It’s hard to imagine what kid wouldn’t like an indoor trampoline, and my kids are no exception. In fact, it’s safe to say that we find ourselves at a trampoline park at least once or twice a month, especially during the winter months. Big & Middle were thrilled when we were offered passes to try out the relatively new Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Elmhurst Illinois recently.
It was an easy 30 minute drive out to Elmhurst. In order to facilitate the check in process, and to make sure that we didn’t get sold out, we made our reservations and filled out our waivers ahead of time online. I don’t know if it was due to the rainy weather that day or just it’s location, but Sky Zone did seem to be a touch busier than the other trampoline park that we regularly frequent, so I would strongly recommend making reservations ahead of time.
When you are given your wrist bands they give you a brief rule rundown. And folks, they enforce the rules here. As soon as we put on our Skysocks (which are included in admission) and stashed our shoes and valuables in one of the lockers, the boys were off. They started out on the Main Court. This is the largest court in the venue with huge consecutive trampolines, and trampolines on the walls, allowing kids to enjoy endless free jumping possibilities. We immediately noticed that the trampolines are tighter and bouncier than at other indoor trampoline parks meaning you bounce higher (which is awesome).
There are staff members throughout the court enforcing the rules: flips are fine, but no double flipping…, only one jumper on each square,…) I was impressed that no jumpers ever seemed to get too close to each other or god forbid collide which was a nice change. (We’ve seen it all…)
The Foam Zone arena offers kids the chance to free jump into a foam pit filled to the brim with over 10,000 foam cubes. There are five launching pads, which means that kids are never waiting that long in line for their turn. That’s a nice touch! The kids had a ball on this court and practiced all sorts of crazy moves. Again, a staff member is pacing the jumpers eliminating the worry that one jumper might land on someone else.
One of the highlights of our time at Sky Zone was in the Sky Slam area. Here kids can emulate Derrick Rose and LeBron James and show of their dunk swag in one of 3 hoops at various heights. The boys had a blast trying to make the tallest hoop (believe me I have a good blooper reel).
Another favorite activity was Ultimate Dodgeball. There are 5 Dodgeball courts at Sky Zone. Some of them were closed for private parties, but for the majority of our time there, one dodgeball court always seemed to be open. They use standard issue red playground balls and not the cushy foam balls that we’ve seen in other places. That makes for a much more intense and difficult game! Bigger kids will probably love this as Big and his friend did. They thought it made the game more fun and challenging. As a result of this however, a Sky Zone staff member separates the smaller kids from the bigger kids and they alternate playing time: one game on-one game off. Middle, who is age 8, couldn’t play against Husband (who loves this game), but I appreciated the safety factor due to the firmer balls- especially because they do zip. It does mean though, that you and your kids may not be playing in the same Dodgeball game-unless you have a private party-then anything goes.
We were given complimentary one hour passes to check out the facility, but it became clear early on that one hour was not going to be enough time for my crew. We purchased an additional hour. At one point, the boys did take a break and we hung out in the snack bar area and noshed on pretzels and drinks. The food options are your standard snack bar fare. If you’re not interested in jumping, and your kids are old enough to play without your supervision, there is a comfortable lounge area filled with sofas above the various courts. (Husband and I longingly noticed many couples relaxing with the Sunday paper up there). I found myself jumping more than usual, and as the group photographer, I never really spent any time up there. I should also mentioned, that they do have a trampoline court just for the TODDLER set. I just didn’t have anyone in that age group, but you should know that it’s there.
We definitely noticed that Safety is greatly enforced. As I mentioned earlier, there are more rules in this facility than others that we’ve frequented. While, husband and I thought this was great, Big and his friend had moments of frustration-they weren’t allowed to double bounce, for example. However, generally speaking, this facility knocks it out of the park and might be preferable, especially if you have younger children going.
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Sky Zone 325 W. Lake Street, STE A Elmhurst, IL 60126
I received complimentary 1 hr passes to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.