This summer we tried out Jump Street Indoor Trampoline Park in Colchester – one of the few places in Essex where kids can literally bounce off the walls.
Taking the leap
Jump Street offers 20,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines and trampoline-based activities. There are two dodgeball courts for different age groups, a giant inflatable bag for practising jumps and flips, a Total Wipeout style obstacle, basketball hoops, and The Wall for the most adventurous jumpers.
My girls, aged 8 and 11, had being begging me to take them to Jump Street for a while. I’d been putting it off by the price (£10 each for an hour’s jumping), but I thought it would make a good end of summer treat.
Booking a session
I booked a one hour session online in advance of our visit. Some session times can be quite busy, so it’s usually better to book ahead rather than just turn up and be disappointed. The online booking system also lets you see how many people have already booked each time slot, so you could choose to switch to a quieter time, if you prefer.
The booking process was fairly straightforward. You create an account in your name and give details of the people who will be jumping. There’s also a one-off waiver you need to complete on behalf of any children under 16.
When you arrive the signing in process is very quick. On your first visit, you’ll need to buy all jumpers a pair of Jump Street grip socks, costing £1.75 each. These are a necessary safety regulation and can be kept and reused during future visits. Luckily, the lockers at Jump Street are free of charge, which is a nice bonus.
Children have to be at least four years old to attend the standard sessions, but there are Jump Tots slots every weekday for under 4s. These sessions cost £5 per child and £5 for a compulsory accompanying adult.
Like the standard sessions, Jump Tots are also supervised by court marshals to make sure everyone is jumping safely.
Is it safe?
One thing I was concerned about before our visit was whether it would be a safe environment, particularly since there would be older children and adults jumping too. I needn’t have worried though; the venue clearly takes safety very seriously.
Before your session begins, you are asked to watch a short video that outlines the Jump Street rules. Of course, people could choose not to stick to them, but I noticed that the marshals kept a close eye of how everyone was behaving and stepped in within seconds if anyone acted out of line.
If you aren’t joining in the fun, you can watch your children bounce from beside the trampolines (there are a couple of seats dotted around, but not many). Alternatively, you can get a bird’s eye view from the first-floor café, which is set on a large mezzanine floor overlooking the trampolines.
I grabbed a coffee and sat here while my two jumped. This was good for me as it meant I could see both of them at the same time and they could always see me. However, if you have younger children you’ll probably want to be closer in case they need you.
My two had a great time at Jump Street. An hour of jumping was more than enough for them, so that made the entry price pretty reasonable. I’ve even promised to join in the jumping on our next visit – a fantastic excuse to burn off a few calories!