How did the term 'monkey bars' get its name?

I was just wondering at school playgrounds, people say I'm playing on the monkey bars.

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  • I assuming it's because it's similar to swinging like a monkey in a tree or some shit.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • Most likely because it's an overhead, overhand climbing method that resembles primates moving through the trees.

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What Girls Said 2

  • Because they were associated with swinging like a monkey.

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  • Because it's the kind of thing a monkey would enjoy.

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What Guys Said 3

  • There used to be a toy, years ago, that was a monkey attached to parallel bars, by elastic string, and when you pressed the base of it, the monkey did athletic moves on the bars.

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  • HM saw a black kid swinging on a metal bar and decided it would be great for kids. Hence the name 'monkey' bar.

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  • Its basically your swinging like a monkey on them. Thats really all there is to it I'm afraid.

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