Kids are always hyperactive. We adults, we want to sit down on the sofa and watch a movie instead. Even if it a cartoon for the children’s sake, we don’t mind as long as we don’t have to move.
But you can’t be that selfish, can you. At some point, you got to give in and take them somewhere they can expend all this energy which they never seem to run out of. What could be more fun than trampolining?
I thought it would be quite cool to go there and do some jumping myself. I think charging £10 for an hour session is a bit much to be honest. I’ll happily pay £5 but I don’t think doubling this is justified. Plus you have to buy special socks which cost another £2.
Anyway, like I said before, I wanted to try it. So I booked through the website and there’s a waiver that you need to sign because it’s considered as a high risk activity. Under 18s need to have the waiver signed by a parent.
First impression did not look too good because the car park was crowded. It’s a very small car park so you have to get in there early. Once you’ve managed to get yourself a space, you need to check in. They’ll check your details, make sure you have signed the waiver and then give you a wristband. I think they use different colours for different booking duration (eg 1hr slot or 2hrs slot). Then you have to wait for a briefing which takes about 10 mins, from the time you go in, sit down and get out. Remember there’s a crowd with you so it’s not that fast. So you have to make sure you get to the site at least 20 mins before your session starts.
There are quite a few things to do there, once you’re on the trampoline park itself. You can jump on one trampoline square only (up/down) or jump from one square to the other (forward). I’m not used to jumping on trampolines, so the first time I was trying to jump felt really awkward. You have to get used to it, so take your time. You might see someone doing something which looks easy but if it is your first time, don’t try any skills unless you’re really sure.
You can climb up and jump down onto sponges. Although it doesn’t look too high, when you’re up and looking down, it kind of feel scary. So bear this in mind. There are places where you can bounce against the wall and then onto the sponges. It’s not as easy as it sounds; I tried it and sucked at it badly.
There’s also the rope ladder thing; honestly don’t try this unless you’re fit. Although I exercise regularly and I’m quite flexible, when you reach the top part, the whole thing becomes so unstable and if you’re not careful you will hurt yourself, like I did. The ladder flipped for me and during the movement of me going down, I didn’t let go of the rope, so my shin hit the wooden part of the ladder and I bruised badly. It’s not the company’s fault, it was mine because I should not have attempted something that was beyond my skill level. Even if something looks very easy, take it with a pinch of salt I’d say.
You also have places where you can jump up and down, places to bounce off and play basketball at the same time. There are quite a few things to do. I booked a 2hr slot but that was too much. After 15 mins on the trampoline, you can feel the heat rising up your body. Half an hour in and you feel you’re in a desert and need water badly (do remember to bring your drinks with you, if not there’s a shop there where you can purchase though or a vending machine). At 45 mins, you’re looking thinking to yourself when is it going to end. When your hour is up, you will feel so happy. Mind you that I jump non-stop when I was there, I don’t take much rest. I like to get my money’s worth.
All in all, it’s a good treat for the kids and maybe even you as an adult if you fancy burning a lot of calories while having fun but make sure you don’t end up binge eating at McDonald’s after the session as you’ll be really hungry.
I think the price is a bit dear for my liking. If it was cheaper, I’d probably make this a regular thing. Other than that, I did have fun even if I got injured!