We sometimes like to highlight the awesome things some parents do for their kids, like cosplaying every day to wave at the school bus or dressing up as Spider-Man to surprise them with a trampoline park outing. And we like to feature cool things parents make for their kids, like geeky lunch bag art, nerdy pancakes, and pop culture bento boxes. Today we have a video of a dad who joins the cool parent club by building a backyard roller coaster for his daughter. We are so jealous right now.
The backyard roller coaster was carefully designed and built over several months using pressure-treated lumber, PVC pipe, and concrete. It includes a 12-foot drop at its highest point and circles back around, with the cart permanently attached to the track for better stability. Normally I would balk at a kid that young using a homemade coaster, but this one looks so well built I wasn’t worried. Just look at this kid ride it while jabbering excitedly in toddler-speak. We think she’s saying, “Again! Again!” Did we mention we’re jealous? Because we totally are. All we had in the backyard as kids were dog turds and a chin up bar that used to be a swingset.
[Hat tip to Gawker and Hypervocal, who also have a video of a kid’s Pixar Power Wheels car souped up with a 500 watt .66 horsepower electric motor by another awesome dad.]