Skyzone: unique fun with friends
Most of us have experienced the joy of Chuck E. Cheese’s or McDonald’s PlayPlaces at some point in our lives. As college students and almost adults, we don’t get the luxury of being able to go to amusements like that anymore and act like kids. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to relax and do something entirely silly once in a while. Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park turns out to be a chance to do just that—let off steam, goof around and be a kid again, especially amid all the stress of college.
Skyzone has various options to get your jump on. Between dodgeball, the Foam Zone, open jumping and slam dunking, there are activities for different skills and interests. There are two dodgeball courts, one for little kids and one for the older crowd. The open jump court consists of an area full of square trampolines with plastic pads in between them, so it’s pretty hard to get hurt. This section is separated by age, so even if there are a lot of little kids hopping around, chances are they won’t be underfoot while you try to do tricks yourself.
The rules are simple and include only one person per trampoline at a time, no double or triple flips and other restrictions based on safety (but they aren’t so strict that you can’t have fun). The hardest part about open jump was bouncing off the side walls—it took some practice and wasn’t as easy as it looked in the videos at skyzone.com.
The Foam Zone is a little more structured, but almost more fun than jumping on your own. A Skyzone employee directs people in line to jump from separate trampolines into a giant pit filled with foam cubes; you can flip and fall to your delight. Actually, the most difficult part about the Foam Zone was climbing out of the cubes with a line of little kids watching you.
Next to the Foam Zone is the SkySlam basketball court. This was a blast—you are handed a basketball and get to jump down a narrow trampoline while shooting hoops. Just like the rest of the trampoline park, the basketball court is divided into two sections, one with an adult-sized basketball hoop and another with a mini hoop for the kids. Even if you are terrible at basketball, it is fun to try your hand at dunking and to encourage (or mock) your friends as they try it, too.
When I went to Skyzone, my group and I jumped for an hour and half and found we had plenty of time to enjoy everything, although we weren’t brave enough to go in the dodgeball court (which was full of thirteen year olds). Even with little kids underfoot, we didn’t have to wait in line too long for any of the courts, even on a Sunday afternoon.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and it ended up being a workout we all felt in our muscles the next day. Although we didn’t try them, Skyzone also offers pay-by-the-class SkyRobics fitness classes for $12. Class times for the Westborough location are Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Classes are capped at 18 participants and it is first come, first serve.
Additionally, Skyzone has a small café with food available and has options for parties and group events. Pricing for open jump goes by time: $9 for 30 minutes, $14 for 60 minutes, $18 for 90 minutes and $21 for 120 minutes. Jumpers must wear Sky socks, which are $2, reusable and yours to keep. (They are also bright orange and pretty comfortable with the little grips on the bottom.)
The nearest Skyzone is at 290 Turnpike Road, Route 9 in Westborough, Mass., about a 20 minute drive from Assumption College. You can call them at 508-870-5867 or check out their website, skyzone.com/westborough if you are interested in letting off some steam and getting a unique workout in during the second half of a busy semester.