We live in a townhouse and do have a yard, but are not allowed to leave anything out on it or put anything permanent on it. I've been looking at different options to keep the kids occupied outside that can be easily removed from the yard when we are finished. We do have a few playgrounds nearby, but they are not a walkable distance away and they tend to get overcrowded with bigger kids which kind of freaks me out when I'm by myself. Oh and the fact that the swings which Summer likes and the slides which Cole likes are no where near each other. I finally decided on a bounce house and was able to purchase a slightly used one from a member of my multiple's club. Jim and I decided we would get it as an early birthday present for the kids and then be able to use it for their party. I set it up when I got home from picking the kids up from daycare last night and boy was it a SMASH HIT! It was so beautiful outside that I let them bounce until way after their bedtime. In total, they bounced with virtually no fighting for over 2 1/2 hours!! I was really happy that I was able to set it up myself, which is a big bonus since Jim doesn't get home until 8pm usually during the week. I really think that we will get a lot of use out of it and hope to entertain some of our friends' children in it as well. My favorite part of the night was when Cole decided to take a break and sit by me and Summer beckoned in from inside the bouncer by calling... "Coley Boley wanna play bouncie house with me?" ... breaks my heart!