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Create a Kid-Friendly Backyard with Affordable Outdoor Shade

I know as a parent myself, one of the things I most wanted to provide for my children was a great backyard where they could spend quality time with their siblings. Playing in the sandpit and learning to swim as toddlers, exploring imaginative play in their developmental years, and swimming in the pool and playing backyard soccer in their teens; I wanted to be able to provide an environment that allowed my children to experience all of this and more. However, with kids of any age, safety must come first.

Backyard accidents will always happen when kids are left to be kids. However, there are preventative measures, we parents, need to take to minimise risk. More often than not, we focus on the obvious dangers of sharp objects, tripping hazards, child-safe toys, etc., but overlook the most obvious – the sun.

To create a kid-friendly backyard, you must provide them with a shaded area where they can play-away their days, without risking sunburn. Thankfully, Shadepro has plenty of affordable outdoor shade products to help you do just this.

Continue reading as I outline the best outdoor shade products to transform your backyard into a kid-friendly yard.

Kids Sandpit

A sandpit is one of the best play initiatives for young children, and due to their simplicity and affordability, they are also one of the most popular. However, without adequate shade over a sandpit, it can be very hazardous to our children’s health. The sun’s rays intensify when reflected off sand, so creating shade over a sandpit is a must.

One of the best outdoor shade products for a sandpit is a shade sail or outdoor umbrella.

Swimming Pool

While it’s always essential to Slip! Slop! Slap!, you can help protect your children in the water as well by providing high UV-R protection through an outdoor shade product. Like sand, the sun’s rays intensify when reflected off water also, so stopping it before it hits the water is the best prevention.

The best outdoor shade product for a swimming pool is a shade sail.


Whether you have a bouncing castle,trampoline, swing set, or playset, any form of play equipment is a honeypot for children. They will occupy and provide endless hours of joy to kids, but they are all outdoors, and therefore offer the risk of sunburn. Hence, outdoor shade is necessary.

For larger areas such as a playground, shade sails are the best and most affordable outdoor shade product.


As a parent, nothing beats watching our children grown and develop while having fun in the backyard. While we want to encourage children to get off the iPad or Xbox and spend time outdoors, we also need to ensure that we are providing a safe environment for them to do so.

Providing outdoor shade is just as important as providing a hazard-free environment for children to play in, and it isn’t as expensive as you may think. Shadepro has many affordable outdoor shade options to choose from; however, shade sails are the most affordable, and they are suited to all backyard applications; sandpits, swimming pools and playgrounds.

Whether you live in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kiambu, Machakos, Meru, Kajiado, Machakos, Kakamega or anywhere in between, Shadepro can provide you with affordable outdoor shade for your backyard. View our range of outdoor shade products online or contact us for a no-obligation quote.