Take a moment and picture it. It’s a rainy Sunday morning, and it looks like the rotten weather will continue all day. Your family is going through a serious case of cabin fever. The kids are bouncing off the walls, and you’re thiiis close to losing it. Then, like a bolt from the blue, it hits you. “If they want to bounce around so badly,” you think, “let’s make that happen!” You announce to them that you’re taking them to a trampoline place, and there are squeals of transcendent joy.
A couple of hours spent at an indoor trampoline park is a couple of hours well spent. Considering that over the last few years, these attractions have been opening up virtually everywhere, we’re not the only ones who feel that way. But if you want to get the most out of your visit, keep reading, because we’ve got a couple of tips to share with you.
- You may be less than thrilled about this, but trampoline parks are totally unregulated. As a result, everybody needs to sign a waiver before they can get to jumping. Many trampoline parks give you the option to either fill out the form online or print it out & sign it ahead of time. Take a close look at it before you sign, and remember that everybody who is jumping needs a separate waiver.
- Lots of trampoline places offer specials and have different prices at different times. As you can probably imagine, prices are highest on weekends. Consider going on weekdays, and you’ll likely pay less. Also, check the company’s website for military, family, and other discounts.
- Along with prices being higher on weekends, trampoline places tend to be jam-packed with people on weekends. That’s a problem for two reasons. First, trampolines should only be used by one person at a time & safety can be an issue. Second, a good chunk of time can be spent waiting to jump or use the foam pit. On weekday afternoons, there will be far fewer people & far more time to have fun!
- If everybody in the family is planning to jump, make sure to dress the part. Skinny jeans aren’t a smart fashion choice. Instead, wear clothing that makes it easy for you to move and work up a sweat. Athletic shorts, yoga pants, and t-shirts will do the trick nicely.
- Before you leave, make sure to leave jewelry and watches at home. Necklaces and bracelets can easily get snagged, and rings can slip off of sweaty fingers very easily. Trust us, you don’t want to be digging around the bottom of a foam pit for your wedding ring.
- Along similar lines, if you’re going to jump, make sure all of your pockets are emptied. You don’t want to lose a smartphone, wallet, purse, or camera as you’re bounding around. While many trampoline parks have storage areas, they don’t always have locks. Call ahead of time to check, and if they don’t have locks, bring a padlock from home or leave belongings in the car.