Usually, parents avoid anything that makes their children bounce off the walls. But that’s the whole point at Sky Zone Recreation Center. Kids, and parents, too, are encouraged to bounce up and down, off the walls, through hoops, even.
One of the first of its kind in the United States, Sky Zone features wall-to-wall trampolines where jumpers can flip and bounce until they can’t anymore. And though trampolines usually are a childhood fixation, plenty of adults release their inner child in an arena that’s about the size of a basketball court, says general manager Braden Holcomb. Sixty trampolines are connected by safety pads, creating an entire floor that can be bounced on. Trampolines lining the walls allow jumpers a vertical option.
A smaller arena is available for children younger than 12. Anyone who can walk can jump, Holcomb says, no matter their age.
“We feel like we’re one of the few places kids and parents can go together and be active,” Holcomb says.
Jumping on a trampoline is much more physically challenging than it looks, so managers created a workout program for adults and kids. There are nine skyrobics classes each week for adults. An instructor incorporates exercises usually done in the gym to give attendees a full-body workout, Holcomb says. Sunday mornings, they offer a skyrobics class for kids ages 6 to 12. Parents can jump with them at no cost.
Sky Zone opened six years ago in Las Vegas and has since expanded to two other states.
As with bowling, trampoline jumping requires special shoes that provide ankle support and enough traction to walk up the wall trampolines, Holcomb says. They can be rented for $2 a pair.
Jump time is sold by the half-hour, starting at $5. An hour plus shoes costs $11.
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What: Sky Zone Recreation Center
Where: 4915 Steptoe St. (near East Tropicana Avenue)
When: 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturdays; noon-8 p.m. Sundays.
Cost: Starting at $5 per half-hour, plus $2 shoe rental (436-6887)