This past Saturday night I had more fun than I’ve had in weeks. Why? Because I went to a trampoline park AND IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER.
Seriously, it was so great. Wall to wall trampolines, foam pits, rope swings, “interpretive jumping.” It was perfect. After my experience I’m convinced that going to a trampoline park is the absolute best thing you can do to let go of any stress and just feel like a free-spirited child. And it’s a killer workout.
Jump parks are kind of a new trend (on my radar anyway), but they are starting to pop up everywhere, so I’m willing to bet there’s one near you. I went to the Chattanooga Jump Park, where you can jump for $12/hr.
I’m now convinced that trampoline parks are great for any age. When I left the park I knew that I had to share my experience with fellow college students, but I also realized that anyone, whether you’re five or 50, could love a trampoline park.
Here’s why your age group should make a trip to your nearest trampoline park:
Kids: This one is a no brainer: you are five. For you, trampoline parks are as natural as sugar highs and playdates. Go crazy, munchkins. (Sidebar: I know there aren’t any five year olds actually reading this, but I didn’t want to exclude the little tikes. Trampoline parks really are made for them.)
Teens: Look, I know you’re really cool and have an iPhone and like 5,000 followers on Instagram, but it’s time to let loose and stop caring what people think about you all the time. One thing I can guarantee you: you will not look cool at a trampoline park. You will look stupid. But who cares? In the wise words of Natasha Bedingfield, “release your inhibitions,” and go jump your heart out on the dang trampolines. I promise you’ll love it.
College students/young adults: In the midst of finding independence, living on our own and preparing for adulthood, most of us could desperately use an evening of feeling like a child again. You can try yoga or getting eight hours of sleep, but I’m willing to bet that nothing will melt away stress quicker that flipping from a trampoline into a foam pit.
Young parents: Are you looking for ways to expend some of your toddler’s bursting energy? The trampoline park is your answer. Taking your kids to the trampoline park gives you two options: the first is to let your child jump while you get work done and watch them from the next room (most parks have a watching area with tables), or the second is to forget about your work and jump with them. Either way, your child will leave happy and exhausted.
Fitness lovers of any age: I wasn’t kidding before when I said that jumping on trampolines is an absolutely killer workout. My abs were burning with fifteen minutes, but it was so much fun that I kept going for the full hour until I was drenched in sweat and unable to breathe. Afterwards I thought about the fun I had and how good the workout felt. It was the ultimate gift to myself.
Adults/soccer moms/career men and women/everyone else: I don’t have much to say here except that trampoline parks are a blast, and with your busy life, I’m guessing you could use some fun. Just take an hour and unleash the free spirit inside of you. One of my favorite groups to watch before my jump hour started was the adults jumping and laughing like children, probably at the last place they expected to be on a Saturday night, but they were loving it. It may feel ridiculous, but you deserve this, so go!
If you’ve made it this far then you have no excuse to not find the closest trampoline park and plan your trip. I promise you will have the time of your life. Happy jumping!