Protective Surfacing for Children Gym

Protective surfacing is intended to cushion falls and prevent serious injuries from any children gym used indoors and outdoors. The amount of a consistent type of surfacing required is based on the critical height or fall height of the equipment, which is the height of the highest designated play surface on the equipment.  Common indoor surfaces (such as rugs, tumbling mates, or carpet) are not adequate cushioning for gross motor equipment with a fall height greater than 18 inches even.

The following information has been extracted from the website www.safekidscanada.ca (section “For Parents – Safety Information by Topic – Playground Safety – Design and Surfacing).  There are currently no Canadian standards or guidelines for indoor playground surfacing. Ideally, the best surfacing would be material that was tested for use under play equipment, such as the rubber-like tiles designed for outdoor playgrounds. There is only a small amount of research available on indoor surfacing, but it points to some suggestions on what kind of surface material can (and cannot) be used indoors to cushion children’s falls.

Protective surfacing for children gymDense foam mats and interlocking foam tiles: One Canadian study found that dense foam mats (1¼ inch or 3 centimetres thick) adequately cushioned falls of 6 feet (1.8 metres). Interlocking foam tiles (such as those found in building centres or toy stores) were found not to be safe for heights of 3 feet (0.9 metres), but when double-layered did cushion falls of 4 feet (1.2 metres). These tiles measure 2×2 feet (0.6 metres x 0.6 metres) and are 5/8 inches (1.5 centimetres) thick. Therefore, two layers of tiles will create a surface similar to the dense foam mats.

Protective surfacing for children gym gymnastics matsGymnastics mats: Two studies have tested gym mats and found that if mats are at least 4 inches (10 centimetres) thick, they can cushion falls of 3 feet (0.9 metres). Six-inch (15 centimetres) mats can be safe for falls of 6 feet (1.8 metres). Unfortunately, such thick mats create an unstable base for children’s climbing equipment and increase the risk of equipment tipping over.

Protective surfacing for children gym Carpet, safety floor tiles, and resting mats: None of these materials provide adequate protection against head injury, even for falls of just one foot (0.3 metres), according to a US study that tested 24 samples of surfacing materials being used under indoor play equipment at childcare centres.

Do-It-Yourself Home Gym for Kids

Home gym for childrenDreamGYM is very happy to announce that our basic model of the home jungle gym is now available as a Do-It-Yourself kit. The kit includes all the necessary hardware, illustration plans for building and easy-to-follow assembly instructions with 3D drawings. There are over 110 hardware pieces. There are 8 eye bolts and 8 quick links included in this kit; to make it easy to switch between jungle gym accessories, swings and hammocks.

About this model: Read the rest of this entry »

Doorway Swing

Doorway SwingWe have added a new product to our online storeDoorway Swing – every child’s dream. This indoor swing is a great solution for a home where there is either not enough space for a full jungle gym, or our solutions for small spaces do not work due to installation difficulties. Most places have a doorway that can be turned into Doorway Swing or Mini Jungle Gym.

Doorway Swing KitDreamGYM Doorway Swing kit includes a chrome plated support bar with padded grips. The weight capacity for the bar is 210 lbs, therefore parents can exercise too. It adjusts to fit most standard width door frames from 28″ to 36″. The Doorway Swing kit also includes mounting hardware, two hanging straps and two spring clips to make switching different accessories easier. We also included a trapeze bar with rings, because it is one of the favorite swing set accessories. Children can somersault, swing, twist. Read the rest of this entry »

DreamGYM Brings Christmas Cheer to Ontario Family

xmas_giveawayChristmas is a time of giving and DreamGYM made one special family’s holiday season a little bit brighter by donating and installing a high quality indoor jungle gym. The Kirby-McIntosh family of Concord, Ontario, are the proud new owners of a DreamGYM indoor jungle gym for their two children, one of whom is autistic.

The DreamGYM jungle gym will provide numerous benefits to 8 year-old Clifford who is autistic, by burning off excess energy and helping him to focus his attention on a specific task. Upon trying the gym for the first time, Clifford said “You are the best people who ever came to our house!”. His six year-old sister Claire will also reap countless benefits, including an improved fitness level and agility.

DreamGYM produces high quality indoor jungle gyms, made locally in Ontario, Canada out of solid wood and non-toxic finishes. The gyms can be used for both recreational and therapy purposes for children 3-10 years old.

For more information, please visit http://www.KidsDreamGym.com/giveaway.html

Therapy Gym – Monkey Bars in Barrie, ON

Monkey Bars for Therapy room

Monkey Bars for Therapy room

On a last day of January 2009 we installed the therapy gym in one school in Barrie, Ontario. They were looking for monkey bars to add to their occupational therapy room, because one of the boys in their care needed a tool to develop upper body strength. But I am sure other children will benefit from the monkey bars too.

It was a custom made structure. Due to limited space they have we couldn’t offer them a jungle gym with wall bars.  The wood choice was soft maple which looked terrific. Concrete walls helped us to eliminate the whole phase of “stud finding”.

There are eight eye hooks under the monkey bars. You can see a rope ladder attached to two of them. Right now they use only a rope ladder, but they can always extend their therapy gym with a platform therapy swing, children hammock, gym rings, disk swing and any other accessory. With a help of quick links you might have  a lot of different configurations.

Certainly, children will love this place.

Marina Mironov

P.S. You can read more about therapy gym, accessories and hammocks at my website.

Indoor Therapy Gym installed in Barrie, ON

Indoor Therapy Gym installed in Barrie, ON

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery

We knew it was going to happen one day. We’ve got a great product, that other people might want to reproduce. Look at the pictures below, it is like a game “Find ten differences”

DreamGYM Jungle Gym

DreamGYM Jungle Gym

Copycat Jungle Gym

Copycat Jungle Gym

These people did not only stole the idea, they literally created an identical product. But the biggest concern that their product is not up to American Standards. I can name at least three places with possible head/neck entrapment just looking at the picture. We put so much effort in designing our indoor jungle gyms as safe as possible. We spent thousands of dollars on safety testing. Every measurement is crucial. Even a half inch difference may cause strangulation hazard.  I hope our customers will spot the difference and make the right choice.

Read more about safety of original Indoor Jungle Gym at http://www.KidsDreamGym.com

Marina Mironov

What is Indoor Jungle Gym?

Playground in Winter

Playground in Winter

Imagine: A sunny summer Sunday morning. You woke up full of energy and plan to spend time with your kids in a park on a playground enjoying every single moment of it. But by the time you are ready to get out, the weather is starting to change and promising sunny day becomes rainy reality. Kids are upset because they wanted to spend time there. Yes, it is a small structure, but kids just love swinging, climbing, sliding, etc.

You feel stuck at home. You have to wait for rain to stop and for a playground to dry out. And not too many options are available for kids to be active at home, unless you turned your living room into bouncing castle. In winter it is getting even worse. It would be great to spend all time outside tobogganing, skiing, skating, but the reality is we have too few days good for a play outside. There is always something: freezing rain, extreme cold alert, heavy snowfall, wind-chill, etc.

And while you watch how your kids using your living as a gymnasium, you might think that you have no choice, this is life. But here is an idea. Or should I say “The IDEA”. You can have your own indoor playground inside your house. There are so many options!

You can convert your whole basement or spare bedroom into a custom jungle gym with climbing wall, monkey bars, sliding pole and hammocks for little pirates.

Or you may choose to install a small gym in kids’ room. Basic model of an indoor jungle gym needs only 4’ x 6’ of floor space. It comes with wall bars, monkey bars, gym rings, rope ladder and trapeze bar. And it can be updated at any moment with climbing wall, vertical climber with a rope, and many other accessories.

But if you think you don’t have enough space, don’t get discouraged! There are some options that we can offer that won’t take up a lot of space. You can mount a vertical ladder (wall bars), rock climbing wall, or a vertical climber with a rope (ship ladder) on a single wall. All of these items can be installed alone or combined with others.

If you have happened to have hammock that you use outside during summer, it is possible to use it inside.

We will talk about how to use “Indoor Jungle Gym” as a “Therapy Gym” in next posts.

Stay tuned.
Marina Mironov

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