ALLENDALE, N.J. – Eleven-year-old Yorgos Vassiliou of Franklin Lakes loves trampolining at home -- but at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Allendale he really ups his game.
“There’s a lot of trampolines out there but these ones make you jump higher,” he said. “You can play dodgeball here. Also, you can do double front flips into the foam pit, which is really fun.”
The 33,000-square-foot trampoline park, which opened nine months ago, is attracting adults and children, according to General Manager Chris Krzyzak.
The children who like the place don’t necessarily participate in organized sports or even like to exercise, he said.
“But they’ll come here and jump around for an hour or an hour-and-a-half at a time,” he said. “I don’t think some of them realize they’re exercising because they’re having so much fun.”
There’s plenty for adults to do, too. Some are getting into the dodgeball games. Adults in theirs fifties and sixties come to take SkyFit classes.
What’s the attraction? First, an hour in a fitness class burns up to 1,000 calories.
Second, the trampolines, made of rubberized plastic, make for a low-impact workout.
“It’s easier on the joints,” said Krzyzak, who added that the trampolines are free of latex. “Also, it’s not possible to fall off our trampolines. We have trampoline walls.”
The fitness craze has been catching on. Three years ago, there were only about 35 indoor trampoline parks in the U.S., according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. Today, there are more than 280.
Some have speculated their popularity may in part be due to the psychological lift that comes with feeling weightless, even for a matter of seconds.
Other features at Sky Zone include a three-lane SkySlam basketball court. The main court, for open jumps, includes tumble tracks for those who like gymnastics.
Sky Zone Cares, a special needs sensory night, is offered on the fourth Monday of every month. This summer Sky Zone in Allendale will introduce Glow Nights for Teens on Fridays and Saturdays.
“We’re doing black lights and glow lighting,” Krzyzak said.
Guaranteed jump times can be reserved online.
A Sky Zone is coming soon to Rutherford.