Description: This facility has 42,000 square feet of interlocking trampolines, surrounded by trampoline walls, as well as the half-pipe (a longer stretch of trampoline with trampoline sides) and a foam pit where you can practice high jumps, summersaults, and other cool tricks, launching from either the half-pipe or a series of smaller square trampolines off to the side.
Where: We went to the Richmond, BC, facility (Extreme Air Park), but there are trampoline parks in other locations as well.
Cost: At the Extreme Air Park, expect to pay $14 for one hour and $19 for 1.5 hours plus $3 for your own pair of jumping socks (mandatory purchase). There are special school, birthday package, and corporate rates available, as well as special rates for classes including gymnastics and aerobics and games such as 3D dodgeball and basketball. There are also options to purchase annual memberships and unlimited jump passes. Bring an additional $2 if you want a locker.
Time: You can purchase as much time as you’d like (most people get pretty exhausted after an hour or so).
Difficulty: It can be as easy or difficult as you choose to make it, depending on the risks you take and whether or not you jump continuously during your purchased time. You can just jump up and down on a single trampoline or you can try all the tricks. The trampolines will provide a better workout than you might expect, and struggling out of the foam pit is particularly challenging. The foam is like quicksand; there is nothing to push off against, so you just have to struggle your way along until you can grasp the edge of the pit and haul yourself out.
Required Equipment: Clothing you would be comfortable exercising in, jump socks purchased on site
- The trampoline park is extremely fun.
- Bouncing provides a good workout and an opportunity to practice your gymnastic skills.
- It’s a great place for active socializing.
- The facility offers late-night bounce time on weekends and the option to reserve trampoline courts if you want to bounce with an adult crowd.
- During peak times, there is a chaotic maelstrom of poorly supervised (or completely unsupervised) children.
- Due to insufficient staffing, it can take ages to reach the front of the line to pay during busy times.
- You may get injured if you do anything more interesting than just bouncing on the spot on a single trampoline. We saw several people with ice packs, usually on their ankles; many were injured when they came down hard on the grids that separate the individual trampolines (these grids are padded but don’t have the give of a trampoline). Most of the injured were children, though I did see one young woman with an ice pack on her head.
- You’ll probably experience muscle soreness the next day, especially if you attempt to do interesting things while jumping into the foam pit, because you’ll be using lots of muscles that aren’t typically used during other types of workouts.
- Go in during off-peak times to avoid the crowds and chaos.
- Bring your own water so that you won’t have to buy overpriced drinks from a vending machine.
- Don’t wear full-length pants with cuffs that hang down over your heels—they increase the risk of slipping.
- Don’t bother doing a cardio workout before coming down—you’ll get a good one at the trampoline park if you jump continuously.
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*Prices and conditions may have changed since the time of this writing.