Choosing a Trampoline for Kids: 8 Great Options for Exciting Play
There are many different kinds of trampolines to choose from, so where do you start? This list will help you find the trampoline that is best for your fun-loving, bounce-hungry kids.
Choosing the perfect trampoline for kids requires a bit of homework. Whether you're looking for one with a bit more support for smaller jumpers or one with extra safety features for more experienced athletes, there is a wide variety of trampolines to choose from.
It's not all fun games, though -- there are many benefits of trampoline jumping. "Kids are able to exercise and are entertained without staring at a screen (TV, computer, tablet, smartphone, video game) all day, and parents don't have to worry about spending a fortune for their children to go to the movies or amusement parks," says Al Palladino, the cofounder of Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena.
Another benefit of this type of exercise is that it can help increase your child's focus. This is especially important during summer months, when kids aren't in school. "Numerous studies confirm that physically active students perform notably better on exams than less active children," says Dr. Carla Hannaford, the author of "Smart Moves." "It is essential to the learning process to allow children to explore every aspect of movement and balance." Are you interested in purchasing a trampoline for kids.
Here are eight different models to choose from:
- The Original Toy Company Fold & Go Trampoline
The Fold & Go kids trampoline is portable, so it can be used indoors and out. It has a support handle to make jumping easier (and safer) for younger kids.
- Skywalker Trampolines 60 Inch Round Seaside Adventure Bouncer With Enclosure
All the Skywalker Round trampolines have a safety netting around the perimeter to prevent your little one from falling off the side. The Seaside Adventure model also has a support bar and uses soft, stretchy bands instead of springs to provide the bounce.
- SkyBound Super 7 Trampoline
Do you have more than one toddler who loves to jump? The SkyBound Super 7 Trampoline is great for one to two small children who need to get their wiggles out. Extra-tall safety netting keeps spills to a minimum.
- ExacMe Trampoline With Safety Pad, Enclosure Net and Ladder
This heavy duty 12-foot ExacMe trampoline has an enclosure net and a ladder for easy access. This model is meant for outdoor use only. The legs are rust resistant, which makes it perfect for any climate.
- My First Trampoline Combo
Beginner jumpers will love My First Trampoline! This model includes a deluxe enclosure net and stability-ensuring leg supports to keep parents at ease.
- Galt Nursery Trampoline
This trampoline from Galt Toys is perfect for toddlers! Little ones will love the happy-faced frog image, while parents will love the safety features, such as the supportive, easy-grip handle and small size.
- Zupapa Trampoline With Enclosure Net
Do you live in a wet climate? The Zupapa has a handy cover to keep your trampoline in tip-top shape in between seasons. It also includes an enclosure for safer jumping as well as a shoe bag for easy shoe storage.
- Pure Fun Mini Trampoline
This trampoline from Pure Fun is great for kids who have a little more balance and don't need a support bar. It's super portable, and even can be used by adults for a fun cardio workout!
Want more great ways to keep kids entertained and engaged? Check out the toy guides at Citrus Lane for ideas.
Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based parenting writer. Her boys are currently on summer vacation, and a trampoline would really help keep them busy! Follow her Twitter.