New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published June 3rd 2016
Update November 20th 2017
Unfortunately, Skyzone Belconnen closed down in October, 2017.
Weekday fun for preschoolers & weekend fun for all
Skyzone is a trampoline centre located at Westfield Shopping Centre in Belconnen, 15 minutes north of Canberra's CBD. It is a great source of entertainment for kids and adults of all ages to jump on the hundreds of trampolines around the centre and try out their skills and tricks. Skyzone has sessions that start on the hour, so ensure you turn up 15 minutes before the session time to check in beforehand. When you pay you are given a coloured wrist strap and for first-timers, a pair of Skyzone grip socks for an extra $2 (you can bring them back next time to re-use if you wish). The rules are explained, the session is announced and jumpers are then released into the arenas of dance music mayhem and trampolining fun.
Skyzone is particularly strict on the rules of jumping to ensure everyone's safety, especially around small children who may be on the mats. Rules include no resting or sitting on the trampolines, one person is to jump on each trampoline, no food or drink near the trampolines and no running or wrestling around the arenas. Unfortunately no external food or drink is permitted into the centre, as they have a café onsite they want you to use. If you know how to do flips and tricks, they are at your own risk. There are also large digital clocks around the centre so you can keep track of the time and they will announce when your session is at a close, depending on the colour on your wrist band.
Skyzone has different areas around the centre in which to play and jump. There are two trampoline basketball areas with hoops at varying heights so adults and children can shoot hoops side by side. Playing basketball whilst on a trampoline is not easy - but a lot of fun.
There are also three small trampoline arenas for dodgeball, fitness classes and trampolining classes to learn skills and tricks. If your children enjoy jumping and want to learn some trampoling manoeuvres by an expert, there are trampolining classes run by Olympic Silver Medallist Ji Wallace to also book into.
If you are interested in a game of dodgeball and want to join their league, just grab a team of five and start practicing your throwing arm. There are prizes to win and even the opportunity to compete in Sydney at the Grand Final or even compete in the ultimate competition in Las Vegas. Unsure of how to play? Two teams throw balls at each other whilst dodging balls thrown in return. The rules of the game are...
On our visit we watched a Skyfit fitness class in action, with the fun and challenging class running for half an hour. If you want to burn off the calories, raise the heartrate and get fit, these classes burn off up to 1000 calories in an hour. Yes, 1000 calories - more than playing squash or running for the same length of time. As a fun alternative to the gym, these popular classes get the blood pumping while the dance music beats overhead.
The main arena is the highlight of the centre, with hundreds of trampolines all joined together so you can bounce between them and then bounce off the trampoline walls.
If you have preschool aged children and visit during the week, ensure you join a Little Leapers session ( which run hourly between 10am - 1pm in school terms only). In these sessions the trampolines are covered with soft toys and balls to play with and jump over. Little Leapers cost $10 for the hour (and an extra $10 for adults if they want jump too) and there are toys in the locker area to play with, colouring-in areas in the café and fun activities in front of the foam pit.
There are two trampolines in front of the foam pit so you can jump in or practice your flips and tricks. There are also two other trampolines for high jumping action in this area, so you can jump high and look over the centre.
Skyzone has a number of deals that you can enjoy throughout the week, after work or during school holidays. See their website as well as the Skyzone Facebook for other offers.
If you are interested in having a children's party here, the parties last for an hour and a half and include an hour of jumping plus half an hour in the party room. See here for all the details.
Skyzone was an exhausting hour of jumping and fun - and our family can't wait to go back and do it all over again. As I enjoy jumping as well, for fun and fitness, I found this arena to be a great venue for adults with fitness classes and dodgeball - however it is particularly good for kids. With basketball hoops and Little Leapers sessions with toys to play with, it is well catered for children of all ages. The staff are particularly friendly, great with children and there is a party vibe in the air with dance music playing. One factor of this venue however, is that during school holidays it could get very crowded as the main areas aren't very big between arenas.
In comparison, Flip Out (in Hume, in particular) is more spacious in one large warehouse environment. Although the two are both trampolining centres, they are very different in their approach. Flip Out is more casual in many ways, as you can just turn up whenever you like and time your session from when you arrive. Flip Out seems less strict on rules - apart from a small sign to read as you enter the trampolining arena, there is no mention of rules anywhere else. At Skyzone the rules are announced hourly and are flashed up on TV screens around the centre, with Skyzone staff seen all throughout the centre interacting with customers and keeping an eye on things. The staff at Skyzone in particular are very friendly and great with kids and cater to a wide variety of interests for all ages. If you can, visit both and see which you prefer. Our family would happily go back to either.
My tip? Get there early to avoid the crowds and enjoy both venues with plenty of space to jump and enjoy the arenas. Also take plenty of water and...