I have never ranked our New Experiences, but New Experience #46 just might be the most fun one we’ve tried. We went to Rebounderz, an Indoor Trampoline Arena in Edison, New Jersey.
It was the day before Thanksgiving, so I hoped it would not be too busy. Most people I knew were either traveling or busy preparing for the big meal. Since I am only responsible for a pumpkin pie and string bean casserole, I knew I had plenty of time to try a New Experience.
The website described the arena, but I was not prepared for the sight of it. Rebounderz is located in a large warehouse facility. Trampolines are laid out in a grid covering approximately 14,000 square feet. The walls of the arena are also made of trampolines so jumpers can literally bounce off the walls. In addition to the large arena, there is an area in which jumpers can bounce into a deep foam pit. There are also Basketball Runners in which you can slam dunk a basketball into a net after jumping on a trampoline.
I was almost as impatient as the kids while we waited to get started. Not too surprisingly, I had to fill out liability waivers before paying admission. Finally, we had to rent shoes and helmets.
As we walked over to the trampoline arena, we passed an area with several benches. I spotted moms reading books, checking their email, and socializing with other moms. I realized I was the only mother who paid to jump on the trampolines. This seemed unbelievable to me. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and here was a major calorie burning activity. How could those other moms just sit there? Did I look like the World’s Most Fun Mom? Or were they thinking I must be crazy?
I decided not to waste time wondering what the sedentary moms thought and entered the arena. Luke and Leah were already ahead of me, bouncing from trampoline to trampoline. I bounced over to them and found out that we could not share the same trampoline. Since I weigh about 3 times more than they do, if I bounced near them, they would fly into the air.
Leah was content to just bounce and bounce. Luke wanted to play dodgeball with me. Running is not permitted on the trampolines, so players have to jump after one another. It was tiring, but it was so much fun. Luke was proud that he could jump faster than I could.
Leah started experimenting with jumping off the walls. Because she is so tiny, she had a hard time with it. Luke had much better luck and was jumping off with his feet and landing at least 4 feet from the wall. I decided to try it myself. I wasn’t quite coordinated enough to look graceful.
It began to get a little more crowded as our time passed. The referees in the arena were really good at reminding the teenagers to stay away from the younger kids, and all the jumpers were respectful. While I wish there were separate facilities for younger and older jumpers, my kids really enjoyed watching the older kids do flips and jump off the walls in an expert fashion.
We checked out the trampolines where jumpers plunge into giant foam pits. This was also fun, but getting out of the foam pit was much harder than I anticipated. My kids made it look easy. Their little bodies skimmed over the blocks as they made their way to the edge. My much larger body seemed to sink in and I felt like I was swimming through pudding to get out.
Luke liked the basketball area and tried it several times. Leah did not like that area as much, but she didn’t mind watching. She told me she was tired from all that jumping. I totally understood.
When our hour was up, we walked past the moms sitting on the benches. I was so tempted to tell them to get into the arena. Jumping on a trampoline is way too much fun to leave to the kids.