Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – Deer Park, NY
Recently, Laticia and I went to the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park located on the border of Brentwood/Deer Park. Located in the heart of an industrial complex, it is truly something unique and a ‘diamond in the rough’ that brings fun to an otherwise drab area. I say drab because the area is literally comprised of businesses with harsh facades. Nothing ‘homey’ about this area. We decided to take advantage of a holiday (President’s Day), although we knew we were destined for some trouble, as this day marked the beginning of the Winter Recess for schools in the area. Regardless, we committed to going, which was good, because we were able to see how business is on possibly one of the busiest days for them.
Upon checking out the website, we were given the option to register online (for an additional fee) or to sign a waiver online and register at the venue. We both opted to complete the waiver online and register at the site. When we got there, the place was, in one word, IMMENSE! The motif for the place was a striking orange as the primary color, and blue for a secondary color. We proceeded to the registration counter and the girl was super helpful in aiding us in properly registering us. We were “fast-tracked” because we completed the waiver online and our names were in the system. There were kiosks available who wanted to complete the waiver there. There was a mandatory purchase of special socks which were needed to jump on the trampolines. For $2.50/pair (you choose the size), you get orange socks with the logo and treads on the bottom to prevent slippage. These socks could be used for successive visits, so the $2.50 is an “investment” that would eventually pay itself off. Haha. We also had to choose a ‘jump time’ – there was a choice for length of jump time (we chose an hour), and there was also a choice for time (we chose 5:00 PM). Jump times went in 15 minute increments. After the proper ‘ceremonies’ were completed, we went to the lockers and placed all our items in one. No extra items are allowed on your person such as keys, cell phones, etc. After locking up our keys, we were able to leave the key at the front counter, where they take your name and locker number. After your jump session, you can sign out your key to access your personal belongings.
Now for the jump…There were four Dodge ball courts, a foam block court, a basketball court, and a Main court. We tried a little bit of each to gain the full experience. First up: Main court. We figured we would get some practice jumps in just to get acclimated to jumping on trampolines. Both of us haven’t done this in ages! After a few jumps, I realized how out of shape I was…which was odd for me, since I go the gym regularly. Within SECONDS I was sweating and panting. Next up: Dodge ball. Wow. Now I remember why I used to be terrified but enjoyed dodge ball. I haven’t played in ages and was a bit apprehensive. Well, let me just say these kids were brutal but Laticia and last two remaining on our team. Towards the end, I have to admit, we were an easy target and I kind of just ‘let go’ a bit and I was clocked square in the ovaries (joke). I actually WAS hit though. Poor Laticia had to fend for herself but she held her own and put up a valiant effort. After that, we decided to try the foam blocks…I thought this would be my favorite, but wow….it looks fun but I have to say I think this was the hardest one! Although it’s fun to dive in, it’s not easy getting out. Some lady even got stuck and it took her a good 15 min to get out – AND they had to call staff to help out! SO fun but I need to REALLY workout in order to get back in there! Laticia went for the basketball shot but the wait was long so I opted to take the extra moment to BREATHE. After all that, before we knew it, our time was up. They could tell this, because you get a printed ticket to stick to your clothing indicating your jump time. By the way – we didn’t know this until the end but we were supposed to go the ‘Rules Zone’ and get an “X” to indicate that we have reviewed the rules.
All in all a good (and exhausting) day. We are planning on going back and perhaps even trying a fitness class. (Yes, they have those.) This place was truly unique and something which isn’t common. The venue is great, the premise is fantastic (fun fitness), there are rooms for booking corporate events of parties, and best of all, the place was CLEAN. Ok, so maybe that’s because it’s new (it’s only been open for about a month or so when we went)…but CLEAN nonetheless. By the way: for parents who were waiting, there is a small café with snacks and big seating area with a big screen TV – and by big TV, I mean it’s hanging from the wall, almost like a projector type TV. So rest assured moms and dads can relax, but they should definitely keep an eye on the kiddies since the place is enormous! Anyhoo, I’ll leave it here for now…..I have to go workout for my next visit to Sky Zone!
Tell me your thoughts….talk to you soon!