On my recent trip to The Ideal Home Show, the very last stand that I came across that caught my eye was SpringFree Trampolines. As a couple with two small children, Adam and I had been weighing up for a while whether or not to buy one for Freddie and Sasha, the main ‘worry’ if you could call it that, was ‘would one fit in our urban London garden?’, and, I dunno, when you’re choosing a piece of play equipment that seems so BIG, it always seems a scarier decision than deciding if they need a millionth train for their wooden train track!
Anyway, I was impressed with what I saw, and got chatting to the guys on the stand. We swapped details, and to be honest, I didn’t expect to hear anything from them (these trampolines are MEGA popular!). So when they got in touch asking if our family would be Springfree Trampoline ambassadors for the summer, and road test one of our choice, I literally SQUEALED with delight!
What better way to make the decision as to what trampoline is right for our family, whether it’s suitable for our outdoor space, and also (most importantly, obvs) what Freddie (4) and Sasha (3) think of it?
As a family we are pretty ‘outdoorsy’- we love going for walks in the woods, going to the park, scooting, helping the children learn to ride their bikes, and also play a mean game of badminton in the garden (with F and S sort of starting to join in). Getting a trampoline has seemed like the next step when it comes helping us all maintain a healthy lifestyle, and it’s ideal for burning off steam in the garden when you just want/need to be at home.
Since we’ve been in possession of the trampoline, Freddie and Sasha have wanted to spend a great deal more time out in the garden- it’s the first thing they’ve wanted to play on/with when they come careering out of preschool, and the first thing they want to do when they’re up and dressed in the morning (SORRY Linda next door!). It’s just perfect for high-energy children like ours, who never seem to stop moving until they drop at bedtime.
So what’s the deal with Springfree Trampolines, and what makes them so different and special from the usual ones you can buy?
Quite simply, a Springfree Trampoline is so much safer. There are no dangerous springs (hence the name) and therefore no subsequent potentially ankle-breaking gaps around the edge, nor are there any of the usual hard poles for little ones to fall against and hurt themselves when jumping. The base frame is solid and heavy (one of the first things I checked after it had been installed), and the enclosing net is strong and sturdy, yet very giving when someone falls against it, thanks to the flexible vertical rods used as supports (see pictures below).
We chose the R54 Compact Round Trampoline, which is the smallest one in the range (trust me, you can go MASSIVE if you have the space!) at 2.5M in diameter/5m squared, but this is still a really decent sized trampoline, and is perfect for our two at the ages they are, and I expect it to last them throughout their childhood to be honest. What’s great is it has a generous maximum weight limit of 80kgs, which means that I *might* have a had a go myself (did you know that 10 minutes of bouncing is the equivalent of a 30 minute jog?). It’s also brilliant for lying on and simply relaxing
with a gin and tonic in the evening (although that’s just me, the kids have far too much energy to even consider this option).
So, with my ‘parent head’ on, is it a practical buy for the average family? I know to be ultra safe you really should only ever let one child at a time bounce on it, but with careful supervision Freddie and Sasha have gone on together (realistic I think when you have eager little ones). It was also a HUGE source of entertainment and talking point at Sasha’s recent 3rd birthday.
As far as child ease-of-use is concerned, the entry zips are a breeze, and both of mine can manage them on their own:
We also opted for a ‘flexrstep’ for easy entry and exit from our Springfree trampoline (S is only diddy!), and it was a wise move, saving my back lots of small-child lifting, and encouraging independence.
I just love watching the totally joyful looks on their faces when they’re bouncing!
They have seriously had the best time on it since it came to us, and I actually can’t imagine not having one now *gulp*. What has surprised me is that despite being such a big piece of play equipment, and with a fairly meagre 60 foot garden, it’s actually fitted in well aesthetically and has been fairly unobtrusive at the bottom of it (I think the slick, black, non-garish design has a lot to do with this). Springfree trampolines are definitely the Rolls Royce of the trampoline world and you get what you pay for- a great look, world class design and a safe ride.
What’s not to love?!
I’ll be back posting soon about our Springfree adventures!
Have you heard of Springfree before? What do you think of this trampoline?
A huge thank you to Rainbow Play and Springfree Trampolines for making us ambassadors and for enabling us to get our bounce on! All words and thoughts my own.
For more info about Springfree Trampolines go to www.rainbowplay.co.uk