Get Your Kids Excited About Outdoor Play with Springfree tgoma!
My kids love to be active but, they also enjoy being inside watching movies or being on their electronics. There are only a couple more months of decently warm weather left and I feel like they should be out there enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. What if I told you that with Springfree’s tgoma you can do both, at the same time?
While the girls love to be active at school and in extracurriculars, we have to get really creative to stay active at home. But, since we’ve had the Springfree trampoline, we’ve been able to stay active at home too. But, with kids love for technology, it can be a constant battle to find a perfect balance.
Read on to see how you can turn your Springfree trampoline into a smart trampoline and bring the joy of gaming and outdoor play together!
Introducing the tgoma
If you’ve been following along, you know we’re huge fans of the Springfree Trampoline. We’ve been having a blast on it since we got it and it’s been one of the best additions to our home. The tgoma stands for ‘Take Games Outside and Make them Active’ and it stands true to that statement. It pairs with the Springfree Trampoline, a tablet and essentially turns your Springfree trampoline into a big outdoor game.
The tgoma makes the trampoline interactive. This means that the whole family can go outside on the Springfree Trampoline and experience pure fun. Plus, kids still get the satisfaction of playing on the tablet but, using their bodies to control the game. Keep in mind that the tgoma can only be used with the Springfree Trampoline, but just another great reason to invest in one of these.
Download the app
Sensor technology allows your family to turn their trampoline into an interactive paradise. You can use your own tablet to access the games. Just download the free tgoma app! This app is in the iTunes or Google Play store.
What are the games like?
tgoma offers a collection of educational games that teach math, language, problem-solving and trivia to make learning fun for your kids through active play. There are 15 games available right now and one of my favourite ones is the tgomaFit. It helps me to get active and helps Gabby to train and stay active to stay on top of her game for her sports. It can get pretty intense and it’s great exercise for those looking to change up their workout.
Plus, it’s really cool that with most of the games, you can compete with one another or with other jumpers, worldwide. You can track your high scores and set and achieve your fitness goals too.
One of the coolest parts is that you can add each person individually. That way, each person has their own profile and you can pick up right where you left off and you can try to beat your highest scores. The girls love taking turns and competing with each other! Our top pick for the family was Alien Stomp which is kind of like a life-sized whack-a-mole game for your feet. So fun!
How does it work?
Well, the four sensors rest on the trampoline and this is what helps to get things moving. Those sensors connect wirelessly to your tablet. The tablet helps to create an outdoor interactive Smart Play experience. Just call it the Smart Trampoline because this high energy educational experience will get the whole family spending more time together.
What do you need?
In order for it to work, you do need a Springfree Trampoline and an iPad 3 or newer. The screen size needs to be between 7 inches and 11 inches. If you have an Android Tablet, you need to have an operating system of 4.4 and above, Bluetooth 4.0, and screen size between 7-11 inches.
My family’s experience
Installing the tgoma system was fairly easy. It requires two people, one inside, one outside of the trampoline. The kit comes with everything you need to turn your trampoline into a smart one. You install sensors and it helps you to weave and conceal the wires that connect to the control pad. Darasak did it mostly on his own and I helped with the outside work, which was just fishing through zip ties. Once we put up the safety net again, you wouldn’t even know that it is newly a smart device.
tgoma = Take Games Outside and Make them Active!
I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d see the day where we would be able to bring gaming outside. The game options available are awesome. There are fun games like Stickers, Whatzat, Math Hopper, and even tgomaFit that I mentioned earlier. Keep in mind that kids are spending more time than ever inside on their electronics. So, they know games. That’s why I think the tgoma is genius. It combines their love of gaming with their love of jumping on a trampoline. Plus, if your family is as competitive as we are, no doubt you all will have fun challenging each other.
Sometimes you want to go outdoors and be a fit diva and other times you want to go outside to work on educational skills with the kids. I say enjoy the time with your kids playing these fun interactive games that get you moving. Besides, I love any excuse to get active with my kids. When it’s fun, it’s even better and I think that’s the best kind of exercise.
Get a Sneak Peek!
We love technology, in fact, our home is slowly turning into a smart home. We have a lot of things that help with automation and make life simpler. But, now, we’ve even turned our backyard and trampoline smart. Take a look at this short video to see how the girls interact with the tgoma and how much they love it!
The tgoma system works with newer models of Springfree and you can always add it onto your new Springfree purchase. The tgoma has been such a great addition to our backyard this summer. We can’t wait to keep using it throughout the fall and with the way the weather has been lately, we will be using it for a long time.
The Springfree trampolines start at from $999 and up. Ours is a large square Springfree and is $2399. Since trampolining is a 3 season activity, it practically costs dollars a day to play and pay off. It really is a great investment to make, not only for the fun aspect but, for getting you and the kids outside and getting active. Plus, I don’t know many other activities that my kids can enjoy for just a few dollars a day each.
Bring Gaming Outside!
We don’t only love it just for the exercise reasons alone but, it’s nice to get outside. We get fresh air, more Vitamin D and the kids are happy. Not to mention, they are always having fun, and they are definitely sleeping better at night because they’re getting great exercise. Did you know that just 10 minutes of jumping on your trampoline burns the same amount as if you were jogging for half hour? Count me in!
Give your kids a reason to go outside and be active. Give yourself a reason to get outside and be more active. I promise you won’t be disappointed with tgoma.
Would you want to combine gaming and the outdoors?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.