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AirHeads trampoline park expanding to Pinellas

Darren Diaz, 18, avoids the ball with a leap as R.J. Breit, 11, bottom right, tries to hit him during dodgeball at AirHeads Trampoline Arena on July 12 in Tampa. The indoor play area features linked trampolines to jump on and soon will open a Pinellas location.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Darren Diaz, 18, avoids the ball with a leap as R.J. Breit, 11, bottom right, tries to hit him during dodgeball at AirHeads Trampoline Arena on July 12 in Tampa. The indoor play area features linked trampolines to jump on and soon will open a Pinellas location.

PINELLAS PARK — The AirHeads indoor trampoline park in Tampa is bouncing a spinoff into Pinellas County by the end of the month — and showing that parents are eager for indoor family entertainment that involves some exercise.

Another AirHeads Trampoline Arena will open about the end of July at 12401 Belcher Road, said Jennifer Denis, assistant manager of the trampoline park that opened 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.

Trampoline parks are becoming a hot feature in cities across the country. In muggy Tampa Bay, an indoor play area has been a hit, Denis said.

"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 fills a space larger than a regulation-size basketball court. And there are trampolines set at angles so you can 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.

AirHeads trampoline park expanding to Pinellas 07/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:26pm]

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