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PlayN Wisconsin Provides Endless Family Fun

By Pamela Sosnowski

As childhood obesity and usage of mobile devices among children continues rising, the need for physical activity as part of a young person's lifestyle has never been more important. PlayN Wisconsin of Middleton is helping children get more exercise and have fun at the same time, by being a leading retailer of superior outdoor play equipment including swing sets, trampolines, basketball hoops, and more.

If the weather isn't cooperating or if customers want to check out the products, the store invites children and parents to have a blast trying out the equipment in their showroom during its open play sessions.

For Co-Owner Shannon Hadac and her husband, it was the loss of their 9 year-old daughter to a brain tumor that inspired them to launch a company that would bring joy to other children. "The idea for PlayN Wisconsin came to us many years ago stemming from our combined 25+ years of experience in the play system industry and an enthusiasm for family-centered fun," she explains.

"Losing a child who lived life to the fullest and demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of terminal illness is our motivation. We chose to honor our daughter by living our life the same way and focusing our time on family, friends, and those in our community looking for ways to enhance their family experience. PlayN Wisconsin fulfills this dream."

Hadac says that each product is personally chosen by her and her husband, using their parental instincts and business experience with play systems. Their Springfree trampolines are considered extremely safe, and they only stock the highest quality products for affordable prices.

The PlayN Wisconsin team will even visit a home to provide a complimentary yard evaluation, or photos and dimensions may be submitted for swing set suggestions. In addition to traditional swing sets, the company also sells monkey climbers, seesaws, tire gyms, balance beams, and sandboxes made of chemical-free wood and heavy-duty hardware.

PlayN Wisconsin serves the entire state and will set up outdoor equipment, as well as provide moving and relocation services to safely dismantle a system and set it up at the new address. A full range of warranties and maintenance packages are also available, to make sure all structures stay safe for children. They will even power wash and apply a fresh coat of sealant to swing sets.

Open play sessions, where the 12,550 square foot facility is available for kids and parents to play on the showroom equipment, are held during the week and on weekends. The store may also be rented for birthday parties where guests can enjoy the play structures, shoot basketball hoops, and catch some air on the trampolines.

The company also recently expanded its product range to offer Primo ceramic grills, putting greens, driving ranges, custom courts, and portable "Fun to Go" items such as frisbees, tabletop tennis, soft-touch footballs, and badminton. For Hadac, seeing the satisfaction that kids and parents alike derive from their products is the best part of her job.

"(We enjoy) the smiles on the faces of both the kids and adults more than anything," she says. "We can see the same families over and over again throughout the years; and hopefully, one day their grandchildren. We love seeing families 'unplug' and spending time together doing something creative and healthy simultaneously."

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