LONDON’S BEST TRAMPOLINE PARKS FOR CHILDREN
Trampoline parks are a great way to entertain the children. They increase aerobic and cardio vascular activity but if you’re anything like us, you’re mainly looking for an activity to wear said kids out and help them sleep well that night.
We had a great time trying out a few trampoline parks across London – our favourites are listed below:
OXYGEN FREEJUMPING (GREENWICH, CROYDON + ACTON)
Suitable for kids of all ages (they have special 'jumping adventures' for toddlers up to age 5) Oxygen Freejumping has something for everyone. We tried an hour of freejumping (after the requisite safety video) which doesn't feel like a long time but leaves you completely knackered!
With 150 connected trampolines, an obstacle course, foam pit, dodgeball, jumping runway and airbag, there's also the option to 'go pro' with lessons (from age 6+) from a British Gymnastics qualified instructor.
Staff are super friendly (nothing is too much trouble) and we love that they have a 'Peaceful Play' session on Monday from 12 pm to 1 pm for any Freejumper on the autistic spectrum, or with sensory or learning disabilities. Theses sessions have less people, quieter music and no strobe lighting.
Kids age 12+ and at least 1.4 m tall can take part in Bear Grylls Fitness - an indoor obstacle fitness concept designed around the way Bear Grylls keeps fit. With four levels of difficulty, the course is designed to improve your agility and skill, work multiple muscle groups and build mental strength and determination.
If all that sounds like too much work, relax in the on-site cafe.
Oxygen Freejumping offers children's parties (an hour in the park plus food and drinks in your own private party room), trampoline-centric fitness classes, dodgeball nights and student nights for kids age 16+.
Prices for an hour of freejumping start at £9.45 per adult/child.
FLIP OUT! (BARKING, BRENT CROSS + WANDSWORTH)
We tried the venue in Brent Cross (they have a new branch planned for Barking), and the trampoline park has a range of facilities suitable for all ages – we saw toddlers, teenagers and adults on the trampolines.
Under-fives have a special area to jump, twist and flip in and the floors are less bouncy so there’s little chance of them hurting themselves.
In at attempt to keep the kids under control, you all watch a safety video before you enter, and the rules are generally followed although we confess, we did break them a couple of times when we bounced from trampoline to trampoline.
There’s a two level Ninja Warrior course (as seen on TV), a trick park to try out new stunts and bounce of walls and floors as well as a laser maze to test your stealth skills.
An hours jump starts at £10.50 per person and although it doesn’t sound like a lot of time, trampolining – for adults at least – takes up a lot of energy! If your kids need more wearing out, a two-hour jump is £15.75.
Flip Out Brent Cross has Olympic-standard trampolines, foam pits, a zen zone with meditation space and Earth, Wind, Fire and Water themed rooms for hire if you’d like a jumping based private party.
BETTER EXTREME PARK (ISLINGTON, BARKING + WALTHAM FOREST)
Extreme Park is a new trampoline park inside the Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre. Facilities include:
Mini Trampoline Park - Number of Trampolines: 23 floor and 11 wall
Ninja Warrior Run - 9 challenging elements, with foam pits
4 Storey Mega Soft Play – with a drop slide
Clip & Climb - 11 structures to scale – all 9.9m in height
Our favourite activity was Clip + Climb - while the whole area is targeted toward children (they'll absolutely love it) Clip + Climb is suitable for all members of the family aged 6 and over. After a short safety video, the centre staff is great at encouraging even the most timid or height-phobic to climb up one the eleven 9.9 metre high structures.
The Mega Soft Play area really is mega - kids can get lost in there for hours! There's slides, football, swingy things - so much to keep the kids entertained. Trampoline parks can get a little monotonous (for adults at least) but we particularly like that Better Extreme has four activities to enjoy. We stayed for an hour (two would have been better) so only had 20 minutes on each activity and the kids were hot, sweaty and tired at the end. Score!
Prices start at a pocket friendly £4.95 for a child's off-peak ticket and rise to £9.95 for an adult non-member (per hour).
As Better Extreme is inside a leisure centre, you can also enjoy swimming, use the gym or visit the in-house spa. We saw lots of local families making use of the facilities - the majority of which were members - which tells us it's good value for money and a place that families really do use.
The trampoline park also offers a variety of party bookings from a full on just turn up and they'll provide everything while you make use of the trampoline park to you bring everything and only pay for the use of the park. Prices go up to £18.00 per child for an hour use of the park, food and drink, trampoline socks (usually £2 per pair) and other extras.
Jump London opened in 2018 with a 100,000 sq foot multi-activity centre. Kids can jump, flip, bounce, slide and explore the 12 challenging Jump Zones. If they’re still not tired, the venue also has a multi award winning go karting track, Capital Karts.
ZapSpace claims to have to all; freestyle jump, soft play, cardio wall, foam pit, drop slide, dodgeball courts and a slam dunk zone. We like that there is space just for kids age 1 to 5 (and that you safely watch them from the delight that is the in-house café). They hold school holiday camps, private parties and even offer space for your next corporate work event.
The following aren’t technically in London but they’re close enough to get a mention:
Technically not in London (closest ones would be Thurrock and Heathrow) Jump Giants parks are easy to drive to and often quieter than their London counterparts.
If you live in South East London, Gravity in Bluewater isn’t far and can be used as bribery to get your kids to go shopping in the centre. If you have a child with special needs, Gravity has reduced sound and light sessions every Sunday at 9 am.
Enfield is the closest one to London (and not far if you live north or north east of the river) and offers after school sessions, toddler time ad disco nights for older kids.