I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published August 17th 2014
With every new craze you need to ask the tough questions
Brisbane has recently become home to two indoor trampoline parks, Skyzone at Macgregor and Bounce at Tingalpa. Whilst both are guaranteed to be a wicked day out, I wanted to investigate whether one can be crowned as the superior jumping arena.
Skyzone VS Bounce... which will come out on top?
Stratosphere VS Free Jumping Area Both Skyzone and Bounce have an area for new jumpers to become acclimated with the world of indoor trampolines. Here you each get your own tramp that you can practice your jumps, bounces or (if you are up to it) your flips! At Skyzone the staff split this huge area up into sections based on size and height. The benefit of this being that I didn't run the risk of squishing a toddler, as they were safely down the other end away from us high bouncing 20somethings. Although it was nice to reduce the risk of an accidental child squashing, the Bounce trampolines are significantly bigger. Whist my flip may be much more like a roly-poly, I was certainly more willing to give it a go on the spacious trampolines at Bounce.
Parents of young children will be pleased to know that Skyzone has three dodge ball zones, one of which is specifically designed for mini-jumpers. These mini-jumpers could play to their hearts content with others their own size and us bigger kids had to play elsewhere.
The actual rules of dodge ball at both trampoline worlds are very different. Skyzone allowed players to be on multiple tramps at once whereas Bounce had a very strict one player per trampoline rule, which I think worked in their favour. It meant there were less people on the court and the balls were easily shared. Also once you got out at Bounce you stayed out, however at Skyzone if another player caught a ball on the full, one player is allowed back on. This was very hard to referee and of course younger children play by their own rules and us grown-ups are compelled to do the right thing, which unfortunately meant we missed out… a lot.
The Pit VS Big Bag Both centers have an area where you can jump off a trampoline and practice your flips and tricks landing on something soft and comfy. Skyzone again comes up short... literally. The tramps are too short for adult jumpers. They are only really big enough for one and half jumps, which doesn't allow for the perfect set-up to your chosen trick. Also at Skyzone the staff only allow two of the four tramps to be used at a time, because exiting the foam pit takes sooooo long, as you have to pull yourself through the chunks of foam and up onto the trampoline again. Bounce has cleverly designed their pit so that once you land on the big bag it is easy to shimmy off and walk up a walkway, allowing the person after to you to pretty much jump straight away. And a short line means more time in the air!
Skyzone 0, Bounce 3
Sky Slam VS Slam Dunk This is a pretty easy one to judge. Bounce has three hoops and Skyzone only has two. Skyzone also only has access to one ball so you have to rotate taking your shot. Now when you only have one hour to enjoy the bouncing sensation, you want to spend as little amount of that time lining up.
As an adult (or perhaps "big kid" is more appropriate) Bounce also takes the cake because it is challenging. The Skyzones hoops were very low to the ground and it was pretty simple for players to score a slam-dunk. However Bounce's hoops are high and there is one that is even higher. After three or four turns, all 5 foot 8 inches of me was still unable to score. I certainly enjoyed the challenge, as did all the other "big kids" around me.
Now you may think that Bounce is the clear winner of this review, however Skyzone does have one MAJOR plus side over Bounce. It has a Laser Tag Arena. For only an extra $7 you can participate in a 10minute high intensity game of Laser Tag. There are no teams in the Laser Arena, it is a free-for-all and the moment you step inside it is game on! Alliances are quickly formed but one rouge laser can crumble even the strongest of friendships.
Skyzone 1, Bounce 4
AND THE WINNER IS… Bounce!
However I am one of the big kids, and it is clear the mini-jumpers are going to have fun no matter where they end up!
Im a Sky Zone fan. As a parent there is definitely a WOW factor and the excitement is instant as you walk through the door. They have lockers to keep your belongings safe and much more seating while I wait for the kids. We have been to both parks and the kids tell me the quality of Sky Zone tramps and venue itself make this park a winner in our eyes. The "wall" has my kids addicted. Plus the staff are absolutely brilliant!
Broke my ankle at Bounce. I was jumping up and down on a flat surface and somehow landed very badly. Only go here if you're quite fit and know what you're doing!!! Can't work for a few weeks now, but they did give me a free pass... Anyone want a free pass??
Sky zone is better. I went once to a kids party and two people got injured and one had to go to hospital. The staff at Sky zone are more polite and care about your safety. Bounce has just increased the price?????? Why? Prefer skyzone so much over bounce
I loved bounce! So much fun! I seriously hurt my back though. Unless you are super fit, prepare for some injury. I have spoken to many people who have injuries following a bounce session. Not saying don't go because it so worth it. But factor in the cost of massage, Chiro or whatever other therapy you may need. I will go back once I've increased my fitness & my back has healed.
You forgot to mention the qualities of the trampolines, I went to both and at skyzone you get more air than bounce. Skyzones technique of their special spring system makes it a more safe and fun environment. The area may be a bit smaller than bounce but whats the point of attempting your big skills without much jump. Doing your skills matters about control so more area dosent mean much. but besides that good work
I get what your saying about the speed of getting off the air mat compared to a foam pit.... but muck a trick up (those activities are designed for trying new things out safely) and fall on your face from high and tell me really if you think a foam pit is worse then the air mat :P haha. (foam pit for life!)