A little Monday morning quiz: When someone emails to invite you to a trampoline park grand opening, do you:
A) Tell them you have better things to do or
B) Freak out and drop everything because TRAMPOLINES.
I’ll let you guess which one of these things I did.
Sky Zone Timonium is 2nd of its kind in Maryland and luckily for Betty and me, it’s like a mile and a half from our house. It is a 23,000 square foot warehouse with 16,000 square feet of trampolines. Yes, you read that correctly. Currently Sky Zone offers such fun activities as trampoline basketball, ultimate dodgeball, and a great big pit full of foam that you can belly flop into. There are several large party rooms that you can rent out for events. Eventually they will have fitness classes and you better believe I will be going back for those.
Our reservation was for one hour of jump time starting at 10:30am. The employees were friendly and helpful, and the place was very clean. I love not feeling like I have to bathe my child in hand sanitizer when I’m out someplace.
We collected our Sky Socks – bright orange with heavy rubber treads on the bottom – and headed up a ramp to the first big trampoline area for open jump. It looked super fun with a vast expanse of trampolines on the ground plus trampolines on the walls. I think I was just as – if not more – excited than Betty.
Unfortunately I would not know from personal experience how super fun those particular trampolines are because I only jumped for about 10 seconds, or long enough to get this epic photo:
Let me be clear that I understand what Sky Zone is trying to accomplish with their rules. The main free-bounce area is divided into three sections: young people (such as Betty) on the left, bigger kids in the middle, and adults on the far right. I took Betty to her area and she started jumping. She wanted me to jump with her and immediately a referee came over and told me I needed to stop and if I wanted to jump I would need to go waaaay over on the other side. Because I’m just going to leave my small child there to go bounce on trampolines across the room.
Obviously this is all in the name of safety, but I wish they would switch the adult area with the bigger kids that so parents could jump while still sticking by their small ones. Some of those kids were nearly my size!
Anyway Betty was having fun so I wasn’t going to let this dampen my spirits. We got in line for the big foam pit which ended up being cool although getting back out of the foam once you land in it is a workout in itself.
She wanted to stick around the foam pit for awhile, which was fine by me because I could participate with her.
There was a dodge ball game going on in one arena which we did not take part in for obvious reasons, but everyone in there seemed to be enjoying themselves. We rotated between the foam and the open jump area and our hour flew by. Betty had a blast and as a great bonus actually took a nap that afternoon.
After checking the Sky Zone Timonium website, I learned that they do have something called Toddler Time that I assume would be geared toward parents and young children and I think that would be better suited for us on our next trip. And of course I can’t wait to try out their upcoming fitness classes!
If you have a Sky Zone near you, definitely check it out for reasonably priced fun and a great alternative to the gym. We may even be looking into having a future birthday party there!
And for all my Baltimore-area friends, I have a pretty sweet surprise. Sky Zone Timonium has generously provided me with two 30 minute jump passes to that location for me to give away! There are a couple ways to enter that I’ve set up a Rafflecopter below. This giveaway runs from right now until midnight on Thursday night. Good luck to all who enter! Maybe we will have to join you when you go!
Have you ever been to a trampoline gym? What did you think?
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I think I might still be in a turkey coma. 🙂