Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.
Spring is my daughter's favorite time of year. The days get longer; the weather gets warmer, and most importantly, at least for her, it is time to set the trampoline up in the backyard. My husband and I purchased this trampoline three years ago for our daughter's birthday. At that time, she was just becoming interested in gymnastics, and the trampoline kept her busy for hours.
SkyWalker Trampoline is Very Durable
When my husband and I were considering what trampoline we were going to purchase, we spent a great deal of time going over safety specifications and sizes. We finally choose the SkyWalker for its raving reviews, durability, and cost. After three years of use, very hard use, the trampoline is still in fantastic shape. The red mat that covers the springs has faded a bit, and some of the foam around the poles has split, but overall, the integrity of the trampoline is very much intact.
Trampolines aren't just for Kids
One of the best parts of having a trampoline at our house is the fact that it is an activity the entire family can enjoy. While we bought the trampoline for our little gymnast, who is now a competitive gymnast, my husband and I often spend spring, summer, and fall days bouncing right alongside her. My daughter and her friends, most of whom are also gymnasts, spend a great deal of time jumping, stunting, and laughing in our backyard trampoline.
12-Foot Size is Great for Backyard Fun
If you have just started shopping for trampolines, the one thing you will notice is that there are many different sizes to choose from. The most popular sizes are 8-foot, 12-foot, and 15-foot. We choose the 12-foot and have never regretted our choice. At 12-feet, my daughter and her friends have plenty of room to jump without running into each other. When my daughter is alone in the trampoline, she also has plenty of room to practice her back flips, front tucks, front flips, and punch jumps.
If you are looking for a great backyard toy that will keep your kids, and possibly you, entertained for hours and many years to come, you should consider a jumping into spring with a backyard trampoline.
Trampoline Safety Tips
When I first thought about purchasing a trampoline for my daughter, I was genuinely worried about safety. In fact, it was the fear of injuries that held me back from buying a trampoline for so long. However, after nearly 4 years with a trampoline in my backyard, I have learned that accidents can happen anywhere but injuries from a trampoline can be greatly reduced by following the safety tips listed below.
- Read the manual - important safety tips are listed here
- Install padding around bars correctly and inspect it on a regular basis (I have had to repair the foam around the pads several times over the years)
- Always supervise children on the trampoline
- Don't let children under 6 jump
- Never let larger children and smaller children jump together
- Institute a one jumper at a time rule
If you have any questions or comments about the Skywalker trampoline, please feel free to ask in the comments below. No questions or comments, I'd still love to know you stopped by.
© 2014 Tawnya
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on April 21, 2014:
Trampolines sure have improved since we had one in our yard.
julieannbrady on April 15, 2014:
I have a big enough backyard for one of these trampolines -- and I would be able to get a good view of all the stuff in the neighbor's backyard! ;)
TanoCalvenoa on April 14, 2014:
These are so much fun. I like the net that surrounds it, which makes it easy to use with smaller children who parents may worry about falling off.
Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on March 25, 2014:
Thanks for the review, Our granson just loves playing on the trampoline!!
Lynn Klobuchar on March 24, 2014:
I bet your daughter really enjoys this! Nice lens, Tawnya.
puppy-love on March 22, 2014:
I really do like how many trampolines are available with enclosures now for safety.
Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on March 20, 2014:
@ShawnaAllison: MrsBaybeeGirl, You are absolutely justified in having worries about injuries. I was as well. To help my daughter, my nieces and nephews, and their friends to stay safe, I set up guidelines that the kids have to obey by. The rules also change if there are little kids in the trampoline with big kids, and I also make sure that myself or another adult is supervising the kids in the trampoline. It is great fun, but can be dangerous, you just have to use your best judgment.
ShawnaAllison on March 19, 2014:
I want to get one, but afraid kids will get hurt.. I guess I should get over it
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 19, 2014:
I loved the trampoline at the YWCA gym when I was a kid, so it's great fun to see that backyard ones are available for everyone now. Good exercise; lots of fun. Good review of yours.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 18, 2014:
Remembered how much our grand kids enjoyed theirs.
Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on March 18, 2014:
@CherylsArt: Thanks for pointing that out CreativeArtist. You are absolutely right. I would never let my daughter use a trampoline that didn't have the mesh. It's such an important safety feature that helps decrease dangerous risks.
CherylsArt on March 18, 2014:
It's so important to have the side mesh installed. I used to have a mini trampoline, and enjoyed using that.