Outdoor Play Trampolines for Kids

Jumping on a trampoline can be a way for people to get exercise. Outdoor trampolines can come in different sizes and configurations. When looking for an outdoor trampoline, you can consider the layout of your outdoor area and who might be using it.

What size trampoline should you buy?

Here are some things to think about regarding trampoline size:

  • Mini: These trampolines are typically less than a foot off the ground and are circular in shape. You can find mini trampolines that span anywhere from 3 to 4 feet across. These products are portable.
  • 8 to 10 feet round: This size would fit well in a smaller backyard. This type of trampoline can accommodate one jumper.
  • 12 feet round: This would be considered a medium-sized trampoline.
  • 14 feet round and larger: Larger trampolines have greater landing areas.
  • 10 feet by 17 feet: This is an Olympic-sized trampoline that has a rectangular configuration. These types of trampolines have a very firm bounce.
What are some features of outdoor trampolines?
  • Enclosures: Trampoline enclosures or nets can prevent jumpers from falling off the sides of a trampoline. The nets are usually made out of a synthetic material that has been tightly woven together for strength and durability. Metal poles covered are in a thick foam for extra safety and are placed around the trampoline. These are used to hold up the net. Most enclosures can be closed with a zipper.
  • Padding: The springs are covered by a firm, foam padding covered in vinyl.
  • Tubing: Most trampoline poles are made out of galvanized steel. This type of metal will not rust or change its shape.
Where can you place a trampoline?

You can put your outdoor trampoline on a soft, flat piece of your land, at least several feet away from any type of tree or structure. You can place it on grass, dirt, or mulch. To minimize UV exposure, you can choose a spot that may be shady for some or most of the day. You also should also be mindful of tree branches that a jumper could hit on a high jump.

How do you maintain a trampoline?
  • Check the condition of its parts. Inspect springs, jumping surface, padding, and frame for any noticeable wear and tear, rips, or stretched out parts that can happen with age and replace when needed.
  • Keep it clean. Since dirt and debris can wear on the jumping surface and springs, be sure to regularly wash with soapy water and a brush with soft bristles. A sweep or water hosedown between washes can help maintain cleanliness.