Kids Pool Tables

Kids Playing Pool from a Young Age

There isn’t a better time to start playing billiards than at a young age.  I still remember the frustration of watching my oldest sister play on the family pool table while I sat in the corner, deemed too young.  These days there are a lot of options for kids of all ages to get involved.

Kids Using Adult Pool Tables

Most children love playing with balls and colorful polished pool balls are even better.  Kids from a very young age will roll balls around watch them bounce off the cushion, collide and fall in the pocket.  This can keep kids amused for hours even, when they are too young to use a cue.  While rolling the balls can be satisfying it also helps the children learn the laws of physics and how the balls react with one another and the cushion.  This will also help kids when they are old enough to pick up a pool cue.

Teaching Kids to Play Pool

It is a good idea to teach children to play pool using a bridge cue.  For a child using their hand for a bridge takes practice.  You may want to have them stand on a chair or stool and line up their shots with the bridge cue.  The game can be very rewarding almost instantly when this technique is used.  Smaller pool cues are also helpful in making the game more accessible for little children.  There is even a kids cue made by Brunswick that has the cue ball attached to the end of a short cue.  This can be a good starter cue also.

Kids and Pool Table Damage

As children get older it can be a concern the kids will hurt the pool table in some way.  A good quality slate pool table and billiard cloth will not be in any danger of damage if proper cue stroking is used.  So give them some pointers and let them play.

A Regular Pool Table for Kids

Kids can use regular adult pool tables from a very early age.  A regular 7, 8 or 9 foot slate pool table would be preferable for children to grow into.  This is not always possible due to size or budget so there are other options available.

Toy Pool Tables

Small toy pool tables are available for as little as $30.  These are designed to sit on top of a table and can be fun.

Small portable Kids Pool Tables

Small portable kids billiard tables are also an option.  These will give the children a little better idea of the game.  Most come with folding legs and a wooden playing surface that is covered with cloth.  The price of these tables range from $150 to $500.

These tables are light in weight and can be quickly set up for a game.  They are typically small so will be playable in most living rooms or even in a child’s bedroom.  After the games are done they can be stored back in the closet.  These kids pool tables will not be level and the wooden playing surface will not be flat so a true roll and rebound is not possible.  This being said, they can still provide hours of fun.

Non-slate Kids Pool Tables

There are also kids billiard tables that are larger in size and not designed to be portable.  These tables will look more like a regular slate billiard table but use a non slate playing surface.  These non-slate billiard table usually come in 5 foot, 6 foot and 7 foot sizes.  They usually come with little assembly that can be done quickly by the home owner.  These tables share the same problems as the portable tables in that the playing surface will never be level.  The balls will not always roll true but just like the portable kids billiard tables they can be a lot of fun.

Non-slate pool tables are less expensive in cost than slate ranging from $600 to $1200.  These non-slate billiard tables can be used to see how much interest there is in the game from the kids and if is used a lot could be upgraded to a slate pool table.

There are also non-slate pool tables that include other table games.  These games are marketed as 3 in 1 or even 6 in 1 games.  They typically include glide hockey and table tennis.  These can be a great use of space and give children many different games to play in the same space.

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