monkey bars

plural noun

Definition of monkey bars

: a three-dimensional framework of horizontal and vertical bars from which children can hang and swing

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Up until that point, Hudson’s most serious injury had been a broken wrist from falling off the monkey bars at Back to School Night. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 Shutterstock How playground design has changed Typical playgrounds from the 1980s and 1990s used a prefab system of multilevel platforms, often with slides, jungle gyms, or monkey bars veering off into different directions. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why cities need accessible playgrounds," 20 July 2018 As our kids slip further into a world of screens and leave behind the monkey bars, aimless bike rides, and kickball games, there is an inevitable tradeoff: fitness and life in the real world, or Fortnite. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 Visitors of the park will have access to a 45-minute session on the obstacle course to conquer elements like hurdles, balance beams, bridges, monkey bars and more. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Floating water park opening on Lake Travis just in time for the peak of summer," 25 June 2018 The 29,000-square-foot space is loaded with exercise machines, adult monkey bars, free weights and technology to customize a bike ride or guide one through a do-it-yourself barbell session. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Downtown Louisville gets a gleaming new gym, thanks to Humana," 21 June 2018 Think of it as a playground, but instead of monkey bars, slides and swings, there are natural toys. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Go off the beaten path with your kids at Wehr Nature Center," 22 Jan. 2018 In the snap, the children were both all smiles as Willow gave her brother a hug around the waist and helped him reach the monkey bars. Maria Pasquini,, "Sibling Love: Pink's Daughter Willow and Son Jameson Cuddle Up on the Playground," 11 Feb. 2018 Inside, seats have been removed to make room for a colorful gymnasium, with a balance beam, mini trampoline, rope climbing, rings, inclines, monkey bars and even a zip line that runs the length of the bus, with riders landing in a ball pit. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "It's time to get on the party bus," 24 Jan. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of monkey bars

US : a frame of bars that children can play on by climbing and by swinging from one bar to the next one in the way that monkeys in a tree swing from branch to branch

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