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Jungle Jumparoo

Jungle Jumparoo

Spring 2014 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: Jungle Jump, LLC
Price: $399.00

What is it about bounding high into the air that is so thrilling? The Jumparoo is an irresistible piece of playground equipment. It's a simple construct—an enormous inflated tube around a 6 1/2-foot tall framework of eight colorful poles—allowing energetic kids and adults of all ages to bounce to their hearts' content, supported by the poles, with more stability and far fewer opportunities for collisions and falls than one would expect on a traditional trampoline. As soon as this was installed in the backyard it became a daily favorite. Kids, including teenagers, enjoyed the exercise of springing on the tube (made even more fun when multiple enthusiasts played at once, protected from bashing one another by the sturdy steel framework), then turned to making up follow-the-leader and other copycat games; they also loved competing to see who could jump the highest or for the longest time. The Jumparoo safely encourages physical activity, creativity, and interaction among kids of all ages—what's not to like?

At $399, the price is comparable to that of a traditional swing set, and the painted steel should hold up considerably longer than a wooden play set, though the manufacturers indicate that the tube may eventually need replacement (offered on their website, as well as several accessories, such as a sprinkler attachment!). Technically the Jumparoo can be installed either indoors or out, but realistically this is an outdoor toy.

Assembly was a minor nuisance, with a few small, easily dropped screws that didn't resemble the screws pictured in the instructions; framework that might not always line up exactly with said screws; and poles that do not fit easily onto the base, requiring a generous amount of force to become aligned with the top-center framework. But none of these issues seem to affect safety or play, and once the Jumparoo is put together, assembly woes are quickly forgotten.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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