Trampoline parks are popping up all over
We just found out that the AirHeads indoor trampoline park in Tampa is bouncing a spin-off into Pinellas County by the end of the month — and showing that parents are eager for indoor family entertainment that involves some exercise.
Trampoline parks are become a hot new feature in cities across the country, from San Francisco's House of Air to Las Vegas' Sky Zone. In muggy Tampa Bay, an indoor play area has been a hit. Locally, others also are getting into the jumping attraction world. In March of 2010, Boing Jump Center opened in Brandon, and its website recently announced that an Orlando location is opening soon.
Another AirHeads Trampoline Arena will open at about the end of July at a Belcher Road location on the Largo-Pinellas Park border, said Jennifer Denis, assistant manager of the trampoline park that opened on Linebaugh Avenue in August of last year in Tampa. The space is a bit bigger than the 10,000 square feet of bouncing surface in Tampa and will offer the same price structure, as well as dodgeball and other games played on the trampolines, she said.
Open jumping costs $12 for the first hour, which includes jumping shoes and helmets for those under 18, then it’s $10 for each extra hour. But they also offer regular deals, such as a jump, eat and play combo for $15.95 for one hour of jumping, plus pizza and a drink.
In addition to the trampolines, there will be arcade games, a space for birthday parties and a cafe selling kid-friendly food such as hotdogs, pizza, wraps and salads.
“I have so many parents thanking us for opening this because they want to get out of the heat, but this still lets the kids burn off some energy and play.”
In the trampoline arena, a series of connected trampolines fill a space larger than a regulation-size basketball court. And there are trampolines set at angles so you can literally bounce off the walls.
In the Tampa location, they have special times set aside for dodgeball, volleyball and basketball. There will be dodgeball in the Pinellas location, Denis said, and the other games are likely to follow soon after.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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