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

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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

How to make a therapy swing or platform swing

Platform Therapy Swing

Platform Therapy Swing

One of our customers bought Currambera hammock and she was asking for an advice how to make a platform therapy swing. I spent an hour today (not counting a trip to the Home Depot) and created a therapy swing. It turned out to be very easy. My kids enjoyed it very much and I am happy to share it with you.

 

Step #1 cut plywood plywood bar code Trip to a hardware store. We went to the Home Depot and bought a piece of poplar plywood 7/16″x24″x48″. We asked to cut the board to 24″x36″ (they will do it for free).
*Currambera hammock can easily fit a bigger board up to 3’3″x3’3″
**You can substitute poplar plywood with other materials, just make sure it is strong enough to hold jumping kids
Step #2 cover edges with duct tape Duct tape. I put duct tape over edges. It smoothed the edges a bit.
*It might not be necessary if you use thick material for cover.
Step #3 natural cotton A cover for the board. When I was expecting my first child I bought natural cotton batting, that I planned to use for making baby blankets, but never got around it. This was the perfect opportunity to put it into use. I cut a 2-layered piece 4’3″x3’3″.
*You can use an old baby blanket, fleece etc.
Step #4 plywood bag I sewed a bag on my old sewing machine. The size is a bit larger than a board therefore I can easy slide it on or take it of to wash. Or I can insert extra material inside to make the sitting softer.
Step #5 velcro For an open end I used velcro to keep it closed.

You can insert board both ways:
therapy swing wide version therapy swing long version

You can read more information about Therapy Gym here.

Marina Mironov

Welcome to the DreamGYM blog

Finally I decided to start the DreamGYM blog. You may ask, why do I need one, if we have a website? But we have so much more information that we want to share

  • feature our custom made jungle gyms
  • tell what kind of problems you can run into during installation and how to solve them
  • demonstrate different exercises that can be done on our indoor jungle gyms or therapy gyms
  • show how to hang hammock or hammock chair in more details than on our website

We will also include fun games that can be played at home without turning living room into bouncing castle. If you want to share something with us or have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

Marina Mironov

P.S. Visit our website www.KidsDreamGym.com