This quarantine life isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it for the parents of young children. As much as the idea of quality family (and nonexistent commutes and less money spent on babysitters) appeals to us, if we’re being honest it’s downright tough being locked in a house with your children all day, every day with no end in sight. Sure, there are movies and snacks, lesson plans, and big buckets of chalk.
But for those energetic little ones like mine who are used to playgrounds, dance class, organised sports, and so on… this period of isolation where we aren’t going anywhere has the kids — and me — feeling sluggish and like we aren’t moving enough. I’m grateful for YouTube yoga and indoor hopscotch; even for hide-and-seek. But for when the mega energy crashes through this house at 3 PM and my 2- and 5-year-old need to burn it off, I’m thinking it’s about time for an indoor trampoline.
Whether you lack outdoor space, decent weather, or both… or if you just want a stationary place for them to hone that excess energy while you sip coffee and watch Dr. Phil (a mum can dream), I’ve sifted through the reviews and narrowed a list of the best indoor trampolines for kids in quarantine:
Little Tikes Easy Store
As the name suggests, this one folds down to store easily which is a game changer in small or cluttered spaces. Ideal for toddlers and little kids up to age six, it’s an affordable option you can have delivered to your house with 2-day free shipping from Target.com.
Buy It: Target
Skywalker Mini Trampoline with Enclosure
Jump around, jump around! When there’s a safety enclosure net around your kid, you can relax a little and let them go nuts. This super cool kids’ trampoline encourages wild active play without the worry.
Buy It: Up Top Sales (or used on Amazon)
Wayfair 45″ Trampoline for Teens & Up
Little ones aren’t the only kids cooped up and bored staying at home. This adult-friendly, high-quality indoor trampoline from Wayfair has a weight limit of 180 pounds and is suitable for children ages 13 and up, making it a great way for your tweens and college-aged kids to burn off some steam, too. (The matching toddler version can be found here).
Price: Now on sale for $70
Buy It: Wayfair
Plush Ladybug Jumper
Cute, and comfy in case of a stumble! This one gets high marks from parents of little kids, featuring a stability bar and the option to remove the bumper when they get older and don’t need it any longer.
Price: Now on sale for $88
Buy It: Buy Buy Baby
Skybound Sensory Oval Trampoline
Such a cool find for children with sensory needs and development challenges, this trampoline is used by occupational therapists and a great pick for at-home play. With dual bars for stability, a thick safety pad for comfort and safety, and safety mat skirt, the makers have created an ultimate jumping experience for special needs kids that their siblings can safely enjoy, too.
Buy It: Wayfair
Jumpt2It Mini Trampoline
Unlike many toddler jumpers that have a stability bar on one side, this oblong model features its bar in the middle, for a design that’s friendlier for two kids to bounce at once. The adjustable bar will heighten to grow with your children for years of fun!
Buy It: Erebus
Ideal for tiny jumpers, this toddler trampoline features a stability handlebar not unlike their favourite trike or mini bike. Even your one-year-old will get in on the fun with this handy indoor trampoline. It’s also small and easy to pack away, and plays silly songs and games to keep them entertained while they jump.
Buy It: Wayfair
AtivaFit Folding Trampoline
This big-kid pick is perfect for smaller spaces or any room that you don’t want taken over by a trampoline 24/7. It can accommodate two jumpers and is great for big kids or tweens who want to work out some of that energy at home. The handlebar is padded for comfort grip and you can take it outside too. Now in stock for fast free shipping with Amazon Prime.
Price: $80-85 dependent upon colour choice
Buy It: Amazon
*Trampolines can pose a serious safety risk for children, so be prepared to supervise their play times and strictly enforce some basic safety rules.