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Five Trampoline Games to Play With Friends

June 17th, 2014 by

Girls on Tramp Back yard trampolines offer endless supplies of fitness and fun. There’s something about trampolines that attracts people like magnets — and has kids lining up and willing to wait for a turn. This summer, add some fun and adventure to your bouncing with these high-energy games on the trampoline. They’re some of our favorites!

1. Crack the Egg
Crack the Egg is a great game for a group. Pick one player to be the jumper, and the rest sit on the trampoline and hold their knees — they’re the eggs! The jumper bounces on the trampoline and tries to get the other players to “crack” open by letting go of their knees. The last person left un-cracked wins!

As kids play, have them take turns so everyone has a chance to be the jumper. And to add some critical thinking to the mix, ask your kids before you begin who they think will break open the fastest and why.

2. Do as I Do
Do as I Do is somewhat like Simon Says, but while bouncing. Choose a leader and then have everyone start bouncing. As you bounce, the leader will do movements that the group has to follow. Seems simple enough, until you have to coordinate bouncing with rubbing your stomach and patting your head! Whoever gets out of sync is out.

As you play, scale the difficulty up or down depending on the players’ age and skill level. This game is a great way to improve coordination.

3. One, Two, Three, Sit
This one’s easy — everyone stands on the trampoline. Jump three times at the same time, then on “sit,” land on your bottom. If the timing’s right, a few people will get bounced in the air. Keep on trying until you get the bounces down to a science.

4. Seat Drop War
Pick two players to face each other. Then start bouncing together and do a seat-drop, which is when you bounce down in a sitting position (and then up to a standing position) on the trampoline. Continue doing this until one person gets out of the rhythm, and try playing it tournament style — or have the winner continue on until he or she is ousted. As you play, you’ll increase muscle strength and control!

5. How Long Can You Jump?
This one is great for building endurance and getting out your wiggles. Set a timer and challenge yourselves to jumping matches. Can you jump for 3 minutes straight? What about 5 minutes — or 10 minutes? For the ultimate challenge, try 20 minutes. Just be sure to fuel up and hydrate, especially if you’re jumping in direct sunlight.

After you finish each time trial, take a 30-second heart rate. How many beats can you count? Make a chart to keep track of your answers. What do you notice happening?

Play N’ Learn’s AlleyOOP and SpringFree trampolines with nets and anchors are a safe way for you and your kids to have fun with your friends this summer. Once your kids start bouncing, they’ll invent their own trampoline games that become instant classics. Contact us today to discuss the right trampoline for your family.

4 Outdoor Ways to Celebrate the End of School

May 20th, 2014 by

Has your family started the Days-Left-Until-School’s-Over countdown yet? While end-of-the-year projects and exams may not be over yet, now is a great time to start thinking about how you and your kids can celebrate the end of the school year and kickoff the start of summer. We’ve put together a list of fun, outdoor activities to bring in the last days of school in your neighborhood. Whether your kids are shouting “no more teachers, no more books” or are sad to see the school year come to a close, these activities will make the final days of school a memorable, fun occasion—and get them pumped for the endless days of summer to come.

1. Decorate bikes with stickers and streamers

Break out the party supplies and let your kids go wild decorating their bikes. Using stickers, streamers, and ribbon, your kids can dress up their bikes and cruise around the neighborhood. By wrapping streamers or paper around the frame and putting ribbons on the handlebars, they’ll have a great time showing off their bikes as they ride around in the afternoon sun. Your kids could even attach balloons to their seats and watch them blow in the wind as they ride down a hill.

2. Have an after school basketball or trampoline party

Keep those decorations handy, and bedazzle your basketball hoop or trampoline and invite everyone over to play after school. Have your kids come up with the design, and transform your hoop or trampoline into a party zone. Not sure what games to play? Try these fun basketball ideas, and then get jumping with these zany trampoline ventures.

3. Have a chalk drawing fest

Another simple way to have fun after school is to lie out some sidewalk chalk and invite the neighbors over for a big drawing party. The kids can work in groups or on their own to create masterpieces on the sidewalks connecting all of the houses, or they can do designs on participating households’ driveways. You could even make it a friendly competition with neighbors by coming up with categories, deciding  winners, and giving prizes.

4. Celebrate in the park

If you’re willing to take the party on the road, plan a park party for the end of school. After school, bring your kids and their friends to the local park and playground so they can let loose. With a few healthy snacks, a soccer ball or basketball, and a Frisbee or jump rope, you’ll have a great time and set the tone for your active summer to come!

So whether your kids are happy or sad for the school year to be over, make these last few days a celebration of the outdoors and the fun summer to come. Need help setting up an ideal outdoor play area in your yard? Contact us today.

 

Spring into Warmer Weather with a Trampoline

April 7th, 2014 by

Spring is officially here, and while the weather is still figuring that out, now is the time to start thinking about all of the fun things you can do with the longer days and warmer temperatures. Here at Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores, we can’t wait to get back outdoors on our trampolines. Don’t have a trampoline? Read on for why a trampoline makes a great addition to your backyard.

1. Trampolines offer endless fun

Who doesn’t love bouncing up and down? The fact of the matter is that jumping on a trampoline is just plain fun. Kids love it, adults love it, and that’s never going to change.

Whether you’re alone or with friends, trampolines offer endless fun and entertainment. You can play classic games like dodge ball or tag — or challenge your friends to few rounds of “Crack the Egg,” where one person (the egg) curls up in a ball in the middle, and everyone else bounces around trying to crack it.

Have your kids get creative by inventing new games — with a big open space for bouncing, they’ll rise to the challenge, for sure.

2. Trampolines keep us healthy and fit
Even better than the fun is that jumping on a trampoline is good for you — and can improve your cardiovascular strength, coordination, and bone and muscle strength. In fact, trampolines provide such great aerobic exercise that astronauts and athletes use them for training purposes. And in 1999, trampolining even became an official sport of the summer Olympics!

On top of that, jumping on a trampoline is low impact — and in just 10 to 20 minutes, you can burn the same amount of calories you burn from 30 minutes of jogging, without the wear and tear on your joints.

3. Trampolines fit almost any size of yard

Trampolines come in many shapes and sizes, from smaller eight-feet circles to larger rectangles or jumbo squares. So you can get one that fits the area you have available — all you really need is some level ground.

With the many size options come a number of design choices. Our AlleyOOP trampolines, for instance, come with a basketball hoop, while our revolutionary Springfree trampolines hide the frame beneath the jumping surface.

4. Trampolines come with safety features

All Play N’ Learn trampolines come with built-in safety features, including a net to reduce the risk of falling. Our AlleyOOP trampoline uses bounce technology to make it safer for multiple jumpers to jump without knocking each other off balance. And our Springfree trampolines are designed to prevent jumpers from landing on any potentially hard surfaces. Each design aims to minimize the risk associated with jumping so you can focus on the fun.

But the fun doesn’t end with jumping. With add-ons like basketball hoops and tents for trampoline sleepovers, you’ll never run out of things to do on your trampoline. It’s a simple concept that will never get old.

If you don’t have a trampoline waiting for you in your backyard, why not? Get in touch, and we can help you find the right fit.

How a Trampoline Can Make Your Child Fit

July 30th, 2013 by

How a Trampoline Can Make Your Child FitWhen it comes to summer fun, it doesn’t get much better than jumping on a trampoline in the backyard on a sunny day. Bouncing high is a thrill and your kids probably can’t get enough of it, which brings us to our good news: Jumping on the trampoline can actually make your child fit. It’s a great form of exercise! Don’t believe us? Here’s how!

  • Jumping on a trampoline, or “rebounding,” is an aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate and improves cardiovascular strength. A strong heart will help your child play hard and play often.
  • Bouncing on a trampoline also helps your child develop better balance and coordination, as the springy surface requires control and strength to maintain the same path and weight distribution. Every time your child jumps, he will have to find a new center of gravity. Jumping on the trampoline requires your child to use many of his muscles: His legs to jump, his arms to balance, his core to stabilize—it is a workout that engages the entire body.
  • The weight bearing motion of jumping strengthens bones and muscles, helping your child’s body become strong and resilient. Jumping on the trampoline is not as hard on the joints as activities like running because the trampoline mat absorbs some of the shock of impact. Jumping on the trampoline is a lower-impact form of exercise for your child, making it an appealing and safe way to become healthier.
  • And last but not least, it’s fun! What kid would say no to bouncing on a trampoline? Because jumping on the trampoline is seen as a play activity instead of structured exercise, odds are good you’ll have a much easier time convincing your kid to jump on the trampoline for 10 minutes as opposed to going on a walk around the neighborhood. Who knows, your kids might make it to the trampoline Olympics one day!

So next time your kids are ready to run out to the trampoline to play, you can send them without reservation since they’ll also be getting some unintentional exercise. As long as your kids are following regular trampoline safety (only one jumper at a time, and no flips!) and your trampoline is properly maintained, bouncing on the trampoline is a fun way to play and keep the body strong.

Trampoline Summer Safety Checklist

May 16th, 2013 by

Trampoline Summer Safety ChecklistNow that summer is here and school is almost over, your backyard is going to be the hot spot for your kids and their friends, with the trampoline as the main attraction. Trampolines are great exercise and tons of fun for the whole family, but, as you probably know, trampolines should be properly used and maintained for your safety. That’s why we’ve put together a safety checklist to go through before each trampoline season.

1. If you kept your trampoline out during the winter, now’s the time to perform the same maintenance checks as you did on your play set. Inspect all parts and connections for rusting, loosening, bending, and breakage. Your trampoline could also use a good scrub down to get rid of any winter grime from being outside or stored in your garage.

2. Make sure the trampoline is properly secured to the ground. This will help prevent it from flipping during use and also from heavy winds that might happen during summer storms. Check with the manufacturer or the store that sold it to you for good supplies to use.

3. Check that the padding completely covers the springs, hooks, and frame so that any wrong steps or falls are onto padding and not hard metal.

4. Make sure the trampoline is on level ground and away from low tree branches or other play structures and that your safety net is secure and has no tears or gaps.

5. If you don’t have a trampoline net, each time you are done playing with your trampoline, use a trampoline cover to protect it. The covers are waterproof and mostly weatherproof so that water, light, and debris don’t damage your trampoline mat in between usage.

6. Oil the trampoline springs just like you would oil a bike chain. If a spring looks stretched or bent, replace it before allowing anyone to use the trampoline. It’s a good idea to keep extra springs on hand so you can make repairs as they come up.

7. Lastly and most importantly, always supervise your kids while they are using the trampoline. Children under the age of six should not be allowed on trampolines, and sticking to the rule of one jumper at a time will keep your trampoline a safe place to play!

Even though the list looks long, checking over your trampoline is actually quick and easy. Plus, it’s well worth the time to keep your kids safe during play.  Your kids will jump for joy when they get out of school and see that the trampoline is back in action!

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use Too

April 19th, 2013 by

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use TooHere at Play N’ Learn Playground Superstores we focus a lot on ways for kids to have fun, but rest assured we haven’t forgotten about you adults who want to have a good time too. When it comes to doing backyard or game room additions, you can play with both the kids and the adults in your family.  Read on for a few ways to make your play area fun for all ages.

Basketball Hoops

A basketball hoop is worth its weight in gold as an addition that the whole family can use. Whether it’s for playing HORSE with your kids or having an intense pick-up game with your neighbors, a basketball hoop can provide endless hours of activity no matter what your age.

Trampolines

If you have the space in your backyard, a trampoline with proper safety additions is a surefire way to keep you and the kids fit and busy. There’s no question that once the neighborhood catches wind of a trampoline that there will be a line of kids in your back yard. But bouncing on a trampoline isn’t just fun—it also helps develop stability muscles. If you bounce long enough you’ll realize that it’s quite the workout! If that’s not a justification for spending the evening bouncing around outside, we don’t know what is.

Table Tennis

Table tennis or ping pong is a great game to set up either outdoors or indoors, depending on how much space you have in your game room. It helps your kids develop hand-eye coordination and you can even play doubles to get more friends involved. But there’s no outgrowing table tennis—after your kids have played a few rounds it’s the parents’ turn!

Billiards

A pool table is a basement addition that’s really meant for the adults. The great thing about having a billiards table in your home is that now you don’t have to go to the bar and hire a sitter just to shoot some pool with your friends. And of course, the kids can use it too—just after you’re done playing.

Foosball

A foosball table is a nice addition that doesn’t take up quite as much space as a ping pong or pool table but still allows for a spirited competition. In fact, you don’t even need a game room to fit one of these into your home.

So when you’re considering your next backyard or game room addition, consider an all-ages item. You can have your cake and eat it too—your kids will be happy and entertained, but you’ll also get a fun item that you can use with your adult friends. We’ll let you figure out who gets to play with it first, the parents or the kids.

Summer Vacations vs. Playsets, Trampolines, and Basketball Hoops

July 30th, 2012 by

Compare the value of a summer vacation with a long-term investment in your backyard!With summer comes nice weather, longer days, and for many, a lighter work schedule. What this often means is that it’s also the perfect time to take a summer vacation. But vacations aren’t the only way to spend your family’s hard-earned money and time: you could also use that money on a longer-term investment like a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop. Here are the reasons why you might do that instead of taking a vacation:

Vacations only last a week. The one thing about a vacation that limits its value, primarily, is that it ends. Afterward, you have memories and pictures, but if your children are too young to value these anyway, it might not be the best option for your family. Playsets, trampolines, and basketball hoops last a while, and they’ll grow with your children, allowing for a much more dynamic investment of your time than a vacation.

Playsets, trampolines, and hoops are good for you. Vacations can be healthy, or they can be focused more on food and sitting around then exercise and exploration. Either way, they don’t offer the productive opportunities of a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop. All of these are fun and engaging exercise options for your children (and you!), and a basketball hoop has the added bonus of helping to develop basketball skills.

The price is right. Vacations can get very expensive very quickly: if you have a family of three, four, or five, that means plane tickets (or gas for the car), a hotel room, pricey food, and entertainment during the week. And if people are arguing or complaining, or if some activity doesn’t work for everyone, you might be wondering during that vacation why you’re spending all this money. On the other hand, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop will likely be a cheaper initial investment than the vacation and its value will appreciate over time. With every year you have it, that money spent will seem like less and less of a cost.

Satisfaction is guaranteed. In terms of making sure you get value for your investment, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop is by far the safer bet. There’s no secret about what you’re getting with one of these, and you can adapt most of them to make sure that they continue to be interesting and fun for your children as they grow older. Vacations are a much riskier proposition, with the possibility of missed flights, mistaken reservations, and all of the other pratfalls of travel. If you have a limited amount of money to spend, it might make more sense to go with the safer option.

Of course, you can’t really go wrong with either of these, and both vacations and household entertainment are important for your family. But if you’re thinking about them as long-term investments, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop is the way to go!

Four Great Accessories For Your Trampoline

April 26th, 2012 by

Trampoline AccessoriesA trampoline is one of those products that seems to stand alone — you get a trampoline and then the fun begins and never ends. While this is true, there are also a variety of excellent and safety-enhancing accessories you can get to make your trampoline experience even more rewarding.

A Net: The first, and maybe most important, accessory you can get for your trampoline is a net to surround the outside. A net considerably minimizes risk of injury and danger when jumping near the outside of the trampoline edge, which may give you piece of mind when it comes to trampoline safety.

Trampoline Basketball Hoop: On the fun side, there are trampoline basketball hoops, which allow you and your children to live out all of your NBA fantasies. Basketball is a perfect example of an activity that can be enhanced by a trampoline, and it’s also a great game to play solo.

Trampoline Anchors and Ladders: Anchors and ladders are both great for enhancing the safety of the trampoline experience. Anchors keep the trampoline grounded, increasing the stability of your jumping as well as preventing the mat from acting as a sail in wind. Ladders help mount the trampoline, of course, and that also lessens the chances of falling when climbing on or off.

Trampoline Tents: Trampoline tents allow you to create a new environment on the surface of your trampoline, where smaller children can sleep, play, and hang out. Rather than your children making a fort out of your quilts and pillows in the basement or a bedroom, they have a ready-made one right outside, and it’s perfect for nice weather.

Sure, you can let your trampoline remain just a trampoline, but these items all show the ways in which the trampoline experience can be enhanced. Particularly with the different interests of family members, trampoline accessories allow everyone to be equally involved in the experience.

From the Customer: Why a Springfree Trampoline is a Great Purchase

March 9th, 2012 by

We’d be happy to never stop promoting the virtues of our Springfree trampolines. But what’s more important than our opinion is that of the customer’s—that’s who the trampoline is for, after all. And when we received a wonderful testimony from someone who’d just purchased a Springfree trampoline, we couldn’t resist sharing it. After all, we don’t want you to just take our word for it!

Here are some of the great things one satisfied trampoline owner had to say:

It makes her feel safe. Though the customer was concerned about some of the safety questions behind trampolines, she said her experience with the Springfree model has been completely reassuring and entirely safe. There’s no metal to be concerned about, the net is strong and supportive and the trampoline itself is soft.

It’s the best exercise she’s ever gotten. Because of how much fun the Springfree trampoline is to use, she’s been averaging ten times using it a day—giving her great exercise that’s also enjoyable and varied. Even without springs, the Springfree trampoline provides a high jump that allows the exertion of both cardio and strength.

The customer service has been great. The customer’s questions, asked before purchase, during assembly, and once the trampoline was set up, were all responded to with informative and helpful answers. Between the website design, the marketing of the trampoline, the safety features and the product itself, the customer had no disappointments.

Most importantly: it’s fun! The customer called the trampoline a “euphoria creator,” and said that everyone who steps on it instantly has a huge smile on his or her face. Which means, she’s not the only one—she said that a number of people had gotten great joy out of the Springfree trampoline, and that she couldn’t be more delighted to have the trampoline as a part of her home.

It’s responses like this that make the business worth it. Springfree trampolines are perfect for providing a fun, safe, diverse exercise experience for you and your family. And the customer service aspect is a big part—we want your purchase and use of the trampoline to be as pleasant and easy as possible, and we’re committed to making that happen. So if you want to tap into some of the joy that this customer felt, go out and get your family a Springfree trampoline—you won’t regret it.

What You Need To Set Up A Trampoline

February 28th, 2012 by

Just like with a playset, a trampoline can be a fantastic addition to your home and yard—and, because you don’t have to do anything to your home, it’s the best kind of addition there is. But a few things need to be kept in mind before you commit to a trampoline, and to make sure your family’s experience using one will be fun and safe.

Make sure you have enough space. You want to leave about two feet of empty space around the entire circumference of the trampoline—this both keeps the trampoline protected from obstacles as well as ensures that, if someone were to dismount, they wouldn’t hit anything. And you want 20 feet of overhead clearance, so make sure there aren’t any low-hanging branches or other such intrusions.

Make sure you have a flat surface. This is very important, both for the safety of trampoline users and for the safety of the trampoline itself. Find a flat patch of land in your yard, and make sure that all of the framing sits evenly and level in the yard.

Make sure you know what you’re doing when you set up the trampoline. It’s very important that a trampoline is installed properly, since it will be bearing weight and has to sustain its springs and surface. If you plan to do the installation yourself, be sure to read the manual thoroughly and use the right tools and devices as prescribed. If you have any doubt about what to do or whether you’ll be able to set up the trampoline, you should bring in a professional to help. It may cost a little more, but the added safety and quality will be worth it in the long run.

Consider which kind of trampoline you want. Different trampolines offer different experiences. Play N’ Learn offers both the AlleyOop trampoline, which is a traditional-style spring trampoline that adds to safety because of a smoother, lower-impact bounce, and the Springfree trampolines, which use a different system. Springfree trampolines use fiberglass rods instead of springs, increasing safety and performance, and the mat is held above the steel frame instead of mostly level with it—decreasing the chance of a collision with the frame.

All of these are practical steps to take before purchasing anything, and trampolines are certainly no different. We think you’ll be enhancing your family’s experience at home with a trampoline from Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores.