Product Type: Argos Outdoor Toy
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Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline
Member Name: cornishchic
Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline
Date: 27/07/11, updated on 23/08/12 (96 review reads)
Advantages: Great value
Disadvantages: Poor instructions.
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.
Summary: A fab trampoline for indoor or outdoor use