Let the kids fly at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
If a kid was given free reign to design his dream house, I have a feeling it would look something like Sky Zone, Anaheim's hottest new indoor trampoline park. Co-owners Jim and Alexis Bellino, of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" fame, are sure to draw a different sized audience with their new enterprise, but this one will likewise be a huge hit.
I gathered up my in-house kangaroos to check it out – we came, we jumped, we conquered. And all I can say is bravo!
The 35,000 square foot warehouse located at 1301 Kellogg Drive in Anaheim is an active child's utopia and part of the hottest birthday party trend that seems to be one-upping the bounce house megaplexes that have inflated across the country over the past decade. Sky Zone is the nation's first and largest trampoline park franchise, and along with business partners John Reed and Jason Hughes, the Bellinos are eager to open more facilities throughout the Orange County and San Diego area.
The warehouse is a wonderland, where your children can literally bounce off the walls. And into a foam pit. And to shoot a basket. And to play cage ball. And up, down, and all around to dodge balls in one of two arenas for the popular game. In the rear corner of the facility, an endless sea of trampolines are connected to form a field, so to speak, where my kids and I enjoyed a game of leap tag. My kids were in a red-faced, sweaty heaven, and I admit the childish squeal in me was unleashed as I giddily succumbed to the company's motto: "Why run when you can FLY?"
Jim Bellino had tired of his real estate profession and "wanted to start something fun with the kids," he says of this new adventure. He invites guests of all sizes to join in the fun. "When you can walk, you can jump."
Wary parents can rest assured that adequate safety measures are enforced at Sky Zone. Trampoline activities are divided by children's ages, and "court monitors" bounce amok to ensure child safety. Parents will also love the facility's conscious design. There's one way in, and one way out, and every child must partake in a mandatory safety briefing before they can access the jump zone.
While the kids bounce (and beg for cash to visit the central candy store for an Icee), parents can catch up on work or rest in the centrally located free Wi-fi lounge, complete with leather couches and four flat screen TVs. Or you can keep track of the kids from the second floor open observation deck.
But I'd advise you to don the Sky Zone high tops yourself and join your kids in the fun.
According to Jim Bellino, 10 minutes on a trampoline is equivalent to a 33-minute run. And those looking for a real workout will want to join his wife Alexis as she instructs one of the many Sky Robics fitness classes scheduled to begin next week. Rest assured, Bravo's cameras won't be allowed in the facility.
You may want to go online to reserve a jump time and complete your family waiver (good for one year), as the facility can book up. Summer hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with admission prices starting at $15 an hour ($25 for two). Those looking for a deal may gravitate toward the 10-Jump Super Pass Card for $130. Parents can also drop off their teens on weekend nights from 9 to 11 p.m. for Sky Jam and Sky Mania, where for $20 they can enjoy the boundless trampolines and pizza. Birthday parties start at $295, and the whole facility can be reserved for larger group events (occupancy 190).
I certainly recommend you add Sky Zone to your family time fun list, and it'll make the perfect field trip on a long summer day (yes, they have air conditioning). While south county families may resist making the trek north, my San Clemente family is counting down the days until we can go back.
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Autumn McAlpin is a local writer. She pens a weekly column for OC Moms called Cracking Up, in which she chronicles her crazy life as a mother of four.