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The Best Electric Go-Kart This Christmas?

“What’s the best Electric Go-Kart?” Every kid wants the latest and greatest toy and gadget on Christmas, and Go-Karts are no exception. Thankfully, our range of BERG Electric Go-Karts are all based on the same chassis and have similar features, which makes the preference down to a few key areas. Namely how they look, what accessories they offer and their battery life. Here are a few of the best options we have this Christmas.

The Berg E-BFR Range: What You Need To Know

BERGs electric go-karts come in six versions. All are suitable for kids aged six plus. They have similar weight (ranging from roughly 48-60 kilos). They’re all also roughly the same size. Though each model is different they are all roughly sized a little under or over 168 x 85 x 87.5 cm. They will require assembly by Santa Clause the night before Christmas, and these can go to quite high speeds, up to 16kmph, so they require adult supervision and should not be used on public roads. 

The Best Electric Go-Kart For Those That Want To Peddle: The Berg Hybrid E-BFR

Berg’s Hybrid E-BFR combines full automation with good old fashioned exercise. This means it’s healthier for your kids, it’s also able to last longer on a single charge. With this model, the harder you pedal, the more the motor will kick in to propel you thanks to its built-in torque sensor. The 250-watt motor is connected to a 24-volt battery, which can provide up to two hours of propulsion. The Hybrid has four settings: Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo, so the battery life will vary depending on how much you work you want the motor to take on. The Hybrid also has an LCD display which includes a speedometer, current battery capacity and distance travelled. 

The Best Electric Go-Kart for Off-Road Adventures: The Berg X-Plore E-BFR

The Berg X-Plore E-BFR is both themed and outfitted for more “off-road” adventures around your garden and yard. It is equipped with sturdy off-road pneumatic tyres which are built to handle rough terrain and pathways without any problem. You can also equip it with some of BERG’s great Go-Kart accessories, such as sirens, lights, or rollbars.  

Of course, the best model for your kid really depends on their personality, interests and temperament. So it’s always best to ask them what they’re after before having Santa Clause pull the trigger. If you have any questions about our range (or about our free shipping offer to anywhere in Ireland), please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 021 4965 132

 

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Kids Go-Kart Sale: 4 Deals For Kids Aged 3+

Our Kids Go-Kart Sale is just in time for Christmas. Go-Karts never go out of style. And with the holidays approaching, you may see your kids mention one of these on their Christmas list. If you are looking for a discount, we stock BERG Go-Karts, which are well known for their durability, longevity, and capacity for good fun. Here are a few notable models currently on sale.

The Berg Buddy Range (Suitable for 3-8 years)

The Berg Buddy range has a great selection of Go-Karts for kids aged 3-8 years. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some with a fun twist that kids love (such as the BERG ‘Choppy’, made to look like a Chopper Motorcycle). There are two models in their selection that are currently on sale.

The Berg Buddy Lua 279.00 259.00kids go-kart sale

The Lua is all about style. This striking Go-Kart combines pink, mint and cool graphics that kids love. It has all of Berg Go-Karts features, including forward and reverse peddling, as well as peddle-braking.

Berg Buddy B-Orange Go Kart 279.00 259.00
The B-Orange is the same as the Lua but with a metallic orange colour. The swing axle gives the Go-Kart stability and will provide your kids with hours of fun over the Christmas and New Year.

Kids Go-Kart Sale: The Berg Farm Range (Suitable for Ages 5+)

The Berg Farm Range takes all the core features that BERG are well-known for, and add in some cool themes that let your kids go wild in their imaginations. The Farm Range currently has five models on sale. Each of the discounted models has the same pricing, we reduced them from the standard €789 to €669 for a great saving of €120. The Farm Range have a tyre and exhaust look to make them appear like a tractor. Whether it’s a John Deere or a New Holland, your kids will love this. Here are two highlight models:

Berg Fendt BFR Go Kart + Free Passenger Seat 

The Fendt is very popular, with deep-tread tyres combined with the swing axle, these have a solid grip in the mud and works well even on uneven terrain. As with all other models, it has a back-pedal brake and also allows you to easily pedal both forwards and backwards. 

Berg Claas BFR Go Kart + Free Passenger Seat

The Claas has a cool ‘exhaust’ along its side which kids love. This looks especially well when you add in one of the available accessories, such as a lift bucket, pallet fork or rollbar with flashing light.

If you have any questions about our Kids Go-Kart Sale, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965132

benefits of outdoor play

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

The benefits of outdoor play are becoming more necessary. Today, as technology is becoming increasingly the default, we’re seeing an increase in various childhood issues. Many people are pointing fingers at technology for the rise in obesity, ADD/ADHD and other issues. An argument can be made that technology is addictive to young children, and its negative effects can be sobering. A 2018 study by Cyber Safe Ireland showed that 92% of Irish children aged between 9 and 13 own a smart device. Now, more than ever, we need creative ways to encourage activity in younger people. Thankfully, kids tend to be drawn to outdoor toys. Here are a few reasons why it’s essential to encourage them as much as possible.

Benefits of Outdoor Play: Neurological Development

The growing trend of kids spending time indoors on their devices is very new. We do not know with certainty how this can affect a child’s development. But what we do know is that the brain is plastic. It can change and adapt depending on what we do in our day. “Exercising your brain” is a thing. Your kids need plenty of stimulation to create new neural connections so they become smarter, abler, healthier adults. Physical activity and interaction with the environment is a huge source of new stimulation that is impossible to gain from a smart device.benefits of outdoor play

The benefits of outdoor play also extend to your child’s physiology. Active outdoor play increases flexibility (and crucially, prevents inflexibility), and helps to refine their motor skills beyond the thumb and index finger, to incorporate the whole body in a wide array of movements that are essential for development, muscular strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. 

We all have a natural need for physical exercise and activity. When we run, climb on the playhouse swing, jump, skate, or ride a bike in the fresh air and sunshine. They like to use their whole body when they play outdoors (so make sure your kid is dressed for the weather) and find such physical activities interesting and challenging.

When children are climbing, pushing or swinging, the fine and gross motor movements required to balance and coordinate their body is bathing their brain in neural activity. It’s stimulating muscle fibres to strengthen and lengthen. It’s stimulating bone density and strength, and most of all…it’s fun! When it comes to outdoor play, the benefits cannot be underestimated.  So get them out there having fun!

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Trampoline Safety Tips

Keep these trampoline safety tips in mind before you order your trampoline. While Trampolines can be safe for adults and kids and injuries are rare, most trips to the hospital caused by trampolines in Dublin were a result of one jumper colliding with another, individuals falling off the edge of the trampoline, or individuals attempting stunts.

Trampoline Safety Tips: Be aware of these trampoline injury statistics

One report estimated that 75% of all trampoline injuries occurred to children under 15 years of age. About 15% of those were injuries to children under 6 years of age. In extreme cases, where misuse of the trampoline caused severe injuries or even death, most victims were teenagers aged between 12 to 19. 

These are sobering statistics which highlight the importance of trampoline safety. So with all of that in mind, don’t let that stop you or your kids from enjoying yourselves. Provided there’s proper supervision and real rules in place, a trampoline is a fun and safe way to exercise, get outdoors and have fun. To help keep it that way, here are a few trampoline safety tips to keep in mind.

Seven Trampoline Safety Tips

  • Have adult supervision at all time, and a spotter next to the trampoline in case they lose their footing.
  • For safety reasons, children under 5 shouldn’t be allowed to use the trampoline.  To stop the younger kids from climbing on unsupervised, keep chairs and ladders stored away. 
  • Never allow more than one person to jump at a time. Collisions can easily happen when people share a trampoline and this is one of the most common causes of injury.
  • Keep the trampoline away from fences, lamp posts, trees or other potentially dangerous objects.
  • Somersaults, flips and other stunts should not be allowed. It’s easy for people without experience to try these stunts, and easier still for them to give themselves an injury in the process.
  • Never allow children to jump off the trampoline. Kids should be encouraged to stop jumping, move to the edge and slide off safely. A common injury with trampolines are broken or sprained ankles from jumping off the trampoline onto the ground. 
  • Wet trampolines are dangerous. Don’t allow kids to play on wet days and ensure it’s dry and provides safe footing before each use.

If you have any other questions, or you’re looking for further trampoline safety tips with regards to the placement or other factors, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965 132

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Kids Go Karts for Sale

We currently have some kids Go Karts for sale. As winter descends upon us, some activities become less appealing even for kids. Some equipment gets put away in storage, some, unfortunately, some goes in the bin. But others continue to provide value, year in and year out. BERG’s range of Go Karts are hardy and durable, and as far as outdoor activities go, Go Karting remains fun even during the winter months. While we have a whole range of Go Karts for sale, today we want to focus on two areas that are very popular.

Themed Kids Go Karts for Salekids go karts for sale

Go Karts are easily one of the top-rated outdoor sports toys for active children. If your child is interested in playing pretend, there are themed Go Karts which, when combined with accessories, can add weeks of additional value to the Go Kart. For example, the Farm Range includes a John Deere ‘Tractor’ Go Kart for ages 5+. It has three gears and is modelled to resemble everyone’s favourite farming equipment, including a faux ‘exhaust’. Some of the accessories available include a working lift bucket, a pallet fork and a rollbar with a flashing light. The lift bucket and pallet fork work using a winch and pulley system which is great fun.

The Specials range also have different themes and configurations which can be a lot of fun. These include the BERG ‘Chopper’ Go Kart, built to resemble the motorbike. This also comes with a two-seater “sidecar” configuration.

Self-Propelled Kids Go Karts for Sale

While this post focuses solely on Go Karts for Kids, it’s worth mentioning that these models are also suitable for adults, since you’ll almost be tempted to have a go yourself. Go Karting as a professional sport for adults can handle incredible speeds, with the fastest models accelerating from 0-60mph in 1.5 seconds. BERG found this to be a little excessive for kids, so they have capped their speed at 16kmph! The E-BFR range of electric go-karts still move at relatively significant speeds. While they’re for kids aged 6+, we recommend supervision at all times. It’s worth noting that the E-BFR range is considerably more expensive, ranging from €1,799, so it’s not going going to be suitable for everyone.

Have any further questions or thoughts? Feel free to contact us today on 021 496 5132

How To Secure Your Trampoline

How To Secure Your Trampoline in High Winds

In Ireland, you didn’t often have to worry about how to secure your trampoline. But these past few years have seen increasingly extreme weather. While Dublin trampolines may have escaped this current round, the recent hurricane along the west coast has taken many of Ireland’s trampolines on unnecessary journeys. When the weather gets extreme, we have to make sure we’re not adding to dangerous debris that can get swept up and cause damage or injury. Not to mention the fact that we’ll lose some expensive pieces of outdoor equipment.  Here are a few tips to help avoid that.

How To Secure Your Trampoline in High Winds: Keep It Indoors

When possible, it’s always best to take the trampoline indoors when more extreme weather hits. We’ve all seen Twister — even cows are fair game! Unless you have a sunken trampoline, which has its underside sheltered and as it’s surrounded on all sides, it’s easier to hold down with weights, putting it at less of a risk of being lifted. If you don’t have a sunken trampoline and you don’t have the space to store it fully assembled, consider disassembling and keeping it in storage for a few days. 

Keep It In Shelter

If you can’t take your trampoline indoors, secure the trampoline in an area in your outdoor space that’s best sheltered from the wind. When the weather gets extreme, the surface area of your trampoline acts like a “wing”. It only takes so much wind force to lift the trampoline out of your garden and deliver it swiftly through the window of your neighbour’s greenhouse. Not fun.

Get a Trampoline Tie-Down Kit

In situations where the trampoline must stay indoors, the best solution is to secure it to get a trampoline tie-down kit. You can purchase a trampoline tie-down kit that is suitable for the size, make and model of your trampoline. Our BERG anchor kit is €45 and is compatible with all BERG models.

A tie-down kit uses large stakes with a corkscrew design. These are screwed into the ground, increasing the grip on the ground. Straps attach from the corkscrew stakes to the trampoline. Once set up, they’re hardly noticeable and can be left all-year-round.  When the weather gets extreme, you could also consider using sandbags on top of and around the legs of the trampoline.  

Have any questions or concerns? You can reach us today on 021 496 5132

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The Best Kids Toys in 2019

The best kids toys in 2019 are those that get kids away from screens and outdoors. Kids need to be active, with fresh air and active play. Child obesity is becoming an epidemic worldwide, with obesity rates doubling between 1982 and 2008. There is a worrying correlation with the rise of computer games and the ease and accessibility of “convenience foods”. With that in mind, here are some kids toys in 2019 that’ll give them the best chance of a healthy, happy childhood.

The Best Kids Toys in 2019: Go-Kartsbest kids toys in 2019

In recent years there’s been a massive influx of electrically assisted transportation. Devices such as E-scooters have taken over the scene. Unfortunately, kids want the electrically assisted models. This means that a great chance to promote healthy activity for your kids could be taken away.  To help combat this, Berg has a whole range of Go-Karts available, whether you have a younger child or in the older age brackets up to 12 years of age. And we also stock Berg’s fully electric and hybrid models. We recommend a hybrid model as a good compromise if your child is adamant on the electrically assisted version.

Berg Trampolines

Trampolining is an ageless outdoor activity that’s just good enough to be an Olympic Sport. Kids absolutely love trampolines, and once there’s suitable caution and parently oversight, they can be an excellent way to encourage healthy activity in your kids. In addition to promoting flexibility and strength, children tend to exercise their creativity, developing their own imaginative games. Whether you’re looking for a trampoline in Dublin or anywhere else in Ireland, we provide free delivery to your door.

Basketball

While typically team sports tend to repel the quiet, introverted kids, many still get enjoyment out of basketball. Your kids can hone their skills dunking, jumping and throwing as a solo activity; Flexing their joints in the fresh air as nature intended. Of course, just one basketball ring is enough for a group to get a game going, making it extremely flexible, and one of the reasons why decades later, basketball is still up there as one of the best kids toys in 2019.

Most of our If you’d like more ideas for your kids, or you have any thoughts or questions, please feel free to contact us on 021 4965 132

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Can You Leave Your Trampoline Outdoors All Winter?

As the summer is coming to an end and we offer free delivery of trampolines in Dublin, we’ve been asked once or twice whether it’s okay to keep a trampoline outside in the rain. We stock BERG trampolines because they’re hardy, long-lasting and able to take a beating outside for years. And they’ll definitely put up with poor Irish weather for sustained periods. If you’re planning to use your trampoline, by all means, keep it outdoors (though never use the trampoline when it’s stormy).

Leaving Your Trampoline Outdoors

Make sure to give regular sprays of oil to the steel parts. And bear in mind that even with a BERG trampoline, harsh weather will accelerate the deterioration of the materials. If you’re using the trampoline it’ll be worth it, but if you’re not using your trampoline, we’d recommend you keep it indoors or dismantle it if there’s a lack of storage space. In between uses, it’s best to consider using a trampoline cover to keep the materials protected and clean. It’ll also prevent a buildup of debris on the surface which can cause issues.

Trampolines Can Be Slippery When Wettrampoline outdoors

If you or your kids use the trampoline while wet, make sure to check the surface isn’t slippery. Especially if you leave it outdoors for a long period without use; It can develop a slippery layer from fallen leaves and other organic materials. Of course, you should always inspect the trampoline before each use (especially the padding).

Trampolines Can Also Be Bouncier When Wet

It’s true that a trampoline can have more ‘bounce’ when soaked. In sunnier climates, trampoline users sometimes intentionally hose down their trampoline to add weight and bounce. Very reminiscent of that Hollywood “summer water sprinkler vibe”. In Ireland, we usually have a slightly different view on getting wet outdoors. But if you go out with the intention of getting soaked it can be good fun (as long as you’ve your warm clothes ready for when you come back inside). Still, we’d always recommend you fully read the safety instructions on your trampoline and follow their guidelines. Even if someone on YouTube is doing something that looks fun, it doesn’t mean it’s safe to copy them so always check first.

We hope this answers some questions you might have. If you’re looking to order trampolines in Ireland, give us a call today on 021 4965132

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Exercise for Kids: 3 Tips To Get Kids Active

Exercise for kids is something we have to consciously consider these days. With technology encroaching on all aspects of our lives, from education to entertainment. As with any home and garden centre that supplies kid’s toys, we’re no stranger to active kids! And aside from seeing our own little monsters in action, we see every day that the best way to get kids out exercising is to create an environment that inspires active play.

1. Create an Environment that Encourages Exercise

One way to make children see the activity as a form of punishment (and thereby set them up for a stagnant lifestyle) is to try and enforce regimented, gym-style exercise on kids. Children are spontaneous. They’re creative. And they already get too much structure in the school system. While it can be clear when children need activity if we try to enforce it can have the opposite effect. Rather than enforcing activity, we must inspire play. The reality of our modern age, we have teams of attention experts working on making games as addictive as possible. So to inspire your children to an alternative, you need to up the ante. 

2. Outdoor Toys: Natural Exercise for Kidsexercise for kids

We see time and time again, that when you take your kids out of their normal environment (the sitting room with their computer games), they seek new forms of stimulation. When families visit our garden centre, children instantly seek stimulation and gravitate to the things they can play on. Whether it’s playing house with the outdoor furniture on display, or our range of kids outdoor toys (at least the ones we can safely leave out!), children are always able to create their own games given half an opportunity. 

Find out what your children are interested in. Maybe it’s basketball or football, or playing house. Maybe it’s racecar driving, or they just love to move. Whatever the case, when you create an environment that has exciting possibilities for play, you automatically inspire exercise. You don’t have to do anything to inspire activity. Activity will happen. 

3. After you’ve set up the right conditions, create boundaries

Once you have created exciting alternatives that inspire movement and imagination, you can safely declare certain times of the day as “no Playstation” or “not internet” periods. Or if they’re the rebellious type tell them that certain times of the day are “No playing outside” periods so they rebel in the right direction! 

We hope this gives you some ideas. Most of our children’s toys include free delivery anywhere in Ireland, so be sure to check them out. And if you have any questions, you can call us on 021-4965132.

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Berg Dublin: All Berg Trampolines and Toys

BERG is Dublin’s Go-to for outdoor Go-Karts and Accessories. We gladly stock all BERG products and recommend them for their durability and design. BERG has a reputation because their products last for years with minimal care. You can view our full range of BERG toys and accessories (Free Shipping to Dublin). Or read on for an overview of some of BERG Dublin’s best products.

BERG Trampolines

View our full range of BERG Trampolines with free shipping directly to your home.  BERG makes the most well-known “Regular” trampoline, the kind you raise up on legs. And they also build “In-Ground” and “Flat-Ground” trampolines. All BERG trampolines are built to last and require minimal maintenance.

We recommend “Flat Ground” trampolines if you want to maintain a tidy look to your garden while letting your kids (or you) have some fun. Rather than raising the trampoline on legs, you dig a hole beneath. This puts the jumping surface at ground level.  As with anything, there are pluses and minuses. The flat ground trampoline is tidier. And it lets your kids play more creatively since there isn’t a need to mount the platform. The downside is that a flat ground trampoline is unsuitable for younger children as there are no protective nets to keep them within the bouncing surface. 

If you have younger kids but you’d still like to have a lower profile, you can also consider BERG’s “In-Ground” range of trampolines. These also have the jumping surface at ground level, but they come with a safety net around the edges. 

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Our range of Berg Go-Karts caters for kids aged from ten months to twelve years old. For the youngest, we have the Berg GO² Blue. Suitable for ages 10-30 months, this tiny go-kart helps your toddler develop, starting with scooting and building up to pedalling.  The pedals fold down when your child is ready to use it.

There’s a range suitable for each age group up from toddler, including themed versions for all ages, such as the “BERG Buzzy Jeep” for the youngest kids and the Berg Jeep Revolution BFR-3  for ages 5+. Most of the older kids’ Go-Karts are also compatible with the full range of accessories, which range from trailers to passenger seats, loudspeakers, pallet forks and bulldozers. It’s safe to say that there’s plenty for everyone. 

Free Delivery to Dublin

We’re offering Free Delivery to Dublin for all BERG toys and accessories. Simply add what you’d like to the shopping cart, complete your order, and your kids will be in for a nice surprise within a couple of working days. If you need help choosing the right BERG toy for your kids, or you’d like more information regarding our delivery service, please give us a call on 021-4965132

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Sunken Trampolines: When And Why To Choose One

A sunken trampoline might be something to consider as a great excuse for kids and adults alike to get out and enjoy the great summer weather.  While a traditional trampoline is just as fun, one downside is that they can create a messy look in your garden or outdoor space. The other issue, in particular, if your outdoor space is exposed, is that wind can get under and send it flying. If you forget to take it in during a storm you can place your property at risk of damage. View our range of sunken trampolines, AKA flat ground trampolines

What are Sunken Trampolines?

You install a sunken trampoline into the ground level. This is especially useful if you have a smaller garden as it blends in better with the surroundings. Kids seem to enjoy the in-ground trampoline more as they’re able to access it more easily and run and jump onto it, rather than having to climb onto the stage first. 

Sunken Trampolines: Setupsunken trampolines

Sunken trampolines require the digging of a large hole. This requires a lot of work, but the advantage is that the trampoline remains hidden away and tidy. The other unintended advantage is noise. Traditional trampolines can become quite loud and creaky. This is far less of an issue with a sunken trampoline, as the only active part of the setup are the springs. There are no metal leg supports and so the energy of the jump goes into the earth rather than into a steel frame. 

We recommend using a BERG sunken trampoline since it uses “Airflow” technology. The Airflow allows air to pass through the springing surface so that pockets of air beneath the trampoline don’t cushion your fall and thereby reduce its springiness.  This is especially important in this setup, as under the ground the air has nowhere else to go. 

If you have any other questions regarding our range of trampolines, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 021-4965132

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Battery Powered Go-Karts

Battery Powered Go-Karts are relatively new, but Go-Karting is a time-tested way for kids (and adults) to have fun. While there are an incredible array of options out there for all ages and sizes, we only stock BERG battery-powered go-karts for a few reasons. Firstly, BERG is an excellent manufacturer of outdoor toys. They also build outdoor pools, sports toys and more. BERG build their equipment to last years. The BERG Electric Go-Kart range is no exception. 

Just like their pedal-powered Go-Karts, the E-BFR range is robust, solid with a “heavy” feel to them that makes you feel comfortable strapping your tikes in there and letting them whizz around the garden and drive.

Battery-powered Go-Karts: Speed

The Berg E-BFR is equipped with a 250-watt E-Motor with hybrid pedal support. Some of the Berg Electric Go-karts can reach speeds of up to 16km per hour when combined with pedalling. Without pedalling, they can still coast along at good speeds that will keep both kids and adults happy.

They’re easy to steer and are comfortable for kids and adults alike. The braking system uses a back-pedalling. When you come to a complete halt, backpedalling switches from a braking function to a reversal function. 

How Long Does the Go-Kart Battery last?

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The BERG Battery Powered Go-Kart uses a 24V removable battery which provides a minimum of 2 hours of driving – if you aren’t pedalling. The battery longevity depends on what mode you use the battery. The most basic battery assistance is through the “ECO” and “Tour” modes, which help remove the heaviness of pedalling and allow you to cruise with less effort at decent speeds. Models equipped with the “Sport” and “Turbo” modes are able to enjoy faster acceleration and higher speeds without any pedal assistance. Due to the speed of some of these models they are not suitable for children under 6 and children under 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Battery Powered Go-Kart: Comfort

BERG’s Electric Go-karts have highly adjustable, very comfortable seating, which means that the Go-Kart can adapt as your child (or you!) grow. Provided you are under 100kg. BERG  Go-karts use pneumatic tyres which mean they are natural shock absorbers, and the front wheel axel will move with rough terrain in a way that reduces bumps and vibrations from the ground beneath you.

If you have any other questions regarding our range of Go-Karts, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 021-4965132

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Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys let kids (and adults) have a great time while staying active. At Douglas Forest and Garden we have it all. Check out our full selection of outdoor garden toys for all ages.  

Outdoor Toys for Sports

Whether you need sports toys like football goals or basketball nets, trampolines, or go-karts, it’s all here. We have eight different types of EXIT goals, including the super handy and low-cost EXIT Flexx pop-out goals that you can take with you to the park.

We also have a great selection of basketball nets and backboards for hanging up in the drive or back garden. These come in sizes for kids, teens and adults, so there’s no excuse not to get out and throw a ball around. We also currently have deals going on for basketballs. 

Go-Karting down Patrick’s Hill dressed as Batman is one thing. But if you’re looking for Go-Karts for around the garden and estate, we have a great selection of BERG kids’ Go-Karts, that come in sizes for kids aged three months to six years plus.

If you’re a jumpy sort of person we also have a great selection of BERG trampolines. These have come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. We stock regular ‘on-ground’ trampolines and also the ‘in-ground’ variety which is more permanent but also more discreet and accessible. 

Outdoor Toys for Kidsoutdoor toys

Possibly one of the cooler things we stock (if you’re a kid) are the playhouses. EXIT is one of our two main providers for all things outdoors. Their playhouses, like their other toys, are robust, long-lasting and lots of fun. Let’s admit it, we all wished we had a playhouse when we were kids.

These playhouses can take a lot of weight. Yes, even our weight, with most being stress tested to handle up to 125kgs at a time… but unfortunately, as adults, we won’t fit … Still, hope is not lost! We might not have had one ourselves, but let us instead live vicariously through our children!

These come with various options and features to provide months and months of fond memories for you and your kids. We hope this quick rundown of some of the items we stock was helpful. To view the whole selection please see all our toys for outdoors. And if you have any questions, please give us a call on 021-4965132

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4 Trampoline Maintenance Tips

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we have a range of trampolines available to suit everyone, young and old.  We use BERG trampolines for their durability and strength. We choose BERG for their top quality materials, but you’ll still need to perform trampoline maintenance to ensure it last years. Here are a few things to watch out for.

Make Sure Your Trampoline is on Level Ground

If your trampoline isn’t properly adjusted for slopes or bumps on the ground, the frame could suffer localised stresses over time. It doesn’t take much to shift the forces of energy into one area, so take the time to level out the ground and ensure your trampoline is well placed. Perform regular maintenance to ensure that the trampoline hasn’t shifted and everything is still firm and level.

Keep It in The Shade

We’ve had people replace otherwise perfectly good trampolines because they started to look worn after a few years. While this is more of a cosmetic issue, it’s still one that is important for many. If you can, we recommend keeping your trampoline out of direct sunlight as over time the surface will be sun damaged, causing discolouration and a more worn look.

Trampoline Maintenance Is All About Keeping It Clean

It’s easy for mud and debris to build up over time on any product left outdoors. Keeping everything clean and clear will increase your trampoline’s lifespan. trampoline maintenanceWhile performing trampoline maintenance, be sure to give the surfaces a wipe with warm soapy water using a bristled brush. In particular, take time to clean mud out from around the springs. Afterwards, apply a light spray of oil on the springs.

Put It Away When It’s Not In Use

You can purchase trampoline covers which help keep it clear of dirt, debris and water damage. But if you don’t plan on using the trampoline over the colder months, it’s best to put it in storage when possible. Remove the springs and mat. You can leave the frame itself outside (though you may want to apply a liberal spray of oil just to be sure).  Keep the mat and springs in a dry place, and oil them when you re-attach them in the spring. 

 

If you have any further questions, or you’re looking to purchase a trampoline, please don’t hesitate to drop by, or call Douglas Forest and Garden on 021-4965132

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Kids Outdoor Toys For This Summer

Our reliance on technology increases year after year. With this shift, it’s becoming increasingly important to encourage kids to get outside and play. Physical activity is essential for a child’s mental development. But it can be hard sometimes getting them to choose the real world over their gadgets. At Douglas Forest and Garden, you can view our full range of kids outdoor toys to help get them outside, having fun. 

Berg has a range of fun “Real Life” gadgets to keep your kids away from the screens and out in the garden. Berg is well known for their kid’s Go-Karts, with a range covering from ages 10 months to 8 years. And these can be great fun when combined with their accessories. Combined, they make the perfect kids outdoor toys.

Berg G0-Kart Accessories: The perfect outdoor toys for kids

Berg’s range of accessories includes trailers which can be used for play as well as for practical work (some kids will consider tidying up the garden as ‘play’ if you frame it right!). kids outdoor toysYou can also purchase flags to hang from the kart, reminiscent of a rally car, and just in case your kids aren’t loud enough already, there’s the ‘Berg Buddy Siren’ attachment which has three different siren sound effects and also serves as a loudspeaker. Kids love this when combined with the Berg Blue Flashing Light.

For the more industrious kids, there are ‘farming attachments‘, which include a pallet fork, bulldozer and lifting unit. These actually work — albeit slowly. Still, it’s enough for your kids to have hours of fun outside, which is the main thing. See it in action here

That’s just some of the kids’ outdoor toys we stock here at Douglas Forest and Garden. If you have any questions or are looking for further ideas for your kids, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 021-4965132

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Outdoor Activities for Toddlers

Are you looking for some outdoor activities for toddlers? In recent years, society has become highly focused on safety, sometimes at the expense of allowing kids freedom to play and explore. Luckily, there are things that even toddlers can enjoy outdoors which, under supervision, allow them to explore and have fun without putting them at risk. Go-Karts have been around in different forms for decades, but the BERG models are simple and functional while using materials for the 21st century. 

BERG offers an entire range of superior quality toys for kids and adults alike. BERG’s Go-Karts for Toddlers are no exception. These Go Karts are solid yet lightweight. Let your toddlers play and have fun safely with BERG’s go-karts.outdoor activities for toddlers

Children aged 10-30 months love the BERG Go. The BERG Go has fold-up pedals so that your toddler can scoot without the pedals getting in the way.  This allows your child to learn to scoot around until he or she is ready for the next stage. 

Can You Use A BERG GO On A Lawn?

The Berg Go is made for paved yards and indoor use. Its thick, wide wheels allow it to roll in the garden on a well-cut lawn. Make sure there are no excessive slopes. The BERG GO does not have brakes, so adult supervision is required at all times. To ensure safety at all times, ensure that your child is clear from any areas used by vehicles (including your own driveway).

Is Trampolining Safe For Toddlers?

We’re often asked about outdoor activities for toddlers. Sometimes we’re asked if it’s safe for toddlers to use a small trampoline. The simple answer is no. We do not recommend trampolines for children under the age of three. For young children over the age of 3,  we can recommend our regular trampolines. These trampolines are off the ground, so we advise you to purchase one with safety netting. Especially if you plan to leave your children without constant hands-on guidance. 

Looking for more outdoor ideas for toddlers? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021-4965132

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Which Berg Trampoline Is Best For You?

At Douglas Forest and Garden, we stick with brands we trust. We’ve tried many different brands of trampolines and after bouncing around between different models over the years we settled on Berg. Berg trampolines have the right balance between price and quality, their trampolines are durable, built to last and their back-up service is unmatched. For these reasons, Berg is also our preferred brand for Go-Karts.

Berg Trampolines

berg trampolines

We’re often asked what the difference is between the different Berg trampoline ranges. With so many options it can get a bit confusing between the Talent range, the Favorit range, Champion range and Champion Elite range.  The main things you need to know is how much ground space you have, what kind of restrictions are there to your space? Are you in an urban area or countryside? How many kids do you have — the more kids, the larger jumping load you’ll have to take into account.  

All ranges are available in-ground and regular. There are also different safety nets available.  If you have any specific requirements, there’s going to be a Berg Trampoline to suit you and your family’s needs. 

The Talent Range

The Berg Talent is a range of smaller trampolines, designed to fit in smaller gardens. Whereas all other categories come in four standard sizes, Berg Talent come in three extra-small sizes ranging from 6ft, 8ft and 10ft.

The Favorit Range

The Berg Favorit is the entry level for the standard-sized Berg Trampolines and for this reason Favorit are the most popular. All Favorit, Champion and Elite range models are available in 4 sizes: 9ft, 11ft, 12.5 and 14ft.

The Favorit are a decent trampoline that take a jumping load of 46 stone (290kg) in total weight. The padding on the Favorit is 20mm thick and it tapers out to 10mm around the edges. That might not seem like a lot of padding — it’s less than the higher-end models, but it’s still one of the best on the market. 

The Champion Range

Berg Champion models have double gold spring technology. A Berg Champion can take a jumping load of 64 stone (406kg) which is a massive increase in strength. The other major difference with Champion compared to the Favorit range is the thickness of the padding. Champion trampolines have padding 30mm thick (that’s 50% more padding).

The Elite Range

The Berg Elite are the absolute top of the range. As with the Champion range, they take a jumping load of 64 stone (406kg) . However, the elite range has extra thick 45mm padding with different textures for maximum safety at greater heights. Check out the video here for an overview.

 

We hope that this helps clarify the difference between the ranges of Berg trampolines. But if you have any questions drop in to Douglas Forest and Garden, or give us a call today on 021-4965132

Berg GO² Go Kart Range

Berg GO² Go Kart Range

Berg GO² go-karts make playing fun while also helping your child’s physical and cognitive development. Children can easily discover the world through one of these fantastic go-karts. They are the smallest go-kart in bergs range, and they are suitable for children between 10-30 months old. All three go-karts have dimensions of 65x45x44 cm (lxwxh), a product weight of 3.85 kg and a max user weight of 20 kg.

Berg GO² Go Kart Range

Helping your little one learn how to scoot and pedal has never been so simple with a Berg GO². They are a 2 in 1 design, firstly, you can leave the pedals of the go-kart folded up to allow your child to learn and master how to scoot around. Due to the design, they can easily be used as a push car without the pedals getting in the way. When your child is ready to start pedalling, fold down the pedals and off they go.

These sleek ergonomically designed go karts are beautiful to look at, they really are an eye-catcher in and around the home. Berg GO² go-karts have great stability due to being equipped with 4 sturdy wheels, therefore, there is no need to worry about tipping over while in use. The Berg GO² go kart range is designed in such a way that children always sit perfectly without having to adjust the saddle or steering wheel.

There are ball bearings in the pedals and rear axles which make these go-karts graceful, flexible and light to ride. In addition to riding forwards, your child can also easily reverse. These stunning go-karts are available in three cool colours and here is our Berg GO² go-kart range:-

Berg GO² Mint Go Kart

Berg GO² Pink Go Kart

Berg GO² Blue Go Kart

There are a few warning signs and things to note whilst in possession of a Berg GO² go-kart, please see the following: They are potentially a choking hazard due to the small parts

  • Adult assembly is required
  • These go karts have no brakes
  • Only to be used by children from 10 months up to 30 months due to insufficient strength
  • Adult supervision required
  • These go karts should not be used on roads, hills, slopes or near pools

Order your Berg GO² go-kart online today and make it a toy to remember for your child. To learn more about our Berg GO² go-karts, visit us online or call us today on 021-496-5132.

Berg Go-Karts Buddy Range

Berg Go-Karts Buddy Range

Go-karts are the perfect toys for children, they provide hours of endless fun and memories while giving them the necessary exercise to stay healthy. Berg go-karts are top quality go-karts, with many different types, there is a go-kart for every child and their needs. Berg buddy go-karts are one of the nicest types of go-karts available, which are suitable for kids between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age. Here is our full range of go-karts from the Berg go-karts buddy range.

Berg Buddy Choppy Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy choppy go-kart has a cool design with a special metallic paint
  • Sturdy, black front fork
  • Special stickers that add a unique look to this go kart
  • Very safe go-kart to use because of its BFR system which allows you to easily pedal forwards, backwards and brake without removing your hands from the wheel.
  • Extremely easy to manoeuvre
  • Black and orange in colour
  • Go kart weight = 19kg

Berg Buddy White Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy white go-kart is great for discovering your neighbourhood
  • Beautiful pink/white design
  • Very safe to ride
  • Adjustable seat so the go-kart will grow with you
  • BFR-system allows you to brake easily using the pedals, reverse immediately after coming to a standstill
  • Special pneumatic tyres to ensure extra comfort
  • Its swing axle gives extra grip to remain firmly on the ground
  • White and pink in colour
  • Go kart weight = 21.5kg

Berg Buddy Orange Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy orange go kart makes playing outside even better
  • Seat and the steering wheel are adjustable so it can be adjusted to suit growing kids
  • Unique BFR system which allows you to pedal, brake and reverse using the pedals.
  • Pneumatic tyres ensure extra comfort
  • Its swing axle ensures extra grip keeping it firmly on the ground
  • Orange and black in colour
  • Go kart weight = 21.5kg

Berg Buddy Cross

  • The Berg buddy cross go kart is a daring go-kart that will make sure you stand out
  • Striking off-road tyres which ensure any terrain can be tackled
  • Duo-tone colour and striking stickers
  • Pneumatic tyres provide extra comfort
  • The swing axle keeps this go kart firmly on the ground
  • The BFR-system allows you to brake using the pedals, but also reverse immediately after coming to a halt
  • An adjustable steering wheel and seat so the go-kart will adapt and grow with the child
  • Black and yellow in colour
  • Go kart weight = 18.5kg

Berg Go-Karts Buddy RangeBerg Buddy John Deere Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy John Deere go kart will turn a child into the best helper on the farm
  • Deep tread tyres and swing axle which provides extra grip and keeps you firmly on the ground on any terrain
  • Unique BFR system allowing you to back-pedal, brake and accelerate using the pedals
  • Pneumatic tyres give extra comfort
  • Adjustable seat and steering wheel
  • Yellow, green and black in colour
  • Go kart weight = 22kg

Berg Buddy Fendt Go Kart

 

 

  • The Berg buddy Fendt go-kart is great for playing outdoors
  • Perfect for tackling any surface thanks to its tough all-terrain tyres
  • Unique BFR system, allowing you to brake with the pedals and pedal backwards when you have come to a halt
  • Extra comfort with pneumatic tyres
  • Swing axle keeps it firmly on the ground
  • An adjustable steering wheel and seat to suit a growing child
  • Green, red and black in colour
  • Go kart weight = 22 kg

Berg Buddy Jeep Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy Jeep go kart will take you on some amazing adventures
  • Swing axle keeps you firmly on the ground
  • Easily tackle any surface thanks to its tough all-terrain tyres
  • Unique BFR system lets you go forwards, backwards and brake using the pedals
  • Pneumatic tyres provide extra comfort
  • An adjustable steering wheel and seat to adapt for the child
  • Green and black in colour
  • Go kart weight = 22kg

Berg Buddy BMW Go Kart

  • The Berg buddy BMW go kart is a real must-have for every racing enthusiast
  • Real BMW design
  • Very safe to ride
  • Adjustable seat and steering wheel so the go-kart grows with the owner
  • BFR-system allows you to brake easily using the pedals, reverse immediately after coming to a standstill
  • Pneumatic tyres ensure extra comfort
  • The swing axle keeps the go-kart firmly on the ground
  • White, red and blue in colour
  • Go kart weight = 24.8 kg

The Berg buddy go-karts are perfect toys to give your child the thrill of a lifetime. To learn more about our buddy go-karts, visit us online today or call us on 021-496-5132.

Berg Go-Karts Rally Range

Berg Go-Karts Rally Range

Berg Go-Karts Rally RangeThe Berg Rally range go-karts are perfect for kids aged between 4 and 12 years old. Berg Rally go-karts grow with the child as they have an adjustable seat and steering wheel which will give the owner many years of enjoyment. These go-karts are equipped with a unique BFR-system which allows braking using the pedals and immediately reverse when coming to a stop. The break, freewheel and reverse system ensures intuitive driving and braking for all drivers. The swing axle in the Berg Rally go-kart range creates a swinging motion of the front wheels which absorbs any bumps any terrain staying firmly on the ground. With the fantastic stability of these go-karts, you can tear around anywhere completely carefree. You can take any corner quickly, sharply and safely. The Berg Rally go-karts have pneumatic tyres which give users a less rolling resistance, a comfortable experience, lighter pedalling, smoother operation and the ability to go faster. Here is the full range of the Berg go-karts Rally range.

Berg Rally Orange Go Kart

The Berg Rally Orange go-kart is a compact and light outdoor toy which you can drive anywhere in the neighbourhood. Whether you want to explore or race your friends, it’s all possible with the Berg Rally Orange go-kart. Its unique BFR system enables drivers to brake with the pedals and also to immediately pedal backwards after coming to a halt. The small, manoeuvrable Rally Orange is equipped with a coaster and parking brake. Its swing axle and four wheels will keep you firmly and safely on the ground when driving around. The go-kart has an orange and black sleek colour design. The weight of this go-kart is 27kg.

Berg Rally Force

The Berg Rally Force go-kart is a cool, compact toy that encourages fun and outdoor play. It comes with a striking front spoiler. This go-kart is perfect for racing your friends or anybody in the neighbourhood. Its BFR system will allow the driver to brake with the pedals and reverse straight away after coming to a standstill. It is equipped with solid pneumatic tyres which give a quiet and comfortable driving comfort. There are two different trailers available as an accessory. The Rally Force comes in a cool green and black colour. The weight of this go-kart is 25kg.

Berg Ford Mustang GT Go Kart

The Berg Ford Mustang GT go-kart is a real classic. The BFR system is an intelligent technical feature that comes with this go-kart. This allows you to pedal forwards, brake and, pedal backwards without changing gear after coming to a halt. The Ford Mustang GT has extra wide pneumatic tyres and cool rims make this go-kart a beautiful and comfortable looking ride. Its steering wheel and saddle are adjustable so children can get years of fun out of it. The go-kart has a yellow and black colour design. The weight of this go-kart is 28.5kg.

Berg Jeep Adventure Go Kart

The Berg Jeep Adventure go-kart is perfect for whizzing around all types of areas. The Jeep® Adventure is light and compact so you can travel narrow paths easily. Its unique BFR system lets you brake by using the pedals and pedal backwards quickly after coming to a stop. The Berg Jeep Adventure is equipped with a coaster and parking brake. The four wheels and swing axle on this go-kart keep you firmly and safely on the ground when riding around. The go-kart has an army green and black colour design. The weight of this go-kart is 29kg.

The Berg Rally range of pedal go-karts will give you a ride of a lifetime. To learn more about our Berg Rally range of go-karts, call us today on 021-496-5132.