Jump Around: A review of Oxygen Freejumping trampoline parks
Getting the kids out of the house can be a challenge, especially now the days are getting shorter and the weather is dull and dreary.
What if I told there was a sure-fire way of getting them out of the house, getting some exercise and having an hour of giggles and laughter?
We were invited to try out Oxygen Freejumping in Southampton, although they have venues all over the country. At each venue you will find 150 interconnected trampolines for you to explore, a mega airbag to practice your moves, performance trampolines so that you can gain some serious airtime, dodgeball courts to challenge your friends, a super squishy foam pit to leap into and lots more activities to get you bouncing!
For those intending to bounce, I highly recommend you wear cool, comfortable clothing and you are also required to wear trampoline socks which are available to buy when you arrive, although you are more than welcome to take your own.
It is recommended that you arrive half an hour before your session as you are required to sign a waiver form for each person and attend a safety briefing before being allowed to bounce.
They provide free lockers to store your valuables, bags and shoes and then you are ready for action!
The kids could not wait to get started. If you have toddlers I recommend you go to their PJ Masks toddler sessions whilst the big kids are at school, although we went to a Saturday morning session and it was relatively quiet.
There is a café if you would like to sit and enjoy a quiet coffee whilst the kids play but I highly recommend that you join in the fun too as it is a brilliant family activity to get involved in.
The kids were giggling from the off and leaping from trampoline to trampoline, hurling themselves at the trampoline walls and bouncing back off again.
We then moved onto the dodgeball area, where we joined other families in a fun game of dodgeball. The balls were all soft and didn't hurt a bit and I think the kids were more accurate with their shots than some of the adults.
It is hard to say what their favourite activity was. When they wanted a rest from bouncing they enjoyed playing duel with the foam cushions, attempting to slack line across the foam pit, or just walllowing in it and they all enjoyed perfecting their best somersaults or superman impressions onto the mega airbag.
For kids that show a natural ability or want to learn more tumbles and tricks, you can also enrol in a five-week course with a British Gymnastics qualified instructor. We watched one girl having a lesson and she was very impressive.
You get 60 minutes to enjoy the whole arena, which is plenty as you are all exhausted by the end of it and you are more than welcome to grab a bite to eat and drink in the café and watch the next wave of people doing their session once you have finished.
All in all, a visit to Oxygen Freejumping is a great way to get the kids out and active this half-term, and it isn't something that relies on the weather which is always a bonus. It definitely got the seal of approval from my kids, and we're already planning to go back!
This article has been planned, researched and lovingly written for Day Out With The Kids by our Trusted Explorer, Kara - we hope you enjoyed it. Oxygen Freejumping added to our piggy bank in return for being included.