Much as it pains me to admit, my kids have outgrown playgrounds. The slides and swings and zip lines that used to entertain them are now, as they say with rolled eyes, "Boooooring." Be that as it may, they have not outgrown the need to have some fun moving their bodies, and this summer when it was oh so hot outside, we had the pleasure of exploring the new generation of trampoline parks that have cropped up all over the state, from Fairfield County to Hartford and beyond. Keep in mind that parks tend to be particularly crowded on weekends and school breaks, and where advanced reservations are possible, we recommend them in order to avoid disappointment. Be warned that if you are bringing your child's friends, they will need to have signed waiver forms from their parents (most of the parks named below have the forms on their websites) . For more fun indoor play ideas check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.
Sky Zone—Bethel, Norwalk, and Wallingford
Sky Zone offers open jump sessions, a Foam Zone, where kids can jump from a trampoline runway into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes, and Sky Slam, where trampoline launch pads bounce you ten feet in the air so that you can dunk your basketball like a pro. Depending on the location, they also offer special programs, including a summer time Ice Cream Social, Toddler Time for kids between the ages of 3 and 5, Sensory Sunday, Pick Up Youth Dodgeball, and more. It can get crowded on winter weekends in particular, so reserve your spot in advance. Special "Sky Socks" are $3 and required but are yours to keep and reuse.
13 Francis J. Clarke Circle, Bethel, 203-428-4080
360 Doctor Martin Luther King Drive, Norwalk, 203-939-7222
805 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, 203-269-2000
This brand new facility in Danbury includes two trampoline Bungee jumps, two Ninja-style obstacle courses, as well as a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone with it's own mini slam dunk basketball hoop. They have a wonderful parent lounge with TVs in addition to the mezzanine observation deck which has multiple charging stations and a state-of-the-art arcade. They offer open bounce, special toddler time sessions for kids under 6, Jump N Glow on Friday and Saturday nights, in addition to other programs.
21 Prindle Lane, 203-942-2449
Launch—Hartford and Milford
This mini-chain of trampoline parks each offers more than 12,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines. Both parks offer a special "Kids' Court" for jumpers 42 inches and under (but all children are welcome to jump anywhere in the park). Special programs include Toddler Time and, for a limited time at the newest park in Milford, they're offering "Bring a Friend" sessions on Mondays when two people can jump for the price of one, as well as other programs.
91 Brainard Road, Hartford, 860-246-JUMP
125 Old Gate Lane, Milford, 203-998-7887
The Trampoline Place—Mystic
This newly renovated gym contains 12 Olympic trampolines that are built right into the floor, along with overhead safety-harness devices for learning somersaults and flips, end decks, pitch pads, and more. They offer classes most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and welcome drop-ins (but it's always a good idea to call in advance).
800 Flanders Rd (Building #9), 860-779-7999
The main jumping area contains 50 connected trampolines for over 13,000 square feet of bouncing space, including angled wall trampolines and a series of launching decks, each from a different height. On Friday and Saturday nights, older kids (age 14+) can participate in Club Flight beginning at 9 pm, where they can jump as part of a laser light show. Younger kids are welcome at special kids only sessions on weekday mornings. There are also dodgeball leagues, family fun nights, and special sessions reserved just for special needs kids. Again, reservations are a must on the weekends. (Click here to read a review of our visit to Flight.)
140 Production Ct, 860-505-8218
Jump and Climb Zone at Chelsea Piers—Stamford
One of the many fabulous offerings at Chelsea Piers is their Adventure Center, which features a trampoline court in addition to a 22' climbing wall. Chelsea Piers offers 55 minute open sessions most afternoons at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm, with additional hours on the weekends. They also host bi-monthly Teen Dodgeball sessions for kids ages 13-17. Note that while members can reserve in advance, non-members cannot reserve until the morning of the desired session (and they do tend to fill up on snowy or rainy weekends).
One Blachley Road, 203-989-1000
This new facility offers indoor trampolines, a foam pit, basketball, dodge ball, battle beam, inflatables, arcades, an indoor playground, mechanical animal rides, and more. In addition to open jump, they offer a special needs jump time on Saturday mornings and weekday special toddler sessions, as well as other programs.
280 Garfield Ave, 203-989-3357
Two local parents created Rockin' Jump as a place where kids and families could hang out, move their bodies, and have some fun. This new facility offers trampolines, dodge ball courts, a foam pit, and a terrific cafe with a range of snack options. In addition to open jump, including weekday Rockin' Tots programs for kids 6 and under and Rockin' Fridays where tweens and teens can jump along with the music.
280 Garfield Ave, 203-989-3357
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Piers/Scott McDermott.
Originally published 1/5/15.