We Tried It: iTrampoline
Let your keiki bounce off the walls (literally) on 10,000 sq. ft. of trampolines at this larger-than-life jump and play space.
What: An indoor trampoline park, arcade, and laser tag arena
Who: Two kindergarteners and one mom chaperone
Where: A warehouse in Waipahu
When: A Friday morning during winter break
W ith “Play Loud” as its slogan, iTrampoline was a no-brainer outing for my six-year-old son, Duke, and his classmate, Sam. We were first timers, so didn’t know quite what to expect. My only hope was that a couple hours here would burn-off all their extra energy.
When we entered the warehouse, the boys’ eyes got wide and immediately gravitated to the flashing, blinking arcade games. They were thrilled at the selection of shoot-them-up, dinosaur hunter and space invaders games, especially since those types of toys aren’t allowed at home. I was finally able to redirect them to the front desk to get our jump pass wristbands.
Once Duke and Sam caught sight of the massive trampoline area, they forgot about the arcade games and started bouncing. First, they tried out the open court—a wall-to-wall patchwork of trampolines—perfect for flips and tricks in your own individual square. They loved bouncing up the side of the wall and then sliding back down on their bottoms.
Next up, they tested out the air drop. Think: a dry blob from your camp memories at the lake. With a running start, you can bounce and then somersault to land on the jumbo air bag. Duke and Sam were inspired by the older kids who were showing off their acrobatics.
According to the boys, the highlight of the day was the dodgeball court. They spent most of their time in this colorful arena built especially for the game. With squishy rainbow-hued balls, Duke and Sam challenged other kids in several dodgeball battles with a staff member serving as the referee.
Surprisingly, the boys didn’t love the basketball area outfitted with two hoops. I think the rims were a little too high for their small statures, but I observed older kids making some impressive slam-dunks. I also noticed a laser tag area towards the back of the warehouse, but it is currently under construction.
What the rough-around-the-edges warehouse environment lacked (this ain’t no Kids City), the impressive expanse of trampolines made up for. Overall, I appreciated that staff members were stationed throughout the different spaces to ensure safe jumping and adherence to the rules, so I didn’t have to keep nagging the boys myself. Interesting thing: they actually listened to the staff (not me)!
I did finally cave-in and let the boys play a few arcade games before we left. Each game cost between $1-$2, so their $10 game cards went pretty fast. Despite all the high-tech games there, Duke said the classic skeet ball ramp was his favorite. The boys each won enough tickets to choose a couple small prizes to take home with them as souvenirs of a fun day—smiley face rings and parachute soldier toys.
- Pre-book online. To secure your spot, it’s best to buy your pass on the website in advance, as well as fill out the waiver form. Check for special promo days with discounts, such as Monday Funday ($2 off) or Friday Frenzy (discounted 2-hour pass).
- Bring non-slip grip socks. All jumpers are required to wear these special socks, but they are also available for purchase for $3.50 at the front desk.
- Get a workout in. Not just for kids! Adults are allowed to jump too, making for a great cardio exercise session.
- Work remotely. There are plenty of tables for parents to call homebase while your kids jump. With WiFi available (just ask!), you could even get some emails accomplished while checking in on your keiki periodically.
- Budget for arcade games (or not). With flashing lights and music, there’s no ignoring these enticing games. Before you arrive, either set a spending limit or make the decision to only focus on the trampoline space.
- Plan around meals. The snack bar only offers candy, chips, cookies, and drinks, so come outside of mealtimes. We hit up the McDonalds just up the road afterwards.
- Celebrate birthdays. Yes, they have reserved party areas with picnic tables, albeit pretty basic with no frills. The party packages start at around $200. You can also add on a decoration package to make the party planning easy on yourself.