Sponsored marathons have always been a popular way to raise money. Dance-a-thons, walk-a-thons, running marathons, rock-a-thons, and other endurance tests are commonplace for organizations and groups all across the world. The basic idea is this: a contestant collects money from sponsors who pledge to give them a certain amount of money if the contestant participates in a contest. The contest atmosphere may be one of great competition (as in a 5K race for charity) or may be casual and group-oriented (a ladies club that agrees to knit for 3 hours and talk). The result is a highly-social, fun fundraising idea in which the contestants push their abilities to the limits and the charity or organization greatly benefits from the profits.
Often, enthusiastic volunteers engage in a bounce-a-thon in which the contestants agree to jump on a trampoline for an alloted amount of time. Frequently, bounce-a-thons have a silly, fun atmosphere in which the contestants may dress up in crazy costumes to wear while bouncing on the trampoline. The trampoline bounce-a-thons may be composed of individuals or of teams.
I think this is a great idea! Really, as long as the supervising adults make sure that the trampoline fun is safe, this sounds like a great idea to raise money and have fun at the same time.
Why not try a trampoline bounce-a-thon for your next fundraiser?
If you have an iPhone, you have probably heard of Doodle Jump. Doodle Jump is one of the most highly successful iPhone applications to date. In fact, Doodle Jump has sold more than 5 million games and is rapidly becoming the most successful iPhone application ever made.This simple but catchy game features Doodler, a scrawled figure of indiscernible origin. Aptly named, Doodler and his fellow characters resemble the bored scrawl of individuals who have too much time on his or her hands.
The point of the game is simple, and therein lies its appeal. Players must help Doodler reach a series of platforms without falling. There are monsters to defeat and high scores to attain—a very addictive combination!
To get around these platforms, Doodler heavily depends on power ups to propel him to the next level. Power up options include a jetpack, propeller hat, spring, trampoline, spring shoes, the orb/force shield, and the rocket. Arguably, the best power up is the trampoline. It bounces Doodler higher up than a normal platform while he performs a backflip. Awesome!
Who knew trampoline enthusiasts could now take their love of trampolines on the go? We will definitely have to give it a try!
What did you think of the power ups? Do you have a favorite (other than the trampoline, of course ^_^)? Let us know!
Kids are very creative by nature, and they frequently invent all types of games to play in and around the house. Some of the most popular games that kids invent are meant to be played on a trampoline. Put a tennis ball on a trampoline and they will think of a range of games to play. One game that I have discovered recently involves rolling the ball across the trampoline mat from one side to the other in a pseudo air-hockey fashion (trampoline hockey?).
Other ball games can revolve around using coordination to try to catch the ball while simultaneously jumping, or knocking it back to a friend as they gently throw it towards the person jumping.
Depending on the design, if any, on the jumping mat there may be a multitude of other games that can be made-up to play on your trampoline.
So what games do your kids play on their trampoline?