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December 2001

I am considering getting my 11 year old son a trampoline for Christmas. I'd like to know if anyone knows of trampoline lessons in this area. Also, has anyone had any experiences (good or bad) with the net enclosures that are supposed to make trampolines safer (sinking the trampoline is not an option in our yard). And, last but not least, can anyone recommend a good place to buy a trampoline. Thanks

Re: the inquiry on trampolines, we bought a Hedstrom trampoline (14') w/ the net enclosure in June 2001. Our 3-yr-old and 6-yr-old boys have gotten a lot of use out of it and really enjoy it. Safety-wise, the net enclosure is the way to go, since it is impossible for anyone to bounce out or off of the trampoline. And despite its size, it's possible for two adults to pick up the trampoline and move it (although with three people it is even easier). I can't recall the manufacturer's suggested retail price on the Hedstrom 14', but we looked pretty aggressively online and found the best price on the Web site of MTM Toys Plus. The cost back in June was $395, plus $90 shipping (with no CA sales tax, as I recall). MTM Toys Plus can be found at: Pls. note that this trampoline is delivered on a pallet by a large truck. If you purchase from MTM, it would be wise to discuss delivery to your home. And needless to say, it comes disassembled and will take several hours and some patience to put it together. If you end up buying this trampoline, I am confident your child and his or her friends will enjoy it. P. G.
My sister and brother-in-law got their full-size trampoline (with base) from Costco. They stock them in the summer, I believe. It was a good deal (somewhere in $200-400), and has really stood up. High quality, I believe. But boy, is it tiring! :) -Jennie Van Heuit
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