“ Brand: Argos / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
I bought this trampoline for my local Argos using the reserve and collect service. It cost just £15 which I feel is great value. It comes flat packed so is easy for transportation but this of course means that you have to assemble the product yourself. When building this up the poles are easy enough to put together however it is not very easy to get it evenly balanced on the ground which is the biggest bugbear of mine. Secondly when you have to attach the elastic it is extremely difficult to get it even so that there are no large gaps to ensure the child doesn't fall through. These problems with building meant that when assembled there was a problem with the use of the trampoline. Although after hours of fiddling with it I managed to ensure the elastic was even the trampoline did not stand equally on the 4 legs meaning when my 3 year old jumps on it there is unevenness meaning an increased risk of injury which obviously I don't want.
When assembled the trampoline is not sturdy but as I would be keeping a close eye I allowed my son to use it, the handle bar meant that he had something to hold onto whilst jumping, with the padding on the bars it means he can jump in comfort whilst also maintaining a secure grip with the grooves on the soft padding. The stoppers on the legs of the trampoline ensured that the trampoline stayed put however with the legs being uneven it did move around and did not stay positioned in the one area. It also means that it is exceptionally noisy when being jumped on so definitely not a toy for using indoors.
I have found this toy to be very durable, there has been no rusting on the bars or sagging of the elastic which for the price is really good value I feel. I have stored this trampoline in the winter months in an outdoor shed, it really just protects against the wind and rain as there is still plenty gaps to let cold in so it is by no means a space that removes all exposure to the elements.
My son has had a lot of enjoyment out of this trampoline but I would have been much happier if there was some way that the legs were all even and therefore less risk of injury. My son's trampoline is not the only one I have seen with the legs uneven, many places I have come across with this particular brand that has the same problem so it seems as if it is an all round problem and for that I have to remove 2 stars. It is a good buy but I would rather spend a bit extra on getting something that is 100% safe and not as noisy!
I love the outdoors, and my daughter is following in my footsteps (along with most other children!). I decided to get her some toys for outside around the beginning of the year. One of them being the Kid Active Junior Trampoline from Argos.
* Packaging and assembly *
The trampoline comes flat packed in a rectangle shaped box. The box is quite heavy, and carrying it through town was a bit of a mission, I luckily had mum with me so we took it in turns.
Once we got home I made the silly mistake of opening the box with my daughter around who wanted to play with it there and then. I don't think a 15 month old can understand it takes time to put it together! The box included the metal pieces which make up the base and handle wrapped in cardboard and plastic to stop damage in transit, the elastic rope, mesh mat, nuts, screws and washers, a tool thing (sorry I'm not that technically minded!!) and an instruction booklet.
Putting the base together was quite awkward for me, having to hold 2 metal pieces next to each other and trying to tighten up the screws was a nightmare. Mum came to lend a hand, this made things much more easier (even with a toddler getting in the way). Once the base and handle were erected came the task of threading the rope through the holes of the mesh and around the base of the trampoline. The instruction booklet was clear and concise up until this point. The task of threading the mesh is explained with a picture of the trampoline and a few arrows showing the directions in which the rope should be going. This nightmare probably took the best part of an hour, the instructions aren't as clear as they could be, in my opinion written instructions such as "start here, go over the bar for such and such amount of times, change direction and go under the bar" would have been much more easy to follow. But we got there in the end, and the little terror was beside herself with excitement.
* Playtime! *
We hadn't finished putting the rubbish away before daughter was on the trampoline. As soon as she was on she was bouncing away having the time of her life. The handle is a very good part of the trampoline design as it meant she could hold on and bounce as much as she liked as hard as she liked without losing balance and falling, it gave me great peace of mind also. My daughter finds it difficult to dismount, she doesn't like to step down from it so flops to her belly and edges her way off, this can sometimes be difficult as she occasionally gets her feet caught where between the mesh and the base.
I wouldn't normal admit this to anyone but since I'm reviewing all parts of the trampoline I can tell you that I've had a go (quite a few times) and it takes my weight fine and I'm not the lightest of people. Although I would say that it isn't recommended as prolonged use of someone too big for the trampoline will stretch the elastic.
* Price and availability *
I purchased the Kid Active Junior Trampoline for £24.99. It is available from Argos in two different colours, blue and green or pink colours. We went for the pink colours.
* Opinion *
This trampoline is a fantastic addition to our garden. We have already has our moneys worth and we've only had it since February and it also looks like there are many more years left of use as it is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
I would give it 5 stars but have to knock one off for assembly so 4 stars from me.
One thing that my children have always loved is their trampoline, with my Mum buying them a 6ft one with enclosure a few years ago, though this has never stopped them from bickering over the one I will now review!
The product in question is - "Argos - kid active junior trampoline".
I have to say that this was a well loved and used piece of outdoor equipment, outlasting even the newer trampoline, but unfortunately went to trampoline heaven a little while ago (due to being left outside and over exuberant 14 year old!).
The trampoline comes in flat pack design, so when my daughter unwrapped it (one Christmas!?), my husband immediately went and fetched his tools (bless him it makes him feel ever so useful!), though all that was needed was a socket wrench, and If I remember correctly I think it may have actually come with one.
The first thing to do is set up the frame work, with the base (where the trampoline cover gets attached too) having to first be attached to the handlebar end and the feet end, a feat that was (hilariously!) beyond my husband, but took me 10 minutes to achieve (it's his own fault, if he had read the instructions like I did, he would have managed it himself!).
Once set up ( and not screwed overly tight or else the screws will have the threading sheared off after use!), the unenviable task of threading and pulling tight the elastic that holds the cover or the "jumpy" part to the frame (by this time Kaitlin is beside herself with excitement and is crawling all over me!).
This part did take a bit of time, though you do want to make sure you have pulled this part nice and tight and made sure that it is evenly spaced, thus removing any gaping holes for little feet to get trapped into.
Once this is done away the child can go! I mean away, bugger off and leave me alone! Lol!
My daughter was initially a bit wary of jumping without holding on, so this is where the beauty of this trampoline lies, the child can jump as high as he/she wants to, but with the security of knowing that they shouldn't fall off.
Once a little more confident (and due to the fact her brother was then also jumping and doing tricks on it) Kaitlin decided she could do the tricks too, so started jumping side wards, flicking her legs up behind her, in front of her, splits in midair, (Olympics here we come!), the base did wobble slightly with every, and each more adventurous routine, but of all the times they have gone on it the base has never flipped up.
So how long did it last? A good few years, my son was only about 18 months old when we first got it, and it got broken last summer, my niece (who is 14 and nearly 5ft 6" by the way!) decided she would have a bounce.....and went straight through the material and nearly broke her ankle (which would have been preferable to my son, who wanted to break her neck, though it had been originally "loosened" by my drunk husband, so my niece still blames him!), though it would probably have lasted a bit longer if it hadn't been left out in all weathers for so long, by the time it had broke it was a completely different colour to the one we originally got!
Price wise I believe it was around the £20.00 mark, which for longevity of use is phenomenal, and also due to the fact that it is so lightweight and moveable, less likely to kill the grass on your garden like the bigger enclosed trampolines.
This would be ideal for the younger child, ideally around the 2-3 year old mark onwards, with mine starting from that age, but being used by the entire family, so it we got plenty of use from, and comes highly recommended from the Barrows!
Thanks for reading x
Wherever we go, and whatever we're doing, my daughter will hunt out something she can bounce on. We really wanted to get a trampoline for the garden, but realistically we just don't have the space, or we would almost fill it with an enclosed trampoline.
For a while we settled with a small exercise trampoline in the garden, but I always worried that my daughter would fall off it if she got too excited. In the end we compromised and bought a junior trampoline with a handle from Argos. It was £24.99 which was an average price from looking around.
I have been dubious about this style trampoline in the past due to hearing horror stories of children over bounding and the trampoline going forwards, taking the child with them if too much weight was placed over the handle area.
Putting my over protective parenting fears to one side, I watched my daughter like a hawk the first few times she was on it.
We had to assemble this at home as you may expect. In all honesty I found it easier to do than my husband, but I did let him have the pleasure of tightening all the bolts at the end. I didn't want to be responsible for it falling apart with our daughter playing on it. Far better to let Dad have that responsibility!
Once built, we could see straight away the trampoline was sturdy in its own right. With four decent girth metal legs which are short enough to be low to the ground, but at the same time high enough for a child to get a good bounce without touching the ground.
The elastic that attaches the frame to the weaved bouncing area was doubled up which I liked. Extra strength for extra peace of mind for parents. With an 80cm area approximately for bouncing, the trampoline provides some good space for wobbly children.
The trampoline in its assembled frame is very lightweight and I was quite surprised by this. This is probably what made me worry the most about it tipping over. My husband told me I was being silly, and even tried to wobble the frame to prove to me how strong it was.
You can use this trampoline indoors and out, but ours stays in the garden on the grassed area. As my daughter has gotten older, we have seen a difference in how she bounces in it. She has no fear at all and will jump using the handle, sometimes without the handle, and she'll also jump off onto the grass. I have relaxed a lot more around her as I see her confidence with the trampoline, and I don't want to install my fear into her.
The handle itself on the trampoline arches around the whole of the width of the frame which does help make it sturdy. There is a cushioned are in the centre at the top which is designed to be held when bouncing. By staying central, also helps keep the weight in one place.
I can honestly say I have never seen it topple once when any child has been bouncing on it. My nephew goes on it occasionally, but we have just started to stop him as you can tell he is getting too heavy for it at eight years old. The maximum weight recommended for the trampoline is 35kg.
Overall I have been pleased with the purchase and it makes up for not having a large enclosed trampoline in the garden. It has worn well over the winter months, but I would keep it under cover if possible to prevent rust forming despite its protective layer on the paintwork.
The Kidactive trampoline is an excellent, low priced alternative to the more expensive large trampolines that seem to be in every family garden at the moment! At around £20, it is much, much cheaper than other designs, and can be used from ages 3 and up, although my daughter has been using hers under supervision since she was two, and my 14 month old enjoys the occasional bounce!
The trampoline is easy to assemble with straightforward instructions and sturdy components. However, the elastic rope takes some effort to attach, and getting the trampoline base central is a bit of a challenge. It really needs to stay assembled, so storage can be an issue as it is quite large. The trampoline has a safety bar for the children to hold on to with padded handles. These are a great idea, but in practice have two problems. First, if your child is anything like mine, getting them to use it is near impossible (not the trampoline's fault, I acknowledge!). Second, the foam padding wears away quite quickly, and once split, children cannot seem to stop themselves tearing it even more.
The only real down-side is the lack of covering on the ropes, meaning that a child can easily end up with their foot going through. However, this seems to be why the trampoline is aimed at children 3 years and older as similar ones with safety covers are advertised for anything from 12 months plus. It also explains why the price is so much lower.
For my sons second birthday i wanted to get him some toys that he was able to use both inside and outside. As most toddlers are, he barely sat still and was an adventurous little boy, forever running and climbing, so i thought a junior trampoline was worth a go. I wanted one like the picture shown, as his birthday is in March and it would have to be used inside for a short while until the weather was a little nicer.
I popped along to my local Argos store and was suprised to find the Kids active junior trampoline at a mear £19.99. It came in a fairly large square box, that i had to put on the back seat of the car as it would not fit in the boot ( bear that in mind when collecting - i have a large A4 and struggled).
I didnt think that my son would be too impressed with opening a box and waiting an hour or two to be able to play with his trampoline so i made it up the night before his birthday. As you may have guessed, the product is flat packed.
In the box was everthing i needed including the instructions and i got started (felt like i was part of DIY SOS, lol). The four edges needed screwing together, and then the handle to this which has a foam like handle that runs the legth of the bar itself, and then finally attaching the mesh base and not forgetting the elastic!
As you can see from the picture the framework is purple, and the mesh and handle are green, with a bright orange elastic, to throw in a little variety. Perfect for either little boys or girls. The framework is coated metal to withstand a little of the british weather and the mesh is a coated plastic, thus making this waterproof too. With the trampoline comes for 4 rubber feet that need to just be pushed on, which i found were a little floor in the product in that, outside i found that the rubber either perrished or became stiff and almost brittle and then didnt stay on the trampoline itself effectively.
Putting the trampoline together ideally needs 2 people, but you could do it alone if you really had too. I must say that when putting the elastic on, you have to do this yourself by threading it through the holes in the mesh and around the pole on the trampoline side. I found it very tricky to maintain the mesh from becoming slack, and admitted defeat and got my husband to finish it for me. The last thing my son wanted to do when he first jumped on it was to jump, land on the floor and the mesh not pop back up again, kind of defeats the idea of a trampoline?!
Anyway, we got it assembled.... eventually.
The look on my sons face when he saw it was a memorable one and he jumped on to it and away he went, until i panicked that the trampoline seemed to leave the floor slightly when he jumped hard. Whether this was because he was being too vigorous or he was too light i do not know, as when first assembled, the trampoline appeared stable. Although i was paniking, he seemed to find it even more exciting, lol.
I would say the width of the trampoline is about 90cm wide which is a decent size for a toddler really, especially if they are doing what they should be doing and holding on to the bar.
The trampoline spent the summer in the garden and was used greatly, but now coming up to 3, i feel my son has already outgrown it. Still plenty of room for a parent o have a quick bounce and relive their childhood a little!!
Would i recommend it?? Well at £20 you cant expect the sort of trampline with the enclosure that have the extra stability, but this is versatile in that it can be used in or outdoors, so yes, but a star knocked off the for the shabby rubber feet and stabillity of the product when being used.
After my son out grew his first trampoline my mum bought him this bigger one. It took some time to put together especially when you have to thread the elastic cord through and around the trampoline to secure the bouncing mat in place. After completing this the trampoline seemed very stable and even compared to the last one he had which was very wobbly. The trampoline comes in two different colours either pink or the one which we have which is red, blue and green and costs around £19.99 from Argos.
The height of the trampoline off the ground is around 20cm which isn't a lot so the worry factor of my son falling off and hurting himself is small and I have put foam play mats around the sides of the trampoline to help reduce the risk of him hurting himself which further reduces the worry.
The trampoline is made from strong steel which makes it very sturdy and has a cushioned handle which makes it easier and better for children to keep a grip of without hurting there hands. It can be used indoors or outdoors but we keep ours outside in the garden and through time it has developed some rusty bits around the feet where the rubber soles which keep it from sliding about have came off but considering it has been outside for over a year in all sorts of weather from glorious sunshine to rain and heavy snow it is still in a good condition. In total it is a great buy and a great trampoline for young kids. The recommended age is for 3 and up but my son just turned 2 when he got it and I feel this age is totally fine to play with it.
My little boy has a lot of energy, like most three year olds. He's got a million and one toys in different shapes and forms but I noticed that he didn't really have anything that he could activley play with. I thought he was a little young for a bike and always worry about him falling of the slides kids can get incase they tip. Looking through Argos, I noticed this thought and at the reasonable price of £34.99, it would be a great idea. Not only would he have great fun on it, but it would also burn up some his energy.
The trampoline is 86cms tall, 89cms wide and 89cms in depth, it is quite big but can be used in the house or in the garden. I bought mine in the July, so it was in the garden for the best part of its use. It isn't too tall so the children can normally climb onto it pretty easily and don't have far to fall if they come off.
The trampoline itself is a simple metal frame with 4 legs and a handle going from one leg to the other that the child can hang on to. It is a piece of material stretched to the frame and tied with a kind of industrial rope. It's very sturdy and doesn't hardly move when my son bounces on it.
The handle on the front of the trampoline is padded which is good because holding a metal bar wouldn't be too nice for the child and if they do bump themself on the bar, it isn't going to hurt because it's protected.
The trampoline came flatpack but the tools were all incuded and me and my daughter had a good time putting it together. It didn't take long, about 45 minutes and we had it set up ready for my son to come home. (I left him at my moms while we did it so we could surprise him.)
My son came home and wandered into the kitchen chatting away and when he spotted the trampoline, he stopped suddenly and was like "mommm I wanna go in the garden!!" He ran out and was very pleased with the trampoline. That was that, he was on it like a shot bouncing away although I did make sure he held on tight as I didn't want any accidents. I also said he couldn't wear shoes on it to be sure it was kept in the best condition it could be.
He was thrilled and played with it for a good half an hour repeatedly shouting "Mum, look at me bouncing high!!" The trampoline says it is for 3-8 year olds although Idon't know how many 8 year olds would still find it as fun as younger kids do. My son didn't get bored with it because even after the initial novelty has worn off, you can play different games incorporating the trampoline like little assault courses for the child which they enjoy a lot.
Overall, I only paid £34.99 for a safe, fun item for my child. I can't complain about that. I've covered it up now and left it in the garden and it is still in mint condition after we've owned it for a god while now. My son still loves it and is looking forward to being able to use it again on the hot summer days. It's good to burn energy and also for fun! Id recommend this to others, my child loves his.
About a month before Christmas Scarlet baby decided to use my Sofa and her Bed as a Trampoline. She would bounce so hard on them I really thought they were going to break. My sofa is only a year old so I wanted to stop her bouncing as soon as possible. I have never had a new Sofa before so I was determined it will be looked after. So when my Sister asked what to get Scarlet for Christmas I thought a Trampoline would be great. I didn't want a one of the massive ones with the net around for her but a little one with a handle.
So my Sister picked up the Kids Active Pink Junior Trampoline from Argos. We have used Argos before for some of her toys and the Kids Active are actually pretty good. We have the ball pit from this range and it has been through a lot with her. She has jumped on it, fallen asleep in it, been sick over it and generally rolling around in it and it is still a very sturdy strong Ball Pit. So I knew the Trampoline would be hard wearing.
Argos advise the Trampoline is 86cms in height, 89cms in width and 89cms in depth, I do find it is quite a big item and does take up a lot of room in the house. I am glad that it is for indoor and outdoor use so I will be able to put it in the garden with her House in the summer. The metal of the Trampoline is made from a string steel frame which is then coated in the pink protective finish and I must say that it is very study. My friends little boy has been on it and he is 7 and quite heavy but it with stood his huge bounces on it without flinching, I was quite impressed.
The handle on the front of the item has protective padding on it which I have felt and squeezed and I must say that if she was to catch her head on it that it would not cause serious damage. Around the edge of the Trampoline is a skirt which is also padded so if she does bounce off then she will not get caught between the bars and the bouncy part. Argos advice that the Trampoline is for ages 2 years to 8 years but Scarlet is 20 months old and she seems to be ok bouncing around. She has bounced off once but we had no broken bones and she just laughed, got back on and continued bouncing.
The item does come flat packed but all the tools are in the pack ready for you to put it together. My Sister and her Partner put it together so unfortunately I cannot comment on how hard or easy this was but I know they took about half an hour to put it up. Also there was a lot of sweating going on but with my Sister helping I would have been sweating as well, she is the most dizziest person I have met and can spend 20 minutes putting the item up wrong before realising.
Once up however, Scarlet was straight on it and spent the next half an hour jumping around. She knows already that she has to hold the handle and keep holding on whilst bouncing. This was after she tried a few times to bounce without holding on to the handle. I supervise her whilst on the Trampoline as I want to ensure that she is completely safe and she really is. I have read some really bad reviews on this on the Argos website after Scarlet had the item but I really disagree with them as I find this item really good for her. Plus it really does tire her out after an hours bouncing session.
My Sister paid £34.99 for this item and it is definitely worth it as it will be used for years to come.
The Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline is available both in store and on home delivery. It is advertised as suitable for ages 3 to 8.
The trampoline comes in several pieces and requires piecing together. It took about 20 minutes to put together which wasn't bad considering you had to feed the elastic round and through the trampoline mesh itself to make it secure.
The trampoline is bright and colourful, with a large handle which is cushioned with squishy material making it comfortable to hold, and also easy to grip.
Although this trampoline is aged 3 to 8 it was bought for my 1 year old for his birthday. I do not believe the suggested age should put you off buying it for a younger child - both my 1 year old and my 3 year old love bouncing on it, and it will see them through a few years yet. It is strong, sturdy, easy to use and not too high off the ground so I am not concerned that my younger son could fall off and hurt himself.
The only downside to this I believe is that it does not fold down in any way for storage so it has to be put away in the garden shed completely made up. This isn't a problem as we have the space, but for a smaller garden or people with not much living space this could be a problem.
Overall I would say it is a great little product for very active children who have energey to burn!
Harry is a very active little boy, so we are constantly looking for new places to go and things for us to do outdoors with him. We're always at the park and the local playcentres, but I needed something for our own garden at home for when it's just not feasible for us to go very far. We only have a small garden so have to be careful with what we buy to put out there. I walked past him at nursery a while ago and saw him bouncing madly on a small trampoline so that pretty much made my mind up for me - a trampoline it would be. I had a look around at various toy shops at prices and the best value seemed to be the Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline.
As I mentioned, this trampoline is available in-store and online from shopping giant Argos, and comes as a flat-pack item so you can easily fit it in the car on the way home. It's only about 6kg so isn't too heavy to carry either which is good for me, as I'm not that big and strong! The website tells me that the trampoline is suitable for children from 3 to 8 years, although I can imagine a 2 year old would be able to use this properly if they were supervised by an adult. As it's flat pack, you have put the thing together by yourself, and I wasn't quite prepared for the struggle in doing so!
When I got it home, I opened the box and each of the metal pieces was wrapped in bubble wrap to make sure nothing was bashed together or scratched, and I was pleased to see none of the items were damaged at all. The elastic string and mat were just put in the box, and there was a bag with instructions and screws and things so everything was nice and neat. I laid it all out on the floor, read the instructions and began. Putting the frame together was fairly simple - they nested well together and the nuts and bolts went on simply, and fastened with the provided spanner. To be honest, when it was complete it looked totally wonky but I had done it right so I don't quite know whats gone wrong there!
It was when I put the mat onto the frame that the problems came. The mat is quite small compared to the size of the frame, but stretches when you put it together with the elastic around the frame. You just cannot do this by yourself, I think it's impossible. You have to follow a specific pattern for threading the elastic through the mat and frame, pull it taught enough to be safe and bouncy, and be able to fasten neatly with enough string to spare. Well I gave up halway round and waited for my other half to come home. It still took us together a few go'es to get it right and we only just had enough elastic at the end to fasten it properly. Our hands and arms were really aching afterwards, so this isn't one for your granny and grandad to do for your toddler! I really didn't expect it to be this hard to do, and was a tad disappointed by this actually!
The trampoline itself is very good, and Harry seems to love playing on it in the garden. The handle is nicely cushioned with a lime green padding, although there is a gap in the middle where the two halves meet that looks a bit strange. The frame is well construced - albeit wonky - and is a nice vivid blue colour that little boys will love. The green mat is nicely in contrast to the frame and is suitable for Harry's weight and size, and gives him plenty of bounce. I do find it a little lightweight at times as the back end does lift up when Harry bounces vigorously and I'm worried its going to topple over and send him flying onto his face.
Aside from these problems, we are pleased with the overall product. Despite my fears, he hasn't toppled over yet, and is content to bounce away for a long time on it. It has withstood the weather well, both sunshine and rain and doesn't show any signs of damage either which is great. I paid £15 for this on offer and while it's gone up by £5 since then, it's still a great product that I would recommend for your garden. It is small enough to bring indoors for the winter months as well if you so wish, and I think we'll be putting it in Harry's room so he can get his money's worth out of it! A very good value trampoline for children.
Item Number: 366/2490
Size (Height to handle)86, (W)89, (D)89cm.
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For ages 3 to 8 years. Strong steel frame with protective finish. Durable elastic cord and bounce mat.