Temperatures are soaring this summer but despite mother nature, we all know that getting kids outside is great for their mental and physical health. There are several ways to keep kids safe when the temperatures are near triple digits. Drinking plenty of water and taking necessary breaks from the heat are two strategies that come to mind. The other strategy is to add shade. By adding shade and blocking the sun’s rays, it can feel 10 to 15 degrees cooler.

The use of shade on the playground is no longer just a trend. Many communities are opting to incorporate shade into their playground structures and overall playground design. Shade canopies and roofs provide options to protect both kids and equipment from over exposure to the sun. Stand-alone shade structures, pavilions and shelters can be options for larger park designs that have additional space.


Here are just some of the many shade options available:

Shade Play Canopy

Playground Canopy shade

Ara Hex Shade

Ara Shade for Community Play


Single Shade


Available roofs





Hip Shade

Hip Shade for school parks


Outdoor Shelters and Pavilions


Creating Outdoor Playgrounds and Recreation Spaces

Let us advise you on the best shade options for your playground or recreational space.  We have many examples of outdoor shade in Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Kentucky in our gallery to help guide you or connect with your representative to learn more.