Jumptastic trampoline park in Gloucester opened last autumn and literally EVERYONE wanted to go. Seriously, it was all my kids were talking about. Everybody wanted their parties there too. My younger two kids had been before, but my eldest and I had never tried it. So when I was offered the chance to review Jumptastic I ‘jumped’ at the chance (see what I did there?).
With the long summer holidays ahead of us, I was happy to have something for the kids to look forward to and for them to be active for a while.
Jumptastic has 90 trampolines, including a dodge ball area, a basketball area and a foam pit. Everyone has to wear the special grippy socks, which aren’t included in the price, but you can take them back for future sessions, so you only need to pay for them once.
You book in for an hour-long session and, before your session starts, you watch a safety briefing video. Because trampolining can be dangerous if you don’t follow the rules properly. And, in my experience, excited teens and tweens often don’t follow the rules properly.
The kids were straight into the foam pit and then into the dodgeball area. My eldest was a bit like a fish out of water, as teenagers so often are, bouncing from trampoline to trampoline. The majority of the kids there were tweens. I tried jumping myself and apart from The Mum Problem (I think we all know what I’m talking about, ladies), I also found it surprisingly tiring.
Sadly, I decided pretty quickly that trampolining wasn’t really for me. It’s no coincidence that all the other parents were in the cafe/ viewing area.
But my kids didn’t stop. Their faces were flushed with excitement and sweat. They were jumping crazily high and throwing the odd flip in here and there. Where did they learn that stuff?!
You’re not allowed to take your own food and drink into Jumptastic, which is a policy which generally winds me up as it inevitably forces you to spend more money. However, they do offer free cups of water and sell cups of squash for 30p and jugs for £1, so that’s very reasonable. We didn’t sample the cafe apart from that, but the prices all looked fair and the cakes looked very tasty!
We went to an open jump session, which is just a regular session. Jumptastic also does a variety of specialist sessions: including Jump Inclusive, for people with disabilities and special needs to jump with their friends and family; Fittastic, one hour fitness sessions; and Toddlertastic sessions for pre-school children. You can also book for trampoline coaching sessions.
My younger two kids had a brilliant time and would happily visit every day. It’s a great place for kids to have fun, get active and let off steam, but for us it’s somewhere for a treat rather than a regular thing as it gets expensive when you’ve got more than one child.
An open session costs £10 per person, plus £1.50 for the special socks.
We were provided with a Jumptastic session and socks for the purposes of this review. All opinions and dreadful photos are our own.
*Apologies for the poor quality of the photos. Between the lack of natural light and the jumping, they pretty much all came out blurry!