The Aussie sun lends itself beautifully to lots of outdoor play. And nothing says fun in the sun quite like a trampoline. Rather than having kids bouncing off the walls indoors, trampolines provide a safe and fun environment for pocket rockets to burn all that extra energy in the backyard.
Designed for spaces big and small, trampolines come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s in-ground or fully enclosed, a trampoline is the ideal ‘toy’ to get youngsters away from the screens and loving the great outdoors.
What to look for when buying a trampoline
Here are some of the key things to look for when buying a trampoline:
Safety: Look for trampolines with padding to cover frames and springs and as an added measure, safety nets.
Spring or springless: The traditional spring trampolines have come a long way in safety and design, but there’s now the more modern option of springless. The bounce usually differs with each, so it may be worth getting the kids to test each out to see which they prefer.
Weight limit: Really important to check if you’re planning on having a jump with the kids!
Size: This all depends on how many kids you have (or are planning to have) and how much space you have available in the backyard.
Shape: Before committing to a trampoline shape, it’s worth deciding where in the backyard it will go. Some trampolines are narrow and rectangle so can be tucked along the side of a house, while round shapes work well in corners.
9 best trampolines for stay at home fun
To help you find the best trampoline for your family we’ve compiled this handy list of fab brands to get you started in your search. Happy jumping!
1. Springfree Trampoline
Designed with urban lifestyles in mind, this nifty trampoline is built to fit into small or tight spaces without compromising the entire backyard. The oval-shaped mat provides plenty of jumping space for tykes to test their moves while the flexinet keeps them inside and cushions kids as they fall.
2. Plum Trampolines
A game-changer in the world of trampolines. The Bowl is a revolutionary take on the traditional flat trampoline and the perfect place to combine springing in the air with the sports they love. Designed to change the way kids bounce, they can incorporate jumping on the trampoline with anything from skateboarding and judo to ballet.
3. Jumpflex Trampolines
Poles that curve away from the net don’t just look the business, they mean more room for jumping and a reduced risk of injury. This 10ft beauty is perfect for medium-sized yards and the safety net is designed to withstand harsh Aussie conditions.
A serious tramp for serious jumpers. The Thunder has curved net poles for no-contact zones, built-in trampoline games printed on the game mat and are springless and padless for premium safe bouncing.
5. Lifespan Kids
A traditional-style trampoline with modern twists, the HyperJump3 has reinforced netting for wayward jumping, zipless doors and wide foam padding for safety.
6. Oz Trampolines
Wow-factor and fun-factor in one! In-ground tramps are quick to install (usually taking less than a day) and these come with their own retaining wall making DIY installation pretty simple. Oh, they have brilliant bounceabilty (that’s totally a word!)
The inner safety net means there’s no chance little ones are going to land on the springs, and the compact size is perfect for new jumpers getting their jump on for the first time.
Rectangle trampolines are perfect for slotting into a corner of the backyard. And they also happen to be awesome for jumping with a friend. Thick padding and long-lasting nets mean there’ll be plenty of jumping for years to come.
Extra strong springs, extra-thick padding and a UV-resistant jumping mat give this Kmart ripper all the armour it needs for years of Aussie backyard bouncing.
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