Boiiiing! Jump In trampoline park tried and tested
I don’t think I know anyone now who hasn’t been to a trampoline park (I even have a stash of those grippy socks in my drawer now). They’re such big business here, having arrived from across the Pond to transform the way us Brits play and get fit. And with our temperamental weather, they are indeed the perfect rainy day option. At the very least they’re a brilliant way to ensure those pesky kids actually get a good night’s sleep! Maybe even with a lie-in the next day if you really make ’em bounce for their supper.
We’ve tried our fair share of trampoline parks as a family, but I have to say I was seriously impressed with Jump In. It’s on the SEGRO trading estate in Slough (home to Mars, O2, Ferrari etc. sadly no John Lewis, humph) and it’s a really slick operation. Partly due to the fact it’s linked to US company, Altitude, the fastest growing trampoline park company in the world. You can expect to see a lot more of them too as one has recently opened in Warwick and there are plans to roll out four more by 2017.
So what’s it got? Well, over 32,000 square feet of trampolines (120 to be precise), battle beams, tumble tracks, foam pit, dodgeball court, basketball hoop lanes and a soft play area for under 5s. All set in an amazingly light and airy space that was as clean as a pin the day we went. Forgive me, but I have enough trouble dealing with my own children’s sticky mitts without wanting to put up with anyone else’s – cleanliness in these family attractions is a big thing of mine, and it was a relief to see the place really was very clean, loos included.
The owners, and general manager Miranda are smart enough to see that there’s mileage not only in children’s holiday camps and birthday parties but also fitness classes (trampolining burns as many calories as running per hour, but is WAY more fun!) dodgeball leagues, tumble track classes and teen takeover nights with music, light show and no parents allowed.
Apart from teen nights, adults are very welcome, and me and Mr Muddy Berks had an absolute hoot! On a serious note the safety was good with staff at each station and a few wandering around to keep an eye on all the children (and the raucous grown-ups, *ahem* I may not be invited back). I liked the fact the park is pretty much one large open space so no matter where your child bounces off too, you can see them. And the café area is the perfect place to sit and
read a magazine admire their amazing triple flick-flacks.
As a mum constantly on the lookout for the next birthday party to trump the last one (gone are the days when pin the tail on the donkey, and my lopsided chocolate button hedgehog cake will suffice *sob*) I think the party packages are a no brainer. Starting at £150 for 10 children including an hour of jumping and half an hour in a dedicated party room, pizza or hot dogs; drinks, a party host and jump socks – all you need to remember to bring is the cakes, candles and party bags (although if you upgrade to the ‘Totally Awesome’ party it includes sweet party pots and other extras, so you don’t even have to think about party bags – woo hoo!). Here’s one of the party rooms…
With the summer holidays upon us, it’s also good to know that Jump In’s Trampoline Holiday Camps are in full, uh, bounce. They’re run in partnership with well-established childcare experts Wise Owls. A full day from 9am to 5pm is just £25! Don’t worry, they’re not left to bounce for 8 hours straight – it’s varied with activities split between outdoors and the trampoline arena, plus they use one of the party rooms for arts and crafts, games etc.
I’m definitely going to re-visit Jump In and try an exercise class (when I whispered the dreaded words ‘pelvic floor’ to Miranda, she said ‘oh we all just laugh about that and call ourselves the Tena ladies’. Um, ok, that’s dealt with that then!). The mudlets – both seasoned bouncers – absolutely loved the place, and an hour’s bounce whizzed by. So pop along and give it a try. An hour’s jump with socks is £10 mid-week and £12 on weekends and school holidays. A block of 10 fitness classes is £80. If you’re not impressed, I’ll eat my grippy socks.
Jump In, 550 Dundee Road, Slough SL1 4LE. Tel: 0845 8386214. www.gojumpin.com