I am not a very good judge of what I would want for a play set as a child.. I guess I would have loved both the same. What I can say is that no matter what you give your kids make it for the imagination along with muscle movements. The two together will work the arms and the brains. This is the things we as parents need to remember when providing the right tools for our young generations to learn and activate there little muscles both for thinking and lifting.
A Wooden play house will bring more imagination and play time in the make-believe world versus the latter of a swing set. I would say if it is possible to have both in your yard that would be the way to go. I have for many years been asked to choose for the client and almost always will find they go with the play fort attached with swings and some monkey bars to boot. For me this makes the most since. we live in a world of boredom and loss of interest, are kids are not that far off from the same. We as parents need to find the best way to keep the kids active and out in the sun for the short times we have in Washington's weather. With a set that can construct the imaginations and make the best of active play at the same time! where can you go wrong with this..
Some of the best sets that I have been asked to construct for my clients are the 6'x6' Enclosed forts for the little girls that have brothers that love to climb. I have found I can make the house cute as a button for the girls and the boys love the rock walls. along with the option for a wheel on the deck. The little fellas like to steer the wheels and play ship like they are driving the titanic to its doom... This makes me laugh all the time. I wounder how a 5 year old child would even know about something so far back in the past? But they do... all the while the girls are playing house and making dinner. I guess they don't know whats in store for them, as the captains tosses them overboard along with the chicken..
Maybe a day or two the rides will change as the boys are locked in the dungeons and the girls are driving the ships to there remote island of doom. some of the ships captives are plotting there ever building escape to the lost world of Atlantis in the pits of the ships belly. While the little girls are desperately fighting pirates from the bow of the ship. Trying ever so rightly to save the lives of the captives to drop them off to suffer the inevitable doom of the desert island...
So with some creative play and maybe a few ruined mud pies if you have a mix of kids plan well and let them dream the dreams. Sit back and be entertained in some of the wildest tales you can think.