Oct 272014
 

When you have children your life always changes dramatically. You develop a passion for yoga pants that would have stunned pre-baby you. Your purse is suddenly three sizes bigger and the contents become a fun interactive facebook game. (Go ahead and look. Mine currently contains four broken crayons, a dinosaur, a handful of rocks, a piece of string, and a random plastic thingy that I cannot identify but can’t toss because it’s probably important. But not my wallet. Somewhere in the house is my wallet but my son refuses to tell me where he stashed it.) And we know where every single fast food place with a playspace is in a 40 mile radius. Sadly most of those have closed in the past year along with the local mall playspace which has made rainy days with a preschooler something to dread with every fiber of your being. I know that I’ve been hearing lots of raves about the new trampoline park in Springfield so I finally worked up the nerve to take my four year old son before rainy days turns me into a closet alcoholic.

First impressions:

The place is clean. Very, very clean. Clean enough that I didn’t cringe when my son ditched his socks and shoes and took off like he’d been forced to live in a box for his entire life.

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And it’s huge. We went in the morning during the school week. Flight hosts a small kids only time Monday through Friday from 10-2pm. During this time only children 6 and under are allowed to play. They are given free range of the entire trampoline park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhere they can explore to their hearts content without the danger of being trample by big kids. This seriously reduces the amount of tears involved. Both on my son’s part and on mine (tears of rage as I convince myself not to murder the mostly innocent 10 year old who just sent my precious, precious baby flying). The morning we went it was mostly empty. There where probably about 10 kids total sharing a warehouse size room which allowed my very introverted child the space to retreat and play by himself when he needed some space. So he’d run and bounce with his friends and then go across the room to chase a ball on his own for a while, and then return to his friends once he was ready. This was his ideal playdate!

 

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The staff was pleasant, helpful and patient.

This is a big one. And not as common as you’d think it should be. The gentleman running the register     up front handled distracted mothers trying to check in and chase small children with grace and dignity. He was not thrown by excited four year olds running back and forth when they realized what was about to happen. Or by adults who couldn’t seem to finish a thought without interruption. He kept his smile while we rummaged through our large bag searching for wallets, side debates about paying for one hour or two and so on. He even chased after me with my wallet when we moved into the play area (and only laughed when I went back for my camera and phone). The staff monitoring the children playing inside obviously enjoyed watching the children playing, were kind when they had to explain safety rules and were patient when they inevitably had to repeat those rules.

They attempt to make it as streamlined as possible. There is an option to pre-fill the wavers online. Doing the paperwork in advance is a blessing when you have an excited child who ‘needs to be inside right this minute Mom!’. Otherwise there are kiosks there you use before stepping up to pay for tickets. There is an option to get the tickets online as well but I waited until I got there. During the Kids Play time the admission is free for the adult with the purchase of your child’s ticket. So it ran me $20 for two hours of play time.

On our way in we were stopped by someone leaving the exercise class that had just let out. So I’ll add in this tidbit without actually having taken the class. They provide free childcare during their fitness classes. Having looked online it does appear that they want fairly independent children so I can’t promise they will watch babes in arms but it is certainly something I might look into the future.

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There is a small area devoted solely for small      children. This is an trample free area if you go with     older children after school lets out

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The website with their hours, ticket prices and all the other information needed:
                                   http://virginia.flighttrampolinepark.com/

 

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