I love indoor trampoline parks! Love them! I have been an avid jumper since age 10. So I was excited to give Airbound a try to celebrate my birthday. Yes, I'm a grown up, don't judge ;-) I grabbed a few friends (who are inexperienced jumpers) to attend the "After Dark" jump thinking that would make our adventure even better. $18 for two hours of jump time, a neon t-shirt, and glow necklace was a sweet deal. Upon arrival the park seemed well maintained, pretty clean. The "After Dark" event is a very fun concept with the black lights and music.
However, I was immediately concerned when staff failed to brief jumpers on the rules of the park prior to starting our jump time. Other parks I've been to do this and it really helps. I know you sign waivers and the rules are on the wall for all to see--but trust me, the verbal reminder is important.
Unfortunately, our jump session was ruled by complete chaos. Kids were jumping into other peoples' squares without warning and literally flying through the air indiscriminately. I was blindsided twice and was lucky enough to catch a kid who was running directly towards me--on purpose--somewhat preventing a third collision. Meanwhile, the "monitors" were standing in the middle of the court mostly talking to each other and occasionally blowing their whistles and pointing. My friends and I were in a far corner; therefore, completely on our own to enforce rules for our own safety. I thought about moving closer to the monitors but the area near them looked even worse. Tiny kids were in our section instead of being encouraged to move into their jump space and with the level of chaos this was very dangerous for them. It is a miracle no one was seriously injured in the 1 hr 30min I observed.
Sadly, we ended our jump session 30min early because we just couldn't take it anymore. The next day I felt like I had been in a car accident--no doubt due to the two serious collisions I endured. I am an experienced jumper and have never felt this way after a session. But then again my sessions have never been an unwilling game of human bumper cars. Very disappointing. I would not come back to this particular park unless I knew that their staff was taking safety far more seriously. Yes, trampolining is a dangerous sport, but it is very enjoyable when everyone follows basic safety rules.
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