A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published February 17th 2014
Check out one of Melbourne's bounce-tastic trampoline parks
There's a new craze in town and it's really taking off - literally. Take to the air and bounce your socks off at one of the newly popular trampoline centres which are springing up (pun intended) all over Melbourne. Most have made their debut in the last year or so and there are several more in the pipeline. You can be a three year old novice, a teenage daredevil or - at the risk of sounding totally uncool - an embarrassing parent who might be considering a trampolining party for the big 4 - 0 celebration (I have a few years to go yet I hasten to add).
All of the trampoline centres in Melbourne run along similar lines. You basically pay for a session and jump around for an hour or so in your newly purchased grip socks. There are different areas for different types of jumping, as well as a cafe for when you're all jumped out. All of the centres also offer extras such as party packages, school visits and corporate packages. See below for a run down of each centre and what it has to offer:
Bounce Inc currently have one trampoline centre in Glen Iris with 3 more coming soon; in Highett, Essendon Airport and Blackburn North. Prices are $18 for an adult entry and $12.50 for a child including the price of your special grip socks (which can be re-used so don't chuck them!). Features include a free jumping area, dodge ball area, The Wall (yup - you pretty much bounce up onto the top of a big wall), performance trampolines and the Big Bag (picture a giant airbag and you've got it). There are a range of session times and types, as well as coaching and lessons for different age groups.
Gravity Zone is located in Seaford and bills itself as the biggest trampoline centre in Melbourne, boasting a whopping 158 trampolines. It's also a little cheaper then Bounce Inc, costing $15 an hour for general admission and $10 an hour for students and Little Leapers (age not specified). Your gravity zone socks cost an extra $1.50 each. Features include a Kids Zone - complete with playground for the tinies, Slam Zone - think basketball on steroids, Dodge Zone, Pro Zone - for the more experienced jumper, Foam Zone - foam pits for landing when trying new tricks and Gravity Zone - similar to The Wall, above. Please note that at the time of writing Gravity Zone was closed due to a recent fire, but is hopefully reopening in April (2014).
Xtreme Air in Keysborough also claims to be Melbourne's biggest trampoline centre so I'm not sure who the prize goes to for that. This one has a free jumping area of 60 interconnected trampolines, plus 3 dodgeball courts and a slam dunk court with 4 trampoline lanes. There's the obligatory foam pit too. Pricing is much the same as at Gravity Zone, although it's only 3 - 5 year olds who get the cheaper price of $10.
Airborn Trampoline Park is the place to go if you're North of the city. It boasts 150 interconnected trampolines, 2 dodgeball courts, a huge foam pit and an expert gravity wall, as well as a slam dunk area. Again adults are charged $15 and students, or short people (below 110cm) expect to pay $10. I couldn't find anything telling me how much grip socks cost, only that they are compulsory.
The foam pit at Airborn
There is some serious fun to be had in these places and they make a good alternative to the usual playcentres on a wet day for harassed parents. However, sessions fill up very quickly, especially at peak times, so always book ahead on the phone or online. All information regarding opening hours and session times can be found at the individual websites for each centre. Now go bounce!