Xtreme Air

Are your kids bouncing off the walls? Let them bounce off someone else’s, literally! Add this to bucket list of indoor fun for rainy days, beating the summer heat/humidity, and (ahem) untimely and unwelcome April snowstorms.

Xtreme Air, the area’s first and Wisconsin’s largest indoor trampoline park opened in early March. In addition to the obvious jumping areas, they also feature air bag jumps, basketball, dodgeball, a foam-pit-surrounded gladiator pit, rock climbing and more. Xtreme Air is located on Appleton’s north side at W3035 Edgewood Trail sharing building space with Player’s Choice of the Fox Cities. They also have party rooms for hosting birthday and other celebrations – many were booked before Xtreme Air even opened its doors!

Xtreme Air

I’m not sure where my preconceived trampoline-park vision came from, but it involved a wall-to-wall open space of black trampoline. I couldn’t have been more wrong – the facility is a grid of mostly square trampolines with padded dividers between each bounce-space. I thought that if I wasn’t jumping, I wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on my girls – also not true! The layout is such that I can stand and observe without being dodge-balled. I will warn you though, sort of like when someone yawns and you must follow suit, it is hard to not WANT to jump when you see all of the fun everyone is having.

If the fun aspect of it isn’t convincing enough, consider that trampoline workouts (sometimes called rebound workouts) are believed by some to be the most effective form of exercise for the human body. A NASA experiment even showed that just ten minutes on a trampoline is equivalent in some respects to 30 minutes of running, all while avoiding stress on the joints. Good to know! Be sure to squeeze in some rouncing (running + bouncing, naturally!) while you are there.

“My favorite part is the silly foam pits you can bonk your friends into.” – Ingrid, age 3
“My favorite part is the silly foam pits you can bonk your friends into.” – Ingrid, age 3

Make sure that your clan wears closed-toe shoes the day of your visit because for an extra dollar per visit (a dollar!!!) you or your child can tackle the rock climbing wall. Even my teeny tiny five year old who just barely eeks in at forty pounds can climb (they add an extra strap to her harness). For those of you who prefer to exercise your photography skills instead of rock-climbing, this three-story rock wall will provide an incredible shutter workout.

“I like when I rock climb because I feel really good when I climb to the top.” -Irelyn, age 7
“I like when I rock climb because I feel really good when I climb to the top.” -Irelyn, age 7

For convenience, you can visit their website complete the safety waiver online and avoid trying to sign your name while your children simultaneously pull you in the direction of the fun.

While open jump time is restricted to those age three and up, Xtreme Air doesn’t exclude its tinier patrons. Tot Time is offered for children 5 and under most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm and an early Saturday morning option, because we all know those little rascals don’t sleep in. Note: the rock climbing wall is not open during Tot Time.

View from the Observation Lounge
View from the Observation Lounge

The second-story Observation Lounge at Xtreme Air is home to the three party rooms and some open seating to take a quick rest or grab a snack from the concession stand. Sidenote: I have on good authority that the popcorn is delicious! The Lounge also serves as a look-out point to keep an eye on things without becoming an obstacle for the red-faced, excited jumpers. While your hands will be free and your kids will be squealing, good luck getting a clear photo with all of that bouncing!

Xtreme Air

Of course, there’s some risk involved with all this bouncing, and XtremeAir has a variety of court rules to keep jumpers safe. To prevent slipping, all jumpers must wear grip socks, which you can buy at the park ($2) and reuse at subsequent visits. While non-jumping parents are welcome to watch from the standing area adjacent to each court, trampoline space is also monitored by trained staff.

Xtreme Air strongly recommends reserving your “jump time” space in advance; weekends or busy times can sell out ahead of time as the park has capacity limits.

Costs start at $12/hour per jumper, or $6 for Tot Time.

For more open hours and information on Xtreme Air call (920) 903-8300 or visit their website at xtremeairfun.com


 

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Nicole Olson
Wife. Pharmacist. Mother {of two}. Educator. Blogger. Cook. Gardener. Entertainer. Literacy Nerd. Creator of handmade thoughtful stuff.
Nicole aims to infuse nutrition, community, sustainability and creativity into daily life. Her perfect day would start with coffee, end with wine, and involve lots of knitting all while people-watching in an airport. She LOVES airports and has been known to purposely plan layovers in an effort to log more time people watching.

 


Note: Reporting was done on this article in April 2015. Go Valley Kids received complimentary tickets in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are of the writer.

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