By Michelle Gillan Larkin, a mom and writer living in Northern Westchester.
What is it about kids and bouncing? They love to do it—but, why? Is it their boundless energy, the fact that we bounced them on our knee as infants, or that it’s actually just fun? You’d never catch me springing about inside a bouncy castle, but my four and a half year old son would drop an ice-cream cone in the dirt just to scramble into one. So when I heard there was a place in Mt. Kisco called Rockin’ Jump that was pretty much wall to wall trampolines, I knew we had to drop everything and check it out.
The first thing I noticed about Rockin’ Jump was the size of the facility—it’s HUGE. And, there are many different ways to bounce and just, plain jump around. The most notable is the main trampoline room with dozens of interconnected trampolines lining not only the floor, as you’d expect, but also the walls. Really, why limit yourself to jumping in place when you can run up a wall and turn a flip midair? My son and I marveled at this time after time.
Along with skill, there was a ton of fun energy in the room, and a lot of sweaty, little faces smiling ear to ear—mine among them, to my surprise. The average age in the room (and at the park, overall) was “tween,” but there’s a coned off section for the six and under set. That’s where we spent most of our time discovering that jumping up and down, over and over again, on a super springy trampoline while maintaining some semblance of balance and, dare I say, grace, is a serious workout. But it’s so much FUN. When my little guy started petering out, I almost found myself yelling, “GO FOR THE BURN!!!”
There is also a smaller room with two basketball hoops (with a trampoline underfoot, even shorty is making the jump shot), and two additional sections for bouncy dodge ball. In both areas, the staff allows only a certain number of kids in at a time, and they try to match them up by age and size.
The other activity that really interested my son was the foam block pit. Naturally, it requires a few good boings to reach it. More experienced bouncers jump their way to the pit as high as they possibly can, then dive in head first, or with a flip. Again, we marveled.
However, if the very idea of an indoor trampoline park doesn’t put a spring in your step, bring a book and sit the whole thing out on a couch in the spacious seating area. It’s right next to the snack bar, which is stocked with everything necessary to keep your kids jumping for hours: Water, energy bars, and pizza.
The whole thing is really quite a concept, and part-owner/General Manager Andrew Leahy says Rockin’ Jump is all about “clean, safe, fun.” Fun and safe I could already see, but he informed me that every evening after closing the staff sprays the place, top to bottom, with disinfectant.
Rockin’ Jump is open every day and night of the week, with certain times set aside for little jumpers and much bigger ones. Pricing varies depending on age and length of stay, but expect to pay at least $15. The rubber-soled socks all jumpers must wear cost $2, but you get to keep them and bring them for your next visit.
I know I’ll be back, converted bouncer that I am. So long as I can rouse my bouncing baby boy. He’s still sleeping it off. Bonus!
Rockin Jump, 333 N. Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco; 914-743-5730