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Climbing frame or trampoline?
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ComfortComes82 · 04/03/2019 12:29

Our garden isn't massive - about 12m x 10m. We want to get an outside toy for our son. He's 4 and very active. We were thinking either a climbing frame with slide or a trampoline. If you have a smallish garden what did you get and has it been worth it?

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GreenTulips · 04/03/2019 12:31

Trampoline was by far the best value for money

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PrincessScarlett · 04/03/2019 12:38

Definitely trampoline. Our one is used every day from March to October (as long as it's not raining). Best value for money by miles.

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PetuniaPetunia · 04/03/2019 12:38

Climbing frame

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Ariela · 04/03/2019 12:40

Trampoline needs more supervision if other kids there, personally I think they're dangerous for more than 1 child it's difficult to get them to keep to 'turns', but if you're confident you'll only have 1 child may be fine (our house was always full of other people's kids). We had a swing /climbing frame with monkey bars, climbing net and slides - secondhand TP stuff. Plenty of it about cheaply, and about to offload ours to a neighbour. Was most used as a water slide every summer with the plastic sheet it came with, great fun even for us adults.
The other downside of a trampoline is nothing grows beneath it.

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Redwinestillfine · 04/03/2019 12:42

I would go climbing frame, I am sure trampolines aren't recommend for under 6's due to the disproportionate number of injuries.

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pumpkinpie01 · 04/03/2019 12:47

Trampoline will probably get more use than a climbing frame. U can join in more on a trampoline too and when there's no kids about and its Summer they are lovely to sunbathe on!

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QuietlyQuaffing · 04/03/2019 12:48

We got a climbing frame, because we have a radiologist friend who feels really strongly about trampolines, backed up anecdotally with children we know (not scientific, I know) who've had really nasty broken bones on trampolines. It's not that the bones got broken, it's that they were such bad breaks and needed operations, got infected etc etc.

Our metal climbing frame gave more variety including lots of gymnastics and imaginative play. I do think a trampoline would probably have got more use, and been more popular with visiting children.

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HairyToity · 04/03/2019 12:56

A family friend is a pediatric surgeon. His children have a climbing frame and wendy house. They don't have a trampoline. Apparently the climbing frame break is likely to be a clean break and simpler to operate than a trampoline break (something about trampolines causing compound breaks).

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Cheerybigbottom · 04/03/2019 13:04

Climbing frame. Our row of 4 houses all bought trampolines after the first one appeared and all the children nagged for one too.

The next year we were all trying to give them away after everyone's grass died Grin we gave ours away and the very next day two doors down was trying to give us theirs Smile also they are a nightmare with multiple children on, even if they are very large. Too many bumps

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MinnieMountain · 04/03/2019 14:01

Climbing frame and slide. We turn ours into a water slide in the summer with a watering can and a paddling pool at the bottom.

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PigletJohn · 04/03/2019 17:02

I think a boy will find a wider range of imaginative play with a frame. It can become a castle, house, spaceship, prison....

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GreenTulips · 04/03/2019 17:05

PigletJohn
Yes because girls aren’t allowed to play spacemen or prison

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ComfortComes82 · 04/03/2019 17:24

Question 2 then, wooden frame or metal one like the TP Explorer? The wooden frame looks a lot nicer but the metal one is more mobile.

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Lilmisskittykat · 04/03/2019 17:38

Think some climbing frame need planning permission from memory - don't think that applies to trampolines - although can annoy the crap out of the neighbours 😂

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QuietlyQuaffing · 04/03/2019 17:53

Wooden ones are posher and look like you've spent more money on your children Grin

The metal ones can be changed around every year. Platforms and hideouts go in and out, add a slide/monkey bars/ scramble net, change the arrangement of crossbars around. This isn't necessarily a quick operation but it's not difficult either. However they tend to be a bit smaller and ours got outgrown around age 10.

Basically, look for "play value" - something that can be used in lots of different ways. For me, the metal ones generally won hands down in our budget on that, but there might be some fab wooden ones out there that I haven't seen / were too pricey for us.

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ComfortComes82 · 04/03/2019 17:58

The wooden one we were looking at was this one but it's a lot of money! junglegym-ni.co.uk/product/villa

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ComfortComes82 · 04/03/2019 19:56

And you can get giant but very pricey ones with nets etc which he'd love. If we got a metal one we'd have change for a trampoline too!

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ThePurpleGirl · 04/03/2019 20:49

Have a look at dunster house for wooden climbing frames - we've got one from there and it was easy to build and very good quality. For example, for a similar price to the one you linked to you could have this:

dunsterhouse.co.uk/balconyfort-searcher-w4-7m-x-d3-8m?gclid=Cj0KCQiAtvPjBRDPARIsAJfZz0qlfFwEXYX_N2jEqbCGafko0OpilqKLFt7Ej4Q5yRJ4Lubw5_8JS6UaAlroEALw_wcB

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ComfortComes82 · 04/03/2019 21:39

We live in NI, they don't deliver here, barely anyone does!

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TeacupDrama · 04/03/2019 21:49

plenty of 12 year olds will jump on a trampoline our DD has had a large 12' trampoline since she was 4 she is now 9 it is played on every week at least; any climbing frame for a 4 year old would have long since been outgrown
what is safe for a 4 year old will be dead boring before he is 7

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BubblesBuddy · 04/03/2019 23:15

Climbing frames use more imagination. They develop a wider range of muscles and skills. You might need to upgrade or add on as he gets bigger. Or buy something else to keep him active. Parks have play equipment such as climbing frames but they never includes a trampoline. Make sure you get shock absorbent material underneath it.

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AlexaAmbidextra · 04/03/2019 23:39

Climbing frame - purely for the sake of you neighbours.

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AlexaAmbidextra · 04/03/2019 23:40

Your neighbours.

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Rollercoaster1920 · 05/03/2019 00:01

We have both due to luck on freecycle and the asda 10 foot trampoline for £100! Had for two years and from kids 2 and 4. The climbing thing is more like a little house with slide and the 6 year old its getting a bit big for it. riding a scooter down the slide is a thing!
The climbing frames in local parks are much better. It is the house / den they like.

The trampoline is more popular now and burns off energy. Definitely has a longer life. Ugly though.

A standard shed / Wendy house might be an alternate option. give them their own playroom and you could use it as a shed when they grow out of it.

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ComfortComes82 · 05/03/2019 12:36

Our neighbours have kids, don't think they'd care!

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