas spirit than giving back." It did not take long for the children to start enjoying their playset. As soon as it was up, the little ones began to play. ...
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           When Daneen Mancuso told her boys, Justin and Matthew, that she had won a new trampoline for them, they were thrilled.             It was just a few months ago that the brothers had to say goodbye to the Little Tykes trampoline they had outgrown. Daneen knew they would love a new trampoline, so she entered the Best in Backyards giveaway, hosted by Wee Westchester. The kids had no idea.             "Matthew was ecstatic," Daneen said of her younger son hearing the news. She told the older one when she picked him up from CCD. "He was like, 'No way! No way!' That was his first reaction. Then he asked when it was coming and when they can invite their friends over."             Best in Backyards delivered the 8-foot round trampoline, valued at $1,499, on Saturday, Dec. 19. It was just nine days after Daneen had entered the contest on Dec. 10, the birthday of a...
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