Pack it up pack it in, let me begin, if I don’t squeeze in this reference, battle me, that’s a sin.
Okay, okay I’ll stop there.
So…trampoline centres. They are literally springing up everywhere lately. To be honest, I hadn’t really thought about heading on down to one as I thought the sproglets would be too weeny (age 2 & 4). I had reserved the very idea to my (growing) list of things to do when we don’t have the children around one day. i.e. in my dreams / never.
Then, I got an invitation from JUMP IN to bring the family along to a brand spanking new Trampoline park opening in Tonbridge Kent. As it happened, we were racking our brains for something to do on our bonus second week off for half term. It turns out a load of potential destinations had shut up shop for winter come 31st October and we were scraping the barrell with thoughts of soft play or yet another country park.
So, might as well JUMP.
Last week we donned our best casual wear and headed on down to Tonbridge with the whole G-unit in tow. A little unsure of what to expect, we were greeted by a pretty spacious entrance hall with some pretty spesh decor. (Nice flooring, random but true).
Whilst the girls were buzzing to get bouncing, we reined them in to get to grips with the disclaimer process. As the staff explained, at opening during term time the arena is pretty quiet. Although there is a under 5s exclusion zone, it’s up to you if you want to let the kids roam free. As we were the ONLY people there, we had nothing to lose!
Kitted up with our socks, we watched the safety video which was not for the faint hearted. In fact Tigs had a little wobble…
“Mummy, there’s so much to remember, what if I forget something?”
Reassured and stripped of all excess baggage and clothing (courtesy of the lockers and a refundable quid), we hit the arena.
The facilities were immaculate, as confirmed by the all important pre-bounce wee.
Then we were off…
The girls were blown away (as were we) by the sight of what lay before us. For a couple of trampoline lovers, they had pretty much died and gone to heaven.
The arena was as much fun as we thought it’d be. In fact, more fun! Our soft play loving adrenaline junkie was in her element, and Tigs was just bouncing off the walls.
The arena has loads going on… the Mini jump under 5s zone, The slam dunk basketball section, a dodgeball area, an awesome foam pit and battle beam. Plus ‘the ladder’ which we had fun watching some care free ‘yoof’ diving from. Crawling all over the landing airbags was more our style.
As the session went on, it did get busier so we diverted the mouse over to the under 5s area where she was less likely to be trodden on. Something to bear in mind is that you might want to avoid peak times if you have tinies in tow and hope to get a piece of the main arena action.
After a full hour channelling our inner Tigger, we were Done with a capital D. Although the arena is fully air conditioned, we worked up a sweat and definitely needed a cold drink to come down to earth. Fortunately, the slushy station had it sorted and all 4 of us enjoyed a bit of BRAIN FREEZE.
So, I realise now, I was wrong about these places. They are for all ages – in particular a fun loving 35 year old.
So if you fancy a little MASSIVE bounce-a-thon, I have amazing news….
JUMP, JUMP, MMT will make ya JUMP JUMP
JUMP IN will make ya JUMP JUMP
Yep, we have a FAMILY TICKET for a session at JUMP IN to give away to one of my readers. Enter via the rafflecopter thingy below…any questions please drop me a line. Good luck!
N.B. Voucher is redeemable at Tonbridge, Warwick or Slough Jump In venue within 12 months for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Competition listed on www.theprizefinder.com