The AirHeads indoor trampoline park is bouncing open its doors today at 3 p.m. at 12401 Belcher Road in Largo.
This is the second AirHeads Trampoline Arena in the Tampa Bay area and it offers 20,000 square feet of bouncing surface, as well as dodgeball tournaments and eventually fitness classes. The new location has more jumping space than the Tampa trampoline park, as well as more arcade space and a better view platform for parents, said Rich Heruska, who co-founded the company with Steve Johnston in 2010.
"We've had a phenomenal response in Pinellas," Heruska said, "and we made some changes based on our feedback from parents in Tampa."
The Tampa-based company announced on its Facebook page that it was opening at its new mid-Pinellas location about a half mile south of Ulmerton Road.
Its hours are 3 to 10 p.m. today and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It will have special hours on Monday for Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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. They also offer regular deals, such as a jump-eat-and-play combo for $22.95 for two hours of jumping, plus pizza, a drink and game tokens.
Today's deal is a buy one, get one offer. You can get a second hour for free or bring a friend for free with one paid admission.
In addition to the trampolines, there are arcade games, a space for birthday parties and a cafe.
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.
Trampoline parks are becoming 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 it recently announced that an Orlando location is opening soon.
This is the first trampoline park for Pinellas County, but Heruska said his company aims "to be more of a family entertainment center."
"Our goal is to make it more attractive for the family to come hang out in the lounge in a nice space, with good food, WiFi and make them comfortable that we keep it clean and emphasize safety."