My kids love to bounce. They love to bounce on the couches, the beds, and even in time-out when they get reminded not to bounce on the couches or the beds. The more they can bounce the better, as far as they are concerned. That is why I was thrilled when I heard about Sky Zone – this awesome place that has indoor trampoline playing fields. My kids can bounce their brains out; and seriously, what can wear a child out faster than jumping on a trampoline for half an hour to two hours? I am not quite sure, but Sky Zone certainly wore my two year-old boy out. Sky Zone recently opened up in Lewis Center and it is great indoor exercise for little and big children. Adults – you are also able to bounce til you drop, and trust me, you will want to join your kids once you lay eyes on this place.
Sky Zone is basically trampolines set up for guests to bounce three-dimensionally. Kids can literally bounce off the walls. The trampolines are laid out similar to a court and about 65 people can be on at a time doing their own thing. Each trampoline area is marked off with padded barriers, and then surrounded like walls are other trampolines. I saw boys bouncing on the level trampoline and then “run-bouncing” along the sides almost perpendicular to the floor (check out the videos on their website). Sky Zone has two courts set up. One court is bigger and that is where everyone can bounce and play. If there are a ton of people bouncing, a partition is lowered so the younger children have their own area to bounce and aren’t at risk of bigger kids causing injury. There is a court referree that watches out for rough play and gives the rules for bouncing before entering the courts. The second court is for dodge ball – bouncing on the trampoline adds a whole other level of fun to the game.
Bouncing sessions are set up on the half hour, so basically you want to show up on the hour or the half hour. Rates are per hour or half hour with a two hour limit. They recommend wearing the shoes made specifically for their trampolines, which can be rented, or bare feet. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase and 25¢ lockers are provided to store personal items, or you can just stack your stuff on shelves that are located by the lockers.
My son has a winter birthday, and I was excited to find out they do birthday parties. Birthday party package information is here. Also, be sure to check out their website for Skyrobics classes and for 3-D Dodgeball.
If you decide to go bouncing:
- Children 7 and younger should come earlier in the day. There is no age limit, basically if they can walk they can jump.
- Don’t forget bouncing starts on the half hour.
- You’ll need to sign a waiver that doesn’t hold them responsible for injury.
- Bring coins if you are using the lockers.
- Strollers can easily be stored along the walls – the place is huge.
- They do not allow outside food or drink.
- Reservations are accepted if you are coming with a group.
Rates and hours for 2010 copied from Sky Zone’s website:
- Regular Pricing: $12 per person, per hour (price includes required Sky Zone shoe rental; please remember to bring/wear socks)
- Special Weekday Savings: During the school year on non holidays, Sky Zone offers special reduced pricing of $8 per person, per hour, Tuesdays through Thursdays. Not applicable during holidays, including Christmas and March Breaks.