BERG Electric Go-Karts

BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue

BERG Electric Go-Karts are known for their incredible durability and re-usability. BERG’s line of outdoor toys and equipment are unparalleled, we’re also proud carriers of their world-renowned trampolines, and we also stock their range of non-electric Go-Karts. When it comes to Go-Karts, BERG has almost three decades’ worth of experience under their belt. They recently began producing Electric Go-karts under the BFR Range, and the Extra Blue is their newest in this range. Here’s what makes the BERG Extra Blue E-BFR a great choice.

BERG Electric Go-Karts: The Extra Blue E-BFRBERG Electric Go-Karts

The Extra Blue comes with a two-year warranty and is suitable for kids from ages five and up. Though of course, it’s recommended that an adult accompanies kids under 12 at all times. As with most of BERG’s range, it has a smooth riding experience with pneumatic tyres. The tyres are attached to a swing axel, a type of independent suspension which reacts to irregularities, bumps and cracks on a surface so that you can experience a smoother ride. 

BERG’s full range of Go-Karts can accommodate children of all ages and sizes. The BERG XXL Frame is suitable for tall people to allow for years of fun. As your kid grows, they can continue using the Go-Kart. You can adjust the seat into eight different positions. Find the ideal position for you in the go-kart so you can reach the pedals at all time, then get back to tearing around without a care in the world! 

It also uses coaster brakes. Like the old school bicycles, you can stop simply by reversing slightly on the pedals.  This provides a much more effective and comfortable method for braking. It also includes a parking brake. In terms of appearance, it has reflector mudguards which protect you from mud and water splashes.  It can also attach to BERG Go-Kart accessories, including a trailer, second seat or flashing lights.

Like all BERG Electric Go-Karts, this should not be used on public roads or in public spaces. The BERG E-Go-kart also comes with an electric motor for pedal support. The 24V/240Wh battery is removable so that it’s easy to charge.

If you’d like to order the BERG Big Blue E-BRF (or try it out), call us today on 021 4965 132

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Best Compact Trampolines

If you’re looking for the best compact trampolines to suit your garden space or yard, we have a few ideas. We only stock BERG trampolines for the simple fact that they set the industry standard. Strong, durable, built to last, with excellent attention to detail, if you’re looking for a trampoline that will stick with you for years to come, these are the ones to choose.

Best Compact Trampolines: What Are the Options

BERG provides a range of compact trampolines in various styles to suit different setups. BERG’s standard range comes in 9ft, 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft diameters at the larger end of the range. They also have larger options for much larger spaces, but that’s for another post!

The entry-level is the BERG Favorit. These are excellent, high-quality trampolines that are built to last while skipping on a few features to provide value over frills. These come with a safety net, but of course, as with all trampolines, you must supervise children and teens as misuse of the trampoline can result in injuries.

The BERG Champion range provides everything that the Favorit does. It also has the option for a deluxe safety net. It uses an “Airflow” mat, which reduces air resistance which can enable up to 50% more airflow and therefore more spring. The Champion also uses a different springing system which makes them longer and more supple without reducing the surface area of the mat. Key areas of the Champion are also coated in extra-thick PVC, which gives them a longer lifespan. 

In-Ground Trampolines

The Berg Inground Favorit offers everything the standard Favorit range does. It also creates a lower profile by integrating with the lawn. This may be ideal for some people interested in finding the best compact trampolines for their space. But a sunken trampoline might not be suitable for all areas as it requires digging a pit beneath the mat surface. This makes it ideal for permanent setups. But if you intend on putting the trampoline away when it’s not in use, then this is not going to be ideal and you may prefer a standard setup.

If you don’t see something you’re interested in this post, be sure to check out our full range of trampolines. And if you have any questions, you can call us any time on 021 4965 132

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Go Karts for Toddlers

Are you looking for Go Karts for Toddlers aged between 10-30 months? BERG has a massive selection of Go Karts for Sale for kids and adults of all ages. Most of our products come with free shipping to your door anywhere in Ireland.

Go Karts for Toddlers: The Go2go karts for toddlers

BERG’s Go2 range is made especially for toddlers and they come in three colours, blue, pink and mint green. As long as your tike weighs under 20kg this is suitable for them. All three versions come in the same dimensions, 65 x 45 x 44cm and weighs in at a light yet sturdy 3.85kg.

The BERG GO² is BERG’s smallest go-kart. It’s designed to ‘grow up’ with your toddler, starting with when they can scoot and continuing with them until they can learn to pedal. Its peddles are fold-up, so for the earlier months, your child can scoot around like a push car. Its wheels are spaced nicely away from the seat so that your toddler won’t squish their toes, and the wheelbase is extra-wide to give them plenty of stability. When your child is old enough, you can fold down the pedals so they can use it just like a grown-up go-kart.

With a little bit of basic assembly, this toy will be ready to be your child’s companion for the next two years of their life. Of course, it goes without saying, but since these Go-Karts don’t have brakes (and your young one would be too young to know how to use it properly anyway), these are not suitable for use without adult supervision. And as with any Go Kart for toddlers, they are unsuitable for public roads, slopes, driveways, or near water. 

Go Karts for Older Children

To keep the Go2 light and easy to use for toddlers as they learn to scoot, they’re constructed lightly. This makes them perfect for younger children, but it also means they’re unsuitable for children over 36 months. If your toddler has older siblings who might want to have a go (or get a bit jealous) it’s best to provide them with their own Go Kart. For example the Buzzy range for kids aged 2-5  years old.

If you have any questions about our range or would like to order the Go2, feel free to contact us today on 021 4965132

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Garden Toy Ideas: 3 Ideas for Spring

If you’re looking for garden toy ideas, we have a few solid suggestions. At Douglas Forest and Garden, we offer free shipping for Garden Toys in Ireland. Here are three ideas for your kids as we start the new year and creep swiftly towards Spring!

Trampolines

It’s still a bit rainy and windy, and so there hasn’t been much trampoline-related activity in Ireland.  But it’s an excellent time to buy as the best deals are available off-season. We have the full range of BERG trampolines with robust anchoring systems that won’t let your trampoline take off. The Berg Favorit is appropriately named as it’s the most popular of the full BERG trampoline range. It comes in four different sizes, ranging from 9ft, 11ft, 12.5ft and 14ft diameters. These are great for older kids 6+, with supervision. These come with durable, weatherproof padding and safety nets which will last five years. The trampoline itself can last much longer if kept well, making these an excellent investment.

Go Karts for All Ages

For kids under six years of age, a Berg Go-Kart can be a great source of fun and adventure. We have a full range suitable for kids as young as ten months and into the teens.  The Berg Reppy range is great for kids between 2-6 years old. They come in three great-looking colours and garden toy ideashave a light (9kg) frame, which makes carriage easy. The kids love the soundbox built into the steering wheel, which includes sound effects like revving, braking, a motor start and a horn.

Garden Toy Ideas: Playhouses

Who didn’t dream of having a playhouse when they were a kid? EXIT’s range of cedarwood playhouses is both aesthetically pleasing and fun for kids, which make them a win-win to have in the garden. They come in different configurations depending on the kind of child you have. If they’re (hyper) active, then a set with a swing and slide might be ideal, such as the Aksent Wooden Play Tower. This also comes with a space beneath the house for a sandpit, which can provide endless fun for kids aged 3+.

If you didn’t find what you’re looking for in this article we may have something more suitable available. Feel free to contact us any time on 021 4965 132.

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The Most Popular Trampoline (With Free Shipping to Dublin and Ireland)

What’s the most popular trampoline? It really depends on a few factors, including who is using it: what age, what experience? Where they’re using it: will this be at home, how much space is available? At Douglas Forest and Garden, we only stock BERG trampolines. This is for the simple reason that these are by far, the best in terms of quality, durability and longevity. The range is suitable for all types of environments, from domestic to sports clubs. See our range of trampolines for Dublin and Ireland. If you’re looking for some insights, here is a list of the three most popular trampolines based on usage.

The Most Popular Trampoline based on Value and Portability

The BERG Champion comes in four different sizes ranging from 9ft – 14ft. The price range varies depending on the size, ranging from €639.00 – €1,089.00. the Champion is also available with two different safety nets depending on your needs (the Deluxe and Comfort). The Comfort is strong and durable, while the Deluxe offers additional protection. It has a reinforced top edge that is always tight and the supporting posts are curved for additional strength and durability. The netting in the deluxe is also of a higher quality built to last years. 

The Berg Talent is BERG’s entry-level model. This is a regular trampoline, supported on legs and available with a net enclosure for safety. The Talent comes in at €299 and is built for smaller garden spaces. As with most BERG trampolines, it has GoldSpring tech which helps make it more weatherproof. It has a thick PVC protective edge, and the safety net has a self-closing entrance. 

Popular In-ground Trampolines

In-ground trampolines are far more popular today as they take up less most popular trampolinespace and have a tidier appearance compared to a regular trampoline. Another advantage is that they’re more accessible since there’s no need to climb up before entering.  The most popular model in this range is the Berg Inground Elite. This comes in different sizes ranging from 11-14ft. The price range is between €839 – €1,409. While some sunken trampolines have inferior performance due to air pockets collecting underneath and causing a ‘cushion’ effect that dampens the springiness, BERG uses their ‘AirFlow’ jumping mat, which reduces cushioning and allows for much better jumping. In-Ground Trampolines can be fitted with a safety net making them more suitable for younger jumpers.

The Best Flatground Trampolines

Flatground trampolines differ from in-ground trampolines in that they’re not fitted with a safety net. These are more suitable for experienced trampolinists. BERG offers a few in their range. The Berg Flatground Champion comes in 4 sizes ranging from 11ft to 14ft, with a price ranging from €739 – €909 depending on the size. Finally, for clubs and indoor centres, the most popular model is the Berg Flatground Ultim Elite + Aerowall. Priced at €2,748, this 5×3 metres with an ‘AeroWall’ for jumping off and performing advanced tricks. This is definitely one for more experienced jumpers!

We hope this gives you an idea of our range. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! You can reach us on 021 4965132.

 

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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

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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. 

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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