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Imagine a vast space filled with 50 plus squares of trampolines

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Sky Zone Atlanta is an indoor trampoline park built for all ages and fitness levels.

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By Melissa Lowrie

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For the record, I don’t venture into highly populated areas of metro Atlanta on a regular basis. I moved to Big Canoe to escape that rat race. For Sky Zone Atlanta though, I made an exception.

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      There are angled walls to literally bounce off and space to jump, flip and burn energy.

Every bit of an hour’s drive, I found myself wondering if it would be worth it to take the kids to this indoor trampoline park I’d heard about. It would have to be pretty primo to make up for the car time.

Well, guess what? This place was totally worth it.

Sky Zone Atlanta is an indoor trampoline park built for all ages and fitness levels. Opened last December, it’s located in a nondescript office park in bustling Gwinnett County. The only location in Georgia, this Las Vegas-based chain was started by a father and son duo that had tried (unsuccessfully) to start a new sport.

The story goes like this ... the neighborhood kids near the first trampoline park kept pressing their noses to the windows wanting a turn to jump while athletes trained. A light-bulb moment: charge admission. Sky Zone was born and franchises have been cropping up everywhere since 2006.

Imagine a vast space filled with 50 plus squares of trampolines. There are angled walls to literally bounce off and space to jump, flip and burn energy. There is also a foam pit, a couple of basketball goals and two dodgeball courts: all on a trampoline surface instead of a gym floor.

When you come into Sky Zone, a waiver is required for each jumper. Jump times are then sold in increments of 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes. We chose the 60-minute option for $13 per jumper.   When paying, participants have the option of renting shoes — high-tops with a soft sole; but many kids just opt for bare feet.

After being directed to the Safety Zone for a list of rules, your group waits until their designated time begins. Depending on your timing and the number of people already jumping, this can be five minutes or longer. They do reach capacity, especially in the summer, due to big groups of day campers and large parties, and you’ll have to wait until space opens.

Our kids headed directly to the main jumping space. One jumper per square is the rule, but there was lots of space. Flips are OK, but sitting is not permitted.

Also a big draw was the Foam Zone – a huge pit of foam blocks to land in after bouncing on a trampoline. Next to that were two basketball goals, a short and a tall. Depending on your height, these are perfect for dunking.

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Flips are permitted; just be careful!

There are two 3-D dodgeball courts, too; one for kids 12 years and under. These games went on continuously throughout our time. A ref was on the court to manage play.

Overall, this was a spot my testers and I would highly recommend. Even with the long drive time, it was worth it. Good news, though; coming this fall another Sky Zone is opening in Roswell.

Check out atlanta.skyzonesports.com for all the details, but in the summer it is open seven days a week. Oh, and by the way, there is no age limit, so parents and grands can enjoy a jump too.

Summer is fleeting, so get out there and enjoy some time with your kids. If you can’t make it to Sky Zone, take your Canoe Kids on a different adventure. Wherever you end up, have a great time.

 

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