Who needs a gym membership when you’re home with four kids? I swear there are days doing chores when I run as many flights of steps as I would on an elliptical machine. My version of toning muscles is shopping, packing and preparing for a family camping trip. But there are definitely times when I want to take a break from the domestic drills and just chill out and play with the kids while still getting some exercise. We found a great new venue for that today – SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park.
At a flat $8 per person for a 30-minute jump window (add $4 for each additional half hour), this activity is too pricey to bring the whole brood out to Oakdale for an hour. Much more reasonable, particularly because I have some very young children, is their Toddler Time special. From 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Friday kids five and under (and their parents!) jump for only $4 per person. Yes, I get my workout in, too!
I felt like a regular kangaroo today, jumping with my 16-month-old in arms after she finally wore out. The 3-year-old probably could’ve lasted much longer than time allowed, springing from one side of the room to the other on a sea of trampolines. There’s even a foam pit to launch the little ones into.
My school-aged children are excluded from jumping at this reduced price, but they are welcome during all-ages open jump (generally during SkyZone’s normal hours of operation). I reason that the price is doable if the younger sibs stay home at this time and Mom or Dad isn’t needed to chaperone on the tramps.
In short, it’s a fun, healthy activity everyone in the family can enjoy – and benefit! – from, but it might not make financial sense to do so.
For the Files: Toddler Time at SkyZone is held from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at two Metro locations. All eligible (kids 5 & under plus their caregivers) jump for $4 during this time. Be sure to check their online calendar for changes and/or cancellations. Find out more about SkyZone’s open jump times and special programs on their website. Reserving & purchasing jump times online is recommended during school breaks and on weekends as capacity is often reached. Each participant is required to sign a waiver before jumping.
595 Hale Ave N (map it)
Oakdale, MN 55128
13310 Industrial Park Blvd #160 (map it)
Plymouth, MN 55441
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